POLITICAL NOTES: Humphrey's Decline?

That loud hissing noise from the Midwest, thought many a Democratic professional in Washington this week, was the wind going out of Senator Hubert Humphrey's presidential balloon. The sharp-eared pros of Front Runner Jack Kennedy even thought they detected a bang, breathlessly watched for the challenger to come parachuting down out of the nomination race.

The most tangible evidence of hiss or bang came in Humphrey's home state, where the Minneapolis Tribune poll indicated a six-month drop in his presidential popularity, from 49% to 37% among his own Democratic-Farmer-Labor party members, from 35% to 17% among independents. Kennedy rose from 20%...

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