THE CAMPAIGN: Split Strategy

The racial-equality issue, hotter by the week, may hurt the Democratic Party hard in the 1956 Presidential campaign. Nearly all of the noisiest segregationists and desegregationists are Democrats. Political analysts believe that nearly 80% of Northern Negroes vote Democratic; on this vote rests the party's hope of victory in such important states as New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois. But the national party leans even more heavily on the South. Nearly half of the Democratic Senators and Representatives are from the South, and enjoy lush seniority.

Adlai Stevenson and other "moderate" Democratic leaders have tried, understandably, to ignore the growing rift between...

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