THE CAMPAIGN: For the Democrats, Nowhere to Go but Up

FOR George McGovern, the polls were still carrying intimations of disaster. Americans, said Louis Harris, favor Nixon over McGovern by 63% to 29%, a devastating 34% lead. There was even a poll that showed McGovern trailing Nixon, 54% to 30%, in his home state of South Dakota. A TIME Citizens' Panel survey and a study of the youth vote were hardly more encouraging. Yet last week, after the dolorous post-convention period of Eagleton and Democratic Party miseries, the McGovern campaign finally seemed to be finding its rhythms and its audience, to be striking a little fire.

The Democratic crowds were...

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