SOUTH VIET NAM: The Mood Turns Violent

The first week of South Viet Nam's presidential election campaign started off quietly enough. Supporters of President Nguyen Van Thieu, now the sole candidate in the Oct. 3 elections, blanketed the country with tens of thousands of posters advertising his "democracy slate." The President himself was in an expansive mood. In a meeting with supporters from the provinces, he declared that he would hesitate to remain in office if he received less than 60% of the votes; the week before he had put the figure at only 50%.

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