REPUBLICANS: Down to the Wire, and Still a Horse Race

The climax to one of the Republican Party's most intriguing and bitterly contested presidential nomination fights was only two weeks away and yet the outcome was still in doubt. In their more candid moments, campaign aides to President Gerald Ford and Challenger Ronald Reagan agreed to a surprising degree on how the battle shaped up. "I don't think there's any lockup available in this campaign," observed Ford's chairman, Rogers Morton. Said the President's chief delegate hunter, James Baker: "We're a hundred votes ahead of them, and we're still confident of victory, but...

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