The Nation: Battling for the Blocs

Though Americans increasingly act independent on Election Day, the traditional racial, religious and socioeconomic voting blocs are alive and, well, kicking for attention from the candidates. And they are getting it. Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter are making specific appeals to traditional groups, notably the following five:

BLACKS. "Mr. Roosevelt, he was de po' man's friend," goes a Georgia fieldworkers' song, and for four decades blacks have voted overwhelmingly for the party of F.D.R. and the New Deal. With Carter's popularity among blacks at 83% in the latest Gallup poll, this year promises...

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