REPUBLICANS: The Bruising Numbers Game

Not in decades have so few delegates counted for so much. Those who are still uncommitted to either President Ford or Ronald Reagan are achieving a once-in-a-lifetime celebrity status as they are fought and fawned over by supporters of both candidates. As last week began, Ford led Reagan by only 1,050 delegates to 977 (needed to nominate: 1,130). With 63 delegates chosen at four state conventions late in the week, Reagan added 46 to his total and Ford 17. The revised standings: Ford 1,067, Reagan 1,023.

As expected, Reagan captured Montana's 20 delegates, New Mexico's 21 and Idaho's four delegates-at-large....

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