POLITICAL NOTES: Bentsen Out, Church In

In the muddled Democratic marathon, no candidate gained much ground as a result of last week's Oklahoma caucuses. At week's end, according to an unofficial tally, Jimmy Carter had 18.5% of the vote, followed by Fred Harris with 16.5%, Lloyd Bentsen with 12.5% and George Wallace with 10.5%; another 41% of the votes were uncommitted. Afterward, Texas Senator Bentsen looked hard at his bleak third place, which followed an even worse fourth place in Mississippi last month, and sensibly decided to pull out of the presidential race.

Particularly in Oklahoma, Bentsen had good organization, the support of some of the...