The Nation: WHO'S AHEAD STATE BY STATE

Entering the stretch, the election race remains close and volatile. Soundings by TIME correspondents produced the following state-by-state analysis of who was ahead in the presidential contest on Oct. 16:

THE EAST. Jimmy Carter has widened his lead in New York and is ahead in Maryland, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and the District of Columbia. New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maine are leaning to Carter, but his margin in those states is slim, and they could turn at the drop of a gaffe. President Ford runs ahead in Vermont and New Hampshire. Connecticut is leaning...