The race between Hart and Mondale heads toward more showdowns

Bracing for a Marathon

Gary Hart can still claim momentum. Walter Mondale can still claim the lead in delegates. Neither can claim the Democratic presidential nomination just yet. Indeed, there is a chance that neither will be able to do so until the last primary ballots are counted in June—or even until the last delegate votes are tallied at the San Francisco convention in July.

That in essence was the message sent to the contenders last week by some 3.5 million voters who trooped to polling places from the Arctic Circle to the Florida Keys,...

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