Nation: Right Now: a Dead Heat

A TIME poll shows the slightest shift could swing the election

They have barnstormed the country like jet-age traveling salesmen. They have jammed the airwaves with millions of dollars' worth of advertising. They have attacked each other's records ceaselessly. Their families and friends and surrogates have added their voices to the din of denunciation and promotion. Yet on the very threshold of the presidential election of 1980, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan remain just where they were at the beginning of their long campaign—locked in a virtual tie among registered voters in the U.S.

According to a survey for TIME completed last week...

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