National Affairs: KEY STATE--MASSACHUSETTS

One of the pivotal states in the 1952 election is Massachusetts, with 16 electoral votes. This is the situation there:

Background: Massachusetts has gone Democratic in every presidential election since 1928, and seven of its last eleven gubernatorial elections have been won by Democrats. Since 1944, however, both Massachusetts Senators have been Republicans, and since 1948 eight of the state's 14 Congressmen have been Republican. In 1952, for the first time in years, registered Republicans (715,958) outnumbered registered Democrats (703,740) in Massachusetts. These statistics are deceptive, because another 700,000 Massachusetts voters not formally...

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