THE PRIMARIES: Straws in the Wind

That expensive straw ballot, the presidential primary, last week added more wisps to the political winds:

¶In Massachusetts, House Majority Leader John McCormack got 28,500 write-in votes to 19,500 for Adlai Stevenson. Before the election, Estes Kefauver, who had not campaigned in the state, and had little visible support there, piously asked his "supporters" to vote for popular John McCormack, but Estes could certainly claim no share of the victory. On the Republican side, Dwight Eisenhower won 52,400 write-in votes and the support of all delegates. The biggest straw: John McCormack is more popular than Adlai Stevenson in...

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