REPUBLICANS: Surprise in Dixie

Sensing a political wind shift in the South, Richard Nixon last week made a hastily arranged five-hour test run into North Carolina. The reception he got astonished him and everybody else.

At the Greensboro-High Point airport, 500 Carolinians rushed up to Nixon's plane to greet him. He was well prepared: besieged for autographs, he reached into his pocket for cards he had machine signed earlier. At Greensboro's War Memorial Auditorium, which can be used for either summer ice skating or speech making, the G.O.P. had decided on "An Evening of Skating and Coffee with Dick and Pat," on the...

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