Nation: Nation, Oct. 27, 1980

The polls of the nation's popular vote track the tides moving in a presidential election, but the race is really segmented into 51 parts—the states and the District of Columbia—from which the winner must assemble the 270 electoral votes to put him in the White House. As the campaign began in earnest on Labor Day, TIME asked the Reagan and Carter camps to compile battle maps of how each sized up its prospects; they were published in the Sept. 15 issue. As the finish line nears, these maps show how it looks to each...

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