THE RESCUE BRIGADE

DOLE RUSHES TO BUILD A FIRE WALL TO STOP FORBES

NEW HAMPSHIRE IS WHERE THE TROUBLE IS SUPPOSED TO STOP, the place where Bob Dole vanquishes Steve Forbes and saves his campaign. That's the theory. In fact, Dole's longtime lead in the New Hampshire polls is disappearing faster than ice on a stove. Dole was ahead by about 20 percentage points two months ago. Today the trend is downward toward the category he dreads: too close to call.

When you're losing support that rapidly, building a fire wall against further damage is difficult. Yet that's what the Dole forces are attempting in New Hampshire. The counterattack is everywhere--on the ground and...

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