The man everyone was watching in next week's Minnesota primary was sitting on the sidelines. Harold Stassen had risked a small loss against a major gain in Nebraska—and missed (TIME, June 24). Now, in his home state, he was staking his political future and his chances for the GOPresidential nomination in 1948 on the belief that his handpicked Governor, Ed Thye, could beat four-term isolationist Senator Henrik Shipstead for the G.O.P. senatorial nomination.

At the start it had looked like a shoo-in for the Stassen camp. There was so much rejoicing that...

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