A Letter From The Publisher: Oct. 30, 1964

This week THE NATION will do a state-by-state rundown on the presidential election. We will definitely assign each state either to Johnson or Goldwater.

SO began the query that went out from our Manhattan editorial offices to all TIME bureaus in the U.S. in preparation for this issue's closely viewed reading of the political temperature in each of the 50 states. At this point, forecasting the general outcome of this year's presidential election seems relatively easy. But political predictions always have their perils-particularly when they take precise rather than general aim.

In an effort to give the TIME reader the best possible advance...

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