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Compettion for Presidential Nominations

Uncertainties in the 1952 Pre-Convention Picture

Today, two months before the national political conventions, no one can predict with any degree of certainty who will be the presidential nominee of either of the two major parties. No similar situation on the eve of the conventions has occurred since 1920. In the intervening presidential years, the identity of the nominee of one, if not both, of the parties has been a foregone conclusion in advance of the national party gatherings. It is necessary to go back 32 years to find an occasion when choice of both Democratic and Republican standard bearers was in doubt in the same pre-convention period.

President Truman's decision not to run again, combined with the refusal of Gov. Stevenson of ...

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