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The most reliable poll

Mark Shields

July 15, 2014
Minot Daily News

I dimly recall being rousted out of my bunk bed as a young child before sunrise on Oct. 27, 1948, so I could stand at an intersection in my hometown of Weymouth, Massachusetts, to catch a brief glimpse of President Harry Truman as he drove by on his way to a campaign event in the more populous Brockton some 10 miles away. I later learned there were no prominent Massachusetts Democrats traveling with Truman that day - the candidates for governor and U.S. senator were otherwise committed - because in just six days, as all the smart money knew, Truman was going to lose big-time to Republican Tom Dewey. Politics



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