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October surprises: last-minute election game changers

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On Oct. 31, 1968, President Lyndon Johnson announced a halt to bombing in North Vietnam to take effect Nov. 1, a week before the election. Vice President Hubert Humphrey surged in the polls but still lost to Republican Richard Nixon. Here, Mr. Johnson (l.) meets with Gen. Creighton Abrams, the US military commander in Vietnam, in Washington on Oct. 29, 1968.

PHOTO: The White House/AP/File

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