Back in TIME for Mar. 29, 1976

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(TIME; March 29, 1976) -- In his most famous movie role, Ronald Reagan, as

the strep- stricken Notre Dame halfback George Gipp, insisted on going to

Illinois to play the Big Game against Northwestern. He made the do-or-die try,

and sure enough -- in a scene worth three wet handkerchiefs -- he died soon

afterward.

Something of the sort happened last week in Illinois to Reagan's candidacy.

Its health had been severely taxed by four primary losses to Presiden