ABC Evening News for Thursday, Jun 01, 1972
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(Studio) ABC news poll in California indicates Senator George McGovern, leader in Democrat delegate strength, is ahead of field in Tuesday' California primary. Poll, conducted by Audits and Surveys shows he leads by 15% over Senator Hubert Humphrey. Earlier survey, after Oregon primary, showed McGovern with 20% lead. Wounded write-in candidate, Alabama Governor George Wallace, expected to come in well behind Humphrey.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Los Angeles, California) Humphrey campaign aides don't believe ABC poll. Humphrey chief of staff Lloyd Hand says there isn't anywhere near a 15 point gap, particularly in light of current Field poll. Mervin Field California poll shows Humphrey behind by 6 points. [HUMPHREY - criticizes McGovern welfare proposals.]
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson
(Los Angeles, California) McGovern elated by ABC poll results.McGovern has, however, failed to cut significantly into black vote. He works to change this, recruiting Mrs. Martin Luther King and Julian Bond to bolster vote drive in L.A. area. [MCGOVERN - says more progress made in California black community than any other state.] Reverend Jesse Jackson of Chicago, Illinois, spearheads effort to line up 300 black ministers in South California.
REPORTER: Bill Matney