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Mississippi Undecided Republicans / Dispute #246582

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Jun 23, 1976
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(Studio) Report on undecided 30 members of Mississippi Republican delegation. Ronald Reagan goes to Mississippi Thursday
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Mississippi) [MAN - says Reagan more popular in Mississippi than Ford.] [Undecided delegate Toxey Hall SMITH - says he wouldn't receive any attention if he was not an undecided delegate.] Most of Mississippi Republicans are for Reagan, though they're officially uncommitted. [Mississippi Republican chairperson Clarke REED - compares situation to poker game.] Ford-Reagan contest has split Mississippi Republican party into factions.] [Conservative W.D. "Billy" MOUNGER - talks on phone about Reagan.] He's Reagan's Mississippi coordinator, delegate to convention and Mississippi Republican finance chairperson Other side repd. by Doug. Shanks, Jackson city cnclman., delegate to convention and President Ford's chief operative in Mississippi. Moderate Shanks is under pressure due to Mississippi unit rule, which would bind delegates to candidate with most support. [SHANKS says won't vote with Reagan. Unit rule will be challenged.] [MOUNGER - says there would be pol. reprisals for challenging unit rule.] [SMITH - says no one can deliver his vote.] [SHANKS - says it'll be heck of a fight.]
REPORTER: Bernard Goldberg

Goldberg, Bernard;
Mudd, Roger

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