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Republican Campaign / Delegate Battle / Mississippi / Rhodes #247088

CBS Evening News for Friday, Jul 23, 1976
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(Studio) Ford campaign organization say they have more than enough delegates to win Republican president nomination. Ronald Reagan organization makes same claim.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) Ford delegate counter, James Baker, says 15 Hawaii delegates and 1 from Brooklyn have swung over to Ford's side. [Dep. chairperson President Ford committee BAKER - says Ford has 1135 delegates. Will continue to work hard to get delegates.] Senator Hiram Fong sits beside Baker. CBS survey shows both Ford and Reagan lack needed 1130 votes. Less than 1/2 of convention delegates are legally bound to vote for either man.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Los Angeles, California) Reagan campaign organization says Ford delegate count wrong. Org. says Reagan has more than 1140 delegates.
REPORTER: Terry Drinkwater

(Studio) CBS survey shows Ford with 1114 delegates; 1061 for Reagan, and 84 undetermined. Ford and Reagan search for votes in Mississippi.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Mississippi) Mississippi's 30 uncommitted delegates could decide Republican president nominee. [Mississippi Republican chairperson Clarke REED - notes how local Ford organization has hurt Ford.] 30 delegates must vote however the major votes. [Ford Mississippi chairperson Doug. SHANKS - says he can't offer federal judgeships for votes.] [Delegate Mike RETZER - says hard to decide who is best presidential candidate.]
REPORTER: Bernard Goldberg

(Studio) House Republican leader John Rhodes predicts narrow nomination for Ford. Says Ford may be forced to accept Reagan as Vice President The only Republican conv. credentials challenge filed has been withdrawn. Challenge brought by Reagan supporters in DC.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

Drinkwater, Terry;
Goldberg, Bernard;
Rather, Dan;
Schieffer, Bob

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