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Chicago / Mayoral Race #289647

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 12, 1983
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(Studio) Historical significance of today's mayoral election in Chicago noted.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Chicago, Illinois) Projected voter turnout in race between Harold Washington and Bernard Epton noted; closing hrs. of campaign examined. Films shown. [PEOPLE - praise Washington.] Washington's legal problems and role of racism in campaign recalled. [WASHINGTON - acknowledges racial overtones of race.] [EPTON - regrets campaign's divisiveness.] Cands.' courting of wealthy white liberals noted. [PEOPLE - name their cands.] Unity breakfast tomorrow despite winner announced.
REPORTER: Bob McNamara

(Chicago, Illinois) 1965 film of Selma, Alabama, civil rights demonstration shown. Blacks' traditional role in Chicago pols. and apparent change in that status examined. [Sociologist William SAMPSON - thinks blacks are willing to try political system.] Incr. in black voter registration here and impact of today's election on ntl. Democrat pols. discussed. [SAMPSON - considers possible outcome.] Black voters' national standing and significance for national Democratic party considered; details outlined on screen. [SAMPSON - believes Democratic party can no longer ignore black voters; explains.] Significance of election for Democrats explained.
REPORTER: Bruce Morton

(Studio) Special reports on election tonight announced.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

McNamara, Bob;
Morton, Bruce;
Rather, Dan

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