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Republican Campaign / Delegates #44419

ABC Evening News for Monday, Jul 19, 1976
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(Studio) 35 Connecticut delegates go to President Ford. Ronald Reagan recs. 20 Utah delegates. Both campaign for uncommitted delegates.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) Ford holds news conference [FORD - estimates his delegate total at 1103. Doesn't have an impression of Jimmy Carter. Delegates should vote by laws under which they were selected.] Ford wants convention to guarantee that "soft" delegates won't switch sides. Ford invites New Jersey delegation to White House
REPORTER: Ann Compton

(DC) "Washington Post" story says some of Reagan's top aides acknowledge he won't get nomination. [Campaign chairperson John SEARS - says more confident of 1st ballot victory now than ever before. Estimates Reagan has 1140 delegates.] Sears talks to reporter privately. [SEARS - says he knows names and states of 1140 delegates.] Reagan organization reports names of 3 uncommitted delegates won over to Reagan side. Org. says more names will be released when converts won.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Studio) ABC estimates Ford has 1110 delegates; 1064 for Reagan and 85 uncommitted.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

Compton, Ann;
Reasoner, Harry;
Reynolds, Frank

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