NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Jun 06, 1972
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(Studio) 415 Democrat delegate votes at stake in today's primaries in California, NM, New Jersey, and South Dakota. In South Dakota Senator George McGovern is unopposed for 17 delegates (his home state). In New Jersey, 109 will mostly go to McGovern. 18 New Mexico votes less predictable. California is big prize, winner getting all 271 delegate votes, and McGovern is expected to win over Senator Hubert Humphrey.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Houston, Texas) McGovern visits National Govs. Conf. in Houston, Texas. Spends 3 hrs. with Democrat govs., some of whom uncertain about supporting him. [MCGOVERN - says discussion enormously beneficial. Says if he wins nomination, he will pull some surPrises in South against Nixon. Calls for party unity.] [Georgia Governor Jimmy CARTER - says McGovern guarantees, if he gets non. and is elected, the Federal laws and administration rulings would apply to Southern states equally with rest of nation] [Kentucky Governor Wendell FORD - says govs. felt more comfortable after chatting with him, but will wait to see if their suggestions soaked in before making commitments.] McGovern flies back to L.A. to await perhaps biggest victory in primary history.
REPORTER: Jack Perkins
(Los Angeles, California) Polls in California don't close until 8:00 o'clock. While polls open, there Is still hope. Humphrey continues campaigning. Public opinion polls show him behind in California. [HUMPHREY - says he's done as well as he could within limits of time and resources, and expects to do better than polls anticipated.] Visits vocational training center, finds a few people who voted for him.
REPORTER: John Dancy
(Studio) California Secretary of State, Edmund G. Brown, Junior asks 3 television networks not to predict winner in California until everyone has voted in San Francisco, which must keep polls open late.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
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