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Campaign 1976 / Massachusetts and Florida Primaries / Democrats / Republicans #487679

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 03, 1976
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(Studio) In Massachusetts Democratic primary, Senator Henry Jackson won with 23% of vote; 18% for Representative Morris Udall; 17% for Alabama Governor George Wallace; 14% for Jimmy Carter; 8% for Fred Harris; 7% for Sargent Shriver; 5% for Senator Birch Bayh; 4% for Ellen McCormack and 3% for Pennsylvania Governor Milton Shapp. Vote totals noted. Carter received 16 convention delegates; 20 for Udall and Wallace; 30 for Jackson. (Audio-video difficulty.) Florida primary is next Tuesday Campaign tempo picking up.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Cape Canaveral, Florida) Carter says he overestimated effect of his New Hampshire win on Massachusetts voters and underestimated busing issue. [CARTER - says Jackson ran 1-issue (busing) campaign, and it paid off. Doesn't want to win by appealing to negative issues, like racism.] Carter campaigns.
REPORTER: Judy Woodruff

(Studio) Jackson says Carter's charge about busing absurd. Report on Florida primary.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Cape Canaveral, Florida) Florida to be showdown between Jackson, Wallace and Carter. Carter begins comeback by attacking Jackson, who has run aggressive campaign here, Wallace predicts Florida victory. Jackson, Carter and Shapp may divide anti-Wallace vote.
REPORTER: Tom Pettit

(Studio) Udall's next primary is in New York, although he may run in North Carolina. Udall is liberal front-runner.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Boston, Massachusetts) Liberal Democrats did poorly as a group in state that went to George McGovern in 1972.
REPORTER: Charles Quinn

(NYC) Udall holds news conference [UDALL - says chances for beating Carter, Jackson and Wallace rest with him. Hopes that supporters of Birch Bayh and others recognize he's the progressive candidate.]
REPORTER: Charles Quinn

(DC) Bayh deciding whether to end campaign.
REPORTER: Charles Quinn

(Massachusetts) Shriver not sure if he'll continue. [HARRIS - can keep on going due to solid showing and supporters.]
REPORTER: Charles Quinn

(NYC) Udall campaigns on street here. His type of support noted. Felt he must broaden his support.
REPORTER: Charles Quinn

(Studio) It may be tough for liberal candidate to win in 1976. The Massachusetts ex-antiwar vote is smaller and scattered. Carter won Boston's black vote. Wallace won in antibusing areas. Jackson did well with liberals, moderates and conservatives. Republican voters had more trust in Ford than Reagan voters in Reagan. In Massachusetts Republican primary, Ford received 62% of vote; 35% for Reagan. Vote totals noted. Neither campaigned in Massachusetts, but Ford spent $200,000 on Massachusetts campaign.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Chancellor, John;
Pettit, Tom;
Quinn, Charles;
Woodruff, Judy

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