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Campaign 1976 / Maryland and Michigan / Republicans / Poll / Delegates #488336

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, May 19, 1976
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(Studio) President Ford welcomes ex-Israeli premier Golda Meir to White House Ford beat Ronald Reagan 58%-42% in Maryland and beat Reagan 65%-34% in Michigan.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Ford quite happy. [FORD - speaks of happiness at election results. Momentum restored; optimistic for 1st ballot victory at conv.] 6 states holding primaries next Tuesday Felt Ford could get even delegate split with Reagan out of 6 elections. Some feel Republican chances of winning hurt by Ford-Reagan battling.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Studio) Rot. on Michigan primary.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Detroit, Michigan) NBC poll shows that Reagan's issues of detente and Panama Canal were wasted here. Michigan Republicans favor detente and treaty with Panama. 45% of Ford voters attracted by his experience; 4% attracted to Reagan's experience. Ford got more voters on honesty and trust issues. Ford's political org. superior to Reagan. Crossover votes didn't cross over because busing no longer an issue here.

(Studio) Ford won 43 Maryland delegates and 55 Michigan delegates. Reagan has total of 519 delegates; 441 for Ford, and 355 uncommitted. Uncommitted votes may be key to Republican nomination.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Brokaw, Tom;
Chancellor, John;
Hart, John

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