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Campaign 1976 / Republicans / Delegates / Virginia #489028

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Jun 09, 1976
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(Studio) In Republican presidential race, president Ford is ahead, but barely. Ford is 1st President in modern times who has had to fight for nomination.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(DC) Ford to look for convention state delegates Friday in Missouri. He'll say he is only Republican who can win in November [FORD - says he's electable and delegates know that.] Ford to tone down his charge that Ronald Reagan would get US in war, if elected.
REPORTER: John Cochran

(Studio) Report on Reagan.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Los Angeles, California) Last night's film shown. [REAGAN - says will go all the way to the president nomination.] Reagan to campaign in 1/2 of conv. states which haven't elected delegates. He'll begin in Missouri Friday [REAGAN - notes political strategy he'll use. Says has better chance than Ford to win in November] Key uncommitted delegates will be concentrated on.
REPORTER: Kenley Jones

(Studio) Ford has 954 total delegates; 862 for Reagan; 160 uncommitted. Uncommitted and unchosen delegates will decide Republican race.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(Norfolk, Virginia) Republicans hold convention in Virginia. Reagan representative, David Keene, talks to uncommitted delegates. Ford organization shown at work. [Uncommitted delegate Eliza SPRINKLE - says will stay uncommitted until reaches Kansas City.] [Uncommitted delegate Lois KENT - says it is important to pick whoever can win in November] Uncommitted delegate James Crockett to stay uncommitted because those he representatives want Ford to appointed federal judge from their district. [KEENE - talks to delegates.] [CROCKETT - says committed delegates might as well not go to convention

(Studio) More political news to come.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Brinkley, David;
Chancellor, John;
Cochran, John;
Hart, John;
Jones, Kenley

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