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Campaigns `78 and `80 / Texas Primary / Kennedy and Carter / Gop and Blacks #499136

NBC Evening News for Sunday, May 07, 1978
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(Studio) Report on apparent Democrat upset in Texas gubernatorial primary; state attorney general John Hill's claims of victory over incumbent Governor Dolph Briscoe noted. Contd. vote counting mentioned.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch

(Dallas, Texas) Outline of Democratic primary campaign between Hill and Briscoe given. Hill's announcement of near victory on Saturday night in Austin noted. [Hill - says people responded to positive campaign, rather than checkbook campaign.] Briscoe's refusal to concede defeat yet noted; Democratic candidate will face Republican William Clements in November general election
REPORTER: Bob Dotson (KXAS-TV, newstape, Fort Worth)

(Studio) Gallup poll of Democrats with regard to their preference for Senator Edward Kennedy or President Carter for 1980 president nomination reported; is noted that only in 1967, when Robert Kennedy was favored over Lyndon Johnson, has such occurred in Gallup history. NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) president Benjamin Hooks' statement to NBC News about favorable chances for Republican presidential candidate attracting black vote in 1980 reported.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch

(Chicago, Illinois) Discussions at NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) leaders conference in Chicago noted; political discussions with regard to Democrats' attitude toward blacks and blacks search for new pol. friend. [NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) spokesperson Melvin PORTER - says 1978 campaign shows good candidates running on Republican ballot.] Republican national chairperson William Brock's sharing platform with Democratic national chairperson, John C. White, for 1st time in memory, mentioned. [NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) president Benjamin HOOKS - talks about possibilities for blacks to turn to Republicans in 1980.] [BROCK - thinks own presence at meeting tells Democrats they'd better start doing something about problem instead of talking about it.] Statements of Democratic national chairperson about rising GOP popularity among blacks reported.

Kur, Bob;
Savitch, Jessica

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