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Special Segment (Ron. Reagan: Can He Win?) #510783

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, May 07, 1980
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(Studio) Report introduced.

(DC) Barry Goldwater's nomination at 1964 Republican convention recalled; films shown. [GOLDWATER - addresses conv.] His defeat by Lyndon Johnson mentioned as occurring in same year Ronald Reagan made his political debut as Goldwater supporter. [Pollster Robert TEETER - comments on Reagan's showing in polls.] [Former Reagan manager John SEARS - comments.] [Reagan strategist Richard WIRTHLIN - comments on base necessary for Reagan's elec.] Reagan's appeal to crossover Democrats noted. [REAGAN - comments on winning gubernatorial race in California; mentions Illinois.] Apparent change in Reagan's image among Republican party members cited. [UAW president Doug. FRASER - says Reagan's a possibility.] [Colorado Governor Dick LAMM, newspaper editor H. Brandt AYRES, PEOPLE - note regional support for Reagan.] Electoral vote totals for President Carter, Gerald Ford in 1976 recalled; possibility of Reagan beating Carter in places like Texas, Florida, and the Carolinas noted. Kennedy mentioned; Carter recalled carrying major electoral states in 1976. Reagan support in those same states discussed; maps shown. Possible boost to Reagan campaign by John Anderson's independent cand. considered; Reagan's appeal to blue collar and conservative Democrats cited. London oddsmakers mentioned favoring Reagan.

(Studio) Odds favoring Jimmy Carter's reelec., as incumbent, outlined.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Bode, Ken;
Chancellor, John

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