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Chicago / Mayoral Race #529690

NBC Evening News for Monday, Apr 11, 1983
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(Studio) Closing of mayoral race here between Harold Washington and Bernard Epton and role of racism in contest discussed; political implications of election explained.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Chicago, Illinois) [WASHINGTON - criticizes Democrat precinct capts.] Focus of both cands.' final campaign efforts described. [EPTON - courts Hispanics.] [US attorney Dan WEBB - notes importance of absentee ballots.] Vote fraud noted anticipated.

(Studio) Blacks' traditional support for Democrat machine recalled.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Chicago, Illinois) Racial composition of city and factors creating racist tension discussed; details outlined on screen. 36th ward featured. [Mary Ellen MATUSIK - claims everyone fears losing something.] Neighborhood's fear of blacks moving in noted. [MATUSIK - sees herself in last ditch stand against blacks.] [Studs TURKEL - notes frontier mentality of residents, fear of change.] Democrat machine's role in maintaining segregation cited.
REPORTER: Mary Nissenson

(Studio) Washington campaign said appealing to white ward bosses as campaign ends.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Studio) Upcoming item announced.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

Bode, Ken;
Brokaw, Tom;
Mudd, Roger;
Nissenson, Mary

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