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Decision 1984 / Primaries #537156

NBC Evening News for Sunday, May 20, 1984
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(Studio) Walter Mondale reported predicting victory in upcoming California and New Jersey primaries; delegate count so far for Mondale, Gary Hart and Jesse Jackson listed on screen.
REPORTER: John Palmer

(ID) Importance of California and New Jersey races to Hart examined. [HART - notes election situation if he wins.] Efforts of Hart delegate Rick Gray to court uncommitted delegates in Virginia noted. - [Governor Charles ROBB - cites role of momentum in pols.] Florida Governor Robert Graham, Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton and Idaho Governor John Evans mentioned also courted by Hart this week; details given. [HART - is confident he has best chance of beating Ronald Reagan.] Latest polls said showing Hart and Mondale losing to Reagan by same margin.

(Studio) Jesse Jackson's commitment to seating his delegates at convention and denouncement of Democratic party rules on delegate selections noted.
REPORTER: John Palmer

(Yazoo City, Mississippi) Implications for primary system of cnty.'s black majority and campaigns. of Evan Doss, Robert Gray, Robert Clark examined. [GRAY - feels whites now owe black cands. support.] Traditionally Democrat district recalled voting Republican in 1982; focus of Republican winner Webb Franklin's campaign advertising described. [CLARK - feels voters liked his work as public official until they found out he was black.] Harold Washington and Coleman Young mentioned. [Cand. Richard BARRETT - if elected, will push for repeal of Voting Rights Act and Civil Rights Act; claims integration has been decline of Mississippi education system.] Barrett's platform outlined, include his racist references to black opponents. [BARRETT - claims the "lumps of coal" (his opponents) don't like each other.]

Bode, Ken;
Kur, Bob;
Palmer, John

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