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.
REPORTER: Bob Kur
(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.]
REPORTER: Ken Bode
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