Primary Elections and Presidency

Primary Elections and Presidency - Candidate Strategy o To...

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Candidate Strategy o To gain nomination under the mixed convention and primary system Rise of the Pure Primary System o Developed in the aftermath in the 1968 election o Early in 1968, Senator McCarthy was convinced by anti-war activists to challenge Lyndon Johnson, the incumbent president, for the democratic party nomination o Several young supporter got “clean for Gene” and worked on his behalf in New Hampshire primary o McCarthy receives over 40% of vote (anti-war vote) o Kennedy entered democratic contest o After Johnson’s withdrawal, VP Humphrey entered race for democratic nomination o NOW: McCarthy, Kennedy, and Humphrey= democratic nominees 1968 Nomination Campaign o McCarthy and Kennedy ran in almost all of the primaries, with Kennedy winning majority of them o Humphrey didn’t contest most of the primaries Wasn’t choice of party leaders Bc most delegates were selected in party conventions and caucuses controlled by party leaders, Humphrey had the support of enough delegates to win o Kennedy assassination following victory in California Primary o Riots at the 1968 Chicago convention: police discouraging protestors
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This note was uploaded on 09/14/2011 for the course POL SCI 1100 taught by Professor Overby during the Spring '08 term at Missouri (Mizzou).

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