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    Thousands of voters went to the polls on Tuesday (4 April) in the presidential primary in the state of Wisconsin.

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    Thousands of voters went to the polls on Tuesday (4 April) in the presidential primary in the state of Wisconsin.

    The Republican contest was a foregone conclusion, with President Richard Nixon facing only token opposition. But in the Democratic race a dozen candidates were standing - and pre-election opinion polls failed to show any clear favourite.

    Among the candidates is former Vice President Hubert Humphrey, once considered a political has-been in the United States, Senator George McCovern, Senator Edmund Muskie, Senator Henry Jackson, New York's Mayor John Lindsay and Governor George Wallace of Alabama.

    All candidates launched vigorous campaigns in the days immediately before polling.

    SYNOPSIS: Last minute campaigning in the United States primary election in Wisconsin...Former Vice-President Hubert Humphrey worked hard during the closing stages of the campaign - putting in up to twenty hours a day. He wants to throw off the image of a political has-been, and is anxious to persuade voters all over the United States that he can be the "architect of the nation's future".

    Senator McGovern has also campaigned tirelessly in Wisconsin. His was the best organised campaign - and the local state governor ventured an advance prediction that McGovern would top the poll. However, there is a section of the Wisconsin electorate which regards McGovern as too far left in his political convictions.

    For supporters of Mayor Lindsay of New York the closing days of the campaign were gloomy days. It was widely agreed that somehow the campaign had not caught on - and a poor showing in Wisconsin could spell the end of Mr Lindsay's drive for the White House.

    Exuding confidence - Governor Wallace of Alabama. After his victory in the Florida primary he's gone to pains to present himself as a national candidate. Busing was the issue which won Wallace the Florida primary - but in Wisconsin he's campaigned against high taxes. Public opinion polls before the primary showed growing support for the Governor.

    For Senator Edmund Muskie, Wisconsin was crucial. He claims he's the only man who can stop President Nixon this year. So far he leads in the number delegates committed to him at the Democrat convention -- but poor showings in the other primaries so far have hurt his campaign.

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