With the first Presidential Primary election just over a day away, Senators Edmund Muskie and George McGovern--the chief Democratic contenders--stepped out into a New Hampshire snowstorm on Sunday (March 5) to canvass last-minutes support from the state's 400,000 voters.
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Background: With the first Presidential Primary election just over a day away, Senators Edmund Muskie and George McGovern--the chief Democratic contenders--stepped out into a New Hampshire snowstorm on Sunday (March 5) to canvass last-minutes support from the state's 400,000 voters.
New Hampshire was vital to both men in their popularity contest for the Democratic nomination. Though its electoral roll is small, its vote can effect a candidate's hopes for the later primaries. For Muskie, this first election was considered critical--it came as an influential popularity poll showed that his support had dropped by 23 per cent since the end of January.
SYNOPSIS: New Hampshire, United States--with the first Presidential primary just over a day away, Senator Edmund Muskie made a last-minute bid on Sunday to recover lost support. As he started out in Manchester, a newspaper poll was showing that his popularity as the leading Democratic contender had dropped by 23 per cent since January. Though New Hampshire's electoral roll is small, the poll was considered critical for Muskie. Most observers said he must get at least 50 per cent of the State's Democratic vote to go on in the primaries--a job made considerably more difficult by his sudden loss in popularity.
Senator George McGovern, Muskie's closest rival, campaigned in Bedford with his own hopes considerably strengthened by his opponent's difficulties. But McGovern's support had slipped too--though only by 5 per cent. And the newspaper poll showed that despite his campaign to attract young, newly-registered voters, there had been a sharp increase in those undecided about the poll.
The two hopefuls met at the end of the day's campaign to take part in a television debate in Durham with three other Democratic candidates--all considered rank outsiders.
The debate turned out to be a low-key affair, with both Muskie and McGovern leaving the more controversial issues to be decided in the polling booths.