Public opinion polls throughout California ware on Tuesday (6 June) forecasting that Senator George McGovern would easily win the California Democratic Primay -- the most crucial vote remaining before the Democratic Party Convention at Maimi Beach next month.
SV McGovern's car arrives at building site
SV McGovern steps from car and greeted by construction leader
CU McGrovern talking to newsmen
SOUND STARTS: "Does this report...."
SOUND ENDS: "...become the President"
SV McGovern and party meeting workers on site
SV INTERIOR..Humphrey news conference
CU Humphrey speaks
SOUND STARTS: "I'm grateful to the mayor......."
SOUND ENDS: "....thank you".
SV Touring Chinatown followed by newsmen(2 shots)
SV Demonstrators with placards
SV Humphrey and party carry on trueing
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 3: MCGROVERN: "Well, we finally made it...."
SUPERVISOR: "We have a hard hat for you."
MCGOVERN: "It's got my name on it ;"
SUPERVISOR: "Yes, sir."
MCGOVERN: "Thank you."
SUPERVISOR: "You want to tour the job with us?"
Senator McGovern's tour of the construction site coincided with news that he has decided to visit Houston in Texas. This immediately prompted speculation that the Senator was worried by the attitude of some delegates to the State Governor's Conference being held there.
NEWSMAN: "Does this report from Houston indicate your concern about the report of a stop McGovern movement lad by Governor Clark ?"
MCGOVERN: "No, I understand that fizzled out. But I do want the governors t know that I am interested in their views... that they'll have access to me if I become candidate, they'll have access to me if I become President."
Struggling as mush as twenty percentage points behind McGovern (according to some polls), Senator Hubert Humphrey spent the last day of the California campaign touring San Francisco. Just before reaching the city he learnt that Los Angeles' influential mayor Sam Yorty had pledged his support for the Humphrey cause.
SEQ. 6: HUMPHREY: "I'm grateful to the Mayor. It came to me as a pleasant surprise. I heard about it just as I left Long Beach and I want to thank him publicly."
NEWSMAN: "What do you think it's worth?"
HUMPHREY: "I hope it's worth something. The Mayor gets elected in Los Angeles. I must be honest with you - I never felt that endorsements alone would do the job. I didn't prod the Mayor. Thank you very much.... let's go eat. Thank you."
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Background: Public opinion polls throughout California ware on Tuesday (6 June) forecasting that Senator George McGovern would easily win the California Democratic Primay -- the most crucial vote remaining before the Democratic Party Convention at Maimi Beach next month.
As the campaign drew to a close, Senator McGovern was touring Los Angeles - California's largest city. There he visited a construction site in the suburb of Venice.
SYNOPSIS: Senator George McGovern -- front runner in the Democratic Primary in California -- spent the day before polling in Los Angeles. There he visited a large construction site in the suburb of Venice. The McGovern Campaign organisers were confident voters in the state would give their candidate strong support in the primary -- the most crucial vote before the Democratic Party convention next month. Senator McGovern's visit coincided with the news that he is shortly to visit Houston in Texas.
As voting began, public opinion polls showed Senator McGovern with a clear lead over his principal opponent, Senator Humphrey. Some polls predict McGovern will win the state by as much as twenty percentage points. While Senator McGovern toured Los Angeles, Senator Humphrey was in San Francisco - having received the support of Los Angeles mayor, Sam Yorty.
Senator Humphrey's eve-of-voting campaign took him into San Francisco's famous Chinatown area.
The Senator encountered some demonstrators - but their grievances were mainly of a local nature.
Senator Humphrey says even if he loses California, he'll remain in the Presidential race.