The pressure has already begun as the campaigns in the California presidential primary poll get under way.
The pressure has already begun as the campaigns in the California presidential primary poll get under way. The Democratic campaign is really between Senators George McGovern and Hubert Humphrey. Although Alabama Governor George Wallace's name isn't on the ballot, his supporters in the state may mount a write-in campaign for him. In Los Angeles, campaign workers are already setting up their offices and distributing leaflets for the June 6th vote.
California is a prize for the candidates--whoever wins the state will have 271 delegates committed to vote for him at the Democratic Party's nominating convention. And this is a major factor in more than three months of state-by-state campaigning.
There's diversity among the more than five million registered Democrats and there's diversity in the issues. And the two senators are expected to spend between one and one-and-a-half-million dollars (about 400,000 pounds to 600,000 pounds) each in the campaign to reach the voters.
McGovern may reportedly get support from the strong anti-war feeling in California--but it's said Humphrey may be helped because he's voted for the loan to the Lockheed Aircraft Company and the space shuttle, and they're of vital interest in a state with high unemployment and dependence upon defence and aerospace contracts. Unemployment is 8.3 per cent which is higher than the national average.
There's a move in the state to initiate a referendum on the legalising of marijuana--and this, too, could become a factor in the primary.
SYNOPSIS: Activity at Senator Hubert Humphrey's Los Angeles campaign headquarters is already well under way as the June 6th date for the California presidential primary approaches.
Humphrey's biggest rival is Senator George McGovern. Governor George Wallace isn't on the ballot. The two main candidates are expected to spend between one and one-and-a-half million dollars each in the state. But they think it's worth it, because the state represents a big prize. Whoever wins here will have 271 delegates committed to vote for him at the Democratic Party's nominating convention. And this is a major factor in three months of state-by-state campaigning. There's diversity in California--not only among the state's more than five million registered Democrats, but among the issues as well.
Vietnam is sure to be one of the issues. Anti-war feeling in california has been strong and this may be felt at the polls because more young people have registered than their counterparts in other states.
While that may reportedly help McGovern, the state's dependence upon defence and aerospace contracts could, it's said, be a factor in Humphrey's favour. Defence out-back added to California's unemployment, already higher than the national average. But Humphrey voted for the loan to Lockheed and for the space shuttle.
There are other issues as well. Property taxes, for example. Californians collected enough signatures to put a referendum on the November ballot to limit property taxes to one-point-eight per cent of assessed value.
Another group are collecting signature to have a referendum to legalise marijuana.
There are a number of issues, and no candidate can win on the strength of one issue alone. Humphrey, it's reported, will have to convince voters that he's against the war--and it's said McGovern will have to show defence workers he's their friend.