A surprise double victory over President Jimmy Carter in the New York and Connecticut primary elections still leaves Senator Edward Kennedy with an uphill task in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.
GV ZOOM IN TO Democratic candidate Edward Kennedy speaking on rostrum surrounded by wife and two children
CU Ronald Reagan, Republican candidate speaking
CU George Bush, Republican candidate, speaking
CU John Anderson, Republican candidate speaking
TRANSCRIPT: KENNEDY: "I love New York, and I love Connecticut too and this is as much a victory for Joan, my wife, who's been a real partner in this campaign, as it is for me."
REAGAN: "I've always said that this was George's backyard and where he should be the strongest that he could be. But we didn't even have a look in four years ago, never had a delegate from there and what my high expectations were that I though we could come out with a pretty fair chunk of delegates and if these proportions keep up, which are nearly half and half, if they keep up that way, yes that would meet my expectations -- I'd be very pleased with that."
BUSH: "I'm pleased and I will stay with my policy of discussing issues. What this does as I see it is give me an opportunity now to come into Illinois to keep focusing on (he laughs) in Illinois -- into Wisconsin -- keen focusing -- you become a little groggy after this one -- keep focusing on these issues and stay with that plan of not going into the mechanics of campaigning and just dig ahead trying to get out where I stand and I of course am pleased."
ANDERSON: "We make no secret of the fact that coming from a party that represents less than one quarter of the total electorate, we need Democrats, we need Independents, we need all who are willing to march shoulder to shoulder with us in achieving the goals that we have set for us."
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Background: A surprise double victory over President Jimmy Carter in the New York and Connecticut primary elections still leaves Senator Edward Kennedy with an uphill task in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. On the Republican side, former California Governor Ronald Reagan -- undisputed front-runner of his party -- lost Connecticut to George Bush by a slender 39 to 34 percent. In New York, however, Mr. Reagan emerged with the major share of Republican votes. Illinois congressman John Anderson, who barely campaigned in connecticut, received 22 percent of the vote. Senator Edward Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, George Bush and John Anderson gave their reactions to the result of the primaries with only two more to go -- in Kansas and Wisconsin, both on April 1st.