Senator Edward Kennedy held a razor-thin victory margin over President Carter on Wednesday (23 April) in the Pennsylvania primary election.
GV INTERIOR: Supporters of George Bush applaud before he makes speech. (2 shots)
GV: Ronald Reagan enters hall
SV: Reagan speaks to reporter (3 shots)
GV INTERIOR: Edward Kennedy enters hall surrounded by supporters (4 shots)
CU: Kennedy speaking
CROWDS: "We want George, we want George, we want George."
BUSH: "Hi. Thank you very much. I will keep doing what we've been trying to do for the last few weeks and that is hammer away on the key issues. Each chance we have, like in Pennsylvania, I think helps delineate the differences between myself and Governor Reagan on the issues, keeping in mind the main thing: which candidate would best be able to do what this nation has to have done -- beat Jimmy Carter."
SEQ. 3: REAGAN: "I think it gives him a little (indistinct) and a little encouragement and as I say I congratulate him but this has been the best week in the campaign that I've had so far. I have picked up a hundred and twenty delegates this week and as far as I am concerned this, while it would have been nice to have added this to the string of things, this can't take away from how happy I am about what's taken place."
REPORTER: "You suggested yesterday that the mathematics of the delegate count stacked the odds against George Bush and if you were in his position you would seriously consider pulling out of the race. Do you still believe that?"
REAGAN: "Well, because, yes, the delegates that I already have and those that we can reasonably project as being ours in the near future are more than ninety per cent of what are needed for nomination."
SEQ. 5: KENNEDY: "I believe that the challenge now for our party is to have a Democratic President that is going to spell out the directions and the goals for this nation in resolving the challenges in our economy and restoring in the area of foreign policy, a foreign policy which has the confidence of our allies and the respect of our adversaries...We shall, renewed by your confidence and your support, we continue this campaign right through to gain the nomination and the election, and we thank you for all of your help and your assistance."
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Background: Senator Edward Kennedy held a razor-thin victory margin over President Carter on Wednesday (23 April) in the Pennsylvania primary election. The margin was so narrow that experts with computers were still refusing to declare the winner. The senator's lead of a few thousand votes out of the one-point-four million cast keeps his drive for the Democratic presidential nomination alive. On the Republican side, the outcome of the popular vote was quickly clear, --former U.N. ambassador George Bush defeated ex-California governor Ronald Reagan by 54 to 45 per cent of the vote. George Bush, Ronald Reagan and Edward Kennedy commented on the results.