• Short Summary

    THERE WAS HEAVY POLLING IN AMERICA'S BIG CITIES TODAY (TUESDAY) AS THE POPULATION VOTED IN MID-TERM ELECTIONS WHICH WILL TEST PRESIDENT JOHNSON'S PRESTIGE AND DETERMINE WHETHER HE WILL BE ABLE TO PUSH AHEAD WITH HIS PROPOSED PROGRAMME.

  • Description

    THERE WAS HEAVY POLLING IN AMERICA'S BIG CITIES TODAY (TUESDAY) AS THE POPULATION VOTED IN MID-TERM ELECTIONS WHICH WILL TEST PRESIDENT JOHNSON'S PRESTIGE AND DETERMINE WHETHER HE WILL BE ABLE TO PUSH AHEAD WITH HIS PROPOSED PROGRAMME. FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY CAME REPORTS OF A BIG TURNOUT, EVEN IN AREAS WHERE SNOW AND RAIN CUT INTO EARLY MORNING BALLOTING.

    THE FINAL TALLY OF VOTES WAS EXPECTED TO BE CLOSE TO 60,000,000 AN INCREASE OF SIX AND A HALF MILLION ON THE 1962 FIGURE IN THE LAST MID-TERM ELECTION. DURING THE 1964 PRESIDENTIAL RACE THE FIGURE WAS CORRESPONDINGLY HIGHER - AT 70,000,000.

    TURNOUT WAS BRISK IN NEW YORK STATE, WHERE REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR NELSON ROCKEFELLER WAS BATTLING FOR A THIRD TERM IN A CLOSE RACE AGAINST DEMOCRATIC CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT FRANK O'CONNOR. IN NEW YORK CITY THE VOTE IN SOME DISTRICTS WAS DESCRIBED AS VERY HEAVY.

    A BIG POLL, ESPECIALLY IN THE CITIES, IS USUALLY INTERPRETED AS FAVOURING THE DEMOCRATS. PRESIDENT JOHNSON'S DEMOCRATS WERE CERTAIN TO RETAIL THEIR MAJORITY OVER THE REPUBLICANS IN BOTH THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE SENATE. BUT THE MAIN QUESTION WAS WHETHER THE PRESIDENT WOULD RETAIN A BIG ENOUGH "LIBERAL" DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY TO CONTINUE HIS PROGRAMME, OR WHETHER HE WOULD BE CONFRONTED BY A BLOCKING COALITION OF REPUBLICANS PLUS CONSERVATIVE DEMOCRATS.

    VOTING STARTED EARLY IN MOST PARTS OF THE NATION, AND I SOME BIG CITIES WHERE CONSTITUENCIES WERE USING VOTING MACHINES THERE WERE PROBLEMS. IN ONE NEW YORK SUBURB 25 MACHINES BROKE DOWN IN HALF AN HOUR.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAC50JMQVQEMV6Q8G3AETYS49JA
    Media URN:
    VLVAC50JMQVQEMV6Q8G3AETYS49JA
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/11/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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