Senator George McGovern won the important California Democratic Presidential Primary Election on Tuesday (6 June).?
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Background: Senator George McGovern won the important California Democratic Presidential Primary Election on Tuesday (6 June). The victory, along with successes in three other states on Tuesday, means that he now has 925 guaranteed votes from delegates who will pick the Democratic Presidential Candidate at the party's convention in Miami Beach next month. The South Dakota senator needs 1,509 delegates to get the nomination.
Speaking to supporters in California Tuesday night, Senator McGovern said "We must end the war in Vietnam immediately. I believe as President I could end the killing and return all our troops and prisoners in 90 days time."
Senator McGovern received 45 per cent of the four-million Democratic ballots in California. former Vice-President Hubert Humphrey had 39 per cent. Another six per cent went largely to Governor George Wallace of Alabama, and 10 per cent were still to be counted.
The McCovern margin fell far short of the 20 per cent predicted in a statewide opinion poll last week, but the victory still gives him the entire 271 delegate votes of the nation's most populous state.
Voter turnout was heavy from the start, with six and a half per cent of registered voters turning up at polling places during the first two hours of voting in Los Angeles. Later, however, there were problems at some San Francisco polling stations. A federal court order caused those polling stations to remain open three hour extra, because of long lines of people still waiting to vote at the original closing time.
SYNOPSIS: The California Democratic Presidential Primary has been won by Senator George McGovern. But California's voters on Tuesday did not give him the wide margin of victory that had been predicted in a statewide opinion poll last week.
With ten per cent of the votes still to be counted, Senator McGovern gained forty-five per cent of the four-million Democratic ballots. Former Vice-President Hubert Humphrey had thirty-nine per cent. Another six-per cent went largely to Governor George Wallace. Tuesday's win gave Senator McGovern the entire two-hundred and seventy-one delegate votes in the nation's most populous state.
Senator McGovern also won primaries on Tuesday in three other states -- New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota. These successes mean that he now has nine-hundred and twenty-five guaranteed votes from delegates, who will pick the Democratic Presidential Candidate at the party's convention in Miami Beach next month. One-thousand, five-hundred and nine delegates are needed for the nomination. On the Republican side of the California primary, President Nixon received ninety per cent of the vote.