Senator Eugene McCarthy upset Senator Robert Kennedy in the Oregon Democratic Presidential Primary, and perhaps destroyed Kennedy's chances for the nomination, on Tuesday (May 28).
SENATOR KENNEDY READING A TELEGRAM CONCEDING DEFEAT TO MCCARTHY, MCCARTHY PROCLAIMING VICTORY, FORMER VICE-PRESIDENT NIXON SAYING HE WAS HAPPY TO WIN, AND CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR RONALD REAGAN EXPRESSING HAPPINESS AT HIS 22 PER CENT OF THE VOTE.
TRANSCRIPT: KENNEDY: "Ladies and gentlemen, I sent the following telegram to Senator McCarthy. 'My sincerest congratulations to you and your dedicated supporters on this victory in Oregon. We can both take some satisfaction from the overwhelming expression for change the voters have once again registered. My very best wishes to you. Signed Robert Kennedy.'"
MCCARTHY: "I think our campaign is going along about as well as we hoped it would. Building up from Indiana, where we really started over when Senator Kennedy entered, and improving our position some in Nebraska. I hoped we'd break about even here in the state of Oregon. It looks as though we may do a little better than that."
NIXON: "I can only say now that the voters of Oregon have spoken and I like the sound of the voices I heard."
REAGAN: "It's (REAGAN'S SHOWING IN THE PRIMARY) quite a bit better than the polls indicated (IT WOULD BE), and as far as I'm concerned, quite a bit better than the people who are working up there (HIS SUPPORTERS IN OREGON DID NOT WORK HARD AS REAGAN'S SHOWING INDICATES). In this regard, I had thought they were going to do (REAGAN'S SUPPORTERS DID BETTER THAN THEY EXPECTED). They told me that they'd be ecstatic, was their term, if they had 15 per cent.
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Background: Senator Eugene McCarthy upset Senator Robert Kennedy in the Oregon Democratic Presidential Primary, and perhaps destroyed Kennedy's chances for the nomination, on Tuesday (May 28). Mr. Kennedy, who previously said he had to win the primary, won 39 per cent of the vote to Mr. McCarthy's 44 per cent.
Former Vice-president Richard Nixon won an overwhelming total of 73 per cent of the vote in the Republican contest. Nixon organizers in Oregon said before the Primary that they would be happy with 55 per cent. California Governor Ronald Reagan, who is considered a strong possibility for the Republican Vice-presidential nomination, was second with 22 per cent.
All four candidates reached to the Primary results before television cameras. The following is the order in which they appear on film and their transcripts: