Senator Lyndon Johnson - leader of the Democratic Party in the Senate - told a packed Press conference in Washington, July 5, that he would seek his party's nomination for the presidency.
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Background: Senator Lyndon Johnson - leader of the Democratic Party in the Senate - told a packed Press conference in Washington, July 5, that he would seek his party's nomination for the presidency.
Explaining why he had left his declaration of candidacy so late - it was only 6 days before the opening of the Democratic Convention in Los Angeles - Senator Johnson said that, as the Senate's majority leader, he could not absent himself from his post, that someone "had to tend the store, but now all that is changed and I am, as of this moment, a candidate." There was a big storm of cheers.
The new candidate said his friends had told him he could expect more than 500 votes on the first ballot at the Democratic Convention, and Senator Kennedy would have less than 600.
Senator Stuart Symington, of Missouri, is the only other Democrat officially in the race, while Vice-President Nixon is considered virtually certain to get the Republican nomination.