Senator Hubert Humphrey withdrew from the Democratic Presidential contest on Tuesday night (July 11), leaving the nomination open to Senator George McGovern.
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HUMPHREY: I have determined that I will not permit my name to be entered in nomination at this convention. I am therefore now releasing my delegates to vote as they wish. My withdrawal from the presidential race, is a withdrawal of candidacy only; it is not a withdrawal of spirit or of determination to continue the battle that I've waged all of my life for equal opportunity for all of our people and for social justice for this nation. This has been a good fight. We've waged a good battle. We've done it within the rules of the game and we bow out now with spirit of friendship and of understanding, as a good Democrat, but above all hopefully as good citizens and a good family. Thank you very much. (APPLAUSE)
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Background: Senator Hubert Humphrey withdrew from the Democratic Presidential contest on Tuesday night (July 11), leaving the nomination open to Senator George McGovern.
Senator Edmund Muskie, who fell behind early in the race for nomination, also withdrew.
Senator Humphrey announced his withdrawal after Senator McGovern easily overcame objections to the seating of 151 delegates from California supporting him whose credentials had been challenged.
For Senator Humphrey, aged 61, it seemed the end of the road in his long quest for the presidency. The Senator from Minnesota first sought the office in 1960, but he was beaten for the Democratic nomination by the late President John F. Kennedy.
In 1964 he was chosen as Vice-President by president Lyndon B. Johnson. Senator Humphrey came close to achieving his ambition in 1968 when he ran for president and was beaten by less than one per cent of the total vote by Richard Nixon.
Senator Humphrey broke the news of his withdrawal to his campaign staff at the Democratic convention centre at Miami Beach in Florida and then read a brief statement to newsmen.
By his side was his wife Muriel whom he married in 1936.