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Thu Apr 30, 2015, 01:19 AM

37. A few comments

George McGovern was running against an incumbent who had been a dirty campaigner going back all the way to his 1946 Congressional campaign. In fact, he was such a dirty campaigner, he had his henchmen burglarize the national headquarters of the Democratic Party a few months before the election.

McGovern also shot himself in the foot by first declaring his unwavering support for his original choice of running mate, Thomas Eagleton, then dumping him because of the controversy over Eagleton's consultations with a psychiatrist.

Finally, leading in the polls at this stage doesn't mean a whole lot. It's still 18 months before the next presidential election, and things can change dramatically between now and then.

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