The Nation: Alternate Democratic Visions

WISCONSIN, 54 ... Massachusetts, 102 ... Nebraska, 18 ... Oregon, 34 ... New Jersey, 71 ... California, 271 ... Last week, in the final phase of the spring primary season, George McGovern's sleek and improbable juggernaut rolled through New York. As the votes were counted, McGovern stood amid his euphoric supporters in Manhattan's Biltmore Hotel, his thin hair flecked with confetti, his tanned face creased with a wide, white grin. "SOUTH DAKOTA wow," proclaimed one cardboard sign. In his flat, prairie tones, McGovern said calmly; "I'm convinced we will now win the nomination...

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