South Dakota: Encounter on the Prairies

SOUTH DAKOTA

Gentle George McGovern's last minute run for the presidency enhanced his stature in 49 states and hurt it in one —his own. On South Dakota's windswept prairies, the voters like a man who takes their problems to heart, and never mind what ails the big cities or the world at large. Six weeks before the Democratic Convention, McGovern, a onetime college history teacher, en-ioyed a two-to-one lead m a statewide poll. After his abortive bid for national office, his margin dwindled to 2%.

The wonder is that McGovern, 46, was so far ahead...

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