POLITICS: The Big Showdown in California

AND now, the big one: California. As the Democratic presidential contenders near the end of their punishing primary ordeal, the stakes in next week's voting for California's 271 delegates are huge. The winner in the head-to-head showdown between Hubert Humphrey and George McGovern will be a heavy favorite to grab the nomination in Miami Beach. As the duel between the two longtime friends from neighboring Midwestern states turns personal, the man with all the momentum is McGovern.

McGovern goes into California fresh from an impressive victory in Oregon, where he took 50%...

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