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The key to the region is California and its massive bloc of 271 delegates, second largest in the nation. The June 6 winner-take-all primary is crucial to Muskie's control of the West. Humphrey shows surprising strength and could cause Muskie trouble, but as of now Muskie appears to lead in Californiaand thus in the whole region. While he may not take every state, he should have a plurality.
The strategy has been simple but effective: get the endorsements of local politicians. As more and more state leaders publicly announce their dedication to Muskie, the effect is to create a Muskie steamroller. If Muskie can have the same effect on the Western states' grass-roots voters, he will be an easy winner here.