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State Political Conventions (1968)
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    Then Lieutenant Governor Preston Smith delivers the keynote address at the Texas Democratic Convention at the Palmer Auditorium in Austin on September 16, 1968. In 1998, the City of Austin leased the Palmer Auditorium to the nonprofit group Arts Center Stage to renovate the building into a community performing arts venue. The Long Center for the Performing Arts opened in 2008.
    Governor John Connally approaches the lectern
    Texas Attorney General Crawford Martin and Speaker of the Texas House Ben Barnes applaud
    Then State Senator Barbara Jordan shares her disappointment in the lack of enthusiasm for presidential nominee Hubert Humphrey at the state convention
    Texas Republican Convention at the historic Hotel Texas in Fort Worth on September 17, 1968
    Then Congressman George H. W. Bush
    Maryland Governor Spiro Agnew, the Republican vice presidential nominee, delivers the keynote address
    Republican gubernatorial nominee Paul Eggers
    Texas convention for the American Independent Party at the Memorial Auditorium in Dallas on September 17, 1968. The venue is now known as the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center.
    Third-party presidential candidate George Wallace addresses the convention. Wallace rose to national prominence through his opposition to racial integration as governor of Alabama. In 1963, he blocked the entrance to Foster Auditorium at the University of Alabama in a symbolic attempt to prevent two African-American students from enrolling. The incident, later known as the "Stand in the Schoolhouse Door," prompted President John F. Kennedy to federalize the Alabama National Guard to command Wallace to step aside. In the 1968 presidential election, Wallace ran as the American Independent Party candidate on a segregationist platform. He did not expect to win the race, but sought to garner enough electoral votes to prevent either major party candidate from winning the necessary majority. The House of Representatives would then decide the election, and Wallace hoped that southern states could use their influence to halt federal desegregation efforts. Wallace won five states, amassing 46 Electoral College votes. Republican candidate Richard Nixon nevertheless acquired enough electoral votes, 301, to handily win the election.