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McCarthy Campaigning in Houston (1968)
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1968 |
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    Supporters welcome Senator Eugene McCarthy of Minnesota to Houston
    During a news conference at the Rice Hotel, Senator Ralph Yarborough of Texas endorses McCarthy for the Democratic presidential nomination. Yarborough's support broke with the consensus of the state's Democratic delegation, most of whom were committed to Vice President Hubert Humphrey.  
    McCarthy announces his intention to petition against the unit rule, which requires a state's delegation to the national political convention to cast all of its votes for whichever candidate is favored by a majority of the delegation
    The nomination of a favorite son was a political technique widely used in the 19th and 20th centuries to allow state leaders to negotiate with leading candidates over the support of their delegation
    Crowds gather in Hermann Park for a campaign rally. Following the rally, McCarthy headed to the Astrodome to watch a Houston Astros-Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game.
    Supporters chant "We want Gene" as they await the senator's arrival
    Yarborough introduces McCarthy at the news conference
    McCarthy comments on the nomination of Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew for president and vice president, respectively, by the Republican National Convention days before