NPR logo Flashback Friday:  On This Day In 1968, RFK Wins Indiana Prez Primary

Flashback Friday:  On This Day In 1968, RFK Wins Indiana Prez Primary

May 7, 1968:

Bobby Kennedy wins Indiana Dem prez primary, followed by Gov. Branigin and Eugene McCarthy. hide caption

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Sen. Robert Kennedy (D-NY) wins the Democratic presidential primary in Indiana, the first contest he entered since he announced his candidacy in March.  

Kennedy receives 42 percent of the vote in a three-way contest, carrying nine of the state's 11 congressional districts.  Finishing second with 31 percent is Indiana Gov. Roger Branigin, who had been a stand-in for President Lyndon Johnson until LBJ surprisingly pulled out of the race on March 31; Branigin then became a "favorite son" candidate who supported Johnson's vice president, Hubert Humphrey, for the nomination.  Finishing third is Sen. Eugene McCarthy of Minnesota, with 27 percent.  McCarthy had previously won primaries in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, and had run strongly against Johnson in New Hampshire.

Former Vice President Richard Nixon is the unopposed winner in the Republican primary.

On the same day, a slate of Kennedy delegates also wins the primary in the District of Columbia.  The slate, headed by the Rev. Channing Phillips, wins overwhelmingly. 

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