On This Day In 1976: Sen. Frank Church Announces For President : It's All Politics Thirty-three years ago today, Sen. Frank Church of Idaho declares his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination.
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On This Day In 1976: Sen. Frank Church Announces For President

March 18, 1976:

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Though many of the key primaries and caucuses have already passed, Sen. Frank Church of Idaho declares his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination. Church will direct his attention toward the Nebraska primary on May 11, arguing that there is still time to make a difference.

Church will win Nebraska, narrowly, over former Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter. But in the end the verdict is that Church entered the race too late. Carter will win the nomination on the first ballot.

Church's Senate career will come to an end in 1980; he will be defeated in his bid for a fifth term by Rep. Steve Symms (R).

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