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Sen. Henry M. Jackson (D-Wash.) in an unexpectedly strong showing, won the Massachusetts Democratic presidential primary last night as Rep. Morris K. Udall (D.-Ariz) and Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace remained locked in a battle for second place early this morning.
Jackson who spent more time and money in Massachusetts than any other candidate, told a cheering Copley Plaza hotel crowd that he would win the presidential nomination.
He attributed his Massachusetts plurality to a "grand coalition," and said much of his support came from "plain working men and women" and the backing of organized labor.
"We made the issues in this campaign the right issues, the bread and butter issues--jobs, put American back to work," Jackson said.
He predicted the next big win in his "ongoing crusade" would come in the New York primary held on April 6th.
In an interview after his speech, Jackson said his victory over Wallace proved the Alabama governor "won't win any Northern industrial state."
Over 100 supporters of Governor George Wallace (D-Ala.) gathered at his headquarters on State St. to exult at his strong showing in the Bay State, more than ten-percentage points more than he received in the 1972 primary.
Dave Crosslin, a state spokesman for Wallace said he is hopeful that Wallace might actually win more delegate votes than Jackson.
"The results are fantastic," he said. "We won in Boston and that's a victory in itself." Crosslin said he is not surprised at Jackson's victory. "Jackson's a liberal, and it is a liberal state."
Crosslin attributed Wallace's strong showing to "concerned people, rank-and-file union members." He said he expects Wallace to do "extremely well" in next week's Florida primary.
Entering a packed ballroom of 500 in the Sheraton Boston Hotel after interviews with the three television networks, Udall said, "this campaign is alive and well, and we're going all the way.',
"Tonight I have emerged as the candidate of the progressive wing of the Democratic party by a wide margin," Udall said.
"We won a victory beyond any reasonable expectation," he said. "We're gaining strength, and from here it's on to Wisconsin and New York."
Udall said the strong finishes of Jackson and Wallace showed "the liberals have their work cut out for them. But New York is a progressive state and I think we can pull it off."
Archibald Cox '34, Williston Professor of Law, stood with Udall on the stage, waving to the crowd and cheering during Udall's speech.
After his speech, Udall left the stage and plunged through the almost entirely white, well-dressed crowd, which included many suburbanites and scattered bands of college students.
Early in the evening, a Udall staffer announced the results from a precinct in the Brattle Square area to the cheering Udall supporters: 49.7 per cent for Udall
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