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which led many Americans to believe that the North Vietnamese were stronger than had been reported, and that the war was not nearing an end.

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This traditional approach was criticized by the other candidates, who hoped to win the nomination from popular support.

Robert Kennedy was assassinated in June 1968, leaving Mc Carthy as his only opponent, until the 1968 Democratic National Convention, when Senator George Mc Govern of South Dakota ran as the successor of Kennedy.

He served two, two-year terms, and gained a reputation as an anti-Communist and ardent supporter of the Civil Rights Movement.

He gave a rousing speech at the 1948 Democratic National Convention arguing for the adoption of a pro-Civil Rights plank, exclaiming "The time has arrived in America for the Democratic Party to get out of the shadow of states' rights and to walk forthrightly into the bright sunshine of human rights." That same year, he was elected to the United States Senate, where he worked closely with Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson.

Even before Mc Carthy's entrance, Johnson grew concerned about a challenge.

He confided to Democratic Congressional leaders that an opponent could pull the support of Martin Luther King, Jr. Benjamin Spock, defeating him in New Hampshire, and forcing his withdrawal from the race; similar to Senator Estes Kefauver's 1952 challenge to President Harry Truman, which likely caused Truman not to seek re-election.

The Hubert Humphrey presidential campaign of 1968 began when Vice President of the United States Hubert Humphrey of Minnesota decided to seek the Democratic Party nomination for President of the United States following the announcement by President Lyndon B.

Johnson that he would not seek the party's nomination.

Johnson had been stalled by the anti-Vietnam War candidacy of Senator Eugene Mc Carthy of Minnesota, who along with Senator Robert F.

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