LaRouche Wins 40,000 Votes in North Carolina:
His Campaign Continues to Expand
FLASH--The LaRouche campaign has announced that it has accepted an offer from Fox-TV for a half-hour, prime-time nationwide spot to air Sunday, June 2 at 9:30 p.m. This will be the fourth such half-hour national TV spot since the primary season began. LaRouche indicated that the focus of the broadcast will be his recent trip to Moscow, which was videotaped, and the strategic crisis confronting the U.S. in its relations with Russia.
Leesburg, Va, May 8, 1996--Despite major media blackout and sabotage of his campaign by the Democratic National Committee, Lyndon LaRouche continued to receive significant vote totals in the Democratic Party Presidential primary elections held on Tuesday, May 7. LaRouche scored more than 40,000 votes, or 7.3%, in the North Carolina primary, in a two-way race against President Clinton. In the District of Columbia, LaRouche received 2% of the vote against Clinton in a primary that had been threatened with cancellation by the Financial Control Board, and in which Democratic National Committee Chairman Don Fowler refused to allow LaRouche's delegates even to be registered for the ballot. As a result, fewer than 8% of the District's Democrats turned out to vote, the lowest turnout in the city's history.
In a statement released this morning, LaRouche had the following evaluation of the vote: "Yesterday's Democratic primary results, in the District of Columbia and North Carolina, reflect the continuing policy of the national print and television-news media, to run a total blackout of my campaign. This blackout has succeeded in minimizing the turnout of my supporters to the polls. Once that 'blackout' factor is taken into account, the results so far indicate that I represent, currently, more than 10% of the potential Democratic vote in the November 1996 general election.
"Also, many of those who vote for the President's renomination, either support or tend to support my emphasis on the importance of the President's supporting those policies for which I am campaigning.
"In addition to these two implications of the vote for my candidacy, my campaign addresses the most important issue facing the next President, an issue which no other candidate has addressed to the present time.
"With those three considerations in view, it should be understood, that, crooked news media notwithstanding, the campaign for my candidacy will continue, successfully, into the middle of the August Democratic Party Convention."
The LaRouche campaign announced today that it has accepted an offer from Fox-TV for a half-hour, prime-time nationwide spot to air Sunday, June 2 at 9:30 p.m. This will be the fourth such half-hour national TV spot since the primary season began. LaRouche indicated that the focus of the broadcast will be his recent trip to Moscow, which was videotaped, and the strategic crisis confronting the U.S. in its relations with Russia. "As long as the United States clings, especially the President, to the defense of the so-called reform, there's nothing but disaster, strategic disaster awaiting Europe," LaRouche said.
The North Carolina vote for LaRouche continues the trend of 7-12% vote for LaRouche in eight primary states, with vote totals going as high as 34.5%. The 40,000 votes in North Carolina brings LaRouche's total so far to over 470,000. The other primaries in which he scored in this range are as follows: Delaware, 9.6%; North Dakota, 34.5%; Colorado, 11.1%; Louisiana, 11.69%; Oklahoma, 12.63%; Mississippi, 7.6%; Ohio, 8.25%; California, 7%; and Pennsylvania, 8.2%.
In the week leading up to the North Carolina primary, LaRouche's campaign purchased radio spots in cities across the state, with the message that the nation does not need two Republican Parties, and if the next administration is actually to govern, the Gingrich-led "Newtzi" crowd must be stopped.
Media SabotageIn Washington, D.C., on Sunday, May 5 at 10 a.m., LaRouche purchased a half-hour of time on Fox-TV for a rebroadcast of his March 2 NBC-TV show, on the subject of National Economic Security. His campaign also purchased radio advertisements and his supporters blitzed the city with soundtrucks and leaflets. This mobilization was necessitated by the fact that most voters believed early reports that the Financial Control Board cancelled the elections, on the grounds of lack of funds. The press had given widespread coverage to the Financial Control Board's consideration of cancelling the election, but when this did not occur, the press gave no significant notice to the public that the elections would take place, and in fact insisted that President Clinton had no opposition.
LaRouche will be on the ballot in the following six additional state primaries before the August Democratic Convention: West Virginia, Nebraska, Arkansas, Kentucky, Alabama, and New Jersey.