I don’t know how many of you are aware of the Mitchell Daily Republic’s blog, “Come Home America.” The blog covers a different part of George McGovern’s 1972 presidential campaign each week. It is certainly an interesting read and worth your time. Tom Lawrence has a knack for holding my interest.
A pair of South Dakota natives, both liberal Democrats who had been friends for years, found themselves in political combat on this week in 1972.
George McGovern won the Massachusetts Democratic primary on April 25, 1972, but Hubert Humphrey won the Pennsylvania primary on the same day.
McGovern, an Avon native who grew up in Mitchell, was a South Dakota senator while Humphrey, a Wallace native who grew up in Huron, was a Minnesota senator.
Two South Dakota natives, heavyweights in national politics, duking it out for the 1972 presidential nomination. Incredible.