Kennedy Wins California Vote

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Kennedy Wins California Vote - Kennedy Wins California Vote . LOS ANGELES (AP)...
Kennedy Wins California Vote . LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was shot early today by a gunman who sought to overrule with Duiiets the greatest triumph of his cam paign for the White House: victory in California's Democratic presidential primary. As the ballots of that victory were counted, the New York senator lay gravely wounded, his condition described as very critical, undergoing an opera-1 tion by a team of six neurosur geons. ; A bullet was lodged in Ken- nedy's brain. ; It was fired by a short, swarthy gunman with a revolv er, moments after Kennedy had Protection Ordered For All Candidates' WASHINGTON (AP) -President Johnson, acting quickly after the shooting of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, ordered the Secret Service to .protect .all .major presidential candidates and their families. The White House, in announcing the action, did not list the names of these candidates. But Secret Service agents immediately joined Sen. Eugene J. McCarthy. Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey already has such protection. gone before his cheering supporters to thank them for his victory, v That triumph, his, fourth in five primary contests with Sen. Eugene J. McCarthy, had propelled Kennedy into the role of chief challenger to the admims tration-linked White House can didacy of Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey. It was an election night of irony and of terror. Kennedy's final words to his throng of supporters at the Ambassador Hotel sounded a call to march on to the Democratic Na tional Convention in Chicago. "Now it's on to Chicago and let's win there," he had said, turned into a hotel kitchen corridorand moments later faced the volley of gunfire. - Across Los Angeles, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel-, McCarthy had thanked his supporters, too, and gone to sleep in defeat. "Sing and have a pleasant time tonight," he had told them, "because we've really just begun to, fight." (, , When he addressed those par-1 tisans again, it was to ask that they join in a moment of silent prayer for Kennedy, Through it all, the counting of the ballots went on. It began slowly, and it. was not until midnight that Kennedy's massive support In populous' Southern California was registered to guarantee his victory. (See PRIMARY, Page 2)

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  1. The News Leader,
  2. 05 Jun 1968, Wed,
  3. Page 1

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