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an then there was the general

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all my Shreveport kin vited for Wallace and the firebomber of Tokyo.

"But Wallace’s choice of vice-presidential running mate eroded those numbers. General Curtis LeMay, a former Air Force Chief of Staff, was known for both his blunt manner and his belief in the necessity of the atom bomb. This association with nuclear weapons, along with a growing public perception of Wallace as "dangerous" -- due to confrontations between dedicated Wallace followers and anti-Wallace demonstrators at rallies -- hurt Wallace’s campaign. (At an October rally at Madison Square Garden, police had to rescue several black protesters who were surrounded by Wallace supporters chanting "Kill ‘em, kill ‘em, kill ‘em.") In addition, white Southerners began to wonder if Wallace’s candidacy was going to split the conservative vote with Nixon and put Hubert Humphrey in the White House.

In November Wallace carried five states in the Deep South, but was not able to challenge Nixon in the southern border states as strongly as he had hoped. Nixon and Humphrey ran closely in the popular vote: 43.4 percent for Nixon to 42.7 percent for Humphrey. However, Wallace had come close to Nixon in North Carolina and Tennessee; if he had succeeded in carrying either of those two states, a small shift towards Humphrey in New Jersey or Ohio could have thrown the election into the House of Representatives. Even more intimidating for Nixon was pollsters’ discovery that four out of five Wallace votes would have gone to Nixon if Wallace had not run."
Nixon still won.

I voted for Nixon in 1968. For McGovern in 1972.
Saw eastern Cambodia in 1971.