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Goldwater 2-to-1 Favorite over Rocky To Get GOP Nomination

July 20, 1963 - If the nation’s governors are an accurate political barometer, Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller of New York has little chance of overcoming Sen. Barry Goldwater (pictured with then Senator Kennedy in 1958) for the 1964 Republican Presidential nomination. At this point, the Arizona Senator is rated an almost 2-to-1 favorite over the New York Governor to win the nomination. Among Republican governors, Goldwater’s prospects are rated even higher. They give him a 6-to-1 lead over Rockefeller. However, the governors don’t give Goldwater or any other Republican a chance of defeating President Kennedy. The governors rate Mr. Kennedy as an overwhelming favorite to win re-election in 1964. These are the results of a survey taken today as the governors began assembling in Miami Beach for their 55th annual conference.


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