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RFK Popular Choice for VP Slot

Apr. 5, 1964 - Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy outshone Senator Hubert Humphrey of Minnesota — the Senator’s home state — in a Minneapolis newspaper poll on prospective Democratic Vice-Presidential candidates that was released today.

Forty percent of the Democrats questioned by The Minneapolis Tribune’s poll said Mr. Kennedy would make the best running mate for President Johnson. Mr. Humphrey, assistant majority leader of the Senate, was the choice of 34%. The third choice was Adlai Stevenson, chief U.S representative to the United Nations, with 13%.

Both Mr. Humphrey and Minnesota’s junior Senator, Eugene McCarthy, have been mentioned as possible candidates. Mr. McCarthy is favored by 3% of Minnesota Democrats, said the survey.

The interviewing was done in mid-March.

Sargent Shriver, director of the Peace Corps, was the choice of 5%. Governor Edmund Brown of California shared the 3% preference with Senator McCarthy. Among independent voters, according to the poll, Mr. Kennedy and Mr. Humphrey tied for first place with 27% each.

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