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Democratic and GOP faithful geared up for key races in '66 and '68 (photos)

Democratic and GOP faithful geared up for key races in '66 and '68 (photos)

As Election Day 1968 approached, some people boarded a bus for Hubert H. Humphrey. Others passed out
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Some people boarded a bus for Hubert H. Humphrey. Others passed out campaign buttons for Richard Nixon.

Young Republicans and young Democrats chose their favorite candidates and supported them in streets and shopping centers.

Still others ate clams and attended expensive $100-a-plate fund-raiser dinners.

These folks were part of politics around Schenectady in 1966 and 1968. Voter drives began during late summer and ran into the middle of fall, when fortunes were bolstered or busted on Election Day. Long before people went to the polls, they tried to persuade others to back their respective parties. In addition to Humphrey and Nixon, the names Nelson A. Rockefeller, James L. Buckley, Howard A. Levine and John F. Kirvin were well known in local campaign circles.

Forty-four years later, the names have changed — but the political dramas continue. Stories will begin and end tomorrow, Election Day.

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