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Eugene McCarthy was a U.S. politician, who served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Minnesota and eventually went on to seek the 1968 Democratic nomination for the presidential election. McCarthy was approached by antiwar activists to be their peace candidate, despite his support for the Vietnam war initially. Originally, McCarthy was competing against Lyndon B. Johnson for the Democratic spot, but when early primaries showed favor to McCarthy, Johnson dropped out of the race. When Robert Kennedy decided to run for the Democratic nomination, McCarthy lost many supporters and after Kennedy was assassinated, the Democratic National Convention chose Vice President Hubert Humphrey to be the presidential nominee over McCarthy.
The Britannica Editors (2019). Eugene McCarthy. Retrieved from https://www.britannica.com/biography/Eugene-McCarthy