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After many primary voters rallied behind the anti-war Democrat Eugene McCarthy, Johnson announced that he would not seek reelection. Vice President Hubert Humphrey accepted the Democratic nomination in August in , and 10,000 anti-war demonstrators showed up outside the convention building, clashing with security forces assembled by Mayor . Humphrey lost the 1968 presidential election to , who promised in his campaign to restore “law and order”–a reference to conflict over anti-war protests as well as the rioting that followed King’s assassination in 1968–more effectively than Johnson had.

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