Wallace in Wisconsin: Subtitled "The Presidential Primary of 1964" this article examines the political impact of Alabama Governor George C. Wallace’s (1919-1998) unexpected success in that year's Wisconsin Democratic presidential primary. Wallace, known for his conservative and segregationist views, entered the primary just before the filing deadline, only a month prior to the election, yet captured 34% of the vote. Wallace’s campaign strategy is detailed, as are the social and political conditions that help to explain his success running against Wisconsin governor John Reynolds (1921-2002), the stand-in for President Lyndon Johnson on the Wisconsin ballot. Also examined are the contributions made by Dolores and Lloyd Herbstreith of Oshkosh, Winnebago County, whose grassroots campaign in support of Wallace enabled him to enter the primary and win support in Wisconsin. (20 pages)
Wallace, George C. (George Corley), 1919-1998; Reynolds, John W., 1921-2002; Herbstreith, Dolores; Herbstreith, Lloyd;
Politics; Political campaigns; Civil rights; Elections;
James Swanke, Oshkosh Daily Northwestern
Dolores Herbstreith and her husband Lloyd (far left) greet George Wallace at the Oshkosh airport, September, 1964.