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McGovern an unwavering, often unrequited, liberal

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  • Sen. George S. McGovern, D-S.D., signals victory as he talks with the media as his daughter Teresa, stands by in Boston, after he won the Massachusetts Democratic presidential primary. A family spokesman says, McGovern, the Democrat who lost to President Richard Nixon in 1972 in a historic landslide, has died at the age of 90. According to the spokesman, McGovern died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012 at a hospice in Sioux Falls, surrounded by family and friends.

      Sen. George S. McGovern, D-S.D., signals victory as he talks with the media as his daughter Teresa, stands by in Boston, after he won the Massachusetts Democratic presidential primary. A family spokesman says, McGovern, the Democrat who lost to President Richard Nixon in 1972 in a historic landslide, has died at the age of 90. According to the spokesman, McGovern died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012 at a hospice in Sioux Falls, surrounded by family and friends.
    Associated Press File Photos, 1972

 
By Walter R. Mears

George mcgovern was an unwavering, often unrequited advocate for liberal democratic causes. he pursued those goals in plainspoken, usually understated, midwestern style. he was a dedicated, decent man, a devoted democrat even when the party establishment turned away from him in defeat.

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