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A political ﬁrestorm was brewing in Washington at the time. C. The investigation into the break-in continued for months, spurred ﬁrst by reports in the Washington Post and later by media from all over the country. Many of Nixon’s aides were jailed for their part in either helping to plan the break-in or in obstructing justice in their efforts to cover it up. 41 42 The Iowa Caucuses Tapes of conversations in the Oval Ofﬁce were subpoenaed; many of them implicated Nixon in the cover-up. On August 9, 1974, Nixon resigned from the presidency rather than face impeachment hearings for allegedly obstructing justice.
The next step was to give the new process a test run. “We went down to Osceola in south central Iowa to the county convention and held a mock caucus,” said Bender. “And we discovered they couldn’t do the math on the proportional representation. We had to make some adjustments, We had to make some charts. There were lots of nitty-gritty things that needed doing or redoing. ”9 Nationally, Senator McGovern, whose commission rewrote the rules of engagement, was the ﬁrst to take advantage of them, announcing his candidacy for president in 1971, more than a year before the election and several months before the Iowa caucuses.
That’s how the system worked. ”4 The result was that Humphrey won the nomination for a party so divided that Richard Nixon, the Republican candidate, who had written his own political obituary six years earlier after losing the governor’s race in California, was elected president in November. 5 “By and large, the majority of the delegates were the kind of men and women who had always come to American conventions — middleaged, established in their parties, their unions, in civic responsibility, in Two —1968 27 high ofﬁce,” wrote historian Theodore White.