Recap of the Republican Presidential Primaries of 1964
Sen. Barry Goldwater, the conservative contender, won 38% of the vote to place first in the Republican presidential primaries of 1964. His leading rival, Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, conceded the day after losing the California primary that Goldwater would likely win the nomination on an early ballot [NYT 6/4]; although Rockefeller at first said that he would fight "to the end" [NYT 6/4], he later decided that someone else should take up the fight [NYT 6/5].
Moderate Republicans moved into action as it appeared more and more likely that Goldwater was headed for a first ballot victory. U.S. Sen. Hugh Scott started a movement to draft Gov. Scranton on 6/6, hoping that Scranton could pull together all the liberal and moderate Republicans [NYT 6/7]. The following day, Scranton stopped to visit former Pres. Eisenhower while on his way to the National Governors Conference in Cleveland; Ike encouraged Scranton to officially enter the race [NYT 6/7]. Scranton finally joined the race on 6/12 [NYT 6/13]. Rockefeller dropped out on 6/15 and endorsed Scranton [NYT 6/16].
In the background, local Republicans continued to choose their national convention delegates. In the week between 6/7 and 6/13, 13 states chose 225 delegates [NYT 6/7]. The many uncommitted delegates began to slowly announce their inten