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Ellen McCormack dies at 84; antiabortion presidential candidate
Ellen McCormack dies at 84; antiabortion presidential candidate

Ellen McCormack, a New York housewife who briefly became a national figure in American politics when she twice ran for president, in 1976 and 1980, in campaigns designed to galvanize the antiabortion movement, has died. She was 84. McCormack died of congestive heart failure Sunday at an assisted-living facility in Avon, Conn., said a daughter, Kathy McCormack-Batterson. In the 1976 Democratic presidential primary, McCormack made history twice. She was the first female candidate to receive Secret Service protection and to qualify for federal matching funds. She wasn't running for herself, New York magazine reminded in 1976, but "as the embodiment of a total philosophical...

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