N.Y. results key to Tsongas revival

April 04, 1992|By Newsday

NEW YORK -- Key aides to former Massachusetts Sen. Paul Tsongas said yesterday he would seriously consider renewing his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination if he gets at least 15 percent of the vote in the New York primary Tuesday.

Mr. Tsongas suspended his campaign just over two weeks ago, saying he lacked the money to continue.

Lee Gounardes, a leader of New York's Draft Tsongas committee, quoted Mr. Tsongas as saying Thursday: "Show me 15 percent, and we'll plan out the rest of the campaign." Fifteen percent is the threshold for acquiring delegates from New York.

Peggy Connolly, Mr. Tsongas' press secretary, said a 15 percent showing was only "half the formula" for Mr. Tsongas to consider re-entering the race. The other half is the fate of the current front-runner, Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton.

If Mr. Clinton loses New York to former California Gov. Jerry Brown, Mr. Tsongas could very well get back into the fray, Ms. Connolly said.

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