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Eugene McCarthy was a politician from the state of Minnesota. His political career began in 1949, when he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and remained at this post till 1959. McCarthy then continued on to serve in the U.S. Senate from 1959 to 1971. The 1968 U.S. Presidential election saw him run as a candidate for the Democratic nomination. However, this attempt was unsuccessful. He attempted again to run for the same party nomination in the 1972 U.S. Presidential election, again loosing this bid.
1976 marked the point when he ran as an Independent in the Presidential election, coming in third. After 20 years from his last attempt to run for the party nomination in the 1972 election, he returned to the Democratic Party and ran for the nomination for President, but was excluded from the televised debates. 1992 marked the end of his attempts to run for the Presidential nomination.