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> Reuters New Media
> Friday February 23 8:33 PM EST
>Buchanan Steps Up Challenge to Dole
> PHOENIX (Reuter) - Right-wing populist Pat Buchanan Friday stepped up
> his challenge to Bob Dole for the Republican presidential nomination
> in several states and especially in Arizona, where the Senate majority
> leader's support seemed very shaky.
> Dole, whose White House dreams were jarred when Buchanan beat him in
> New Hampshire Tuesday, offended many in this southwestern state when
> he skipped a televised candidate's debate Thursday night.
> That left Buchanan and former Tennessee Gov. Lamar Alexander, Dole's
> main rivals for the nomination, free to blast him from the debate
> stage as a coward afraid to stand up for himself in a battle of ideas.
> Buchanan, who has been stumping the state for next Tuesday's primary
> election since Thursday morning, followed up by urging Arizona
> Republicans to send a message to Dole -- who was in Oregon and not due
> in Arizona until Friday night.
> ``Tell him, Bob, you can run but you can't hide,'' Buchanan urged
> those attending a Friday rally. ``We're not going to give our support
> to a candidate who doesn't even come down here and stand his ground
> and battle for his ideas.''
> The next primary takes place Saturday in Delaware, but only
> millionaire publisher Steve Forbes has campaigned in that small
> Atlantic seaboard state. The latest News Journal newspaper poll of
> Delaware Republicans likely to vote gave Dole 32 percent support to 21
> percent for Buchanan, 19 for Forbes and 16 for Alexander.
> But the focus remained on next Tuesday, when 75 delegates to the
> Republican National Convention are up for grabs in primaries in
> Arizona, North and South Dakota -- the biggest single-day prize so
> The August convention will nominate a Republican challenger to take on
> Clinton, a Democrat, in the Nov. 5 election, with 996 delegates
> required for nomination.
> Dole is favored to win on Tuesday in the Dakotas but even there
> Republican officials reported signs of a Buchanan upsurge. Dole was
> hoping to sweep both states but officials said he might not be able to
> prevent Buchanan taking a slice of the delegates at stake.
> In Arizona, where the winner gets all 39 delegates, a poll showed
> Buchanan closing in on Dole. The Tucson Daily Star survey showed the
> 72-year-old veteran with a tenuous lead of four percentage points, but
> the poll was taken before Dole's decision to skip the debate.
> After Arizona, the next big primary is in South Carolina on March 2,
> where Buchanan believes he could stage yet another upset.
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