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BUCHANAN NO SHOO-IN FOR GOP NOMINATION

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Whoa, Nellie! Patrick Buchanan, who received a lower percentage of the New Hampshire Republican primary vote this year than he did in 1992 against President George Bush - 26 percent last week, compared to 37 percent four years ago - is not about to steamroll the GOP into nomination for president.

He's got a ton of trouble ahead of him - states with large ethnic and racial votes, votes he ain't gonna get.With Texas, Florida, California and New York all coming up in March, Buchanan will be facing a greater cross-section of America than he saw in New Hampshire.

That state is not typical of the America of the late 20th century.

It is 98.2 percent white. Blacks make up but 0.6 percent of its population; so do Hispanics. Together they are but 1.2 percent.

New Hampshire is a nice place, but it is not characteristic of the American vote.