SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife Ann extended sympathies to the family of ex-Sen. George McGovern via the social media networking site Twitter.
The 90-year-old McGovern died early Sunday after spending nearly a week in hospice care.
At about 10 a.m. Sunday, Romney tweeted from his official account: "Ann and I extend our condolences to the family of George McGovern, the unwavering standard bearer of his party and a hero of World War II."
McGovern had waged a failed-but-lively campaign to deny Richard Nixon a second term as president in 1972. He lost in a landslide.
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