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Eighty-Four Years of Editorial Freedom
Vol. LXXXV, No. 54
Ann Arbor, Michigan-Wednesday, November 6, 1974
Votegives wide margin in House
WASHINGTON (AP) - Riding on a high tide of
public reaction to Watergate and inflation, Demo-
crats yesterday surged to a landslide of off-year
election victories that cemented their grip on Con-
gress and stole several major governorships from
the battered Republicans.
The Democrats swept easily to control of both
House and Senate, and to increased margins in
both branches of the 94th Congress. Democratic
challengers were ousting Republican House veter-
ans on a wholesale basis.
DEMOCRATS took away Republican Senate
seats in Colorado, in Kentucky and in Florida.
They added to their big state gubernatorial vic-
tories in takeover of Republican governorships in
Tennessee and Colorado.
While the statewide races for senator and gover-
nor featured the biggest names that rose and fell
on election day, the Democratic sweep apparently
went deepest in the House.
DROVES of GOP veterans were ousted or strug-
gling to survive.
They had won or were leading for 256 House
seats, 18 more than they currently hold, with re-
turns yet to come from the races in 60 congres-
President Ford conceded his party had been
trounced. "I have accepted the verdict," the Presi-
dent said. "Those who lose often come back to
win another day."
IN THE Senate, the Democrats won GOP seats
with Colorado's Gary Hart, who had managed
George McGovern's campaign in the presidential
debacle two years ago; with Gov. Wendell Ford of'
Kentucky; and with Richard Stone, a former Flori-
da secretary of state.
McGovern won Senate re-election in South Dakota
over ex-POW Leo Thorshess.
In Connecticut, it was Democratic Rep. Ella
Grasso for governor. At 55, she became the first
woman elected a state governor without succeed-
ing her husband.
See DEMS, Page 8
U. S. Congressman Marvin Esch (R-Ann Arbor) appears to
have won a fifth consecutive term in the House of Representa-
tives over Democratic challenger John Reuther but a number of
precincts which could tip the balance have not yet reported.
With over half of the votes compiled late last night, Esch
led Reuther by a 53-47 per cent margin. A slew of minor party
candidates, including Phil Carroll of the Human Rights Party
(HRP), trailed far behind Esch and Reuther.
AN ELATED Esch called the victory a "reaffirmation of
the work I have done" and promised to fight unemployment
and other economic problems
when he returns to the House.
Esch appeared to be doing
well across the district, accord-
ing to incomplete returns. He
led in Washtenaw County where
Reuther anticipated making a
powerful showing to offset re-
turns from more conservative
In a victory speech to his
supporters gathered at the Ann
Arbor Inn, Esch claimed he
captured the "working man's
vote" which helped provide the
margin of victory.
Despite numerous reports giv-
ing the race to Esch, Reuther,
and his backers at the United
Auto Workers' union hall in
Ypsilanti refused to concede de-
feat and even confidently pre-
Daily Photo by STEVE KAGAN
U.S. CONGRESSMAN MARVIN ESCH (R-Ann Arbor) speaks to
jubilant supporters last night as incomplete results showed him
winning re-election over Democrat John Reuther.
IA T S e ' GD
Austin Kelley win
as Dems sweep all
but governor's post
t B u c k i n g a nationwide
Democratic tide, Governor
illiam Milliken w o.n
narrow victory over Demo-
# cratic challenger Sander
With 61 per cent of the vote in,
Milliken tenaciously hung onto
a slim lead he had established
early in the evening. With many
outstate returns not yet report-
ed, incomplete resultstshow
r. , Milliken with 837,000 votes and
}} Levin with 806,900.
/ In his victory speech, the
Governor profusely thanked all
his campaign workers and ask-
ed for bi-partisan support. Milliken
} ."I look forward to the next
four years," a jubilant Milliken
declared. And I look forward to
a working relationship with the eg
_..;....f.. legislature, Democrats and Re-
Daily Photo by PAULINE LUBENS publicans alike."
ANN ARBOR DEMOCRATS Perry Bullard (left) and Kathy Conceding to Milliken at 1
Fojtik greet each other with a victory hug last night after a.m., Levin wished the Gover- tooo se
returns showed Fojtik an easy winner in her bid for re- nor "every success with the
election to the Washtenaw County Commission. The results of problems confronting the state."
Bullard's state representative race, however, were too close to In two predictable contests,
call. Secretary of State Richard Aus- call ,
tin and State Attorney General
Frank Kelley swept to decisive Democratic candidates for the
victories over Republican chal- University Board of Regents,
lengers Lorraine Beebe and My- Thomas Roach and Sarah Pow-
ron Wahls by nearly a 2-1 mar- er, and Republican Donna Park-
gin.er led a crowded field with 30
v ic to rAlthough Milliken's lead over per cent of precincts reporting
s Democratic opponent reach- in one of thetightest races on
ed over 70,000 votes earlier in the staste ballot.
the evening, as of press time, it
had shrunk to about 30,000. It Power led with 368,381 votes;
appears that Levin will lose to Parker had 362,999, while Roach
We about the same margin in his approximately 27 per cent of
1970 contest against Milliken the total vote reported. Ano-
.Bullard over Weaver. opponent, Democrat Peter Eck- when he was defeated by less ther Republican, David Upton,
Bullard, however, proudly ran ' stein had 17,400 votes. Only 63 than one per cent is in fourth place with 256,980
on that past performance - con- I per cent of the vote was tab- Milliken was the only Republi- (19 per cent).
fident of victory throughout the ulated as of 2:30 a.m. can winner in a statewide race. Eleven candidates from
campaign. Lisa North of the Human Drawing heavy support from minor parties including Ellen
Although Bullard did not win Rights Party eeked out 1,664 nearly all areas except the Hoffman and Diane Kohn of the
by the same large margin as votes. She was not considered southeastern part of the state, Human Rights Party (HRP),
two years ago, he attributed a major contender by either Milliken's re-election effort was
the drop in votes to student Bursley or Eckstein. See MILLIKEN, Page 2 See DEMOCRATS, Page 2
apathy and a general disen- "I am very optimistic,"
chantment with politics after the Bursley said in a 10 p.m. state-
Watergate affair. ment. His mood, however,
STATE SEN. Bursley garner- changed once student district D eeain
ed 18,067 votes while his major votes were counted.
- - - - - "They say Bursley's scared
but I don't know why he's scar-
wins; ed unless he can't count," Eck- conm_ 11issoners race
BULLARD first won election
to the state house in 1972 with Democrats Kathy Fojtik and generally conceded that Fojtik's
a comfortable victory over his Kathy McClary cruised to vic- incumbency had played a major
ep ealed Republican and HRP opponents. tory in the predominantly stu- role in her re-election. There
In that high-interest campaign, dent 14th and 15th district coun- was also speculation that the
HRP ran a much stronger race ty Commissioner races last heavy mud-slinging campaign
plan, voters cast both a first than it did this year. night, as the Democrats appear- conducted by the HRP may
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Sandorf Elden barely defeated
Donald Koster last night tol
keep his position as 15th District,
Court judge. George Alexander
beat Shirley Burgoyne for the
newly created eight year judge-
ship in the same court.
Elected as judges of the First
District Court of Appeals in the
statewide nonpartisan r a c e sF
were Henry Heading and Rich-
ard Maher. Maher narrowly de-
feated Nathan Kaufman.
The closest judicial race was
for the two Justices of. the Su-
preme Court. Thomas Kava-
nagh appeared to lead the field
of four candidates, with John1
Fitzgerald and Blair M a o d y;
"I THINK you came here to- " "- '
night to hear a victory speech
tonight," Reuther told the 154- ;
person crowd. "Well, you're go-
ing to hear one, even if we B
have to stay up all night."
Joining Reuther on stage were
his parents as he gave the op- State Rep. Perry Bullard (D-
timistic speech to the cheering, Ann Arbor) appears to have
ecstatic audience of college won re-election in nearly com-1
students and union workers. plete returns early this morn-1
Reuther told the crowd his ing showing him fending off
organization estimated that the Republican challenger Rae
vote is almost evenly split be- Weaver.
tween himself and Esch, but And Republican incumbent
that the areas which have yet Gilbert Bursley was barely
to report should go his way. leading his opponents in the
race for the 18th district sena-
THUS BOTH candidates have torial seat.
claimed victory in what has With all but a few precincts
been an expensive campaign reporting, Bullard had receiv-
r^d e dgi
ed 12,000 votes
to 10,055 for
of the Ameri-
THE REPUBLICAN hopes for
victory in the predominantly
Democratic 53rd District dim-
med as the night wore on, but
Weaver did not concede victory
to Bullard. The areas not yet3
tallied are expected to favor,
fought in every corner of the
Originally expected to be a
close contest, the Esch-Reuther
battle never seemed in doubt
last night as the incumbent
took an earlier lead which he
never relinquished through the'
Running a well-oiled, smooth
campaign, Esch fought off the
30-year-old Reuther's challenge.
sales tax m~easure r
THE DEMOCRAT, nephew of
late United Auto Workers Prss-
idevit Walter Relither, honed to
With only two precincts not
reporting, city voters narrow-
ly passed a charter amendment
establishing preferential ballot-
ing last night, opening the way'
for a new era in city nolitics.
losing badly, with 262,000
against, 176,000 in favor.
* With 11 per cent of the bal-
lots counted voters favored cash
bonuses for Vietnam vetarns by
a 70 to 30 ner cent margin; and
and second choice vote for may-
oral candidates. Should there be j
no candidate who carries a
clear majority, the candidate
receiving the lowest number of!
Since going to Lansing, Bul- ed to be heading for control of have back - fired on then
lard has developed an image of the Washtenaw Board of County prompting voters to shy frog
nonconformity studded with a Commissioners for the second name-calling tactics in this fir:
series of publicity stunts that time in history. post-Watergate election.
cantered nationna attention and !With n in oeevn nreincts "We've nut dirtv camnaig