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D A LY Vol. LXXXVIII, No. 61-S
[.~rrlchiga.n Wednesday, August 9, 1978
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Ann Arbor, Michigan Ten Cents 12 Pages
Griffin faces Levin;
Dems pick Fitzgerald
Power falls short of
Senate nomination

Former Detroit City Council Presi-
dent Carl Levin was the choice of
Michigan Democrats yesterday to face
two-term Sen. Robert Griffin in the U.S.
Senate election in November.
Levin came out the victor in the field
of six Democratic candidates, while
Griffin easily defeated law and order
prosecutor L. Brooks Patterson in the
Republican primary.
WITH REPORTS from.29per cent of
the state's 7,061 precincts reporting at
12:30 , Levin had 11,403 votes, or 29
per cent of the ballots cast in the
Democratic contest. Ann Arbor
millionaire newspaper publisher
Phillip Power-who appeared to be
closing in on Levin's lead in the final
days of the campaign-came in second,
with 9 per cent of the vote. Former
Congressman Richard VanderVeen
followed with 16 per cent, state Sen. An-
thony Derezinski 13 per cent, state Sen.
John Otterbacher 11 per cent, and state
Rep. Paul Rosenbaum had 9 per cent.
Griffin outpolled Patterson 103,377 to
25,491, picking up 81 per cent of the
overall vote.
Levin, 44, had been considered a
slight favorite in the statewide race.
last night with a lively gathering of
some 300-400 supporters in the Wood-
ward Ballroom of Detroit's Raddison
"The people of Michigan across the
state from town to farm to suburbs
have given us a great victory," he said
in a speech delivered to the crowd shor-
tly after 11 p.m.
He challenged Griffin to a series of
debates on topics including the incum-
bent's legislative and attendance

recordds and his "failure to bring some
money back from Washington."
LEVIN SAID THERE are "no scars"
from campaign and said he welcomes
help Power offered him when the two
met privately after the victor was em-
Levin said his campaign against Grif-
fin will begin at 5:30 this morning at
plant gates where he will thank his sup-
Power conceded the election to Levin
shortly after 10 p.m. last night before a
crowd of 100 supporters at the
Veteran's Building in downtown
NONETHELESS, Power promised to
be at the plant gates at 5 this morning to
"thank the people that voted for me and
worked for me."
Power criticized Griffin's Senate
record, calling the Republican a "per-
fect example of the politics of the past."
Power also hinted that his loss
doesn't mean he will vanish from the
Michigan political scene. "Believe me,
it's not going to be the last one (cam-
paign)," Power stated.
AN ESTIMATED 1.4 million persons
-less than 30 per cent of those
registered-voted in yesterday's elec-
tion, a figure several thousand ballots
below 1976 levels.
Sen. Donald Riegle (D-Michigan)
sent Levin a telegram congratulating
the victor and promising him support in
the campaign.
Power, who has spent more than
$750,000 of his own money in this cam-
paign, looked like the least favorite
candidate when he announced his can-
See GRIFFIN, Page 5

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DEMOCRATIC STATE SEN. William Fitzgerald yesterday earned the right to
face Gov. William Milliken in the November gubernatorial election.
Ferency left behind
in gubernatorial race

Democratic state Sen. William Fit-
zgerald will face Gov. William Millkien
in the November gubernatorial race.
The 36-year-old lawyer from Detroit
captured the Democratic nomination
with 43 per cent of .the vote with 29
per cent of the ballots tallied at mid-
"WE HAVE WON, and we have won a
clear, convincing and decisive vic-
tory," Fitzgerald said, as he greeted
300 cheering supporters at a victory
party in Dearborn as a band played
"When Irish Eyes Are Smiling."
"For the next 13 weeks, we are going
to have the opportunity to offer
Michigan strong leadership, and I think
Michigan is ready for the alternative of
strong leadership," said Fitzgerald of
his upcoming campaign against the in-
cumbent Milliken who ran unopposed in
yesterday's primary.
Zolton Ferency was the second-
highest vote getter with 22, per cent
followed by 16 per cent for state Sen.
Patrick McCollough and 15 per cent for
William Ralls. -

FITZGERALD pledged to "get
Michigan moving again" and stated,
"In the past few years opportunities to
protect jobs and new employment op-
portunities for our future have been
See DEMS, Page 5

Early returns indicated late last votes (21.6 per cent) and 148 votes (10.9 tly before midnight. He did, however,
night that Dr. Edward Pierce had cap- per cent), respectively. thank his supporters for their help, ad-
tured the Democratic nomination for IN THE Republican race, Klein held ding that he believes he earned many of
the 18th district state Senate seat of the a slim lead over opponents Colburn and his votes from those who could see he
retiring Gilbert Bursley. The Trowbridge. Klein had received 666 was "fighting like hell." Pierce ran for
Republican winner was still undecided, votes (32.8 per cent), while Trowbridge Congress in both 1974 and 1976, losing on
but Jerry Klein was leading William had 597 (29.4 per cent) and Colburn had both occasions.
Colburn and Ronald Trowbridge by a 570 (28.1 per cent) of the vote. LIKE THEIR Democratic counter-
small margin at 12:15 a.m. None of the candidates in either party parts, the Republicans were unwilling
Pierce received 919 votes, or 67.5 per would predict a victory. Even Pierce, to call the election. Leader Klein,
cent of the vote after 24 precincts had with his large lead, would not commit Colburn and Trowbridge were all
been counted. Pierce's opponents, Yp- himself. unhappy with the slow tabulation of the
silanti Mayor George Goodman and . "I think I'm doing OK, but it's still
Harold Moon, trailed behind with 294 way too early to tell," Pierce said shor- See PIERCE, Page 2

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