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May 20, 1976 - Image 6

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Thursday, May 20, 1976

Mo Udalls heartening defeat

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player) made t h e s e voters
identify with him.
NEITHER OF these reasons
seems quite adequate. He cam-
paigned very little in the lower
middle class areas because he
expected to lose there, and it is
difficult to believe that his bas-
ketball prowess won him many
votes. The answer is the change
in image of Udall's opponent,
Jimmy Carter. In the early pri-
maries, Carter was viewed as
the underdog. He was little
known outside of Georgia. He

was a fresh face outside Wash-
ins':on who could let every-
one forget about Watergate, po-
litical favors, and bureaucracy.
Hated by all the big time poli-
ticians, he was loved by the
people. But now that he's in
front, he's beginning to look like
the candidates of old. In recent
weeks Carter has been endorsed
by labor leaders Leonard Wood-
cock and George Meany, by
Senators Birch Bayh and Tom
Eagleton, and by Detroit Mayor
Coleman Young.
The blue collar workers in
Macomb County and throughout

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the state who voted for Wallace
in 1972 voted for him because
he was different. He didn't have
all the usual ties to Washington
and big business, and although
this was the Carter image in
February, it no longer is. As he
rolls closer and closer to the
no:tination, more and more
hacks jump on the bandwagon
and Carter begins to look like
just another politician.
Udall came to Michigan, and
via personal contact and media
exposure took his cause to the
people. He was viewed as the
underdog, and Carter was view-
ed as tre candidate backed by
labor and business and other
politicians. Perhaps if Carter
had campaigned here he could
have convinced the voters other-
wise. But with Udall on televi-
sion and in the papers and Car-
ter in Maryland, these frustrat-
ed voters went for 'Mo.'
UDALL ALSO did well in De-
troit's Wayne County. He was
expected, by even the most op-
timistic supporters, to lose by
20 per cent in Wayne, mainly
because Carter was expected to
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carry the black vote by more
than 2 to 1, but he wound up
only 4000 vos behind. Carter
won by only 20 per cent in the
predominately black districts,
while Udat vas the heavy favo-
rite in the outskirts of Detroit.
These suburban Wayne County
voters, like those in Macomb,
are mainly white, low-middle
and middle income people.
One big reason Udall did so
well in Detroit was that black
voter turnout was extremely
low. In District 1, comprised of
mostly poor and middle-income
blacks who were thought to be
strong Carter backers, the turn-
out was 15 per cent less than
in 1972. The main reason the
black voters stayed home was
the conflicting views of Detroit's
two main black political leaders,
Mayor Young, and Rep. John
C o n y e r s (D - Detroit). With
Young supporting Carter and
Conyers backing Udall, many
black voters simply couldn't de-
EXCEPT FOR Flint and the
Saginaw-Bay City area, most of
the rest of Michigan is farm-
land. Carter has been winning
farm areas in all the primaries
and Michigan was no excep-
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tion, as he was a big victor in
nearly all the outstate areas.
Udall's showing in Flint and
Saginaw-Bay City was disap-
pointing as Carter won by a 25
per cent margin. Here the labor
support worked for the former
governor. These are all one-
corporation automobile cities,
where the unions tend to be
closer and have more of a hold
over the workers.
THE ONLY other surprise
was the usually conservative
Upper Peninsula, which went
heavily for Udall. The main
reason for this would appear to
be the voters' hatred of the Sea-
farer program. In the mid-west-
ern section of the UP, where
the ecological balance is threat-
ened by Seafarer, Udall, who
strongiy opposes Seafarer, won
nearly 3 to 1. In the areas not
affected by the project, Carter
was the choice.
But much as the Udall camp
would like to consider this a
victory, it still isn't going to be
enough to stop the Carte- mo-
mentum. Carter has learned
that he can't just sit back and
relax and expect to win. He
knows now that he must spend
more time campaigning in fu-
ture primaries to avoid such
voter swmgovers in the last
week as that in Michigan. He
has already proven that he can
win, and he needs only to re-
turn to his plan of taking his
case and his smile to the people
t get back on the ',;nning
Primary results
By United Press International
The vote in Tuesday's Michi-
gan presidential primary elec-
tions, with 100 per cent of the
state's 6,331 precincts report-
ing, was:
Cand. Votes %
Ford 689,176 65
Reagan 364,244 34
Uncom 8,471 1
Cand. Votes %
Carter 306,501 44
Udall 304,297 43
Wallace 49,260 7
No prf 15,529 2
Jackson 10,613 1
McCormack 7,663 1
Shriver 6,163 1
Harris 4,323 1
Delegate totals
By United Press International
The delegate summary, in-
cluding 100 per cent vote of
precincts reporting results of
Tuesday's presidential primar-
ies in Michigan and Maryland.
Cand Mi Md Tot
Reagan 29 0 524
Ford 55 43 455
No Pref. 0 0 337
Needed to nominate: 1,130.
Cand Mi Md Tot
Carter 69 32 709
Uldall 58 7 275
Jackson 0 10 212
Wallace 2 0 140
Others 0 0 219
No Pref. 4 4 322
Needed to nominate: 1,505
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