The Michigan Daily
Vol LXXXVI, No. 24-S Ann Arbor, Michigan-Tuesday, June 8, 1976 Ten Cents Sixteen Pages
Hopefuls reach final hurdles
By The Associated Press
The last three presidential primaries
of 1976 take place today with Jimmy
Carter and President Ford looking for
the combination of circumstances that
could put them close to the magic dele-
gate figures needed for nomination.
The contests are in California, Ohio
and New Jersey, and have been refer-
red to variously as the "Super Bowl" or
"World Series" of politics and "The Big
Casino." They offer a total of 540 Dem-
ocratic and 331 Republican delegates
and a chance for the candidates to sway
uncommitted votes with proof of their
appeal in three of the nation's most pop-
centered on Ohio, where Ford and Dem-
ocrats Carter, Frank Church and Mor-
ris Udall all campaigned, and New Jer-
sey, where Carter and Jerry Brown ap-
pealed for votes. Ford's Republican
challenger, Ronald Reagan, was back
home in California.
The campaigning will continue after
today, but much of it will take the form
of private conversations as winners
strive to line up delegates who fashion
themselves as uncommitted and those
who made the political mistake of back-
Basically, what can happen is that
Ford and Carter can come fairly close
to clinching the nomination. No other
candidate can make that claim.
REPUBLICANS: Ford has 804 dele-
gates to 692 for Reagan. Polls show
Reagan leading in California, where the
winner of the primary gets all 167 dele-
gates. But Ford is favored to get most
of the 164 at stake in New Jersey and
If Ford should take California, and he
says he has chance to do well there, he
could be close to 1,100 delegate votes,
with 1,130 needed for nomination, and he
would be virtually guaranteed the top
spot on the ticket. If Reagan wins Cali-
fornia and does better than expected in
New Jersey and Ohio, he could take the
lead, hut the race would certainly go all
the way to the convention.
The Field California Poll, for which
samples were taken late last week, gave
Reagan a lead over Ford of 52 per cent
to 35 per cent, compared to a 56-32 Rea-
gan edge in the poll released a week
ago. And 4t hedged by reporting that a
final media blitz by the President could
further close the gap.
New Jersey is usually considered a
state of liberal and moderate Republi-
cans. A full organization slate of 67
delegates, headed by liberal Sen. Clif-
ford Case and including members of the
party's conservative wing, is nominally
uncommitted but actually backing Ford.
Conservative insurgents are running
candidates for 411 delegate slots pledged
to "former California governor."
See HOPEFULS, Page 14
YESTERDAY'S last - minute activity Here is how the races look:
'Coupon war' hits
local supermarkets y
By LANI JORDAN
In these days of over-inflated prices it is comforting toI
know that you can get something for almost nothing if
you hurry that is.
A coupon redemption program, begun as an advertising
stunt for Farmer's Jack, has exploded into a "war" between4
almost all of the major metropolitan Detroit supermarket
chains. Early last week Farmer Jack's offered customers one
and a half times the face value of manufacturers coupons.;
A&P and Great Scott-Wrigley followed suit by announcing
that they would give twice the value on the same coupons.
ILater in the week Meijer's Thrifty Acres and Kroger's
leaped into the fray by offering triple on the coupons.
AT KROGER'S on Broadway, where the program will run
until Sunday, manager Mike Brown said, "Our coupon re-r
demption has been 20 times normal. Other business is upN
Brown's store is not typical of most stores participating
in the coupon redemption program since its clientle con-
sists mainly of students who do their shopping in small
"I really don't think it'll last long," said Brown. "We're
running out of brand manufacturers merchandise. Besides,
the customers are being saturated by the whole thing."
KROGER'S, like the other supermarket chains involved,
has to absorb the loss from their increased value coupons.
The manufacturer of the product only pays the face value
and a small amount for handling costs for each coupon.
Consumers are reacting favorably to the coupon war.
Many local supermarkets reported crowded conditions over
the weekend. One customer holding a large wad of coupons
commented, '"I bought a lot of things I won't need immedi-
itely but I wanted to take advantage of it (the coupon
A&P cashier Blanche Karbginsky said, "One customer
told me that this sort of thing goes on in California. She
said she'd seen stores offer as much as ten times the
original value of a coupon."
"I DON'T see how they can make any money," she said.
Meijer's Thrifty Acres, which offers triple the face value
on coupons redeemed at its stores, is not experiencing as
great a loss as other chains. Most of Meijer's stores are
outside the Detroit area and not participating in the coupon
"I've had customers come in with as much as $40 worth
of coupons" said Meijer's cashier Ron Strauss. "They say
they've been cutting them out of newspapers and magazines.
A lot of them were saving coupons all along," he added.
STRAUSS'S open cash drawer illustrated the popularity
of the program; three of its six compartments were jammed -
f1ll of coupons. During an eight hour period on Saturday he
See COUPON, Page 14
Ford, Carter favored in Ohio primary
By CATHERINE REUTTER
Special To The Daily
CINCINNATI, Ohio - Coming down the home
stretch, President Jerry Ford and Democratic
front-runner Jimmy Carter are the favorites to
walk away with the bulk of Ohio's 97 Republican
and 152 Democratic delegates, respectively, in
Ohio's contest is one of three big primaries
today, the other two being California and New
Jersey. Carter hopes to make a strong showing
here and in New Jersey in hopes of off-setting
Favorite Son Jerry Brown's expected win in
California. Similarly, Ford would like to score
big in Ohio and New Jersey to counter Ronald
Reagan's strength in California.
Ohio is the last major push of the primary as
all the major candidates actively woo voters.
Carter, Ford, Reagan, and Mo Udall have all
made appearances in the Cincinnati area since
AS IN MICHIGAN, union support for Carter
has been solid with United Auto Worker chief
Leonard Woodcock actively campaigning.
Meanwhile, Rep. Morris Udall has been on
the offensive, voicing his oft-heard complaint
that Carter has been two-faced on a number of
issues. However, Udall admitted that a "big
win" by Carter, an unlikely prospect, would
render the Democratic convention "just a social
Fellow Stop-Carterite, Frank Church, whom
Udall had hoped would stay out of this race,
cancelled a scheduled Saturday appearance in
the Cincinnati area after massive flooding af-
flicted. home-state, Idaho. Church had hoped to
make a strong showing in a non-western locale
to demonstrate a broader voter appeal.
CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown, though he
has not campaigned in Ohio and has no dele-
gates on the slate, is hoping to profit through a
large uncommitted vote, a la Rhode Island.
The only visible support for Brown was a rural
Tennessee Commune group called "the Farms",
who appeared to urge Cincinnati voters to opt for
See CANDIDATES, Page 14