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Prospective

governors

prepare for primaries

PHOENIX (AP) - A large bloc
of undecided voters and the prospects
of a low turnout raised Evan
Mecham's hopes for an upset in Ari-
zona's Republican gubernatorial con-
test, one of 11 primaries Tuesday
that will complete the general elec-
tion lineups for all but a handful of
states.
Candidates spent heavily to get
their messages on television, but
they were competing for attention
with a U.S.-Soviet summit and the
military crisis in the Persian Gulf.
An election official in Arizona
predicted that fewer than 40 percent
of the state's Republican voters
would cast ballots in the hotly con-
tested primary between Mecham -
whose tumultuous service as gover-
nor ended in 1988 with his im-
peachment - developer Fife
Symington and three other con-
tenders.
Former Phoenix Mayor Terry
Goddard was heavily favored in the
Democratic gubernatorial primary
and was expected to enter the general
election as the front-runner to suc-
ceed Gov. Rose Mofford, a Democrat
who is retiring.

A low turnout also was forecast
in Minnesota where Democratic
Gov. Rudy Perpich was battling a
strong primary challenge from
former state commerce commis-
sioner Mike Hatch.
There was a hotly contested GOP
primary in Minnesota as well. State
auditor Arne Carlson, business-per-
son Jon Grunseth and former prose-
cutor Doug Kelley were competing
for the GOP nod. Carlson surprised
party leaders by jumping to a
healthy lead in the polls over Grun-
seth, who had the organization en-
dorsement.
The other states holding pri-
maries on Tuesday were Connecti-
cut, Maryland, New Hampshire,
New York, Rhode Island, Utah,
Vermont and Wisconsin. After Tues-
day's round of primaries, the only
states left to choose nominees will
be Massachusetts, Washington, Ok-
lahoma, Florida, and Louisiana.
In the District of Columbia, vot-
ers were choosing nominees to suc-
ceed Mayor Marion Barry, whose
plans to seek re-election were side-
tracked after his indictment on co-
caine possession charges.

Also on the ballot in the nation's
capital was Jesse Jackson. The two-
time candidate for the Democratic
presidential nomination was expected
to win nomination easily for the
symbolic office of "shadow senator,"
a position created to press the city's
campaign for statehood.
Mecham wasn't the only politi-
cian seeking to regain an office he
once held.
Richard Snelling had only minor
opposition to his bid for the GOP
nomination for governor of Ver-
mont, an office he gave up in 1984,
after serving four two-year terms.
His successor, Democrat Madeleine
Kunin, is retiring.
Former Sen. John Durkin, de-
feated for re-election in 1980, is
competing with Nashua Mayor
James Donchess and business-person
John Rauh in the New Hampshire
Democratic Senate primary. Repub-
lican Rep. Bob Smith was heavily
favored in the GOP primary for the
seat now held by Republican Sen.
Gordon Humphrey, who is retiring.
Several House members also
faced primary challenges on Tuesday,
but none was seen as in serious daji-
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AP Phto
Watkins Funeral
Sherwin and Karen Watkins walk behind the casket Saturday carrying the remains of their son Brian who was
stabbed to death trying to protect them during a robbery in a Manhattan subway station last Sunday. Eight
|New York gang members have been charged with the killing.

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