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VOL. LI. No. 33 ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 1940 Z-323
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Million Mark; Dickinson,
Vandenberg Leading In State
One-Third Of Voting Tabulated;
Wayne County Is Incomplete
DETROIT, Nov. 6.-()-Returns from populous Wayne County, to-
day, a Democratic stronghold, cut Gov. Luren D. Dickinson's election lead
to 17,636 and indicated his defeat by Murray D. Van Wagoner, his
Democratic opponent for governor.
The vote, 2,028 ef Michigan's 3,632 precincts, including 300 of
Dickinson 518,028; Van Wagoner 499,169.
By G. MILTON KELLY
DETROIT, Nov. 6-UP)--The entire Republican state and national ticket
surged into a growing lead today on the basis of early out-state returns from
Tuesday's general election in Michigan.
Less than a third of the record outpouring of votes-estimated by election
officials at nearly 2,000,000-had been counted, and only a handful of pre-
cincts from populous Wayne County, a Democratic stronghold in the past,
was included in the early Wednesday tabulation.
Harry F. Kelly, Secretary of State, had the widest margin, a lead of
nearly 90,000 votes over Leo V. Card, his Democratic rival, on the basis of
returns from 832 of Michigan's 3,632 precincts.
Gov. Luren D. Dickinson, 81-year-old foe of sin and "high life," had the
smallest margin, a lead of about 44,000 over Murray D. Van Wagoner, his
Democratic opponent for the office he inherited at the death of Gov. Frank
Returns from 1,089 precincts placed Wendell Willkie, the Republican
Presidential standard bearer, far out in front of President Roosevelt. Will-
kie had 313,588, Roosevelt 229,999.
United States Senator Arthur H. Vandenberg, seeking reelection, led
Democratic Frank Fitzgerald, the political "unknown," by a vote of 263,831
to 183,438 on the basis of returns from 937 prencincts.
Dickinson Margin Small
For Governor, the vote in 1,044 precincts was Dickinson 277,594, Van
For lieutenant governor, 937 precincts gave Dr. Eugene C. Keyes, Repub-
lican, 256,613, Frank Murphy, Democrat, 196,805.
Dickinson's lead mounted steadily after an early out-state tabulation
showed him trailing Van Wagoner by a narrow margin.
With 800-odd precincts tabulated in the contests for lesser state offices,
the effect of the widely-reported split voting in Tuesday's election became
Although all the Republican aspirants continued to hold leads over their
opponents, there was a wide variance between their individual popularity
with the electorate, it appeared.
Next to Dickinson, the scantest margin of votes lay between Flex H.
Flynn, State Senator from Cadillac, and Theodore I. Fry, former Democratic
State Treasurer from Fremont, who elbowed each other closely throughout
the night's counting in the race for treasureship.
Brown Leads In Tallies
Vernon J Brown, of Mason. seeking reelection as auditor general on the
Republican ticket, held the fourth largest lead over his Democratic oppon-
ent of any man on the G.O.P. slate, and he was only a few hundred votes
behind Vandenberg in obtaining that margin.
On the basis of 832 precincts reporting of the state's 3,632, Kelly had a
total of 246,417, compared to 156,650 for Leo V. Card, Democrat.
Brown had piled up a vote of 240,092 on the basis of 831 precincts against
159,916 for his Democratic opponent, State Senator James D. Dotsch, Garden.
Herbert J. Rushton, of Escanaba, Republican nominee for attorney gen-
eral, led Raymond W. Starr, of Grand Rapids, former Democratic holder
of that office, by approximately 63,000 votes with 843 precincts reporting.
The vote was: Rushton, 232,537, Starr 169,640.
Flynn had a lead of approximately 56,000 over Fry, receiving 224,046
votes to 168,887 for Fry on the basis of 820 precincts.
With 496 precincts reporting in the non-partisan race for the state
supreme court opening, Justice Emerson R. Boyles, nominated by the Re-
publican convention, polled 80,980 votes to 58,446 for Judge Philip Elliott,
nominated by the Democrats.
Returns Remain Uncounted
Weary-eyed election officials labored through the night, they had barely
made a dent in the tabulation of the deluge of ballots in some areas. In
Wayne County, which contains 1,215 of the state's precincts, the first dozen
precincts counted gave top-heavy Democratic majorities.
McNary Admits Defeat; Control
Of Senate Stays Democratic
(By The Associated Press)
PRESIDENTIAL: At 3:30 a.m. EST, this morning President Roose-
velt led in 38 states with 447 electoral votes; Wilkie in 10 with 84.
POPULAR VOTE AT THAT HOUR: With about 60 per cent of the
Nation's precincts counted: Roosevelt 17,061,280; Willkie 13,779,002.
HOUSE: Democrats elected 170; Republicans 59. The Democrats
picked up nine seats in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, New
York and West Virginia. Democrats lost to Republicans in Oklahoma,
New York and California and to an Independent in Tennessee.
SENATE: Nine Democrats and three Republicans elected. No turn-
overs. One incumbent trailing, Townsend (Rep.-Del.).
GOVERNORS: Eight Democrats elected, one Republican. One
turnover, in Connectieut where incumbent Republican lost to Deocat.
Mounting millions of votes apparently assured Franklin D. Roosevelt of
another four years in the White House today and buried deep in the pages
of history America's ancient, unwritten rules .against a third term for any
In great states and small, from New Hampshire to California, the citizens
who exercised democracy's right of franchise yesterday seemingly rejected
the Republican candidacy of Wendell L. Willkie by an overwhelming elec-
toral majority and returned the New Deal to Washington with possibly
greater power than heretofore.
Late reports indicated that not only the Presidency but also some addi-
tional seats in the House and Senate were gathered up in the Democratic
vote harvest. With more than half of the 432 Congressional contests decid-
ed the Democrats had a net 'gain of six House seats. Eight Democrats and
three Republicans were elected to the Senate-where a Democratic major-
ity was certain anyway-but close Senatorial races developed in half a dozen
'Vote Of Confidence'
The tide of ballots ran heavily in Mr. Roosevelt's favor almost from the
first-ballots he had asked as a "vote of confidence" in his Administration,
born in the domestic crisis year of 1933 and now given another four-year
tenure in the international crisis year of 1940.
Yet the margins in some states continued close for many hours after
returns started pouring in and Willkie had not conceded defeat early today.
Incomplete returns showed Mr. Roosevelt leading in 37 states with 433
electoral votes as against Willkie's lead in 11 states with 98 votes. After
telling his followers in a post-midnight speech at his New York hotel not to
be "afraid or disheartened," Willkie retired with the announcement that
he would make no statement before mid-morning (9 a.m. EST).
But Senator Charles L. McNary of Oregon, Willkie's Vice-Presidential
running mate, acknowledge defeat and sent his congratulations to Mr. Roose-
velt and the, Democratic Vice-Presidential candidate, Henry A. Wallace.
"We shall try to afford Mr. Roosevelt and his associates a worthy and
vigilant opposition," McNary said in a statement at Salem, Oregon. "Today's
trend indicates a victory for our principles four years hence."
The President was at Hyde Park, N.Y., wth his family. There a proces-
sion of neighbors called on him in triumphant torchlight parade last night,
and he told them the vote "looks all right."
Wallace, in Washington, where he had watched his home state of Iowa
stick tenaciously in the Republican column, said he was "gratified" at the
early trend of voting, but he retired without other comment before the
ticket on which he held second place swept to such commanding leads.
The 11 states in which Willkie held a margin early today were widely
scattered, and while predominantly agricultural, included some industrial
centers. They were Colorado, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Ne-
braska, New Jersey, North Dakota, South Dakota and Vermont.
Indications were that the total vote cast broke all previous records despite
unfavorable weather in some sections of the country. But the broken record
which made this election unique was the return of a President to office for
a third term.
The tradition which fell with Mr. Roosevelt's victory dated back almost
to the founding of the Republic when George Washington, in 1797, declined
to stand for another four years in office in addition to the eight he already
(By The Associated Press)
In a national election without precedent in the history of the Republic,
Franklin D. Roosevelt amassed such a lead for a third term in the White
House today that many leading supporters of Wendell L. Willkie, including
his running mate, conceded the President's reelection.
Roosevelt, on the basis of still incomplete returns, was ahead in 37 states
with 433 electoral votes while the Republican nmin_ 1ama ma
Franklin D. Roosevelt . Still The Champ
FDR Says Results Are Fine;
Wilikie RemainsHopefu l
HYDE PARK, N.Y., Nov. 6.-QA)-
President Roosevelt filled chart after
chart in today's early hours with fig-
ures telling a story of an overwhelm-
ing electoral vote lead in his historic
race for a third term, and then, after
describing the election trends as
"fine," went to bed at 2:35 a.m., EST.
Such was the trend of the balloting
that by midnight hundreds of the
President's neighbors in this Hudson
Valley Village gathered with red
lights, a drum and bugle corps and
noisemakers for what one of them
called a "victory parade" to the
Standing in the light of smoking
flares on the portico of Hyde Park
House, the Chief Executive told the
cheering paraders the returns were
irinmmnlr ta ta hnl entvath.rl
and a large portion of the White
House staff had assembled at the
President's country residence to watch
the progress of the voting. Sur-
rounded by them, he talked to the
people who came from the village.
To the first group of his neigh-
bors, the Chief Executive remarked:
"We, of course, face difficult days
in this country. But I think you will
find me in the future just the same
Franklin Roosevelt you have known
a great many years."
NEW YORK, Nov. 6. -(A')-In the
face of mounting Roosevelt majori-
ties, Wendell L. Willkie counselled his
followers today against quitting, then
decided to postpone until mid-morn-
ing any formal comment on the elec-
He acknowledge the applause with t
a sweep of his arm, then went up-
stairs. He sent word to reporters that
he would have no further state-
ment until 10 a.m., EST.
Before he retired, the candidate
had spent nearly 10 hours carefully
checking returns from each state.
Seated at the end of a green couch
littered with newspapers and elec-
tion charts, he smoked numerous cig-
arets, conferred with associates and
made hasty pencilled calculations.
The green-carpeted hotel room
held chairs for only four or five per-
sons. Willkie's brother, Ed, former
Navy football star, stayed near him
all evening, as did the nominee's 20-
year old son, Philip, a graduate stu-
dent at Harvard.
They twirled radio dials and watch-
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