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New Castle News (Newspaper) - November 3, 1976, New Castle, Pennsylvania NEW CASTLE NEWS Bia'iil.'jmial SEVENTH YEAR No. 46 NEW CASTLE NEWS, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER -48 Pages 99' I'Kli WEEK BY CARRIER-SINGLE COPY 15' Carter marches to close election win WASHINGTON (UPI) Jimmy Carter, uti lizing a strong base in his nalive South and a breakthrough in the industrial North, won a razorthin victory over Gerald Ford today to become (he nation's first Southern president in 128 years. The former Georgia governor, who began his campaign 22 months ago and traveled miles seeking support from orginally skeptical voters, claimed victory for himself and running-mate Waller Mondale during an emotional, early morning appearance at an Atlanta convention center before thousands of supporters. "I'm not afraid to take on the respon- sibilities of president of the United he said, "because my strength comes from you, the American people." Carter paid tribute to Ford as the "toughest and most formidable opponent anybody could possibly have." At one point, Carter's eyes (illed with tears and he had to turn to his Rosalynn before he could continue speaking. Ford went to bed at the White House without conceding defeat, even though Carter had moved over the necessary 270 electoral votes shortly before he retired. The White House said Ford would issue a state- ment later today. Ford became the first incumbent presi- dent since Herbert Hoover in 1932 to be lurn- ed out of of fice by the voters. Mary Louise Smith, chairman of the Republican National Committee, issued a statement saying that Watergate and its aftermath played a "large role" in Ford's defeat.ShealsochidedtheRepublicanParty to get busy during the next four years and "embark on a relentless effort to broaden its base in this nation." The a.m. EST national vole for president with 98 per cent out of of the precincts reported. Popular Vote Pet Carter: 51 Ford: 48 McCarthy: Maddox: Carter won 24 states with 297 electoral votes. Ford won 27 states with 241 electoral votes. Carter will be sworn in as the country's 39th president on the steps of the Capitol Jan.20. Jimmy Carter won in Lawrence County by approximately votes. It was the biggest plurality [or a Democratic presidential candidate since Lyndon B. Johnson won in a landslide in 1961. Johnson then won the county by voles. It also marked the llth time in the last 13 presidential elections that Lawrence County has voted the same as the rest of Penn- sylvania. Carter paid tribute to Ford as the "toughest and most formidable opponent anybody could poss ibly have." The President, spent and voiceless after a year of political struggle for the office he assumed by appointment 27 months ago, went to bed without making a statement. He began the day as the only man ever to hold the presidency without election; he ended it as the first incumbent since Herbert Hoover turned out of office by the voters. Ford made a strong contest ol the cam- paign, which last summer had looked like a walkaway for the Democratic ticket. After an epic battle for the GOP nomination, he fought Carter to a near dead heat. He lost it by failing to significantly crack Carter's hold on the South and the Democratic party's strongholds in the in- dustrial Eastand Midwest. Ford carried New Jersey, Illinois, California and his own Michigan, but even with a near sweep in the mountain and Pacific Coast states, these were not enough to offset Carter's southern and eastern strength. Carter, the first Georgia native ever and the first candidate ol the Deep South since 1848 to capture the presidency, won by rebuilding some key elements of the political coalition which Franklin Roosevelt put together in the 1930s. He swept the entire South except for Virginia, captured New York and Penn- sylvania, Texas and Florida and several key farm stales. heavy backing from labor, black, hispanic and urban voters. Carter clinched the election when he carried Mississippi and reached 272 electoral votcsat a.m. EST. Carter, 52, had little recognition and less national support when he decided to seek the presidency (our years ago. He stormed the heights with a battle plan he worked out with a few close advisers and a campaign appeal based on a return to compassionate, open, principled government. He announced his candidacy nearly two lull years ahead of the election, and camapaigned for half of that time as an un- known Southern politician on what many regarded as a mission of futility. Myers tops Atkinson to retain seat in House U. S. Rep. Gary A. Myers, R- Butler, proved yesterday that his election in 1974 was no fluke and grabbed an even tighter hold on his 25lh District seat. The 39-year old legislator, who has made political accountability and financial disclosure a trademark during his first two years, overwhelmed Eugene V. Atkinson by votes yester- day. When Myers defeated 20-year incumbent Frank M. Clark two years ago, he received 53.8 per cent of the vole. Yesterday Myers Gary Myers received 56 per cent. H was believed by many. Democrats that Myers won in 1974 mainly because of an anli- Clark vote. And it was believed he would face a tough fight because Atkinson, the Democratic candidate, had the Beaver County votes practically secured. This was not the case as Atkin- son, a Beaver County com- missioner from Aliquippa, won by a mere 562 votes unofficially in his home county. Myers won his home county of Butler by votes and Pratt re-elected Andrews by votes winsin overMcBride tight race State Rep. Ralph D. Pratt, D- New Wilmington, was re-elected to a second term yesterday by easily defeating .George S. McBride. Pratt, who scored an upset two years ago over 18-year incumbent Donald W. Fox, won by an even greater margin yesterday. Republicans hold a registration advantage in the 10th District which includes parts of Lawrence County and a small portion of Mercer County. Concerning his showing, Pratt said, "I think they voters) looked at my record and felt I did a good job in representing the people." He also commended the voters for turning out in record numbers yesterday. McBride, 35, president ol Milsom Oil Co., focused on Pratt's support to create the Commonwealth Compensation Commission and for favoring Gov. Shapp's programs. Pratl, 35, focused primarily on his own record and said McBride represented big business. In the Lawrence County precincts, Pratt received votes. McBride received votes. In Mercer County, Pratt receiv- ed votes and McBride voles. His total of to McBride's represented a spread of some votes. When he defeated Fox in 1974, Pratt won by approximately votes. Stale Rep. Thomas J. Fee, D- New Castle, was re-elected to a fifth term representing the Ninth District. Fee was unopposed. (Continued on page 3) State Sen. W. Thomas Andrews, R-Lawrence, overcame voter registration odds yesterday to win a second four-year term. According to unofficial figures, Andrews, 35, defeated State Hep. James A. Green, D-Slippery Rock, by some votes for the 21st Djstrict seat. Andrews received 51 per cent of the vote. Four years ago when he defeated the incumbent, Donald 0. Oesterling, Andrews received 54 per cent of the vole. However, Andrews had a registration advantage at
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