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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - November 8, 1944, Abilene, Texas                                MDRMIG "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT VOL. LXIV, NO. 142 A TEXAS NEWSPAPER ABILENE, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY MORNING, NOVEMBER 8, 1944 FOURTEEN PAGES Associated Press (AP) United Press IV.P.I PRICE- FIVE CENTS ROOSEVELT! THIS MAP SHOWS HOW STATES STOOD AT MIDNIGHT ELECTORAL VOTE REP. DEM. FDR 2-1 By The Associated Press President Roosevelt Was running away from all-opposi' tion about to one in Texas Tuesday night as rising tabu- lations of the state's votes in the general election showed Re- publicans and the anti-Rooscvclt Texas Regulars battling it for second place. Republican elector nominees moved ahead of the Regulars in a mid- night (CWT) tabulation of votes by the Texas election bureau which gave the Democrats almost 75 percent of that total. Returns from 197 out of 254 counties, 18 complete, showed Democrats POPULAR VOTE BY STATES AT P. M., (CWT) (By The Associated Press) Elec. Votes (See Page 10, For Texas County Results) Republicans Regulars Sociiaists 262; Prohibition- ists 457, and America Firsts 97. Democratic Governor Coke E. Stevenson's votes to for B. J. Peasley of Tyler, his Republican opponent, was big Indication of re-election for Stevenson. All constitutional amendments on the ticket had substantial leads. On the retirement benefits amendment the tabulation showed for and against the municipal pension plan, and for to against the state pension plan. The vote was for the county tax rcallocation plan and against It. In the fifth congressional district Rep. Hatton Sumners, opposed by Ofcarles D. Turner, Republican, was leading for re-election almost 3 to 1. The campaign against Sumners was the most active waged by any of 12 Republican candidates seeking congressional posts. Returns from 50 of 117 boxes in Dallas county gave Sumners votes and Turner There were Republican candidates for nine state races in addition governorship. The retirement benefits amendment was a double barrelled proposi- tion so worded that voters could chose either or both or reject either or both. It authorizes cities and towns to set up a retirement system for their employes and authorizes the legislature to set up such retirement systems. Tlie other amendment authorizes county commissioner courts, after J'u vote of the people, to reallocate county tax levies not to exceed 80 cents per assessed valuation. As the count mounted it showed how effective had been campaigns of the Republicans and Regulars, who several times tried, but failed to make a coalition against Roosevelt. Once since the return of Texas to the union after the Civil War had state gone Republican. In 1928 Herbert Hoover beat Al Smith, Demo- crat, votes to By the time the polls closed at 7 p. m. reports had riled up of Texans balloting in unprccented numbers, standing In long lines before voting places. There were enough estimated qualified voters to break a record. The state comptroller placed the number at greatest indicated voting strength in the state's history. Here and there rain slowed balloting. In some sections it stopped Voting- Stale Units Ala................ Ariz..............-.- 438 Ark................ (X) Colo. (X) Conn..............- 169 Del................. 250 Pla. (X) Ga. Ida. 845 111. 8.748 Ind................ Iowa 'Kans............... Ky................. 4.304 La.................. Me................. 627 Md. (X) Mass. Mich............... Minn. Miss...... Mo. (X) Mont..... Neb. (X) Nev...... N. H..... N. J...... N. M..... N. Y..... N. C...... N. D. (X) Ohio Okla...... Ore....... Pa. (X) R. I. (X) S. C...... S. D...... Tenn..... Tex.'...... 1.693 1.175 299 296 892 1.922 261 254 Utah (X) 870 Vt................. 246 Va................. Wash. {X) W. Va.............. Wis................ Wyo................ 673 Total Units Reported 378 23 154 DOS 69 45 45 298' 305 28 311 120 '310 59 482 574 369 125 217 426 7 93 45 65 500 45 887 599 34 4.585 12 180 619 482 1.4C9 128 5 208 875 1 139 776 17 Popular Vote FDR 8 Dewey fc 2.560 55.912 2 13.913 1 331'.325 69490 4.626 989 826.668 867 198 11 10 16 11 9 749 251.413 125.161 555 3 322 338 14 4 10 35 4 12 23 4 11 8 8 12 25 (X) Denotes states counting service vote after election day. harvesting, released farmers from the Generally the weather was favorable. Dewey Won't Give Up Yet NEW YORK, Nov. (Wednes- Browneli, Jr., Secretary of State Sidney Latham had completed mailing to county clerks the short form federal war ballots he had received from Texas Ifrvlce men and women, a total of Like the regular absentee ballots from those In the service and others who had paid poll taxes, the war ballots went into tonight's count. There were reports that many voters ignored the amendments. The amendments, in fine type across the bottom of the ballot, apparently looked like Instructions to some voters, who handed them In without marking them. Said one woman' at a Dallas voting precinct: "I knew Ijjey were on the ticket, but I didn't know enough about them." The winning presidential electors cast their votes for president and vice president In the electoral college, which meets for Texas in Austin Dec. 18. 'ields, and thus spurred voting. I Republican national chairman, said in a radio broadcast shortly before Roosevelt Is Ahead m Mississippi Vote JACKSON, Miss., (IP) Roosevelt-pledged Democrats, with their supplemental ticket, surged jjto the lead over party ticket bol- ters and Republicans in Mississippi on tho basis of early unofficial re- turns from today's general election. Returns from 80 of the state's 1693 precincts gave Roosevelt vAes and Dewey 216. The returns by tickets In 80 of 1693 precincts was: pro-Roosevelt regular Democrat 291, regu- lar Republican 57, Independent Re- publican 159. FDR Leads 4 to 1 In Louisiana Vote NEW ORLEANS, Nov. President Roosevelt held a four to one lead over Governor Dewey to- night in early returns from today's general election In Louisiana. Tho vote In 59 of the total of 871 precincts gave Roosevelt nnd Dewey This did not include any of the New Orleans vote where the polls remained open until 9 p. m. Democratic Senator John H. Over- toil won re-election easily. a.m. lEWT) today that "no definite conclusion" could be drawn frcm the election returns up to (hat time. Returns from "many key Browneli said, were "Inconclusive." Election Shot SANTA CRUZ, Calif., Nov. .50 caliber tracer bullet ripped through the roof of a church hall polling place today and narrowly missed several persons waiting to vote. Police said the bullet evident- ly had been fired from an airplane. Ham Fish Out ALBANY, N. Y., Nov. 7 Republican Representative Hamil- ton Fish conceded tonight that Aug- ustus W. Bennct had won his scat In the 29th congressional district, to which Fish was seeking reelection for a 13th term. More Election News-Page Texas Congress Race Tabulations DALLAS, Nov. at p. m. to the Tcxits elec- tion bureau showed the following returns in congressional races: District 2 (11 from 3 counties, including 0 com- plete: Combs 2345; Cecil 126. District 3 (8 from 6 counties, Including 1 com- plete: Beckworth Stephens District 5 (Dallas mers Turner District 7 (12 counties from 5 counties, Including o com- plete: Pickett Willlf 266. District 8 (Hallis as Robinson 888. District 9 (15 from 4 counties, Including 0 com- plete: Mansfield Allen 652. District 10 (10 from 4 counties, including 0 com- plete: Johnson Bartlctt 387. District 11 (6 from 1 county. Including 0 complete: Poage Nelson 217. District 13 (15 from 5 counties, Including 0 com- plete: Gossett Harper 422. District 17 (12 from 2 counties, Including 0 com- plete: Russell Woody 382. District 18 (28 from 6 counties, Including 0 com- plete: Worlcy 3.492; Bybcc 215. District 2! (27 from 9 counties, Including 2 com- plete: Fisher Lehman 843. Leads in 31 States, But Some Teeter Associated Press returns at a.m., Wednesday, from 307 or the country's voting units showed the popular vote: Roosevelt Dewey Total NEW YORK, Nov. New York Times said at p. m (EWT) tonight that President Roosevelt had won the election. The Times had supported Roosevelt in tills campaign. It opposed him four years ago. NEW YORK, Nov. Daily News, which lias supporter Qov. Thomas E. Dewey, conceded tonight that President Roosevelt had won the election. By The Associaied Press Franklin D. Roosevell breezed ahead of Thomas E, Dewey. last night, but New York's massive total of 47 elec- toral votes teetered from side to side, and the returns else- where were far from deci- sive. At a, m. Wednesday the president led in 31 states having 329 electoral votes, Dewey in 17 with 202. Still Inconclusive returns pui Dewey in the lead In the Emplri state where he is governor. Earlier in the night the president had small margin there. The first l turns were mostly from upstate with only a sprinkling from the metropolis. At that time, some returns hac been received from each of the 48 states, although in some cases th tallying job was hardly started Maine, however, came through early witlv a decisive 1L five electoral votes to Dewey Maine went for Wendell L. Willklc lour years ngo. Mr. Roosevelt was in the van in such vote-weighty states as Penn- sylvania, Illinois and California. Scanning the returns, Vice President Henry Wallace assert- ed in Washington it's "Roosevelt until but the Dewey camp at New York termed the incomplete early results "very encouraging." Philadelphia hung up a Roosevelt victory, but by a narrower margin :han four years ago, and the presi- dent swung out front early in Pennsylvania as a whole. The early returns from Illinois siiowed Roosevelt ahead In that key state, but they were mostly from -he Chicago precincts where that outcome was to he anticipated. Downstntc, Dewey was leading. The Republican nominee set the early pace in Ohio, home state of lis running mate, Gov. John W. Bricker. The greater part of the nitlal counts came from the rural districts where Dewey and Bricker ooked for their heaviest backing. Dewey also led in Michigan, New Jersey and in Missouri. That's Truman's home state. Missouri, however, had been wavering, jumping first Into the column then picking up the Dewey ban- ner as the vote-count proceeded. In Michigan, the first tabulations came from outside industrial De- troit. Maryland, a border state, turned out. a heavy Roosevelt majority In Baltimore that it was apparent only a. Republican landslide elsewhere could overcome. Massachusetts, with few reports in from Boston, was on the Demo- cratic side, but not by far. In the battles for governorships and seats In Congress, returns were less complete than in the presiden- tial struggle. Bui In general the candidates appeared to be following the tendencies of the national tickets. The south, despite Its substantial support for Roosevelt, nevertheless provided echoes of insurgents apainst the New Deal. In Texas and South Carolina ballots for anti- Roosevelt Democratic slate cut inlo the chief executives totals but not enough to threaten hi.) chances. r> FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT looks Like Another Four Years' Says President HYDE PARK, N. Y., Nov. 7 Roosevell told forch-bearing Hyde Park neighbors tonight that "it looks very much like I'll have to be 'coming up here on the train from Washington for another four years." Luce Trails 29-Year- Democrats Lead in New Mexico Races ALBUQUHRQUE, N. M., Nov. 7. candidates led by President Roosevelt and Governor John J. Dcmpsey established early Irada tonight on the basis of un- official returns from New Mexico's general election. The unofficial count In the 45 di- visions gave Roosevelt Thom- as E. Dcwcy, governor, 47 divisions. Dcmpsey (D) Ct.r- roll O. Gundcrson (R) Con- 2 seats, 45 divisions, Ben F. Meyer (R) Manuel Lujan (RS Clinton P. Anderson (D) and A. M. Fernandez (O) ATLANTA, Nov. Nurse Gacharl Naomi Williams cel- bnllot, iobrntcti her eighteenth birthday to- whnn provide retirement benefits, had rby by going to a voting precinct in for and 1.191 against the mu-! Atlanta and casting a ballot for nicipal plan and for and Franklin D. Roosevelt. WASHINGTON, Nov. Democrats picked up a Republican House seat In Maryland, and threat- ened to unseat Clare Boothe Luce in Connecticut, as returns trickled In tonight from contests determin- ing the complexion of tlie next congress. At 11 p. m. Democrats had clinch- ed 60 seats In the 435-nicmbrr house, most of them In the "solid while the Republicans counted nine, all unopposed. Five southern Senate scats again were in the hands of Democrats, with that party's nominees success- ful in Georgia, Louisiana, South Carolina, Alabama, and North Carolina. In addition Democratic Senator Claude Pepper was far ahead in his Florida contest. Other Senate races saw Ma- jority Leader Albcn Barklcy of Kentucky leading James Park, Republican; Democrat Scott Lucas ahead of Richard J. Lyons in Illinois, and Massachusetts' Republican Governor I.cvcrrtt Saltonstall, far ahead of his Democratic opponent, John II. Corcoran. In Maryland's fourth district, Democrat George II. Fallon de- feated the Republican incum- bent, Daniel Ellison. Miss Margaret E. Connors 29-year-old lawyer, forged ahead of Republican Luce, in Connecticut's fourth district. vote was counted. Miss Luce was one of the Republicans' principal Platform attractions in the cam- paign. In New York's 29th district, Rep. Hamilton Fish led Augustus W. Rennet. Pish had been criticized during the campaign by Republican standard bearer Thomas E. Dewey. At 35 scats in the senate, which must ratify a peace treaty whic1 uiay shape the course of flic world. 432 of the 435 seats In the house, which, with the Senate, must blueprint the return to peacetime work at home. The three other House seats were filled in September, when Maine rc-clccled three Republi- cans. Control of both the Senate and the House was at issue, with Demo- crats and Republicans matching each other In pre-election expres- sions of confidence. Republicans needed a net gain of 25 Senate and 6 House scats for control of both brandies. To re- tain their grip, Democrats needed to win only 13 of the Senate con- tests. With 49 needed for control, Democrats wont into election day with 36 holdover Senate scats. Re- publicans 24, nnd Progressives 1. There were no holdovers In the House, where the yire-elcctlon line- up was 214 Democrats, 212 Repub- licans, four minor party seats and five vacancies. Regardless of the outcome of the balloting for president, Republicans predicted Miry would win control of the House. FDR Gets M Majority as County Record Vote Election records toppled In Taylor county yesterday as some voters turned out to give President Roose- velt a new high vote and a seven to cnc lead over the nearest oppos- ing Texas Regulars. With some 200 votes in five boxes still Demo- cratic electors had polled Regulars and Re- publicans 591. Roosevelt votes topped any re- ceived in the previous and his opposition was nt a new 201 against the state pension plan. Amendment two. to provide for of the county tax, passed by a wider margin with 851 for and 839 against. Clifton Woody of Abilene, Re- publican candidate for congress from the 17th district, ran a- very poor second in his home county with 310 votes for thn Incumbent, Sam Russell of Stcpiicnvillc. The weatherman played a defi- nite role in the farmer vote in the high. In 1932 he polled ta 639 by providing a shower Mon- for Hoover; in 1930 he polled day night. Tuesday morning the. to 667 for Landon and in 1940 he u-ero too muddy to work but polled to 973 for Willkie. the weather was too pretty to stay Incomplete returns, with Jim home. Moro, Potosi, Caps-Merkcl and Blair boxes still out, were already safely past the previous reccrd Also a stimulant to voting hers was tile appearance on the ballot of two Abilenians as cast in the general election in 1940. uoll.is Scarborough for the Demo- In the presidential elector voting and T. J. McMahon for the Socialists got one ballot, the Pro- hibitionists 12 and tlie America. Firsts two. Taylor countums put their fitamp of approval on all three amendments, although (hi1 mar- gins were not as great as in the case of the electors. Thief op- position to flic amendments wan found in the smaller rural First amendment on the Regulars. Sonic 12.500 voters were elegible to go to tlie polls as against some 11.000 when the record primary- vote 9.532. was cast In the July pri- mary In 1942. first for FDR HARRY S. TRUMAN Leads for Vice President   

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