Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - May 3, 1970, Abilene, Texas
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89TH YEAR, NO, 319 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604 SUNDAY MORNING, MAY 3, 1970-SEVENTY-FOUR PAGES IN SIX SECTIONS 10c DAILY--20c SUNDAY
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Bentsen Upsets Yarborough
LLOYD BENTS FN . . gains nomination
By ROBERT E. FORD Associated Press Writer
Lloyd Bentsen Jr., mounting a powerful campaign pointing to his conservative outlook, swept liberal Sen. Ralph Yarborough out of office in a stunning upset Saturday.
Bentsen, a political unknown to most of Texas, beat the bestknown name in Texas politics— a man who has been running for office for decades.
Yarborough was seeking the Democratic nomination for his third full term in the Senate.
Bentsen's victory assures the southern bloc in the Senate that it will have another member— whether it is a Democrat or a Republican.
Republican George Bush, a U. S. House member, won the Republican nomination for the Senate by a stunning margin over Robert Morris.
Texas Election Bureau returns at 1:35 a.m. from 250 of the 254 counties, 204 complete:
U. S. Senator: Lloyd Bentsen 708,937, Ralph Yarborough 678,* 629.
Attorney General David Brown 308,621, Crawford Martin 918.967.
Land commissioner: Bob
Armstrong 660.979. Jerry Sadler 406,605, Fred Williams 185,357.
Railroad commissioner: Connie Lawson 230,475, Ben Ramsey 958,966.
Supreme Court Place 3: Matt Davis 266.181, James Denton 546,758, Hawthorne Phillips 259,-203.
Criminal Appeals: Truman
Roberts 542,286, Earl Smith 507,-382.
U. S. Senator: George Bush 84,162, Robert Morris 12,100.
Rural Democrats Win 'Showdown
By ROY A. JONES II
Reporter-News Staff Writer
Taylor County’s rural Democrats turned out in force Saturday to nominate their candidates to the commissioners court in the first “city vs. rural” showdown brought about by last year’s “one-man, one-vote” Supreme Court ruling.
The total vote was a paltry 9.935, less than one-half the 1968 total in the first primary, and the light turnout of city voters probably cost Abilene businessman Sheila Thornton the Prec. 4 commiss oner’s seat.
Although he trailed in every city box, incumbent Prec. 4 Commissioner J. T. (Jake) McMillon of Lawn piled up a huge margin in the four rural boxes to defeat Thornton by only 259 votes.
The final vote was 1.296 to 1.(137, and the outcome was in doubt until the final box — that at Woodson High Gym — finally came in at ll:35 p.m.
Thronton carried it, 135-73, but McMillon’s job was safe — at
Abilene Events ........ 4-B
Amusements ...... 13-15-C
Astrology ............ 4-B
Austin Notebook ....... 7-B
Berry's World ......... 8-B
Books .............. 12-C
Bridge ............... 6-B
Business Outlook ....... 6-B
Classifieds ........ 8-13-D
Crossword ........... 4-B
Doctor's Mailbox ....... 4-B
Editorials ............ 10-C
Farm ............... 14-D
Hospital Patients...... 10-A
Jumble .............. 6-B
Letter to Servicemen .... 4-B
Markets ............ 6,7-D
Obituaries .......... 6,7-A
Records ............. 14-C
Sports ........... 1-5,13-D
Texas! .............. 6-B
To Your Good Health .... 7-B
TV Tab . . (Pullout of Sect. B)
Women's News .. 1-9,11,16-C
least until November when he must face Republican Glen Thornton in the general election.
Joe McDuff, Merkel school trustee and farmer who was making his first bid for a county office, had an easier time as he carried every box enroute to a 1.678 to 622 victory over former Abilene Mayor C. E. Gatlin for the Prec. 2 seat.
In the other top races, Democrats gave Miss Irene Crawford the nomination as district clerk by a 2-1 margin over Troy Willis; re - elected State Rep. Grant Jones by a 2-1 margin over Joe Hernandez; and gave Dist. Judge Austin O. McCloud of Colorado City a big boost enroute to his victory as ch^ef justice of the lith Court of Civil Appeals.
Judge McCloud out polled
Abilene’s own Roger Q. Garrett Jr.. by a margin of 5.268 to 3.841 in Taylor County. Twenty - two other counties make up the lith court district.
Miss Crawford, running for her first term after being appointed last year, carried all but two of the 39 boxes as she defeated Willis, longtime
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Show of credentials
R M. (Bob) Wagstaff, chairman of the Republican Precinct 5 convention, holds up his credentials and asks other delegates to do the same at the Saturday night meeting. The convention got under way after delegates proved they were eligible to be at the convention. (Staff Photo by Billy Adams)
Two Big Spring men will face each other in a run-off election for Democratic nomination for State Representative in the 63rd District.
Dee Jon Davis, receiving 5,119 votes, will run against Ralph Mahoney who polled 3,323 votes in the primary election. The third candidate, Roy Ford also
2-1 Knox Margin Puts Heatly Over
State Rep. W. S. (Bill) Heatly defeated his Democratic opponent in a hotly contested race, with Heatly’s home county of Cottle and Knox County giving him the margin needed to win.
He wall face Republican Zack Fisher in the November General Election.
With the victory over Leon Williams of Quanah, the 57 * year - old legislator seems virtually assured of his ninth term in the House.
The vote was Heatly, 6,859; Williams, 5,593.
Fisher of Memphis, the first
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE ESSA WEATHER BUREAU (Weather Map, Page 4-A)
ABILENE AND VICINITY (40-mile radius) — Clear to partly cloudy Sunday through Monday with a low warming trend. High Sunday In mirt-70s, low Sunday night 53. High Monday rn the 80s. Winds light and variable Sunday, Increasing southwesterly Monday.
Republican opponent ever for Heatly, was uncontested in the COP primary. Republican voting was reported slim with the exact figure unavailable late Saturday night.
Only two weeks ago, a federal
grand jury in Lubbock completed a probe into this
Turn to HEATLY, Pg. 13-A
Pair Due for House
of Big Spring, received 2,750 votes.
Rep. Temple Dickson of Sweetwater who now holds the House seat did not run for reelection.
Davis carried two of the three counties in the district, Howard with 2,491 votes and Nolan with 1.752 but lost rn Mitchell County by IO votes to Mahoney. Davis polled 876 votes in Mitchell.
Mahoney received 886 votes in Mitchell County, 846 in Nolan but trailed in Howard, his home county, with 1.591 votes. Ford polled 1,607 votes in Howard County.
Davis, who Is a Howard County native, is a former county attorney there.
Mahoney, who has lived in Big Spring most of his life, is a cotton buyer.
A by-county breakdown follows:
FORD DAVIS MAHONEY Howard 1607 2491 1591
Mitchell 531 876 886
Nolan 612 1752 846
TOTAL 2750 5119 3323
. . . wins appellate seat
MORE ELECTION REPORTS INSIDE
Results of more area and statewide races can be found on the inside of today’s Rcporter-News.
State races are on Page
13-A, while area election results are carried on Pages
14-A and 15-A.
A county - by - county breakdown of the U.S. senatorial race is on 12-A, and ff breakdown of Taylor County voting is on Page I-B.
Local and area precinct conventions are wrapped up on Pages 1-B, 2-B and 3-B.
McCloud 2-1 Over
Austin McCloud of Colorado City won Democratic nomination to the chief judgeship on the Eastland bench for the lith Court of Civil Appeals with a more than 2-1 victory margin over Roger Q. Garrett of Abilene.
Nearly-complete returns from ti of the district’s 23 counties — stretching from Stephenville to west of Big Spring — gave McCloud 38,052 votes to Garrett’s 16,015.
Garrett led only one county — Jones — of which he is a native, 1,333 to 856.
McCloud beat Garrett In his home county — Taylor and the city of Abilene — 5,152 to 3,754.
The 32nd District Court judge is seeking the post long held by Chief Justice Clyde Grissom, who chose not to run again this year.
McCloud has sat on the 32nd District bench six years.
In defeat, Garrett, an attorney, had til is comment:
“I want to thank everybody that did anything toward helping
Hanna Upsets Musa rove
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JOE C. HANNA 53rd Representative
Joe C. Hanna apparently unseated Burke Musgrove for the Democratic nomination for State Representative of the 53rd District.
Hanna led Musgrove by a vote of 7.604 to 6.754 in the five county district composed of Callahan, Eastland, Palo Pinto, Shackelford and Stephens Counties.
Hanna led Musgrove in four of the five counties including Stephens winch both call home.
Musgrove was running for his third term in the House of Representatives.
Hanna said, “I feel very, very grateful to the people of this district and also feel very humble at this time. I hope to represent everyone in Austin and I feel an obligation to represent everyone adequately, *
‘‘I want to thank everyone who helped me. Without their help I would not have been elected to this office.” Musgrove said, “I have had four constructive years as a legislator, a privilege I feel honored to have had. I feel I did my job well, and I tried to run a good, clean campaign.
“I appreciate the support of all who have helped me in this paiticular endeavor as wrell as in previous campaigns.”
Musgrove said he hoped “to go on to bigger and better things, for sometimes — looking at the situation positively — maybe a defeat here and there can mean more than a single victory.” Asked by the Reporter-News on why he thought he lost,
“M, Tam to HANNA, Pg. U-A
Governor: Paul Eggers 85,281, Roger Martin 6,266.
Bentsen captured a solid lead from the start of the vote count and at a late hour maintained a percentage of the vote of about 54 percent—a safe margin in a political contest.
The Texas Election Bureau, the unofficial vote-counting agency, called the turnout one of the lightest in Texas history for a primary considering the
4.1 million who had registered.
The result—coupled with a trend to return conservatives to some key positions in the Texas Legislature—could only indicate the majority of Texans are
against militant riots, anti-war rallies and large federal expenditures and want the states to have more rights. These were
Turn to BENTSEN, Pg. 13-A
Local Republicans Change to Cannedy
Taylor County Republicans decided Saturday to have Dr. Rod Cannedy of Hardin-Simmons University as their party chairman in place of incumbent Dr. Clyde Morgan.
The vote was 545 to 343.
Dr. Morgan has held the post since 1965.
They also favored George Bush over Robert Morris for the U.S. Senate, 743 to 156. and Paul Eggers over Roger Martin as governor, 801 to 87.
After he learned of the primary’s outcome, Dr. Cannedy said, “I think that this demonstrates the extreme concern and interest of a number of people in the Abilene area who are tired of unilateral politics.
“We have decided on three major goals; Encourage participation in and interest in Republican candidates i n general elections; build strong local Republican organizations such as the Young Republicans and Republican Women’s Club, and encourage local people to run for local office on the Republican ticket.
“I am elated about the results,” he said.
A total of 910 Republican ballots were cast in the primary.
me. I thank my opponent for running an honorable campaign and the news media for giving us equal coverage.
“I feel most humble for the votes I did get. I surely want to
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DR. ROD CANNEDY . . . H-SU professor
Dr. Morgan said late Saturday that he thanks everyone who assisted him in his effort for reelection and that “I am proud I kept my part of the campaign clean.”
On the statewide races, Dr. Morgan said they came out “about like most of us who have been in the Republican Party a long time thought they would.”
Local Republicans also elected 23 members to the executive committee from the various precincts. Dr. Morgan said this was more than had served before. “We had at the most in the past 21 or 22,” ho said.
Members elected, the vote, and their opponents, when present, include:
Prec. I Ralph V. Baumgardner, I.
Prec. 2 G. E. Griffith, 2.
Prec. 3 Harry Tredennick, 75.
Prec. 4 Fred K. Foster, 18, Mrs. Christine Bushnell, 13.
Prec. 5 Paul Washburn, 37,
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Jones Wins Over Hernandez 4-to-f
BURKE MUSGROVE . defeated _j
State Rep. Grant Jones
crushed challenger Joe
Hernandez by a 4 - to -1 margin to win the Democratic primary Saturday night in Jones and Taylor counties by a vote of 8,592 to 2.866,
With all boxes counted, Jones, seeking a fourth term as state representative from the 62nd district, led Hernandez in Taylor County by 6.868 to 2,562.
Jones took every box in Taylor County except 41 which deadlocked at 166 votes each.
In Jones County with all boxes counted, the 47 - year - old Jones romped easily over his opponent 1,675 to 304. *
Hernandez, 29. teacher at Mann Junior High School, conceded defeat and issued the following statement to The Reporter-News:
“I’m disappointed that I have lost the race, particularly since I still feel that I could have represented this district better than the present representative.
I particularly am sorry because my many supporters have also lost.
“I’m disappointed that so many people in Abilene do not feel that our government is their government. However, politicians will have to learn that they will have to show the peonle what is theirs.
“I wish that my campaign funds could have come from people who would not have
L missed the money they conin outed to me. However,
GRANT JONES ... will seek fourth
these people, I’m sorry to say, have squeezed the money out of very tight budgets. They are the ones that have put concern over their children, over economic security.”
Jones, partner in Abtex Insurance Co. in addition to his legislative duties, said Saturday, “I appreciate the opportunity to thank the people of Jones and Taylor County for reelecting me to the legislature.
“May I give a special thanks to Jim Murphy and Sam Waldrop who have been the mainstays in each of my campaigns.
‘ I pledge my best efforts to providing the best possible representation for the 62nd district,” Jones said. jlX