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Corpus Christi Caller Times (Newspaper) - May 7, 1972, Corpus Christi, Texas Nieces county precinct vote on on Cuie 1 i 7 9ik�orphri�� Eal mimes 43rd Vear a no. 53 Corpus Christi Texas sunday May 7. 1972 want ads 882-9401 other depts. 884-2011 166 pages a Price 25 cent Briscoe Farenthold win Runoff spot runoffs also loom for lieutenant Senate posts by Robert e. Ford associated press writer Dolph Briscoe and Frances Farenthold two persons never touched by the Sharpstown Bank Loans Stock scandals swept their Way into a Runoff for the democratic nomination for governor in late returns from saturdays voting. At a late hour Biscoe had just under 50 per cent of the ballots counted to that Point while mrs. Farenthold had 22.03 per cent. Going Down to a bitter defeat was gov. Preston Smith who vetoed the banking Bills that were the key to the scandals but who made $62,500 in the deals. Trailing in third place was it. Gov. Ben Barnes who never was connected with the scandals but who apparently fell afoul of a mood of Many angry texans to change the states top leadership. Both Barnes and Smith conceded defeat about Midnight. Briscoe who had expected to hear the returns in Austin was kept in Uvalde because of bad flying weather. A Runoff will be needed for the second most powerful office in state government a the lieutenant governorship a Between Bill Hobby Houston Post executive and state sen. Wayne Connally brother of former gov. John Connally. Ralph Yarborough trying for a political comeback was forced into a Runoff for the democratic nomination for the . Senate with Barefoot Sanders who ran a stronger race than some expected. Three minor candidates received enough votes to Force the Runoff. Mrs. Farenthold a Vassar Grad cum laude and a state representative gained an unusual Victory by reaching the Runoff Reform in the state Capitol. She was handicapped by her Liberal Outlook in a conservative state but she of All the candidates was most vocal for Reform in the state capital. For Briscoe it was one of the greatest comebacks in Texas political history. It was Briscoe a second bid for the governorship. He ran fourth in a Field of to for the democratic nomination in 1968 a the year Preston Smith placed second and went on to take the nomination in the Runoff and eventually capture the governors chair. Returns in both democratic and Bridges loses Post to Mike Mckinnon by Jim Wood television executive Mike Mckinnon ousted incumbent state sen. Ronald Bridges in yesterdays balloting in the democratic primary for the 20th senatorial District. Winning the primary is tantamount to election since there is no Republican opponent in the november general election. On the basis of Complete returns from the 110 precincts in nieces county plus the Absentee votes and partial returns from the area Mckinnon polled 36,977 votes to 26,372 for Bridges. The bulk of the votes in the seven county District came from nieces county where Mckinnon polled 29,161 to 22,379 for Bridges. Both ran fairly even in the Southside but Mckinnon picked up substantial support in the Westside mexican american boxes. These Are boxes that Bridges has usually counted on during his political career. Mckinnon although considered a conservative had the endorsements of several mexican american spokesmen who usually Are identified with the Liberal Wing of the Democrat party. And while some of the boxes were fairly close Mckinnon carried some 90 of them in nieces county. Mckinnon will not take office until the first of the year. Bridges promised to continue to represent the District during the remainder of his term and to help Mckinnon in whatever Way he can. After it was evident that Bridges had lost he went to the television station owned by Mckinnon Kiu to and congratulated him. Mckinnon a newcomer to politics said in a Victory statement a we had a Good group working with us in All the seven counties in the District. Without their advise and support we could not have gotten across our Points and he also commended Bridges for a a Good Well run race and for the continued integrity he showed in the Campaign. I Hope that next year we can work on the Philippines Mark fall of Corregidor Manila apr the Philippines commemorated on saturday the fall 30 years ago of the historic fortress Island of Corregidor Southwest of Manila to the japanese army. President Ferdinand e. Marcos in a speech at the rites urged everyone to work together for peace a so that we shall never again know Republican primaries demonstrated that texans Are strongly against school busing. Incumbent Crawford Martin held a slight Edge in the race for attorney general. Comptroller Robert s. Calvert treasurer Jesse James agriculture commissioner John White and Railroad commissioner Byron Tunnell led their opponents by healthy margins in the latest vote counts. Election Bureau totals at i . From 225 of 254 counties 91 Complete a democratic senator Barefoot Sanders 374,638, Ralph Yarborough 476,841. Governor Ben Barnes 183,543, Dolph Briscoe 477,208, Frances Farenthold 262,239, Preston Smith 96,820. Lieutenant governor Joe Christie 152,821, Wayne Connally 296,334, Ralph Hall 143,168, Billy Hobby 325,188, Bill Jones 28,397. Attorney general John Hill 456,944, Crawford Martin 422,236, Bill Pate 43,339. Comptroller Dallas Blankenship 75,656, Robert s. Calvert 398,102, Randy Pendleton 90,848, Bill Robertson 41,408, Stanford Smith 48,021, Vernon Smith 57,739, Jim Wilson 110,111. Treasurer Laura Cruz 108,393, Jesse James 508,076, Nolan Robnett 82,407, Baker Rudolph 68,179, Erie Smylie 27,280, Odis Weldon 52,145. Agriculture commissioner Carl Bell 229,558, John White 551,438. Railroad commissioner Connie Lawson 147,620, Byron Tunnell 412,044, Gene West 212,275. Anti using for60,655,against 15,890. Republican governor Hank Grover 28,048, Al Fay 17,801, John Hall 6,018, Joe Jenkins 3,127, Tom Mcelroy 16,265, Dave Reagan 15.025. Anti using for60,655, against 15,890. Daylight saving time for 55,351, against 22,289. In addition the democrats had 51 candidates for the . House and the republicans 27. As soon As the polls closed at 7 ., Many party members opened their precinct conventions. The republicans made theirs a rally for president Nixon but democrats held a see Briscoe Page 18a Many issues facing our area and work toward solving some of the statewide Bridges appearing not to be ruffled by his defeat commented a i won like a gentleman and i will lose like but he said he naturally hated to lose. A it hurts too much to laugh and in a too old to it appears he continued that almost All the incumbents suffered from the scandals in Austin. A Many of us were he continued a i am very grateful for the Many thousands of people who feel have been a Good senator and i will continue to fulfil my he noted that this will include service during a special session. His political plans for the future Are Uncertain. In some of the heavier Southside boxes the balloting was close. Tom Browne school gave Mckinnon 1,056 votes to 904 for Bridges. Montclair went 761 to 655 for Mckinnon. One Robstown Box mostly mexican american gave Mckinnon 423 votes to 253 for Bridges. Another went for Mckinnon 378 to 118. In Corpus Christi the Westside Box at Crockett school voted 487 to 221 for Mckinnon. In the other six counties in the 20th senatorial District the vote based on incomplete returns was Bee a Bridges 1,257 and Mckinnon 2,466 based on 17 of 20 boxes Kenedy a Bridges 50 and Mckinnon 128 Complete Kleberg a Bridges 1,059 and Mckinnon 3,141 18 of 20 boxes Refugio a Bridges 246 and Mckinnon 336 three of nine boxes san Patricio a Bridges 744 and Mckinnon 1,397 to of 20 and Willacy a Bridges 637 and Mckinnon 348 two of to boxes. Bridges 40, is a partner in the firm of Bridges and Lutz advertising consultants. He is completing his first four year term As a senator. He served four two year terms previously in the House. Mckinnon 32, is president and general manager of Iii to. He is a native of California and has lived Here the past eight years. He was named outstanding Young Man of the year by the Junior chamber of Commerce last year. This was his first venture into politics. He announced four years ago he would make a race but withdrew because he did not meet the residency requirements. Bridges campaigned on his experience and accomplishments in the Senate while Mckinnon pegged his Campaign on Reform in government and the need for educational improvements and drug education. Mckinnon who is divorced resides at Fairway apartments. More election news throughout Section a and on Page 14c. Reform Call served. Farenthold reflects Frances Farenthold in san Antonio Paul Montemayor with candidate on final Day editors note Shelby Hodge women a news reporter for the caller times spent election Day travelling Over the state with gubernatorial candidate Frances Farenthold of Corpus Christi on a final Campaign swing. By Shelby Hodge with her vote total mounting steadily in the gubernatorial election late last night candidate Frances a a Sissy Farenthold said a i can to believe in a climbing like this. Ill be damned. In a just like an the state legislator declined making any speculations on the final outcome of the race saying a it looks encouraging but i done to want to say anything before the votes Are All she added that she was pleased with her win Over incumbents Preston Smith and Ben Barnes. A i did no to intend to let the lieutenant governor win by default. I have no trepidation about running against the incumbents after seeing their records of service in despite the outcome of the election Sissy said her Campaign had been a Victory for Reform in the state. While making traditional visits to voting precincts in Houston and san Antonio the state legislator said her presence on the ballot answered the Call for Reform made by citizens around the state. Her a band of insurgents had United with a Cross Section of people never seen before in Texas politics working together for governmental Reform. She added that the Banner of Reform had been picked up by other politicians in the statewide races and now those men must live up to their commitments for Reform. Sissy said yesterday that in the event of a Runoff putting her third in the race she a certainly had not thought about giving my support to any other they re All of the same cloth she said. A i would not have run in the first place if there had been a candidate to flight time Between Campaign stops yesterday gave the state legislator an Opportunity to reflect on her Campaign. She said she had no regrets for positions that May have Cost her a number of votes. Her support of Mcgovern and her stands on abortion drug Laws the Texas rangers and busing were unpopular in some areas. Despite the possible effect of these stands Sissy said a if i was going to run a Safe Campaign i never would have she said Many of the issues she was questioned on during the Campaign were problems a that i would never handle As governor. It was just my personal a Stormy weather could have been the see Reform Call Page 18a voters Brave Rains up to live inches voters in Many areas of the coastal Bend yesterday braved Rains of up to More than three inches to go to the polls. Some of the heaviest Rains were recorded in Bee and live Oak counties. At Papalote in Bee county 3.60 inches fell about 3 inches of the total fell within the space of an hour late yesterday afternoon. Readings in the three Rivers area in Jim Wells county ranged from 1.50 to 3 inches. Other readings included 1.65 at Beeville .97 at Victoria .90 at Austwell .35 at Wesley Seale dam near Mathis and. 14 at Alice. Rains began during the afternoon at Many locations and were continuing late into the night. The Rockport area received heavy Rains last night estimated at five inches or More. The Arkansas county sheriffs department said they had no reports of flooded roads or streets from the rain. Hill receives top total vote by Anne Dodson John Hill Ralph Yarborough and Frances Farenthold were the top vote getters in statewide races in nieces county. Complete unofficial returns showed that Hill received 26,834 votes for attorney general. There were 25,419 voters who cast their ballots to return Yarborough to the . Senate. Frances Farenthold received 24,291 for governor. Dolph Briscoe was second in the governors race with 19.489 votes and Ben Barnes received 5,918 votes. Other gubernatorial candidates were incumbent Preston Smith 3,243 votes Robert Everett l. Looney 579 Williamh. Posey 246, and Gordon f. Wills 156. Barefoot Sanders was second in the Senate race receiving 17,775 votes. Other candidates and their vote totals were Hugh Wilson 2,345 Alfonso Veloz 1,820, see Hill Page 18a Longoria defeats sen. Bates other senators in trouble Index books Art of outdoors Ioc crossword 12c sports. 1-9c editorials 2-3b travel 6f entertainment 1-4f to Tab 1-24d farm 13c wants ads 2-15g markets 15-17c women a obituaries 12b news 1-16e Oil 13c weather a 30 per cent Chance of rain for today is sen. Bridges l congratulates Winner Mike Mckinnon Joe Cook shown in Center at Mckinnon Headquarters i photo by George Tuley forecast with a 20 per cent Chance of rain predicted for tonight. Mostly Cloudy and continued mild weather is predicted today through tomorrow. Highs today and tomorrow in the midle 80s Are predicted with a Low tonight in the lower 70s. Southeasterly winds 12 to 22 Miles an hour and Gusty in or near heavier showers Are predicted today and tomorrow. A a a caller times news service Pharr a state rep. Raul Longoria of Pharr won the democratic nomination for state senator from the 27th District by More than a two to one margin Over Veteran legislator Jim Bates of Edinburg. Longoria a total from the four counties comprising the senatorial District stood at 16,636 late saturday night based on incomplete returns. Bates announced about to Saturday he was conceding the race and said he had telephoned Longoria and offered his congratulations. Incomplete total for Bates was 8,853 and the third Man in the race Ray a. Mayo of san j uan polled Only 1,893 votes. By counties the totals were a s follows Brooks with 9 out of to boxes including Absentee reporting a Longoria 1938 Bates 605, and Mayo 184. Hidalgo partial returns a Longoria 4,724, Bates 2,616, and Mayo 283. Cameron 33 out of 41 boxes a Longoria 8,249 Bates 4,390, and Mayo 1,137. Jim Wells i out of 20boxes a Longoria 1,725 Bates 4,390, and Mayo 289. Early results were indecisive in most races rep. Grant Jones of Abilene a conservative took an Early Lead in his contest with rep. Tom Moore Waco Liberal and a dirty 30 coalition Leader but Moore pulled ahead later in the night. With most of Taylor and Mclennan votes counted along with Hamilton county Moore held a Lead of 17,162 to 16.512. In another key conservative Liberal Battle in Houston rep. Bob Gammage who Calls himself a a militant moderate a took a Lead Over rep. Ray Lemmon a a concerned rep. Jack Ogg Houston conservative had a Good Lead Over mrs. Gertrude Barnstone former Houston school Board member in Early returns. Sen. Jim Wallace Houston Liberal easily outdistanced or. Marion Ford also a Liberal in Early returns. Sen. Don Kennard fort Worth Liberal trailed w. C. Meier of Euless a conservative by a 10,001 to 8,511 vote at Midnight. Enough votes were still out to throw the race either Way. Sen. A. R. Schwartz Galveston a Liberal Leader in the Senate also found himself in trouble at Midnight leading rep. Dean Neugent of Dickinson a conservative by less than 2,000 votes. Two other liberals sen. Chet Brooks and rep. Rex Braun also fought it out with Brooks holding the Edge in Early voting. A the Early Lead in a Republican four Man race for dist. 13 in Harris county went to rep. Walter m. Mengden jr., conservative with reps. Sonny j ones and see Longoria Page 18a Young is easy Winner in congressional race by Jim Davis . Rep. John Young led All the Way in his to county District yesterday to easily defeat challenger Yancy White. The win in the democratic primary is tantamount to re election since there is no Republican candidate for the congressional seat. With All 110 precincts and Absentee vote counted the unofficial total showed Young taking nieces county with 28,822 votes to 12,869 for White. Returns from other counties in the District were late coming in but the trend showed Young Strong Early today. A total unofficial county from Arkansas county gave Young 1,709 votes and White 713. Three of Refugio county a nine precincts reporting by Early today gave Young 352 and White 207, and to of san Patricio county a boxes reporting gave Young a 2,753 to 1,654 margin. White conceded defeat by 10 30 At his election Headquarters in Corpus Christi. Young thanked his supporters and congratulated White on Sunru a a vigorous Well organized Ami executed a i am tremendously pleased a Young said. Young said he was going to leave for Washington d.c., today. He said he regretted having to take a three week leave of absence for the close of the Campaign. Young has faced opposition Only twice since he first won the Congress seat in 19561 by almost 20,000 votes in 1956. He beat. Dudley Tarlton Dougherty by about 18,000 votes in the 1960 primary and beat Hubert Letts by 42,000 votes in 1968 53,220 to 11,083. Young spent much of the Campaign in see Young Page 18a

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