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November 06, 1968

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Walla Walla Union-Bulletin (Newspaper) - November 6, 1968, Walla Walla, Washington Walla Our 100th Year, No. 175 lOc Walla Walla, Wash. 99362, Wednesday, November 6, 1968 Evening 2 Pages Nixon Wins Presidency in Real Cliffhanger; Late Humphrey Rally Not Enough for Victory WASHINGTON (AP) Re- publican Richard M. Nixon has elected 37th President of the United States and won an immediate pledge of support from Democrat Hubert H. Hum- phrey, the man he narrowly de- feated. Capping a remarkable politi- cal comeback, Nixon surged to the White House on the crest of close windup victories in Cali- fornia, his native state, Illinois and Ohio. Through the long night after the polls had closed Nixon and Humphrey were in a virtual deadlock and they nearly tied in the popular vote. Nixon's edge at p.m. EST was only votes with more than 67 million votes cast. But in the electoral vote col- umn, where presidencies are won, Nixon had 287, Humphrey 172 and George C. Wallace, the American Independent party candidate, 45. Victory required 270 electoral votes. The 55-year-old former vice president went over the top at a.m. EST by capturing Il- linois' 26 electoral votes. Earlier he had reached the White House doorstep by taking California's 40 and Ohio's 26 votes. Humphrey threw in the towel at noon in a somber, emotional speech at his Minneapolis hotel headquarters. "I feel we have done a heck of a the 57-year-old vice president said, his voice seem- ingly near the breaking point. "I did my best. I have lost. Mr. Nixon has won. The democratic process has worked its will. So now let's get on with the urgent task of unifying this country." His wife Muriel at his side, Humphrey said he had tele- phoned and wired Nixon his con- tragulations and told him: "You will have my support in leading this nation." A half-hour later, Nixon said at his New York City hotel headquarters that the "great objective of this administration will be to bring the American people together." "This will be an open admin- he promised, "open to men and women of both par- ties." He said he wished to "bridge the generation gap, bridge the racial adding: "We want to bring Americans together." Nixon said President Johnson also wired congratulations and that he was heading for a vaca- tion in Florida but would call first on former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, recuper- ating at Walter Reed Army Hos- pital here from a series of heart attacks. Johnson, from his ranch in Johnson City, Tex., pledged to Nixon: "I shall do everything in my power to make your burdens lighter." Johnson told Nixon the res- ponsibilities of leadership are too heavy and too important "to be also encumbered by narrow partisanship." The President added: "I hope that your people will turn now from the divisive contentions of the political campaign to a unit- ed search for peace and social justice." Wallace, the former governor of Alabama who said on the eve of election that the race really was between him and Nixon, netted his 45 electoral votes in the Deep South. He drew a little over 9 million popular votes throughout the na- tion, 13 per cent of the total. Mi- nor party candidates divided about votes. With Alaska, Maryland, Mis- souri and Washington still in doubt, Nixon had won 30 states, Humphrey 11 and the District of Columbia and Wallace 5. Nixon's victory reversed, in a sense, his razor-thin loss to John F. Kennedy in the 1960 presiden- tial race. It also completed a remark- able political comeback. After losing to Kennedy, Nix- on was beaten by Edmund G. (Pat) Brown for the governor- ship of California. Nixon moved to New York City and became a lawyer. Now, six years later, he has won the White House with 17 more electoral votes than need- ed. The incomplete votes from the other four states could add to his total. Humphrey had been given al- most no chance until a few days ago of beating Nixon. In the end, he almost matched the Republican in votes, but he trailed by more than 100 votes in the Electoral College. At a.m. EST the popular vote stood: Nixon, or 43 per cent; Humphrey, also 43 per cent, and Wallace or 13 per cent. The electoral vote at that time was Nixon 287, Humphrey 172 and Wallace 45. Four states with 34 votes remained undecid- ed. The Republican President will have to work with a Democratic Congress. In the Senate, Republicans picked up a net gain of four seats but fell short of taking control. With a tight race in Oregon still undecided, the line- up was 58 Democrats and 41 Re- publicans. In the House, Republicans scaled down by five seats a commanding Democratic edge. Please See Page 5, Col. 6 Wins; Soper Out Walla Walla County Wednes- day faced the prospect of not having a resident representative in the state senate for what is believed to be the first time in recent history. Sen. Herbert Freise. Walla Walla attorney who has served five terms in the state senate, was defeated by Democrat Hu- bert Donohue, Dayton farmer, to represent the new four-county district of Walla Walla, Colum- bia, Garfield and Asotin Coun- ties. This was Donohue's first bid for office, although he is the son of Dewey Donohue, Dayton, I who has served in the stale sen- i ate many years from the old 110th district. At the same time Walla Walla County apparently elected a Democrat to the County Com- district 1, but there are approximately absentee ballots to be counted. Unofficial returns from the county's 66 precincts gave Eu- gene Kelly, Democrat, votes against Republican incum- bent Keith Soper with votes. In Commissioner district 2 James A. Stonecipher, Repub- lican, defeated Lee Mantz Jr., Democrat to Kelly's election will mean that three farmers will make up the board of commissioners. Vaughn Hubbard, Walla Walla attorney, was successful in his second bid for state legislature and was re-elected state repre- sentative from the area district of rural Walla Walla County, Columbia, Garfield and Asotin counties. He defeated E. A. Cqwell, former highway com- mission chairman, to Sen. Freise's apparent defeat was due primarily to heavy sup-, port for Donohue in Walla Walla County. In this county Freise polled votes and Donohue Totals from the four coun- ties gave Donohue and Freise There are approx- imately absentee ballots t be counted in the four counties Donohue carried the othe three counties: Columbia to 661, Garfield 742 to 531 an Asotin to County Results PRESIDENT: done my best.. Concedes Election MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey, his voice chocking with emotion, conceded the presidential election Wednesday to Richard M. Nixon. "I've done my best. I've lost. Mr. Nixon has won. The demo- cratic process has worked its will so let's get on with the ur- gent task of uniting this coun- Humphrey told several hundred cheering admirers at his hotel headquarters. He said he had spoken with Nixon on the telephone and sent; him a telegram noting that "ac- cording to the unofficial returns you are the winner in this elec- tion." "My congratulations. Please know that you will have my sup- port in leading this nation." Humphrey, with his wife, Muriel, by his side, told his sup- porters that "I really don't feel very badly; I don't want any sympathy. Be of good I'd even like to have you feel a little happy, although I know it's not easy." But the vice president's face and his voice belied his words. Several times his voice almost broke and his smile was a brave effort on a very sad face. "I feel a sense of release and he said, "and I hope some of you feel that way too." He said it had been an uphill fight all the way, "and I never had any doubt it would be a close fight." Thanking his supporters, Humphrey pledged that he would "dedicate myself to a vi- tal Democratic party and con- tinue to work in the cause of hu- man rights, of peace, and the betterment of man. Ending his speed, at one point with a "Thank Humphrey returned to the microphone aft- er another ovation, and said, "Now let's have some fun haven't mowed the lawn for some time, and there are stil' some things to do around home. I don't want you to think we're going to start campaigning right away." His last words of the 1968 con- test were: "We've got a presi- dent-elect. He's going to have my help. Period." Norman Sherman, Hum- phrey's press secretary, saic the vice president would return to his home on Lake Waverly, 40 miles away, later Wednesday, and then go on vacation. Sleeping Beauty Awaits Word This Nixon Girl Martha Kolody of Philadelphia, catches a cat- returns at the presidential candidate's headquarters in the nap early Wednesday morning as she waits for final election Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. (AP Wirephoto) i U.S. SENATE: 4th DISTRICT REP.: GOVERNOR: ,T. GOVERNOR: SEC. OF STATE: TREASURER: AUDITOR: ATTY. GENERAL: :OMM. PUBLIC LANDS: NSUR. COMM.: TATE DIST.: TATE 11-A TATE 11-B UPT. OF PUB. INST.: OIWTY COMM. NO. 1: lOUNTTY COMM. NO. 2: UDICIAL BALLOT: (non-partisan) Superior No. 1 No. 2 Supreme Man of Victory President-Elect Nixon Gov, Evans Re-Elected; Holds State SEATTLE (AP) Vice Presi- dent Hubert H. Humphrey's per- lously slim lead for Washing- on's nine electoral votes was ading by fractions as late re- urns dribbled in from around he state Wednesday morning. The narrow lead plus the fact hat some absentee and pecial votes remained uncount- ed made the outcome unpredict- able. With more than 86 per cent qualified to vote by regular bal- lot because of residency require- ments. Meanwhile, voters assured vet- eran Democratic Sen. Warren G. Magnuson of a fifth term and sent 43-year-old Republican Gov. Daniel J. Evans back to the gov- ernor's mansion for his second four-year term. All of Washington's congres- sional Demo- crats and two of the states 5.975 precincts were returned to Congress, counted, the vice president led Jixon 48 to 44.6 per cent. Only a few hours earlier, Humphrey's In another of the key cliff- hangers, Republican Negro ead was 48.2 to 44.5 per cent, councilman Art Fletcher from l D ic- 111 olirmfNr nic- much larger earlier in the count- ng. Absentee ballots in Washington Pasco is trailing slightly in his race against incumbent Demo- cratic Lt. Gov. John A. Cher- berg. raditionally follow the election! Fletchcri aspiring to be the esults But this year's is com-'first N to statewide Dhcated by the fact that many ffi Washington, appeared were mailed prior to Hum- h d d f what he termed a SS IT" overtime" ,n the ssued his statement Press survey UP the broadest Washington's 39 countv auditors 'margins m the state, defeating arly Wednesday showed more Republican State Rep Jack Met- ban absentee ballots calf a better than 64 per were mailed to voters. There cent lcad- was no record on the number Gen- John J- O'Connell, f ballots returned ,Tacoma Democrat, gave Evans1 In addition. Secretary of State stiff competition. Evans won re- Kramer said Wednesday election by a narrower margin morning his office receh than in his victory in 1964 special presidential elec-i against the Democratic Gov. Al- on ballots from persons notlbert Rosellmi. Democrats winning new two- year terms to the House of Rep- resentatives were: 2nd District Rep. Lloyd Meeds of Everett, veteran 3rd District Rep. Julia Butler Hansen of Cathlamet, the 5th District's Rep. Thomas Fo- ley of Spokane, the 6th District's Floyd Hicks of Tacoma and Brock Adams of Seattle's 7th District. Republicans winning re-elec- tion were veteran 1st District Rep. Tom Felly of Seattle and 4th District Rep. Catherine May of Yakima. Evans hailed his own victory at his Seattle election headquar- ters late Tuesday and at the same time declared that enough absentee ballots would turn up to elect Fletcher. In defeat, O'Connell called this a "time to close ranks" and wished Evans "a wise and pru- dent administration." Evans re- marked later that this conces- sion was fine as any I have heard from any candidate in an election in a long, long time." O'Connell also hinted broadly that he would return to politics. "I have spent 20 years in it and I love it too deeply to just walk away from he said. Generally the voter turnout appeared heavier than had been predicted earlier by election of- ficials. They predicted only Please See Page 5. Col. 6 School Levy Defeated The S742.000 special schoollschool district, which defeated evy for maintenance of the cur-1 two special levy issues last year, ent education program in 1969- approved a similar measure 0 in Dist. 140 apparently was Tuesday. efeated in the Tuesday elec- "Xo school district which has ion. The issue received a o2.9 sustained cutbacks in program er cent majority. A 6C' of levy defeats one year ent majority is required for has defeated special levies in assage. Unless a substantial number passed by a two to one ratio while an 18 mill levy in Yakima is believed to have been de- feated by a less ftan 50 per cent majority vote. Tho local issue was for ap- proximately 14 mills. f the 1.885 absentee ballots to'stamj for jt e counted change the vote, the the second year." noted Peter-1 i-son. "The people just won'ti Cloudy ton., Thurs., Low ton. 38, high Thurs. 48. Light winds. Chance of rain 10 per ent ton., 20 per cent Thurs. High Tues. 41, low Wed. 36. Prec. exc. since Sept. 1 is 61 inch. Five-day outlook: Rainfall and temperatures averaging near normal. Highs 45-55, lows 32-42. issue is defeated. There were "yes" votes and "no" votes. "The Dist. 140 board has two said Supt. Del Peterson Wednesday. "Board members are faced with pro- viding cuts in the educational According to rate of present legislative apportionments to school districts, the re- quest locally represents about 15 per cent of the entire operat- ing budget. Without the money at local level, it is expected the educational program would be program or going again to the reduced by 15 per cent in 1969-1 voters for special levy approval before next Oct. 1." Dr. Peterson said Bellingham A 23.5 mill school levy in Spo- kane was reported to have SKIERS SAVE During The OPEN HOUSE In The "SKi RACK" at WADE'S CLOTHING Thursday, Friday, Saturday (See Ad on Page 1 1) INEWSPAPERif NEWSPAPER! ;