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Litton Death / Missouri Primary #247758

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 04, 1976
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(Studio) Representative Jerry Litton wins 45% victory in Senate primary in Missouri Tuesday, but is killed before he knows of victory.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Chillicothe, Missouri) Reporter notes Litton campaign for Missouri Democratic Senator nomination. Litton, wife, son and daughter, pilot and son killed in take-off from Chillicothe airport before election results official; party en route to Kansas City for victory celebration. Crop-duster Bill Culbertson witnessed crash. [CULBERTSON - says cockpit in flames when he got there and could see no life or hear any sounds.] Reporter notes reaction of Litton's hometown, state, and opponents in race. [Representative James SYMINGTON - says Litton understood people.] [Former Missouri governor Warren HEARNES - says death especially tragic after Litton's long-time ambition achieved.] Missouri Democratic party leaders must now make choice of new Senator candidate. [Missouri Democrat chrmn. John McILROY - says committee has free hand in considering nominee.] Not known how crash happened; Federal Aviation Administration says thorough investigation to be held.
REPORTER: Randy Daniels (KFVS-TV newsfilm)

Mudd, Roger

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