CBS Evening News for Friday, Sep 09, 1977
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(Studio) New York City Democrats turn Mayor Abraham Beame out of office in mayoral primary held Thursday
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(NYC) Representative Edward Koch and New York secretary state Mario Cuomo will be in runoff election in 10 days; since city is predominately Democrat, winner will likely be NYC's next mayor. 2 best-known candidates, Beame and former Representative Bella Abzug, both lose. (TV ad for Beame shown.) Beame weathered city's financial crisis, but became its casualty. Accding. to "WCBS-TV-New York Times" poll, financial crisis was major issue in voters' minds, and Beame was seen as ineffectual manager [BEAME - gave city all he had and hasn't let it down.] Beame will now retire. Abzug went from front-runner to loser; won't talk about it to reporters, but poll shows activist image was too extreme for most voters. On Thursday night, she made it clear she'll be back. [ABZUG - asks supporters to continue fighting, because they will make contribution to city.] Campaign was mostly one of personalities; advertising part of it noted. (TV ad shown.) Republican state senate Roy Goodman beats Barry Farber for party's nomination, but Farber is already Conservative party's candidate and will also be on general election ballot. Job expected to go to Democrat nominee.
REPORTER: Jerry Landay