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Election `78 #255781

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Nov 08, 1978
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(Studio) Other Republican upsets in election `78 reported Mississippi senate-elect Thad Cochran noted to be 1st Republican senate from that state since Reconstruction. Republican sweep in Minnesota said to have made shambles of Hubert Humphrey's Democrat Farm-Labor (DFL) party
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Minneapolis, Minnesota) [Senator candidate Robert SHORT - says DFL party has suffered tragic loss in election `78.] Short's defeat by David Durenberger for Humphrey's seat in Senate noted. [DURENBERGER - says election `78 will create new Republican in Minnesota and will mean strong, healthy 2-party system in state.] Senator Wendell Anderson's defeat by Rudy Boschwitz in other Minnesota sen. race reported; Anderson's alienation of many voters by having self apptd. to Senator stated. Representative Albert Quie's win over incumbent Governor Rudy Perpich in governor race mentioned. Vice President Walter Mondale's reaction to DFL defeats, since he had campaigned in state many times and convinced President Carter to come twice, described. Democrats said to have lacked Hubert Humphrey to pull them together.
REPORTER: Don Webster

(Studio) Republican wins thruout Midwest reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(NYC) Details about and analysis of Republican wins in Midwest given. Races mentioned are: defeats of Bob Short and Wendell Anderson in Minnesota; Ohio Governor James Rhodes' come-from-behind win; and Senator Dick Clark's defeat in Iowa by Roger Jepsen. Films shown. [JEPSEN - says people want less government involvement in their lives and balance budget. Intends to work on these things.] Clark's loss of support because of National Right-to-Life movement campaign against him and due to his stand against tuition tax credit mentioned. Republican wins in Iowa in general outlined. Overall Republican wins in Midwest in senate and governor races listed. Democrats' upset wins in Kansas governor race noted.
REPORTER: Dan Rather (WHBF-TV newstape)

(Studio) Report on Republican national chairperson William Brock's reaction to Republican wins.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Brock's pledge that Republicans will continue to push Kemp-Roth tax cut bill or similar measure between now and 1980 noted. [BROCK - says concentration has to be on economy issues of unemployment, recession and inflation. Thinks if Republican can improve on these issues, it can win in 1980.] Poll results reported, showing Republicans were mistaken in concentrating on tax cut, while Democrats took up issues like government spending. Senator Howard Baker's disagreement with polls stated. [BAKER - thinks Republicans just haven't sold theory well enough. Intends to continue to sell theory and thinks Republican will succeed.] Impt. of Republican wins in election `78 to Baker and other potential 1980 Republican president candidates reported; party leaders' thoughts about possibility for several 1980 president contenders from party given. Their hopes that it won't mean divisiveness like that in past mentioned. Plans for future cited.
REPORTER: Barry Serafin

(Studio) Report on administration reaction to elecs.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Details given about administration statements of reaction to elecs. and analysis of these statements made. Effect of President Carter's campaign trips, according to White House aides, stated. Aides' views of voter mood and its relationship to administration policies now and in future noted. President advisers' concerns about effect on 1980 election of Republican wins in key states like Pennsylvania, WI, Minnesota and Texas reported.
REPORTER: Robert Pierpoint

(Studio) Results of other races lost by Democrats and Republicans given. Losses of Senators Dick Clark, Wendell Anderson and Thomas McIntyre recalled; other losses by Senators Floyd Haskell, William Hathaway, Robert Griffin and Edward Brooke reported Governor race loss in New Hampshire by incumbent Meldrim Thomson mentioned.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Pierpoint, Robert;
Serafin, Barry;
Webster, Don

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