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Michigan / Cong. Election Upset #30192

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 19, 1974
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(Studio) Michigan's 5th district elected Republicans to Congress for 63 years Yesterday's special election to fill Vice President Gerald Ford's seat, ends with Democrat Rich VanderVeen winning.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Grand Rapids, Michigan) [VANDERVEEN - says national leadership is issue of campaign.] Republican candidate Robert VanderLaan believed number of registered Republicans and Gerald Ford would help him win. Voters react as VanderVeen hoped; many vote specifically against present administration [VANDERVEEN - believes Congress and President to be very interested in election's outcome.] [VANDERLAAN - doesn't blame President for loss.] Other Republicans seeking reelection regard Michigan election solemnly.
REPORTER: Greg Dobbs

(Studio) Capitol Hill reacts to Michigan vote.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Capitol Hill) Democrats elated over outcome. [FORD - finds election outcome disappointing and shocking.] Ford discusses reasons for Republican loss. [FORD - states Democratic candidate used Watergate skillfully to win campaign.] [Representative John RHODES - admits Republicans took beating, but no political or physical suicides likely.]
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

Dobbs, Greg;
Donaldson, Sam;
Reasoner, Harry

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