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Michigan / Cong. Election Upset #475227

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 19, 1974
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(Studio) Democrat Richard Vanderveen wins Vice President Gerald Ford's old seat. Michigan's 5th district has sent Republicans to Congress for 63 years
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Grand Rapids, Michigan) [VANDERVEEN - says win is mandate to remove Nixon from office.] [Republican candidate Robert VANDERLAAN - believes Watergate and small Republican voter turnout caused loss.] [Republican county chairperson Robert ELEVELD - believes Watergate was main reason for loss.] Election results major upset for Republicans
REPORTER: Fred Briggs

(Studio) Party chairperson George Bush and Vice President Gerald Ford say economy may have been culprit causing 5th district loss to Democrats Senator Hugh Scott believes Watergate responsible for Republican upset.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Capitol Hill) [FORD - admits election outcome disappointing and upsetting. Democrats used Watergate skillfully.] Vice President to meet with President to discuss Democrat win tomorrow.
REPORTER: Catherine Mackin

(Capitol Hill) [Representative John RHODES - believes all Republicans running scared.] [Representative John ANDERSON - believes Watergate to be major factor in `74 Congress campaign. Watergate issue can't be swept under rug.] 17 Republicans already announce they won't seek reelection; more Republicans may make same decision.
REPORTER: Douglas Kiker

(Studio) AFL-CIO president George Meany reacts to Democrat win in Michigan.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Briggs, Fred;
Chancellor, John;
Kiker, Douglas;
Mackin, Catherine

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