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Election `78 #496949

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Nov 08, 1978
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(Studio) Conservative trend in election `78 outcomes noted; gains made by Republicans in House, Senator and state contests reported.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Studio) Makeup of Senator for next Congress session, still dominated by Democrats, although Republican made gains, outlined. Close contests in Texas and Virginia, where Senator John Tower and Republican candidate John Warner, respectively, appear to have won by fraction of percent of votes, reported.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(Austin, Texas) Outcome of race between Senator John Tower and Representative Robert Krueger, for Texas senate seat, noted to be so close that Tower only claimed victory at noon today. [TOWER - thinks major viewpoint in state has prevailed and looks forward to continue Senator job.] Krueger reported to stop short of conceding. [KRUEGER - says problems have prevented all votes being counted and it's too early to make final statement. Wishes incumbent senate well, if he is retained.]
REPORTER: George Lewis

(Studio) Defeated senators listed; of 7 listed, only 1, Robert Griffin, characterized as non-liberal. Senator Edward Brooke's defeat by Representative Paul Tsongas noted.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Boston, Massachusetts) Brooke's personal problems as issue in campaign reported; background on campaign given. [BROOKE - congratulates Tsongas on win and for quality of campaign.] Tsongas' expression of appreciation to voters noted. Senator-elect's views on reasons for his win stated. [TSONGAS - says differences between self and Brooke on national issues are minor.]
REPORTER: Lee McCarthy

(Studio) New senators and states they representative listed. Thad Cochran, of Jackson, Mississippi, reported to be 1st Republican senate from Mississippi since just after Civil War.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Jackson, Mississippi) Details about Cochran's defeat of Maurice Dantin, Democratic candidate handpicked by retiring Senator James Eastland, given. [MAN - speaks to Cochran.] [DANTIN - says it looks like Republicans finally stopped Democrats] Is noted that Republican still has no control in local government in Mississippi; Cochran's denial that he will try to rebuild party from bottom up reported Independent candidate Charles Evers said to have been factor that gave race to Republicans, by taking away votes from Democrats [COCHRAN - says no one will take Mississippi for granted again.]
REPORTER: Andrea Mitchell

(Studio) Makeup of new House to convene in January given.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

Brinkley, David;
Chancellor, John;
Lewis, George;
McCarthy, Lee;
Mitchell, Andrea

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