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Exon takes lead; totals 'somewhat of a surpris
By Randy Gordon
Calling the election vote totals
"somewhat of a surprise,"
Democratic Gov. J, James Exon
advanced to a commanding lead
Tuesday night in hie bid for
re-election as Nebraska's governor.
Exon, at 2 a.m. held 50 per
cent of the vote with 221,419
votes and 87 per cent of the
"We thought we would win 54
per c.fint to 56 per cent of the
vote, so if we hear the 60 per
cent total, it is a tremendous
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vote of confidence," Exon said.
"After four years in office,
anything over 50 per cent of the
vote is a vote of confidence,
since you can't make everyone
happy during that time."
During remarks made at the
Knolls, Exon thanked voters for
"ydur tremendous support and
vote of confidence. What is most
rewarding is the fact that the
vote appears to be positive,
strong and uniform all across the
See related election .
stories on pages 2,
10 and 11.
State Sen. Richard Marvel,
the Republican gubernatorial
candidate from Hastings, said in
a midnight speech he was not
ready to concede defeat.
Marvel, in a five-minute
speech at the Villager Motel,
sai'd, "If anybody asks me if I
concede defeat, the answer is
hell no. I've never lost a fight in
my life and I don't intend to
acknowledge defeat at the
Marvel unofficially held a total
of 130,030 votes 35 or 35 per cent
of the total.
The Hastings senator then
turned to the prospects , of a
possible defeat, saying that he
will "be in' the forefront of the
fights in the next session of the
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Legislature. And I'm not going
to give in to anyone who's going
to try to take my chairmanship
away from me. I'm going to fight
ali the way," he continued.
Marvel is now chairman of the
Committee and will hold his
legislative seat for another Uvo
"We've uncovered some very
interesting things about state
government (during the cam-,
paign)," Marvel added. "And
we're going to continue to follow
the lead we've found because
Nebraskans deserve top state
government. To the best of my
ability, we're going to see that
they get it."
State Sen. Ernest Chambers
of Omaha, the independent
candidate, had 21,165 vote.; o
six percent of the unofficial tota
with 87 per.cent of the precencts
He said, through his can
didacy, that he had learned
much about the state and what
the voters wanted. Chambers
said he also learned that he does
not have a "very high rating"
among people throughout the
Exon refused to discuss prior
ities for his second administra
tion, saying that the reception at
the Knolls was a campaign
celebration and that the "more
weighty matters of what we'll do
in the next term" should wait for
a more appropriate setting.
Gerald Whelan of Hastings said
he hopes "we can avoid the
problem of 'us against them'
(the Legislature) in the next
session. I hope I and the
Legislature can adopt a policy of
Wheian, as lieutenant gover
nor, will serve as presiding
officer of the Unicameral.
Regent issue 'close'
By John Kalkowski
Nebraska voters were evenly divided Tuesday
night on proposed Constitutional Amendment
One, "the Student Regent Amendment".
At issue in the amendment was the question of
adding three nonvoting student members to the
eight-member NU Board of Regents.
At 3 a.m., preliminary reports from 70 per
cent of the Nebraska precincts showed the
amendment rejected. Votes against the amend
ment totaled 123,533 to a close 120,014 votes for
the amendment. The vote was split at 51 per cent
opposed to 49 per cent supporting.
''This is going to go right down to the wire,
said Ron Clingenpeel, ASUN president. The vote
was so close that the outcome might depend on the
absentee ballots and "most absentee ballots are
student votes," he said.
"We are expecting some late support from the
western part of the state," Clingenpeel said.
The student regent amendment would have
placed the student' body presidents of UNL, UNO
and the NU Medical Center on the Board of
Most of the major candidates for office in
Nebraska supported the amendment. Present
RAnpnts Kermit Hansen, Edward Schwartzkopf
and Robert Koefoot have expressed opposition to
the amendment. Two regents, incumbent Robert
Raun and James Moylan supported the; amend
ment. The move to place students of the Board of
Regents began when State Sen. Richard Marvel,
the defeated Republican candidate for governor,
introduced a bill which called for the student body
presidents to share one vote on the board. The
original bill was killed, but a compromise version
which rejected the student vote was placed on the
Preliminary returns from 65 per cent of the
precincts indicated that there will be one new
member on the NU Board of Regents. John P.
Olson, an Alliance cattle feeder, led Robert
Simmons, a Scottsbluff attorney, by 13.CO0 to
12,091 votes in the Sixth District.
Incumbent Robert Raun, a farmer and livestock
feeder from Minden, narrowly led Harold Kay, a
North Platte attorney, 14,531 votes to 14,449 with
Thone defeats Dyas1 House bid
By Lynn Silhasek
Unofficial election results showed
incumbent Reps. Charles Thone and
John McCollister as victors in their bids
for re-election in their districts.
With 89 per cent of the precinct
reporting at 2 a.m., Thone held a four
per cent lead over Democratic candidate
Hess Dyas. Thone had 67,941 votes, 52
per cent of the vote. Dyas followed
closely with 48 per cent of the vote,
receiving 62,545 votes.
In the 2nd District, with 95 per cent of
the precinct results reporting, McCol
lister was leading Democrat Dan Lynch,
a three-time Douglas County Board
Commissioner. McCollister had 66,630
votes, 55 per cent. Lynch had 54,351
votes, 45 per cent of the entire, vote at
With 82 per cent of the precincts
reporting, Democrat Wayne Ziebarth
edged over Mrs. Haven Smith with
60,113, 50 per cent of the total vote.
Smith had 60,110 votes, 50 per cent of
we entire vote. Voters in the 3rd District
have not elected a Democrat to the
House in 14 years.
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Photo by Gail Folda
Nebraska accepted an invitation Tuesday
afternoon to play the University of Florida in the
Sugar Bowl New Year's Eve.
ft will mark the second appearance of the
Cornhuskers in the New Orleans classic. In the
1967 Sugar Bowl, Nebraska bowed to Alabama,
Florida enters this weekend's game with a 7-1
record. The seventh-ranked gators nave lost only
Nebraska Is 6-2 with three regular season
tii prectncis reporting. j
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