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The election was over Tuesday. By
Wednesday, 3,000 miles separated the
1st District congressional candidates.
Wednesday night, Charles Thone
flew back to Washington to "clear off
my desk and reacquaint myself with my
Hess Dyas was at his headquarters in
Lincoln, where former staff members no
longer answered phone calls with "Dyas
for Congress" just "Hello."
Thursday afternoon, with 726 of 730
precincts reporting, Thone had 78,930
votes; Dyas, 69,577. Dyas won in
Lancaster County with 23,479 (50.3 per
cent) votes to Thone's 23,168 (49.6 per
Members of the press informed
Thone of his increasing lead over Dyas
about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday evening, he
said. At that time, he said, he gave a
victory speech at the Villager Motel.
F:rom early on election night, Thone
said he thought he would win. The first
returns from key precincts indicated a
trend in his favor, he said.
Thone said he had no aspirations for
"I just got re-elected," he said. "I
just want to be a good congressman."
Same handling of job
Thone said he will not handle his job
differently this term.
"Many congressmen were beaten by
Democrats, but we (Thone and John
McCollister) bucked the trend," he
said. "This shows that people in the 1st
District are satisfied with the job we've
Thone said he will concentrate on
three areas during the next two years.
The first, he-said., is. a. national. health
insurance plan for families after one
family members suffers a terminal
"TherfraYe cases where a family's1'"
entire earnings are wiped out," he said.
"The spouse is left destitute. The family
should be fully protected against this."
Stabilizing farm income, which he
said is "roller coasting," is another
priority. He said he also supports
sharing food among famine-stricken
"We must put our heads together to
combat world hunger," he said.
Thone said he will also vote to cut
military spending and to tighten the
federal budget in attempts to fight
This term Thone said he will
"reinforce his availability to his consti
tuents." This, he said, includes stu
dents." Since his campaign was compacted
into 17 days, he did not have time to
campaign actively on campuses as in the
last two elections, Thone said.
Wednesday afternoon, things were
subdued at the Dyas for Congress
headquarters. Tuesday night's crowd
that had cheered when Dyas won
Lancaster County were gone.
Some campaign workers, the people
whom Dyas had said in his concession
speech had "worked their hearts out for
the campaign", were inthe office
discussing their future.
"I'm going to relax for a few days,"
said Kathy Cassidy, campaign co
ordinator for Lancaster County. Then I
don't know what I'm going to do.
"It's been an uphill battle all the
way," said Mary Hawe, office manager.
"We were never sure what would
happen until two weeks ago, when we
thought we would win."
"Everyone was apprehensive until
the Lancaster County results came in,"
the UNL business college graduate said.
"We didn't win as big as we needed to.
Then we kind of realized what would
Hawe said she will apply for teaching
positions in the Lincoln area.
Jack Cassidy, campaign organizer,
said he sensed a possible defeat around
7:30 p.m., when he realized more
Republicans were voting than expected.
"Of course you never want to admit
that you might lose until you're
swamped," he said.
Cassidy said he will stay around
Lincoln and work in city elections.
"I know I'll make more money than
I 've made the last 14 months," he said.
The most memorable part of the
campaign, Hawe said, were the people
she worked with, the "dedication
Last December, Cassidy said, not
many people had heard, otHess.P.yas,.
Fourteen months later, the campaign
had become an "integral part of
thousands of people's lives," he said.
o!'vqyquftt:eally dpn't think about it, and
When Thone started, he was in front
with only 5 per cent of the voters
undecided, Cassidy said, "but in 12 or
13 months we changed all that."
Potential in Lincoln
Cassidy said he and his wife will stay
abound Lincoln because of friendships
formed during the campaign and
because Lincoln has a "lot of potential."
"Look what one-half dozen dedicated
people can do," he said.
Ms. Cassidy said the campaign
showed Nebrskans the power of organi
"I'd say one thing we accomplished
we ruined Charley Thone's chance
for a Senate seat," Cassidy Sdid.
Hawe said most of the people in Dyas
headquarters Wednesday were not
discussing "if-only" or "what-do-we-do
"You live with someone 14 months,
and it's over," Cassidy said.
How did Hawe feel after the race was
"Loot and empty," she j.
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