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‘ | Republican Ronald Reagan wrested the White House from
Carter last night in a startling landslide of electoral
■votes that changed the face of American government, a
■'conservative tide giving the GOP its first chance of controlling
;the Senate in 26 years.
; ■: Campaigning on a promise to “Make America great again,”
'the former California governor and movie actor put together a
coalition that devastated Democratic strongholds
the Northeast, Midwest and Carter’s own South.
In the Deep South, Carter won only his native state of
■Georgia as Dixie went Republican from the Virginia to Florida
land South Carolina to Texas. With only Alaska, Hawaii and
Minnesota still, out, the nation west of the Mississippi River
h At 2:45 a.m. EST, Reagan had won 465 electoral votes to 35
,Tor Carter. Only 270 were needed for victory.
C “l am not frightened by what lies ahead,” Reagan said,
■“and I don’t believe the American people are frightened by
what lies ahead. Together, we’re going to do what has to be
done.. . . We’re going to put America back to work again.”
Carter, the first elected incumbent to lose a re-election bid
since Herbert Hoover in 1932, conceded the crushing blow
.which confounded pollsters predicting a close race only four
'hours after the first polls began to close at 6 p.m. EST.
“He graciously offered his cooperation on the transition and
I accepted it,” said president-elect Reagan, the conservative
Republican who went from Hollywood to two terms as
governor of California, and who had sought the presidency
!•: Reagan, 69, will be inaugurated Jan. 20 as the 40th president
,of the United States, and as the oldest man ever to win a first
term for president.
1 : As of 2:45 this morning, the national vote for president with
81 percent (144,590 of 178,591) of the precincts reported was:
Reagan: 34,962,904 popular votes 51 percent; 465 electoral
Carter: 28,938,850 popular votes 42 percent; 35 electoral
Anderson: 4,376,295 popular voles 6 percent: 0 electoral
' By I)AVII) MEDZERIAN
Daily Collegian Staff Writer
About 2,000 people gathered on Old
Main lawn yesterday afternoon for a
ceremony commemmorating the one
year anniversary of-the taking of the
American hostages in Iran.
( Guest speaker at the program was
' the Rev. Richard Schaefer, whose
brother, Capt. Thomas Schaefer, is
1 among the 52 American captives.
‘ “It’s been a changed life since that
day,” Schaefer said. “Many feelings
go through your system.
“I remember feeling angry with
the whole world,” he said. “How
could this happen, and why did this
happen to my brother?
Schaefer said the first letter his
family received from his brother
• came in April.” ‘Trust God,’ he said,
I ‘l’ll beall right.’ ”
Since the hostages were taken,
Schaefer said the constant pressure
.of the situation have caused his
. emotions to “yo-yo.”
"Hopes dashed into frustration,
frustration back to hope,” he said.
. Schaefer said the hostages and
their families are constantly
receiving the moral support of the
• American people.
“I’ve never encountered it in my
life before," he said.
“This is the thing I’m so full of
pride.about the ordinary John Doe,
I the unnamed multitude cares so
much,” he said. “What a remarkable
. people we have in America today.
What pride I have in being able to say
I am a part of them and they are a
part of me."
Although Schaefer said he hopes
the hostages will be released soon, he
* fears he may be unnecessarily op
“There seems to be light at the end
of the tunnel,” he said.
Schaefer voiced concern for the
Iranian captors and the hostages.
'9 “I'm also, concerned about the
Iranians don’t ever forget that they
. are human beings just like we are,”
he said.’.’lt is my constant prayer that
peace will come to a very troubled
nation, and that peace will come to all
“Our prayers and our support can
actively assist in bringing out a
peaceful solution to a very difficult
situation,” he said.
After Schaefer’s remarks, the
Interservice ROTC Cadets stood at
attention while the Old Main flag was
taken down and , presented to
0 .Among the students at the
ceremony was Andy Feild (7th
community development) who said
the ceremony was “a show of support
for the hostages."
But Anne Weidner (lOth-health
planning and administration) saw
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hostage speaks at
on Old iVlain lawn
The Rev. Richard Schaefer, brother of one of the American hostages in Iran,
addresses yesterday’s ceremony commemorating the one-year anniversary
of Tehran embassy takeover. About 2,000 people attended the ceremony,
held on the Old Main lawn.
deeper meaning in the ceremony.
“I’m here to pay tribute to the
Americans in Iran,” she said. “It
really is very moving, when you think
of people whose lives have been af
fected for a year."
Reagan has won 41 states with 465 electoral votes. Carter has
won four states and the District of Columbia with 35 electoral
Four Democratic senators fell with Carter as Republicans
mounted an unexpectedly strong push to take control of the
Senate. Democrats limped toward renewed control of the
House, but Republicans stood to gain more than 20 seats there.
As his electoral vote total soared, Reagan said he certainly
had not looked for such a landslide. “Listen, I was happy to get
270,” he said. “That’s what it took to win.”
Then, in the hotel ballroom, before his partisans and the
television cameras, Reagan said:
“There has never been a more humbling moment in my life
. . . Even if it had been the cliffhanger we were all expecting, it
would have been the same. I consider the trust you have placed
in me sacred, and I will do my utmost to justify your faith.”
A cliffhanger it was not. Reagan’s margin rivaled history’s
great landslides, those of former presidents Richard M. Nixon
in 1972, Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964 and Franklin D. Roosevelt
But however extraordinary the magnitude of Reagan’s
victory, it was matched by sweeping changes in the Senate.
All told, Republicans won or led for eight Senate seats held
by Democrats, six of them incumbents. Only one Republican
incumbent, Sen. Barry Goidwater, was in a close race, trading
leads with Democrat Bill Schulz.
GOP challengers ousted Democratic Sens. George
McGovern of South Dakota, the party’s 1972 nominee; Birch
Bayh of Indiana; Warren G. Magnuson of Washington, the
senior member of the Senate; and John Culver of lowa.
Sen. Frank Church of Idaho, chairman of the Foreign
Relations Committee, was far behind in his re-election bid.
A nine-seat gain would mean Republican control, since Vice
President-elect George Bush would have the decisive vote in a
50-50 Senate tie.
Republicans also were piling up gains in the House, although
not enough to reverse the current 59-seat Democratic margin
of control. Rep. John Brademas of Indiana, third in command
in the Democratic leadership, lost his seat to Republican John
v" *' * *
Invocations were delivered by the
Rev. Quentin Sehaut, the Rev. Carl
Derk and Rabbi Jeffrey Eisenstat.
The Chapel Choir and the Penn State
Blue Band also participated in the
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President Carter conceded the presidency to Itonald Reagan early last night following preliminary returns in a landslide
defeat that would see him with only 35 electoral college votes to Reagan’s 4<>2 at 2 a.m. EST. With Carter are his wife,
Rosalynn, daughter, Amy, and grandson Jason.
Specter beats Flaherty
Zimmerman, O'Pake in dose battle
From our wire services
PHILADELPHIA A long battle for
the U.S. Senate concluded with a long
election night yesterday as Republican
Arlen Specter waited to be sure he had
won over Democrat Pete Flaherty
before declaring victory.
“It’s been a long, tough struggle, but
worth every step of the way,” SpOcter
told a group of diehard supporters who
stayed until 1- this morning before he
finally made his victory speech.
Flaherty conceded defeat to Specter
early this morning, acknowledging his
third consecutive loss in a statewide
race. Just before addressing about 150
supporters at the Hyatt House hotel in
Pittsburgh, Flaherty said he telephoned
Specter to congratulate him.
“The tide was going the other way
tonight. I picked the wrong year, I
suppose,” said the Democratic loser in a
race to replace retiring U.S. Sen.
“I wish him every success," said
Flaherty, who has not won an election
since his second term as Pittsburgh
mayor in 1973.
In the race that will determine the
state’s first elected attorney general,
Republican Leßoy Zimmerman edged
ahead of Democrat Michael O’Pake last
night in a neck-and-neck race.
With 82 percent of the vote in, Zim
merman held a slim 20,000-vote lead,
with 1,078,010 voles or 50 percent com
pared to 1,657,977 or 49 percent for
State College area turnout high
By BETSY LONG
Daily Collegian Staff Writer
Election officials at the Centre County
Courthouse in Bellefonte said long lines
of voters were still waiting to vote in
State College at 8 last night when the
polls were scheduled to close.
At 3:30 this morning, only three of
eight student-dominated precincts in
State College had reported results to the
“We are a little concerned about it,”
Centre County Commissioner John Glatz
said. "They have no particular problems
up there (State College). I hope they all
didn’t go to sleep.
It was incorrectly reported in
yesterday’s Daily Collegian that the
State College Municipal Council voted
against making improvements at the
intersection of Park Avenue and North
Atherton Street. The council voted in
favor of turning lanes by a 4-3 vote.
Also, Carl B. Fairbanks was in
correctly identified in a photo caption as
a member of the State College Municipal
Council. Fairbanks is the municipal
O’Pake had built-in advantages of a
700,000 Democratic voter registration
edge and name recognition from 12
years in the Legislature. He was also
running simultaneously for re-election to
the Senate from Berks County, a race he
Zimmerman received support from
Gov. Dick Thornburgh, Lt. Gov. William
Scranton 111 and former Gov. William
Scranton, as well as several key
newspaper endorsements. Five days
before the election, he released a poll
showing him 6 percentage points ahead
of his Democratic opponent.
Pennsylvania voters decided two
years ago that the attorney general
the head of the state Justice Department
should be elected instead of appointed
by the governor.
Auditor General Ai Benedict easily
won re-election yesterday, leading with
1,714,686 votes, or 50 percent, to state
Rep. James Knepper’s 1,6*15,692 or 48
percent,with 85 percent of the vote in.
Benedict said voters apparently
“discounted all of the nasty and
distorted allegations made against me.”
referring to charges of corruption that
surfaced during the campaign.
“They accused me of everything but
child molesting,” Benedict said. “The
Republican organization really keyed on
Benedict, a former Erie broadcaster
and the highest-ranking Democrat in
statewide elective office, showed his
strength in the April primary with an
“At 8 o’clock they’re supposed to close
the doors . . . they should get the lines
Some State College residents reported
hour-long waits for the polling booth, but
there was no report of voters being
turned away. Voting in Centre County is
done by paper ballot in all precincts
except in Philipsburg, where machines
Turnout in the three student
dominated precincts was considerably
lower than the 81 percent reported
countywide. At 3:30 a.m., 75 of 84 county
precincts had reported.
Precinct East Central 2, between East
Beaver Avenue and East Nittaney
Avenue, reported 58 percent of 894
registered voters turning out.
East Central 3, between East Nittanv
Avenue and East Hamilton Avenue,
reported 67 percent of 885 voters turning
In precinct East 2, east of the in
tersection of University Drive and East
College Avenue, 62 percent of 1,118
voters turned out.
Voters in the three reporting student
dominated precincts favored President
Carter over Ronald Reagan. In East
Central 2, Carter received 207 votes,
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overwhelming victory over slate. Sen.
Knepper contended throughout the
campaign that Benedict's oil ice was
corrupt and should be investigated by
the statewide grand jury. He also said
Benedict received large campaign
contributions from workers in his oil ice
and people named in the state Crime
Knepper told the media he turned
damaging information over to the grand
jury, but refused several times to back
up his allegations with specifics.
Democratic State Treasurer Robert
E. Casey held the lead last night over
state Sen. Budd Dwyer, his Republican
Casey was leading Dwyer by 4 per
centage points and 96,646 votes with 72
percent of the vole reported. Casey hud
1,482,5:16 votes, 51 percent, to 1.885,890
votes, or 47 percent, for Dwyer.
During the campaign, Dwyer con
tended that Casey rode to victory in 1976
because voters thought he was Robert P.
Casey, a popular former auditor
The Republican challenger said voters
felt "used and indignant” when they
realized they had voted for a different
man four years ago.
The third-term Meadville senator also
accused Casey of being “caretaker”
treasurer, more interested in attending
conventions than in investing state
while Reagan had 174 and independent
John B. Anderson received 128.
In East Central 8, Carter received 244
votes as opposed to Reagan's 198. An
derson received 145.
In East 2, voters again favored Carter.
He received 284 votes to Reagan's 214
and Anderson’s 189.
Overall in the three reporting
precincts. Carter received 785 votes,
Reagan 531, and Anderson 457.
Voters were divided in the race for
U.S. Senate. Combined voting of the
three precincts showed 870 votes for
Democrat Pete Flaherty and 806 for
Republican Arlen Specter.
Glatz said the county could not even
contact those precincts still counting
ballots in State College because many
are in places without telephones.
Considerable cloudiness, windy and
colder today with sprinkles or flurries
likely and a high of 44. Mostly cloudy,
continued breezy and cold tonight with a
low of 27. A'mixture of clouds and sun
shine tomorrwo with a chilly high of 45.
It should be mostly cloudy on Friday
with showers possible by late in the day
and a high of 50.'