Kassebaum Aug 2 1978
Kassebaum to face Roy TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Nancy Landon Kassebaum rode the name of her famous father, former Kansas Gov. Alf M. Landon, a pleasing personality and a middle-of-the road political philosophy to victory Tuesday in the race for Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate. Former U.S. Rep. Bill Roy captured the Democratic nomination for another shot at the Senate seat which eluded him four years ago, when he came close to unseating Sen. Bob Dole. Their victories highlighted a Kansas primary which also saw Republican Gov. Robert F. Bennett and Democratic House Speaker John Carlln easily win their parties' gubernatorial nominations for the November general election. Winning congressional nomination were Republican Jim Jeffries of Atchison In the.2nd District, along with Democrat Don Allegrucci of Pittsburg and Republican Bob Whittaker of Augusta in the 5th District. Jeffries will try to unseat incumbent Democrat Martha Keys, while Allegrucci and Whittaker will fight for the seat being vacated by Rep. Joe Skubitz' retirement. In the only other state office race, Mrs. Betty Paxson of Topeka won the Democratic nomination for secretary of state, and will oppose Republican incuml)ent Jack Brier in the fall campaign. Mrs. Kassebaum, 45, rolled to a solid victory in the nine-person field bidding for the GOP nomination to succeed retiring Sen. James B. Pearson, for whom she once worked in Washington. Mrs. Kassebaum, mother of four wiio is legally separated from her husband, Wichita attorney Phil Kassebaum, beat runnerup Wayne Angell of Ottawa in the metropolitan areas and in the rural areas. She doubled the vote total of her Wichita rival, Sam Hardage. She finished with 31 percent of the GOP vote. Roy, 52, bowled over three political neopiiytes to win his second chance at a U.S. Senate seat — a bid Kansas Democrats think will land them their first senator in four decades. Roy rolled up 76 percent of the vote, but acknowledged the task ahead in winning in Republican-dominated Kansas. Bennett, 51, rolled up 139,000 votes with virtually complete returns tabulated, yet some Republicans saw reason for concern in the 65,000 votes polled by his two primary foes — former state Printer Bob Sanders of Salina, who got 40,000, and the Rev. Harold Knight of Chanute, who got 25,000. Bennett dismissed Sanders' vote total as expectable for someone who had been on the ballot six times in the past. Still, it meant nearly one-third of those voting in the Republican primary voted against their incumbent governor. Carlin, on the other hand, scored a smashing victory over his two opponents — state Sen. Bert Chaney of Hutchinson and Topekan Harry Wiles. The House speaker, who turns 38 Thursday, doubled the vote on Chaney and tripled It on Wiles, piling up 55 percent of the vote in a race Chaney had insisted would be close. Chaney got just 26 percent. "I think, in general, people are concerned about the poor administration of the incumbent governor," CarUn said.