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14 Section 1 Chicago Tribune, Wednesday, March 11, 1992 Election '92 GOP Continued from page 1 Tuesday in his native Massachusetts, where Buchanan actively campaigned. The president carried Illinois in the 1988 general election with just 51 percent of the vote and fared only slightly better in Michigan, with 54 percent. In this election year, however, unemployment rates in both states rank among the nation's highest: 8.5 percent in Illinois and 9 percent in Michigan. And employee layoffs, especially among hard-hit auto workers in Michigan, have fueled a bitter mood of voter discontent. "We're going to battle all the way to Houston," Buchanan said Tuesday, referring to the site of August's Republican National Convention. "And we've got the resources to do it." 'Buchanan's vow notwithstanding, Republican National Committee rules require a candidate to win five primaries to ensure his name is put into nomination. Duke, the former Ku Klux Klan leader from Louisiana, apparently lacks the resources to press ahead and does not figure to remain in the race much longer now that his conservative thunder has been stolen by Buchanan, the less extreme Republican alternative to Bush. For the next week, Bush and his challenger will devote their campaigns to Michigan, where economic turmoil seems to have prompted greater voter disaffection. "The effort will be focused more The delegate count Republican and Democratic delegates chosen as a result of primaries and caucuses held through 12 a.m. CST Wednesday. nopubticans "Candidate George Bush 560 Pat Buchanan 46 Uncommitted Race for the nomination Democrats Total delegate votes 4,208 Needed to win Republicans Total delegate votes 2,209 Needed to win 2,145 1,105 Clinton Bush Souroa News reports 1 1 1"",, 560 660.25 Buchanan bets on Michigan, not Illinois By Mitchell Locin Chicago Tribune DEARBORN, Mich. Republican presidential candidate Patrick Buchanan is looking to Michigan rather than Illinois as his next best chance to knock the wind out of President Bush's campaign. Both Midwestern states have pri-maries next Tuesday, but Buchanan has tentatively scheduled to spend only Thursday afternoon and evening in Illinois, where the state GOP organization headed by Gov. Jim Edgar is solidly backing Bush. Buchanan arrived in Michigan Tuesday, the first of about six days he is scheduled to spend in the state. The depressed auto industry and its loss of market to foreign competitors is an inviting target for the insurgent campaign based on economic protest. "It's a good blue-collar state. I do well among blue-collar voters," Buchanan said aboard his campaign plane Monday. "It's been hit hard by economic hard times. It believes in an 'America First' foreign policy and trade policy. I think it's well suited to the Buchanan message of economic nationalism . . . ." Four of the 1 1 plants that General Motors Corp. recently announced it will shut down by 1995 are in Michigan, adding to the woes of a state with more than 400,000 jobless workers, or about 9 percent of the work force. Regardless of the results of the balloting, Buchanan served notice that he intends to influence the presidential race right up to the November election. Accusing Republican Party chairman Richard Bond of insulting him and his voters by comparing him to former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, Buchanan threatened Tuesday to sit out the general election unless Bond is removed. Before leaving New Orleans, where he got in some last-minute campaigning for Super Tuesday, he called tor Bond to resign or for President Bush to fire him. Without Bond's departure, Buchanan said he will not work for the party in the fall and will urge his supporters not to contribute to national party coffers. Primary results L nmim a Here are the latest, unofficial returns in Tuesday's presidential primaries and caucuses. N.O.B. Not on ballot. The L,Xi ,f 1 WW jL caucuses in Hawaii are not included. J 11 JT Democrats Candidate Delaware Florida Massachusetts Rhode Island Louisiana Mississippi Tennessee Missouri Oklahoma Texas Caucus Primary Primary Primary Primary Primary Primary Caucus Primary Both of precincts 100 92 94 100 99 94 99 100 99 85 Jerry Brown 19 12 15 19 7 10 8 6 17 8 Bill Clinton 21 51 11 21 69 73 67 51 70 66 Tom Harkin 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 3 1 Bob Kerrey 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 3 1 Paul Tsongas 30 34 67 53 11 8 19 10 0 19 Others 0 N.O.B. 4 3 11 1 N.O.B. 0 7 5 Uncommitted 30 N.O.B. 2 2 N.O.B. 6 4 34 N.O.B N.O.B. Republicans Candidate Delaware Florida Massachusetts Rhode Island Louisiana Mississippi Tennessee Missouri Oklahoma Texas Caucus Primary Primary Primary Primary Primary Primary Caucus Primary Both of precincts 9? 94 100 96 93 99 99 82 Pat Buchanan - 31 28 32 27 17 22 - 27 24 George Bush - 69 66 63 62 72 73 - 70 70 Others - NO.B. 2 2 11 11 3 - 4 3 Uncommitted - N.O.B. 4 3 0 N.O.B. 2 - N.O.B. 3 on Michigan than Illinois for the 17th," Don Sipple, a re-election campaign strategist for Bush, said of the White House's battle plan. "We see the opportunity for Buchanan to make a bigger move in Michigan." It remained uncertain, though, if the president himself will actively campaign in Michigan or leave the task to surrogates and television advertising. As of Tuesday, Bush had planned just one campaign trip into Illinois, a $500,000 fundraiser Democrats Bill Clinton 660 25 Paul Tsongas 342 25 ; Tom Harkin 75 f. Jerry Brown 79.25 Bob Kerrey 9 f Others 5 ; Uncommitted 258.75 What's ahead n To hold primaries or caucuses FJj Held primaries or caucuses Chicago Tribune Media accused of WASHINGTON (Reuters) Some people in the White House believe reporters are playing up Pat Buchanan's candidacy to make the presidential race more interesting and thus avoid getting laid ofTin a recession, two Republican leaders said Tuesday. Sen. Phil Gramm, a Republican who supports President Bush's re-election campaign, could barely hold back a grin when he told reporters: "There is a growing suspicion in the country that people in the news media are concerned that if they don't have a race to cover, that in the midst of a recession that you could be out of work. "So, therefore, this campaign is being pushed to protect your jobs." Added Rep. Newt Gingrich, a Georgia Republican: "But we Appearing Sunday on "This Week with David Brinkley" on ABC, Bond, a close political adviser to Bush, said if Buchanan is "going to basically hijack David Duke's message on race and religious tolerance and put a jacket and tie on it and try to clean it up, I'm just not comfortable with that." The president has the right to pick the chairman, Buchanan responded, "but I don't think you can pick, in fairness, a chairman who has slandered me and who has smeared my people." Buchanan returned to his usual campaign themes after arriving in Detroit, criticizing Bush for having no program to deal with the recession. But he offered no plan of his own when asked how he would deal with the flood of Japanese imports that have eroded the domestic market for U.S. autos. "I don't have specifics," he answered. Stopping next at a tool-and-die company that serves GM and other auto parts companies, Buchanan said, "Now no one wants a trade war, but we've got to stop being trade wimps." in Chicago on Monday. Buchanan was also planning a single day in the state on Thursday. Given the sad state of the domestic auto industry, Buchanan's "America First" message of economic isolationism and trade protection should resonate with Michiganders. That would include Democrats who find their party's candidates unremarkable and might prefer to cross over and vote Republican to register their protest against the president. Since George Wallace ran for president in 1968, Michigan voters have a tradition of embracing conservatives. In the 1988 GOP primary campaign, conservative supporters of Jack Kemp and evangelicals backing Pat Robertson joined forces in the state against Bush. Bush campaign insiders, however, might not be in full agreement on how much attention to give Illinois, home for White House Chief of Staff Sam Skinner and three Cabinet members. Michigan, on the other hand, is home to Bush campaign director Robert Teeter. "No matter what we do, there's some likelihood for not great news coming out of Michigan," Sipple said. But if we do something in Illinois that can balance that psy-chologically , it would be someplace where we could control the positive message to motivate the troops toward November. II-linois's going to be a key state in the general election." Sipple added, "There's a value in winning Illinois. I think it's possible it could go 70 percent-plus for Bush. In the period we're in now4 anyplace you can do 70-plus, you ought to play." Buchanan's options in Illinois are limited by his resources and the ability of Gov. Jim Edgar, Bush's Illinois chairman, to sew job-saving hype are not endorsing the analysis by some people in the White House." They had just emerged from a meeting with President Bush. White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater said Gramm and Gingrich were not referring to Bush. "All I know, I hear it from very reliable sources, better than the sources that normally get quoted," Gramm said. Bush insists that he has trounced Buchanan in all the presidential primaries and media interpretations that Buchanan has done well are off the mark. After talking to reporters before meeting with the Republicans, Bush was shaking his head and was overheard to say: "It's weird out there, man. When a 40-point win isn't considered a victory, I've got to know what the hell is going on out there." Buchanan's Illinois campaign officials have been trying to persuade the national office to have the candidate spend more time in the state, particularly to participate in the Chicago parades over the weekend that celebrate St. Patricks's Day. "My biggest opponent is not George Bush or the governor of Illinois but the state of Michigan," said George Grey, chairman of the Illinois Buchanan campaign. But the Buchanan strategy, rather than taking on the president in every state, has been to pick the places where he can concentrate his time and resources. The Buchanan strategy was used in Georgia, where he got 36 percent of the vote last week in what he claimed was a test of his strength in the South. "We're going to make Michigan the Georgia of the North," Buchanan has said. With his hopes based on winning at least one state soon to begin a domino effect in the rest of the primary season, he said Monday, "We still have a long shot to win this thing." up the state's Republican establishment. Virtually every high-ranking GOP leader and elected official, conservatives and moderates alike, have endorsed Bush. Moreover, they have filled up the slates for the 75 pledged delegates to be elected in a winner-take-all format in next Tuesday's primary. Buchanan fielded just 32 delegate candidates in four of Illinois 20 congressional districts. However, Gene Reineke, executive director of the Illinois GOP 9brtnmuttb S- BEVPRAfiE MARTS 3066 N. Lincoln Ave. 1-312-935-0505 CIsiCASO (S2JITHJ 4430 S.Kedzle Ave. 1-312-847-1166 WiH 10000 S. Western Ave. 1-312-239-2800 508 W.Lake St. 543-0440 AKTICCH Route 173 & 83 395-3540 SAiiiistosi 340W.NW Highway 381-0223 j Mm BUDWEISER SPECIAL EXPORT (REGULAR, LIGHT. 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