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SegregatiOn.ist Tops Arnall
In Georgfo Democrat Runoff
ATLANTA, Ga. (AP)-Lester
G. Maddox, a segregationist
. campaign,
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runnmg
a shoes trmg
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has . ca~tured the Democratic
nomination for governor-upsetting a moderate candidate and
Georgia's middleroad racial
course.
.
' Madd!)X, a furmtur~ mer~hant
1 who qwt the cafeteria business
I rather than b~ !orced to serve
Negroes, dec1s1vely defeated
Ellis G. Arnall, a former governor, in yesterday's primary
runoff. Arnall had led a sixm~,n race two weeks ago.
Go~ and the peo~~e are my
amprugn managers,. exulted
Maddox,. 50, afte_r pulling off the
upset without b1g-mon~y back~rs or .t~E; support of h1ghrankmg pobbc1ans. reported the vote
count stood at: Maddox 419,557,
~all 356,078.
Not a Racial Campaign
A fiery opponent of the federal
government, President Johnson,
liberalism, socialism and communism, Maddox says he shares
the racial views of Alabama's
Gov. George C. Wallace. But
Maddox said very little about
racial issues in his campaign.
Arnall, 59, who scored a major
upset two decades ago to win the
governorship over the popular
Eugene Talmadge, had charged
in the runoff fight that Maddox was radical and an extremist, a man whose symbols
were ax handles and pistols.
A Look at. the Lester Maddox Politi Page_A-12
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Maddox, _in resisting integration in 1964 and 1965, once waved
a pistol to chase Negroes from
his place and provided ax
handles for white patrons. When
ordered by a court t~ serve
Negroes, Maddox qmt the
cafeteria business.
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Arnall met Maddox to concede
personally. Some followers of
Arnall said Republicans voted
for Maddox ~s .the ~asie~ opponent for their nommee m Novem~r.
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Taki_ng on Maddox m the first
Georg1a tv;:o-party contest ~or
g~vernor since Reconstruction
will be Rep. Howard H. (Bo)
Callaway, the states lone Republican ~ongressman. He is a
conservative ex-Democrat who
helped carry the state for Barry
Goldwater in 1964.
The voting patterns were
jumbled strangely-adding at
least some weight to the view
that Republicans voted for
Maddox. In the Goldwater
strongholds of Macon, Augusta
and Columbus, Arnall managed
bare majorities after leading the
field two weeks ago in those
same cities.
In the lieutenant governor's
race, the voters nominated
moderate George T. Smith,
speaker of the Georgia House,
over conservative Peter Zack
Geer, the incumebnt.
Geer told newsmen last night:
"I want to tell you one more
time-I'm fstill
th the
h"t lieutenant
f lk
governor o e w 1 e o s. I'm
glad Lester Maddox beat Ellis
Arnall."
Dr. Martin Luther· King Jr.
who lives in Atlanta said th;
voting "revealed that 'Georgia is
desperately competing with
Mississippi for the bottom "
"I must confess th
Mr
.
a
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Maddox's VIctory causes me to
be ashamed to be a Georgian.
This pretends that the days
abeaa in race relations will be
confusingly dreary and the
nights will be darker than a
thousand midnights."
Maddox takes charge of the
almost completely disorganized ,
Democratic party which under
Gov. Carl E. Sanders has
steered a moderate racial
course
·
.
Madd_ox will control the sta~
del~gation to th_e I?emocratic
National ~nvent10n ID !968 and
~erve as titular party chief, even
if he lpses to Callaway on Nov.
8W~llaee is exp~cted to run for
president on a third-party ticket
in '68.
Other Results
t
In other ~ontests yesterday~
Rep._ G. Elliott Hagan won re-,
nomIDfi~0n to ~on~ress fr~m
Georg1a s 1st District, beatmg
See MADDOX, Page A-6

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