Andrew Young came up short in his bid to make history as Georgia's first black governor, falling to Lt. Gov. Zell Miller in a Democratic runoff. Kansas Gov. Mike Hayden survived a scare, edging a Republican primary opponent who blamed him for higher property taxes.
"Don't say that I didn't run a good campaign," said Young, the former Atlanta mayor, congressman and U.N. ambassador, said. "Say that Zell Miller ran a better campaign."With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Miller had 576,226 votes, or 62 percent. Young had 352,159 votes, or 38 percent.
The loser called for party unity and termed Miller his "former opponent, but my friend."
Young, 58, had hoped to follow in the footsteps of L. Douglas Wilder of Virginia, who last November became the nation's first black elected governor.
He finished 12 points behind Miller in the primary July 17 after a genteel campaign in which race was rarely mentioned. For the runoff, Young went on the offensive, attacking Miller's ties to the banking industry and resurrecting the label "Zig-Zag Zell" that was hung on Miller 10 years ago to suggest he changed positions for political expediency.
Miller, whose main issue was support for a state lottery, faces Republican Johnny Isakson in November. Democratic Gov. Joe Frank Harris was barred by law from seeking a third consecutive term.
In Kansas, Hayden narrowly defeated real estate executive Nestor Weigand Jr., the strongest of five primary challengers. In an upset on the Democratic side, state Treasurer Joan Finney wrecked former Gov. John Carlin's hopes of a comeback.
Highlights of primaries in 4 states
Here are highlights of primary balloting in four states Tuesday:
Governor: Lt. Gov. Zell Miller defeated Andrew Young in a runoff for the Democratic nomination for governor. Miller will meet Republican Johnny Isakson.
Governor: First-term Gov. Mike Hayden edged real estate executive Nestor Weigand Jr. in a six-way Republican primary. State Treasurer Joan Finney won the Democratic nomination, upsetting former Gov. John Carlin.
Senate: GOP Sen. Nancy Kassebaum swamped political unknown Gregory Walstrom to win nomination to a third term. Former Rep. Bill Roy won the Democratic Senate primary. Even though he tried to get off the ballot, he drew more votes than political newcomer Dick Williams of Wichita.
Governor: Republicans chose Sen. John Engler over General Motors engineer John Lauve to challenge two-term Democrat James Blanchard.
Senate: Republican Rep. Bill Schuette defeated lawyer Clark Durant for the right to oppose Democrat Carl Levin, who is seeking a third term.
Rep. Richard Gephardt, the House majority leader, won the Democratic nomination for an eighth term, trouncing Nicholas F. Clement, a newspaper carrier who is a follower of extremist Lyndon LaRouche.