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  •   Voters Choose Nominees in Arkansas, Pennsylvania and Oregon Primaries

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    By Ned Kilkelly
    Associated Press Writer
    Wednesday, May 20, 1998; 3:40 a.m. EDT

    Republicans in south-central Pennsylvania want Rep. William Goodling to serve one more term, ignoring complaints from term-limit proponents that 24 years in Washington is long enough.

    Goodling appeared to be in trouble in the weeks leading up to Tuesday's primary, but he easily beat conservative lawyer Charles Gerow, getting 68 percent of the vote to Gerow's 32 percent.

    Goodling, who has promised that his 13th term will be his last, said his supporters were energized by ads run by Americans for Limited Terms, a Wisconsin-based group that spent $250,000 on radio and TV advertisements targeting the 70-year-old incumbent's "career politician ways."

    "People weren't very happy with that," he said from his victory party in York, Pa. "Whether they agreed with me or not 100 percent of the time, they didn't want someone from Wisconsin" telling them what to do.

    Arkansas and Oregon also had primaries Tuesday.

    In Oregon, disgraced former Republican Rep. Wes Cooley failed in his bid to reclaim the seat he abandoned two years ago after it was revealed he had lied about fighting in the Korean War. Cooley finished third in a four-way race.

    The winner was Greg Walden, a broadcaster and former state legislator, who got 56 percent of the vote.

    In Arkansas, state Sen. Fay Boozman got 78 percent of the vote to defeat former Little Rock Mayor Tom Prince for the GOP Senate nomination.

    Boozman won't know his Democratic opponent until June 9, when the top two finishers in Tuesday's primary meet in a runoff.

    Former Rep. Blanche Lincoln – who quit after two terms in 1996 after having twins – got 46 percent of the vote, falling short of the majority needed to avoid the runoff. She'll face Attorney General Winston Bryant, who got 27 percent in a four-way field.

    The seat is open because Democrat Dale Bumpers is retiring. The GOP hopes to elect its second U.S. senator ever from Arkansas; the first was Tim Hutchinson two years ago.

    Computer trouble in suburban Philadelphia delayed final election results, but with 98 percent of precincts reporting, two-term Rep. Jon Fox – with 49 percent of the vote – appeared to have easily defeated three primary challengers.

    If those numbers hold, Fox will again face Democrat Joseph Hoeffel, who lost to Fox by only 84 votes in 1996.

    In a special election in Pennsylvania's 1st District, which includes part of Philadelphia, Bob Brady, the city's Democratic chairman, was elected to replace Democratic Rep. Tom Foglietta, who resigned to become U.S. ambassador to Italy.

    Also in Pennsylvania, former congresswoman Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky won the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor. She's best remembered for casting the deciding vote in Congress that allowed President Clinton's deficit-reduction package to pass in 1993.

    Most of the high-profile incumbents in the three states had an easy time in their primaries:

    • In Oregon, Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden, who narrowly won a special election two years ago, was nominated for a full term. The GOP nominee is state Sen. John Lim.

      Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber, seeking a second term, easily won the primary. The Republican nominee is tax watchdog Bill Sizemore, who overcame reports about his failed business ventures and trail of debt.

    • In Pennsylvania, GOP Gov. Tom Ridge, seeking a second term, was unopposed. State House minority whip Ivan Itkin beat two rivals for the Democratic nomination.

      Three-term Republican Sen. Arlen Specter and Democratic state Rep. Bill Lloyd each beat two rivals for the nomination.

    • In Arkansas, Gov. Mike Huckabee won the GOP nomination. He's running for governor for the first time after inheriting the office in July 1996 from Jim Guy Tucker, who was forced to resign after being convicted in the Whitewater scandal. Democrat Bill Bristow, the lawyer representing the state trooper in the Paula Jones case, was unopposed.

    © Copyright 1998 The Associated Press

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