Nancy Landon Kassebaum rode the name of her famous father, a pleasing personality, and a middle-of-the road political philosophy to victory in the race for the Republican nomination to the Senate.
Kassebaum rolled up a solid victory in the nine-way race for the GOP nomination to succeed retiring Sen. James. B. Pearson, for whom she once worked in Washington.
The daughter of 1936 GOP presidential nominee and former Kansas governor Alf Landon won the primary by 6 percentage points.
"It's been a long day for everybody," she said, "but we're really proud."
Kassebaum acknowledged that the support of her father and the strength of his name probably helped her win the tight battle for the chance to oppose former representative Bill Roy in the November general election.
"My father told me earlier whether I won or lost he felt I had run a good campaign," Kassebaum said. "He was really pleased with wat I had done."
With more than 95 percent of 2,887 precincts reporting. Kassebaum polled 65,361 votes. 31 percent, to Prof. Wayne Angell's 52,919 votes, 25 percent.
Landon, who kept abreast of the results from his Topeka home, did not retire Tuesday night until Kassebaum had been eclared the winner by the wire service.
Roy, who narrowly lost to Sen. Bob Dole (R) in 1974, breezed to the Democratic nomination over three opponents. He polled 76 percent of he vote in his attempt to succeed Pearson, who is retiring after 16 yeaas in the Senate, and become Kansas' first Democratic senator in four decades.
Republican Gov. Robert F. Bennett and Democratic House Speaker John Carlin easily won their parties gubernatorial nominations.
Bennett rolled up 139,000 votes with virtually complete returns, 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.
Carlin, on the other hand, scored a smashing victory over state Sen. Bert Chaney of Hutchinson and Topekan Harry Wiles.
Following is a list of winning congressional cadidates in the primary. Incumbents are indicated with an (1): candidates without opposition are included with an X.*