A steady rain and the prospect of little change in Boston's dreary political weather reduced voters' turnout yesterday as less than 100,000 citizens overwhelmingly placed Louise Day Hicks and John J. Kerrigan at the top of Boston's city council and school committee races respectively.
Joining Hicks on the new council will be: Thomas I. Atkins. Joseph F. Timilty, John L. Saltonstall 38, John E. Kerrigan, Frederick Langone, Gerald J. O'Leary, Christopher A. lanella and Gabriel A. Piemonte.
Due to Cambridge's complicated proportional representation system, results on the races for the city council and school committee seats will not be tabulated for several days.
Kerrigan, whose controversial close friendship with Michael Lombardo, the city school repairs contractor, apparently did him little harm, finished comfortably ahead of Paul R. Tierney in the school committee race.
James Hennigan, incumbent Joseph Lee '21, and former Governor's Councillor John Craven were the other successful candidates.
Wagner Aids Winner
John V. Lindsay-tacking the support of either major political party-won his bid for re-election as Mayor of New York yesterday. Running on the Liberal and Independent tickets, he defeated Democrat Mario Procaccino and Republican-Conservative John Marchi.
A WCBS-New York projection based on half of the returns last night predicted that Lindsay would get 12 percent of the final vote. Procaccino 34 per cent, and Marchi 24.
Projected estimates also showed that the Mayor was outpolling Procaccino among registered Democrats and nearly outpolling Marchi among Republicans. The all-important Jewish vote was running about 44 per cent each for Lindsay and Procaccino.
The election followed a heated campaign which has shattered the organizations of both parties in New York. Most liberal party leaders have bolted party ranks to support the Mayor against his conservative opponents. Former Mayor Robert Wagner, Procaccino's runner-up in June's Democratic primary, increased Lindsay's momentum with a surprise last-minute endorsement Monday.
Calkins Places Last
Carl B. Stokes-the first black mayor of a major American city-won a second term by a tiny margin in Cleveland yesterday, but a black candidate for mayor of Detroit trailed as late returns came in.
With nearly all the votes counted. Stokes led county auditor Ralph Perk by only 1600 votes out of more than 230,000 ballots cast. In Detroit, Wayne County sheriff Roman Gribbs held a small, steady lead over black Richard Austin through last night's counting.
Republicans picked up two governor's seats yesterday in states where President Nixon had made special campaign trips. In Virginia. Linwood Holton became the first Republican governor since the 1880's when he beat William Battle. And in Now Jersey, Republican Congressman William Cahill took almost 60 per cent of the vote in defeating former governor Robert Meyner.
Hugh D. Calkins '45. youngest member of the Harvard Corporation, appeared to be in serious trouble last night in his race for re-election to the Cleveland school board. Late counts showed Calkins placing last in the six-man race for four seats on the board.