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From Stiff and Wire reports
RALEIGH Republican challenger
John East cluns to a lead cf 5,413 votes
over Democratic incumbent Robert
Morgan in a U.S. Senate race too close
to call following Tuesday's election.
With 93 percent of the precincts
counted. East led with 822,842 votes.
Morgan had 817,429. Each had virtually
50 percent of the more than 1.5 million
In the race for the 2nd District seat in
the U.S. House of Representatives,
67-year-old Democrat L.H. Fountain
soundly defeated 34-year-old GOP
challenger Barry Gardner to earn a 15th
term in office.
East apparently was aided by the
surprising strength of Republican
presidential candidate Ronald Reagan,
who won North Carolina on his way
toward the presidency.
"The prudent thing to do, the
reasonable thins to do is to wait," East
said earlier in the r.Icht when he
narrowly trailed and was asked what the
outcome would be.
"The race is much closer than
expected," said Morgan, who followed
.-4he c!ectirn-h?ghtitsults. frcsi a Ral-:,;!i
East, who watched the returns at
another Raleigh hotel, said the
Republicans might csk for a recount if
the close race ended with a Democratic
victory. "We want to make sure we have
an honest count," East said.
East also accused the state Board of
Elections cf manipulating the election
by placing the Senate race at the bottom
of the ballot, below the council of state
"The state Board
bottom of the
ballot," East said. "I think it's an abuse
of their discretion. They turned the
ballot on us. That shows they're playing
political hardball." ,
With 51 percent of the vote counted in
the U.S. House race. Fountain had
45,551 votes compared to 16,715 for
"I never had any question about it,"
he said from his Tarboro home. "I won
because people in the district know me
and arc concerned about what it taking
place in Washington."
Gardner, an engineer from Rocky
Mount, said he thought his performance
was good considering the small number
of registered Republicans in the 2nd
District, which includes Orange and 1 1
ether North Carolina counties.
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Gsy.'J'm Hunt end his wife, Ccrclyn, great jubihnt supporters at Dsmocratic headquarters
." .i.Hunt was successfuHn his r re-election bid 'for tfie governorship cif North Carolina"
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' From ttaff and wire reports
RALEIGH Democratic Gov. Jim Hunt became the first
North Carolina governor to be elected to a second four-year
term Tuesday as he defeated Republican I. Beverly Lake Jr. by
a wide margin.
At 1 a.m. with 80 percent of the precincts reporting, Hunt
had 65 percent of the vote.
Lake had 32 percent and Libertarian Bobby Emory had 1
"I am very proud of the people of "
North Carolina tonight who have voted
to continue moving forward in this
state," Hunt said in his acceptance speech at 11:15 p.m. "An
awful lot of North Carolinians came together and said we
believe in progress in this state."
Hunt renewed his pledge to work for better schools and the
increased availability of jobs across the state.
Lake made his concession shortly after Hunt spoke.
"Our differences of opinion have related to methods and
policies related to trying to make our dreams into realities,"
But Lake chose to accent the victory of Republican Ronald
Reagan instead of his own defeat.
" We've got a lot to celebrate tonight," he said. "We've had
tremendous victories ail across this great country, and this is
just the beginning."
Hie concession speech of President Jimmy Carter put a
Veto totals and ether election
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damper on Hunt headquarters earlier in the evening as thv
governor listened silently to the president's speech while
frowning and staring at the floor. .
"I'll do everything I can to help Ronald Reagan be a good
president," Hunt said. "But I've worked hard for Carter. The
people have spoken, and 1 respect their decision." The
governor expressed his hope that Reagan would continue price'
supports for tobacco, as well as backing Social Security and
keeping the country at peace.
"I will take him at his word," Hunt
- said. "North Carolina is a state where
everyone works together, and I'm asking everyone to join
in Democrats, Republicans and Independents, alike."
Hunt also defended his election to a second term.
"I don't look upon it as a mandate but as an opportunity to
continue to serve the people of this state," he said. "We've
worked hard the last four years. We'll have to work harder in
the next four, years.
Hunt campaigned on what he said was a record cf progress
in industry and education.
"Work hard and believe in each other so that four years
from now there will be no question that the state that has made
the most progress in four years in all America will be the great
state of North Carolina," he said to a crowd cf about 500
cheering supporters gathered at a hotel in Raleigh.
"The campaign is over," he said. "The rhetoric is now
From staff and wire reports
Ronald Reagan glided to a landslide
victory Tuesday night over incumbent
Jimmy Carter, ending a 12-year quest
for the White House, to become the 40th
president of the United States.
The outcome of the campaign, the
longest in history, was never in doubt
after' the polls ' closed, with Reagan
sweeping 449 electoral votes and
capturing more than 50 percent of the
Reagan, appearing with his family
before a cheering crowd of supporters in
Los Angeles said, "I am not frightened
by what lies ahead. Together welje going
to do what has to be done.
"We're going to put America back to
work again. We'll survive the problems
we face right now."
At the Washington Hilton, where an
estimated 10,000 people celebrated the
Reagan victory, Republican National
Committee Chairman Bill Brock said,
"People just decided it was time for a
change. People were desperate to see
new faces everywhere, not only with the
president, but in the Congress as well."
Carter, who had been told by pollster
Pat .Caddell-early Tuesday that the
president's position was in jeopardy,
made his concession speech just before
10 p.m. EST. an hour after he had called
Los Angeles to congratulate Reagan.
"The people of the United States have
made their choice and of course 1 accept
their decision, but I have to admit not
with the same enthusiasm that I accepted
the decision four years ago," Carter
The mood at Carter headquarters,
where close to 9,000 people gathered to
show their support for the president,
was one of disbelief . "I wasn't prepared
for this," one Carter aide said. "I guess
people were just afraid to tell the
pollsters how they felt."
Caddell said his soundings showed
that Carter trailed Reagan by 7 to 10
points going into the election. "What we
saw was an enormous expression cf
frustration in the election," Caddell said
in a press conference after Carter's
concession speech. He also said two
surveys were taken rc-t before thf
election, showing that Carter slipped 5
points in one day. "It is the first time in
history there has been such a sudden
drop," he said.
' Meanwhile, across town independent
John Anderson told about 00
supporters he was disappointed but not
bruised in spirit or in mind.
7 cm not frightened by
vhat lies ahead. lVell
survive the problems we
face right now. '
"The returns thus far have indicated
to me that I am not destined to be the
next president of the United States," he
said. "That is a decision deferred."
Returns from around ihc country
showed Anderson picking up 6 percent
of the popular vote. He needed 5 percent
to obtain a minimum $3 million in
retroactive federal financing of his
"This has been.. .the greatest event of
my life," Andersen said. "Obviously,
of course, I am now hoping that we hold
at 6 percent at least so it doesn't turn out
to be the most expensive ai well."
Anderson's speech, which was
frequently interrupted by applause, had
a light tone, with the independent
hinting at a possible run for the
presidency in 1904.
In North Carolina, which was one cf
the few states Carter had expected to win
easily, Reagan edged the incumbent,
capturing 49 percent cf the, vote to 47.4
percent for Carter as of early this
Wallace Hyde, Carter's state
campi;'n coordinator, sail, "I can't
believe this state will go, for Ronald
Rccgan." Oiler took 55 p jrccr.t of the
vote in North Carolina when he ran
against Republican Gerald Ford in 1976.
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Carrtoro vctrrs epproved the town's bus tax referendum by
a narrow margin in Tuesday's election, and officials said the
heavy turnout cf voters, particularly among students, helped
Carrtoro Alderman Vov-z Sharer said the heavy turnout
helped Czdh this closely centered i::ue.
"Students were the d::er:nirg factor," he said. "They
vcted their interests, and helped the passage cf the
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From tU't J wire rrjj-ort
Americans voted in record numbers in Tuesday's
general election despite tad weather in the East and
North Carolinians also set voting record! as more
than 62 percent cf the state's 2.S million registered
voters went to the pc..s.
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In some areas across the state, voters wailed up to out cf this election.
The registrar for the Mason Earn precinct at
ChapclH.il Community Church said mere students
were voting these, with a higher percentage than in
1976. Other predominantly ' student r'ecincts
reported a heavier student vote this year also.
O.'.p Vatkins, a UNC student, taiJ I: vcted
because cf the world situation and the economy.
History will depend cn a lot cf things that cense
an hour before cast.ng th:;r ta..;;ts. A coA-rpour
failed to dampen voter turnouts in Charlotte, and,
in Greensboro, voters waited in traffic jams to get
to the poll. In Atheville. pcllxz officials laid
voting was extremely heay.
"We think it (the 1 ,h turnout) represents a
public ready for a thange," said Greg Pittman, a
Republican campaign worker at the GOP
In Caeitcro. vcti.-t was heavy daring th day
de-glte the rain. A referendum for eipandln the
n's tus system through taxation drew many
;;gle to the polli.
Voters in'eniee j in several local pecinats said
they v.rre vctin- teaaase they felt tl .t their vcte
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