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4 The Daily Tar Heel Tuesday, November 4, 1986
Candidates tailor camoaiiginis to tare omit stadeet vote
By JEAN LUTES
Assistant University Editor
The "college vote" will be crucial
in determining the outcome of
today's Senate and House races, and
relating campaign issues to students
makes them more likely to vote, state
party representatives said Monday.'
Candidates target college students
specifically in their campaigns, said
Andy Frazier, executive director of
the state Republican party. The votes
of college students can potentially
change an election's outcome, he
said. lf it's a close election, any
group can make a difference."
Officials agreed that more college
students would vote if they felt
campaign issues directly affected
them. Students need to be
approached directly by candidates so
they feel involved in the campaigns,
said Ann Hubbard, Democratic
"In recent years, weVe seen a
resurgence in interest on college
campuses," Hubbard said. "A lot of
it comes from Live Aid, Farm Aid,
concern about apartheid, and other
issues which have aroused students.
"This is such a close election, and
in the last few elections weVe seen
more young people vote Republi
can," she said. More students may
vote for Democrats this year because
issues students are concerned about
have been related to the campaigns,
Successful voter registration
drives on-campus were sponsored by
Student Government and the Cam
pus Y Women's Forum last month,
resulting in 849 new registrations.
"The fact that student participa
tion is so low in general makes it
more likely that any increase is going
to make a difference," Student Body
President Bryan Hassel said.
Because all 16 UNC-system schools
conducted registration drives, he said
the number of new voters could be
"Students have to be linked up
with issues like financial aid and
tuition," Hassel said. "That's why
most adults vote on the issues.
YouVe got to show students what
the issues are and how they're going
to be affected."
The issues vary from campus to
campus, said Andrew Ragan, exec
utive director of Students for Broy
hill. Apartheid has been a bigger
issue on Chapel Hill and N.C. A&T
University's campuses than it has at
N.C. State University, he said.
"The people at N.C. State just
haven't gotten worked up about it,"
Because Chapel Hill is a liberal
arts college and N.C. A&T is pre
dominantly black, students there
seem more likely to be concerned
about racial issues, he said.
College students are more well
read and more likely to pick up
newspapers than other voters, he
said. Although college students are
concerned about finding jobs and
getting ahead like the rest of the
population, they are still interested
in universal issues, Ragan said.
"When folks get out of college they
become more specialized," he said.
"College students have a broader
spectrum of concerns. They have a
Because more UNC students are
registered as Democrats than
Republicans, their votes could cause
more Democrats to be elected,
according to Billie Cox, Democratic
party office manager in Orange
"Students have the potential to
change the elections," Cox said. "The
question is whether or not they will
vote. It's impossible to say how much
difference they'll make until the
results are in."
UNC groups corral yotes for candidates
By CHRIS CHAPMAN
In the final days of the Senate race
between Terry Sanford and Jim
Broyhill, student groups for both
candidates are conducting intense
"get-out-the-vote" efforts, according
to the groups' leaders.
Members of Students for Sanford
a statewide group with its head
quarters in Chapel Hill rallied
across the state Monday with San
ford and his campaign supporters.
Shep Moyle, group president, said
the former governor decided to focus
on students in the campaign's last
In Charlotte Monday, group
members ate breakfast with Sanford
and campaigned for him. Next, the
Democratic candidate flew by helic
opter into Greensboro for a rally.
Students also attended a rally in
Durham at the Durham athletic park
later in the afternoon.
On the Republican side, UNC
Students for Broyhill and UNC
College Republicans held a rally
Monday in the Pit to gather student
support. Representatives spoke on
behalf of both Broyhill and 4th
District Rep. Bill Cobey, who is
running against Democrat David
Bill Peaslee, chairman of College
Republicans, told prospective voters
at the rally that the Republican Party
had given America a strong defense
and economy. He asked them to
contrast the state of the country
today with its condition six years ago
when President Reagan took office.
Jim Wooten, chairman of Stu
dents for Broyhill, said the two
groups worked together thorough
out the campaign. He said most of
the group's efforts had been focused
on getting out the vote. The group
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said it had not been a disadvantage.
King said the incumbent's position
is defensive because he has a vulner
able record. "The challenger can
attack an incumbent's voting record,
and cannot be counter-attacked
because he has no record," he said.
President Reagan's recent visit to
Raleigh to drum up support for the
state's Republican candidates was
centered on Broyhill, he said.
"Our support from him has been
more or less peripheral," he said,
adding that Reagan had made a
videotape endorsing Cobey.
On Saturday, the congressman
appeared in North Raleigh and at
a Raleigh shopping center, once
again addressing voters on a one-to-one
basis. He spent the afternoon
at the Farmer's Market, drumming
up support from North Carolina
farmers. Friday evening, he rallied
in Randolph County, a longtime
Price has also made appearances
over the weekend in the state capitol
area. He rallied Friday night in
Orange County, an area of strong
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Andy Frazier, executive director
of the N.C. Republican Party, said
Republicans were spending $500,000
to $600,000 on phone banks and
direct-mail efforts. The phone bank
will target Republican households in
the state in an effort to get out the
vote for Broyhill and congressional
candidates. Frazier said the phone
effort followed a direct telegram
from President Reagan several
weeks ago. The calls are being made
by volunteers and paid workers.
The Democracts implemented
similar statewide tactics Monday,
said Ed Turlington, N.C. Demo
cratic Party executive director. The
party ran phone banks in 70 to 80
of North Carolina's 100 counties, he
The Associated Press contributed
to this story.
conducted a mock election, asking
students to select a candidate, at the
beginning of the year. Members also
helped coordinate absentee ballots
and worked with the main Broyhill
campaign office to operate phone
banks and post signs across the
district, he said.
Peaslee said the group's main
project was a recent door-to-door
campus canvassing effort that sought
to identify students' party
This sort of political trenchwork
by student groups is vital to a
campaign, he said. "In 1984, Ronald
Reagan won by 3,000 votes in
Massachusetts. The College Repub
licans got 12,000 absentee ballots
out," he said. "That's an example of
the impact students can have."
Both Moyle and Peaslee agreed
that the student vote is especially
vital to the race, affecting the
outcome with a big turnout.
Students for Sanford had several
items planned for the last few days
of the campaign. On Thursday, a
commercial excerpt from a music
video the group had made premiered
on "Late Night With David Letter
man." On Halloween, the group
operated under a "Trick or Treat for
Terry" theme, attempting to bewitch
The group spent part of October
working with a "10,000 For Terry"
objective, in which 10,000 signatures
were collected in 10 days, Moyle
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Control of Senate at stake
as GOP tries to retain seats
From staff and wire reports
The 1986 congressional elec
tions may signal the end of the
Republican-dominated era in the
Senate if projected Democratic
favorites win across the nation.
The current breakdown is 53
Republicans and 47 Democrats,
but 22 of the races involve Repub
lican incumbents or are for the
seats of retiring Republicans.
Many of the Republican can
didates were elected by slim
majorities on the coattails of
Reagan's landslide in 1980. "They
won with small margins, and they
started with a weak basis," said
Merle Black, UNC political
"If they (Republicans) win,
they will have shown some ability
of independent strength," he said.
For Democrats to regain con
trol of the Senate, they would
have to win four more seats than
they currently have.
Black said he would give the
Democrats about a 50-50 chance
of taking control of the Senate.
If that happened, the Democrats
would regain the chairmanships
of the Senate Committees they
lost in 1980.
In North Carolina, Republican
Sen. Jim Broyhill has made an
effort to evoke Reagan's name
and policies during speeches and
commercials. Reagan has
appeared in Raleigh twice to lend
support to the Broyhill campaign.
Broyhill is running neck-and-neck
with Democratic former
Gov. Terry Sanford.
In the House, Democrats are
expected to gain as many as 10
seats in the body where they
already hold a 253-180 majority.
Democratic incumbents are
uncontested in 53 districts nation
wide and are rated as solid
favorites in at least 184 others,
which would automatically put
them well over the 218 seats
needed for control of the House.
Sixteen Republicans have free
rides to re-election, and GOP
candidates are likely victors in
another 1 12 districts.
With so many officeholders
secure, the focus is largely on the
43 open seats where there are no
incumbents seeking re-election;
an unusually high number are
rated as toss-ups.
The eyes of both parties are
particularly on the South, which
Democrats regard as a continuing
stronghold for themselves and
where Republicans see the poten
tial for a long-sought realignment
of political power.
"It's the key region," said Mark
Johnson, spokesman for the
Democratic campaign organiza
tion. "It's the target for both
Of 116 congressional districts
in the South, Democrats now
enjoy a 73 to 43 edge, Johnson
said. But Republicans made
significant gains in the South in
1984, particularly in Texas and
North Carolina, propelled by
Reagan's re-election landslide in
In North Carolina, three
Democrats are running for re
election, and in the 4th District,
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