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Democrat David Price concluded his
victory speech, Sanford made a
statement in the Hilton ballroom.
Despite a 3 percent lead with 62
percent of the precincts reporting,
Sanford refused to claim victory but
instead spoke of the health of the
"Whatever else it is, it's great to
be a Democrat," he told an audience
of about 500 supporters. "The
democratic Party was in disarray.
The Democratic Party was dishear
tened. And now the Democratic
Party has never been in better shape.
And when the Democratic Party is
on the move. North Carolina is on
Sanford said he took "a great deal
of comfort in the predictions of all
three (major television) networks,"
who projected a Sanford victory.
.' Sanford opened the floor for
questions saying, "I'm the candidate
of the open press conference."
I -He advocated good old-fashioned
campaigning, saying that going out
ti ."shake hands and talk to the
people still pays off."
l"-He spent most of the evening in
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Election returns sigeal end of Republican control off U.S. Senate
From Associated Press reports
; WASHINGTON - Democrats,
picking off GOP seats around the
, nation on Tuesday, broke the
Republicans' six-year hold on the
Senate and served notice on Pres
ident Reagan that his hist two years
in office will require "the art of
government by compromise."
, Democrats harvested Republican
seats in Maryland and Florida and
were threatening vulnerable GOP
freshmen from Dixie to the Farm
Belt. The networks, relying on poll
results and projections, said not a
single Democratic incumbent would
Thanking his "winning team," Broyhill
" Whatever else it is, it 's great to
when the Democratic Party
Carolina is on the move. "
a 5th floor room watching the results
on television while Democratic
supporters congregated in the first
floor conference rooms. Aides
remained optimistic as the voting
returns came in.
"It looks great," said campaign
manager Sam Poole. "We're really
pleased with the support we've
gotten. We've had a lot of response
from the young people. We've seen
lots of enthusiasm."
Press aide Tom Lawton said
Sanford has strong support in Wake,
Cumberland, Durham and Orange
"We're watching the west warily,"
Broyhill carried Mecklenberg
County, where Charlotte, North
Carolina's largest city, is located. The
area has been traditionally Repub
lican but Poole said Sanford has
DTH Larry Childress
friend, Nancy, after his defeat
fall to the Republicans.
Senate Republican Leader Bob
Dole of Kansas conceded at mid
night that the Democrats would win
control of the Senate.
"Oh yeah, it's a quest:on of
whether it will be 53 or 55 Demo
crats," Dole said.
Senate Democratic Leader Robert
Byrd of West Virginia said he had
first thought his party would win a
52-48 majority but as the returns
came in, he confidently predicted, "I
think it's going to be better than
The Democrats needed a shift of
holds off from conceding election
be a Democrat. . . .And
is on the move, North
fairly strong support in the area.
Poole said Sanford had tried to
get Guilford County polls to stay
open late. He said Guilford County
strongly supported Sanford.
"There are a lot of working people
who are very responsive to what
we've been talking about," Poole
said. "There are people who have
jobs to go to and they can't get to
Several prominent Democrats
including Lt. Gov. Bob Jordan,
former N.C. Attorney General Rufus
Edmisten and Kirsten Nyrop, await
ed election results in a fifth floor
Nyrop, who ran against David
Price in the Democratic primaries,
said she planned to help the Demo
cratic campaigns despite her loss in
"It was good timing," she said.
a factor," he said. "He distorted and
misrepresented my record."
Price ran twice as much advertis
ing in the last two weeks of the
campaign as he had earlier, Cobey
said. "That's not sour grapes," he
said. "We saw our numbers slip as
Price attacked my record on farm
credit and Ethiopian famine votes."
Dave McSweeney, a Cobey cam
paign worker, agreed. The last two
and a half weeks of campaigning
determined the outcome of the
elections, he said. Besides running
negative advertising during that
time. Price received $175,000 from
out-of-state labor unions, McSwee
Cobey had hoped to get more
support from Randolph County,
Price campaign workers attri
buted his victory to high voter
turnout in the counties where the
candidate had a strong base of
Eric Fullager, a Price campaign
worker, said earlier that Price could
carry Wake County only if he won
the districts of North Raleigh and
"It depends on the turnout," he
said. "So far the turnout has been
Cobey said Democrats did a better
job getting voters to show up at the
polls. Before the election, both
candidates said high voter turnouts
would help them win.
"1 want to congratulate my oppo
nent on a smart and well-organized
campaign," Cobey said. "I don't
know how we could have done a
only four seats in their favor to gain
the majority party's, right to appoint
committee chairmen and set the
Senate's legislative agenda. Their
targets were vulnerable GOP fresh
men who narrowly won office on the
strength of Reagan's landslide elec
tion in 1980.
The GOP was faring better in the
day's 36 gubernatorial elections and
the Republican national chairman
seized on the victories to call Election
Day 1986 a "mixed bag."
Democrats also bid to pad their
73-seat majority in the House.
DTH Janet Jarman
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"The Sanford campaign, when we
caught up with each other, was ready
to launch its fall offensive."
In an interview before Sanford 's
8:30 p.m. arrival at the hotel,
Edmisten said it was too early to
predict victory but said he had
confidence in Sanford.
"I'd be willing to stake my whole
political future that he is a winner,"
Edmisten said a he felt a Demo
cratic sweep would mean the "vin
dication of the Democratic Party.
"From the very beginning we were
helping Governor Sanford," he said.
"Our hard work has finally paid off."
UNC Young Democrat president
Jim Townsend said he was "ecstatic"
with the early results of the election.
He said a Democratic victory would
"make people forget about '84,
when Republicans swept Senate
James Freeman, Young Democrat
vice president and co-chairman of
Students for Sanford, said he was
"optimistic but apprehensive" about
the early results.
"I want to congratulate my opponent on his smart and
well-organized campaign. I don't know how we could
have done a better job. The Democrats did a better job
of turning their people out. We didn't have coattails to
"Almost two years ago we set two goals: to recapture
politics from negativism and name-calling (and to
restore it) as a way to put our best ideas to work . . . I
think we've given the people the kind of campaign they
desire. I certainly hope this will encourage cleaner
political campaigns in the future. "
better job. Democrats did a better
job of turning their people out. We
didn't have coattails to pull on."
Conceding his defeat, Cobey said,
"This is a little bit of a dip. We have
to face that, but we're going to come
back strong. I still believe that Jim
Broyhill is going to win this thing
Earlier, when the election results
continued to favor Price, Cobey said
he did not believe in conceding until
all the votes were counted. "Nobody
could have a better group of friends
and supporters than I do and I thank
you very much."
A Broyhill staff member who
wished to be unidentified said
Cobey's staff had been warned about
possible defeat three weeks ago: "We
But the main event of a nasty,
expensive mid-term campaign was
the battle for supremacy in the
"If there was a Reagarr revolution,
it's over," claimed House Speaker
Thomas P. O'Neill as he headed into
voluntary retirement. O'NeilPs
House seat was won by Joseph
Asked why the Republicans lost
some seats, White House spokesman
Larry Speakes cited "various state
issues." He said the president's
ambitious campaigning turned many
of the races involving Republicans
aids a Democrat
By NICKI WEISENSEE
Seven of North Carolina's 11
congressional districts have Demo
cratic leaders in the U.S. House of
Representatives as a result of Tues
day's elections, a change from six
Democrats and five Republicans.
Democratic incumbent Charlie
Rose of the 7th District got off to
a bad start when his name was left
off the ballot, but he won by a large
majority. With all of the precincts
reporting, Rose had 22,870 votes and
Republican Tommy Harrelson had
"I think we did pretty good with
my name not being on the ballot . . .
I still feel that the North Carolina
Board of Elections should look at
how something like this could take
place, Rose said.
In the 1st Districtncumbent Rep.
Walter Jones defeated his Demo
cratic opponent Howard Moye.
With 85 percent of the precincts
reporting, Jones had 70 percent of
the vote; Moye, 30 percent.
Controversy surfaced in the 2nd
District congressional race between
Democratic incumbent Tim Valen
tine and Republican Bud McElha
ney. The race began badly for
Valentine because his name did not
appear on the ballot in one county.
"It's tough to run if your name isn't
on the ballot, he said.
Nevertheless, Valentine won by a
comfortable margin, receiving
56,279 votes to McElhaney's 19,031
when 60 percent of the precincts had
reported. He plans to file a formal
complaint against his opponent for
distorting his record.
"He accused me of being in favor
of AIDS. That's like saying you're
in favor of cancer, he said. "I am
sick and tired of people running
campaigns (and using God), when
they're really run by the devil."
In the 3rd District, there was no
incumbent as Republican incumbent
Charles Whitley retired. With 95
percent of the precincts reporting,
Democrat Martin Lancaster was
leading with 65 percent of the vote
over Republican challenger Gerald
Democratic incumbent Steve Neal
ran . a second time against
Republican Stuart Epperson and
won, holding 53 percent of the vote
with 83 percent of the precincts
The 6th District race between
incumbent Republican Howard
Coble and Democrat Robin Britt
was tight. With 84 percent of the
(Broyhill staff) told Cobey's people
they better start running as a chal
lenger because what they were doing
wasn't working. They didn't listen to
McSweeney said Price could
expect to be challenged in 1988. "The
Republican Party will have a strong
candidate in 88, so Mr. Price might
as well enjoy it."
Cobey called running again a
possibility. "111 have to assimilate all
this," he said.
Price said he was pleased with
Terry Sanford s win over Jim Broy
hill in the U.S. Senate race, adding
that Sanford's success helped his
Voters in the 4th District Wake,
Orange, Chatham, Randolph and
who won on his coattails in 1980
into close contests.
Vice President George Bush told
ABC the loss of GOP control would
"complicate staying on the offensive
in the last two years of the Reagan
Republican National Chairman ,
Frank Fahrenkopf remained optim
istic about President Reagan's chan
ces of getting his policies passed by
a Democrat-controlled Congress.
"There's no question that the
president is going to have a much
more difficult time getting his
programs through,' Fahrenkopf
precincts reporting, Coble had a
narrow lead of 5 1 percent to Britt's
No real surprises came in the 8th
District, where Democratic incum
bent Bill Hefner won his seventh
term against Republican Billy
Hamby. Hefner received 58 percent
of the vote, with 85 percent
For the second time, Democrat
David Martin challenged Republi
can Alex McMillan and for the
second time he lost. Martin won by
a narrow vote of 5 1 percent to 49
percent, with 93 percent of the
In the 10th District, Republican
Cass Ballenger and Democrat Les
Roark sought to fill the spot vacated
by Sen. Jim Broyhill after 24 years.
With 87 percent of the precincts
reporting, Ballenger had 58 percent
of the vote.
In the 11th District, Republican
incumbent Bill Hendon took an early
lead over Democrat James Clarke.
Later, they tied and Clarke took
over, having 52 percent of the vote
with 84 percent of the precincts
Hendon won the House seat in the
Reagan landslide of 1980, then lost
to Clarke two years later. In 1984,
Hendon unseated Clarke when
Reagan got re-elected.
All three amendments to the
North Carolina Constitution were
also voted in by a fairly large
The first amendment, which will
allow private colleges and universi
ties to issue tax-exempt bonds to
finance capital improvements on
their campuses, passed with 54
percent of the vote.
The second amendment, which
received 67 percent of the vote, will
make a difference in absentee ballots.
With the former provision, a vacancy
that occurs in an office up to 30 days
before an election must be put on
the Nov. 4 ballot. However, absentee
ballots are sent out up to 60 days
before an election, meaning that
these voters may not be able to vote
for all candidates.
The amendment evens up the
differences, requiring that a vacancy
that occurs up to 60 days before the
election must be put on the ballot.
The third amendment is designed
to permit owners of airports and
seaports whether local govern
ments or airport or seaport author
ities to issue tax-exempt bonds
far construction of new or expanded
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Franklin counties were ready for
a change, Price said.
Before giving his acceptance
speech, Price thanked his campaign
staff of thousands of volunteers and
all the people of the 4th District.
Mary Hooper, a member of UNC
Students for David Price, said
Price's campaign workers had done
a "phenomenal" job.
"The high voter turnout and the
enthusiasm of the students has a lot
to do with good organization," she
said. Student voters helped Price
win, she said. "There was a lot of
support from some very loyal
After his acceptance speech, Price
told reporters that when he got to
Washington, he needed to think
about committee assignments and
the issues he wanted to face.
"lVe had lots of experience in
dealing with these issues," he said.
"I'm confident that I can hit the
When asked to be specific about
the issues, Price named education as
a chief concern. "Certainly the
people in this district expect a
candidate to commit himself to
education," he said. "I expect to
work very hard (in that area)."
Price said the night was a great
one for Democrats, and for Terry
Sanford. "It's more than a victory
for our party, it's a new beginning
for all people Democrats, Repub
licans and Independents alike," he
said. "Let's be grateful for what we've
accomplished together, take heart
for the future, and let's celebrate."
said. "But the president is a master
of building coalitions . . . and he
always has that ability to carry his
message directly to the American
The Republican national head
quarters had planned a "Victory 6"
celebration, but as election returns
poured in indicating a Democratic
takeover of the Senate, the mood
turned glum and the party became
"Why do you want to take a
picture of us? We're going down,"
one young GOP worker told a