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epuDlicans take lion's share; local black contenders lose
ilele Staff Writer
/oters in the city’s predominantly Afro-American
lets pretty much voted a straight Democratic ticket in
lay's election. But Afro-Americans candidates on the
)cratic ticket picked up little ground in the largely
\lthough beneficial to the Democratic party as a
i, the voting pattern in Afro-American precincts, in
instances, may have worked to the disadvantage of
"ormer County Commissioner Mazie S. Woodruff
carried all of the precincts in
the East Ward, where there are
large concentrations of Afro-
American voters. Eventual
overall winner Gerald Long
was the runner-up in each of
However, voters in some
of the city's South and South
west wards, which have pre
dominantly white precincts,
split their votes between the
Democratic and Republican
Gloomy results for Dems
By ANTONIA MONK
Special to the Chronicle
The mood was anything but cheerful for
many observers Tuesday night at the county
Board of Elections.
Democrats entered the building trying to
"keep the hope alive," but, by the night’s end,i
the hope Was buried by the overwhelming
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commission candidates. At
four of those ward precincts,
which were captured by a
Woodruff gained fewer votes
than any of the Republican
candidates. That pattern also
was repeated at two precincts
in the West Ward.
But in the North, North
east and East wards, where all
of the precincts were won by
Democrats, the Republican
candidates were soundly defeated and finished far behind
their Democratic counterparts.
While the Afro-American precincts gave strong sup
port to a solid Democratic ticket and helped Long maintain
a 184 vote lead over Republican candidate Richard V.
Linville, Woodruff came up on the short end of split-ticket
voting in some of the white precincts.
NAACP President W^ter Marshall said that Afro-
American voters were not "selective" in their voting and
that by voting a straight Democratic ticket "it really hurt
Mazie and Naomi (Jones, Democratic candidate for the
Board of Education)." Marshall said that Afro-American
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SNYA V. SMITH
nicle Staff Writer
Afro-American decisions to
a straight Democratic ticket
ally closed out members of
ace from winning major local
ical contests, candidates said
Awaking to headlines and
scasts announcing their
teats, Mazie S. Woodruff, can-
Jate for the county Board of
tmmissioners, and Naomi
nes, who ran fra* a school board
at, said unselective voting by
io-Ammeans are to blame for
Woodruff finished last in the
ild of six candidates vying for
*ee seats on the county Board of
ammissioners. While Jones
issed one of four seats on the
hool board by several thousand
"I should have won," Jones
id. "I think blacks have got to
am to be more sophisticated in
ir selections. We gave voles,
d were too generous in our giv-
Woodruff concurred with
nes saying 'Hiesday's election
suits need to be analyzed care-
lly by members of the Afro-
"Blacks voted a straight
maocratic tickets and others Just
en’t doing that," Woodruff said.
Ve need to take a good look at
Sse returns and begin educating
ir black public about what poli
os is all about."
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Republican candidate Ver
non Robinson fell short of
hfs goal to be elected to the
state senate. However,
Robinson's defeat was a
personal victory as the
underdog candidate came
wHhin a 3,800-vote striking
distance of State Sen. Ted
Kaplan, the incumbent.
State Sen. Marvin Ward was
the highest vote-getter, rak
ing in 28.7 percent of the
Supporters of Naomi Jones
gathered at the Masonic
Lodge on 14th Street to
await election results.
Jones, however, ranked fifth
among the eight candidates
for four school board seats.
From left are Martha Jones,
Vivian Burke, Naomi Jones,
Howard McCullough, Beulah
Hairston and Annie P. Wil
Results of national elections:
Who else won and where
By The Associated Press
Photos by Mike Cunningham
Jesse Jackson urges 'common ground'
WASHINGTON (AP) -
Jesse Jackson said 'Hiesday it is
too early to start talking about
the 1992 election and that
Democrats should be looking
for "some common ground"
with Republican George Bush.
Asked in an interview on
ABC-TV whether he would
start campaigning imihediately
for the next presidential race,
Jackson said, "It's much too
early, premature and downright
immature, to be talking about
1992 politics on this night."
Jackson is a veteran of two
unsuccessful bids for the Demo
cratic presidential nomination.
With Bush on the brink of
winning the White House, Jack-
son sounded conciliatory toward
the vice president.
"At the top of the ticket, it is
not looking good but certainly
Mike Dukakis has run a gallant
race with integrity," he said. If
Bush's lead holds up, he said,
"All of us will reach out for
some common ground agenda."
Recalling Bush’s pledge at the
Republican National Conven
tion for a "kinder, gentler
nation," Jackson said, "I hope
people will get the campaign
behind us and look at that
kinder, gentler agenda as it
relates to health care and day
care and workers and family
THE WHITE HOUSE
Vice President George Bush, in winning the presidential race, ran far
ahead of Democrat Michael Dukakis in both the popular vote and the
Electoral College tally.
As of 5:01 a.m. EST Wednesday, with 94 percent of the precincts
reporting. Bush had 44,976,081 popular votes, or 54 percent, to
38,330,692 votes, or 46 percent, for the Massachusetts governor.
The Republican won 40 states with 426 electoral votes, including
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut,
Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky,
Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana,
Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North
Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina,
South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and Wyoming.
He needed at least 270 electoral votes for victory.
Dukakis carried Hawaii, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York,
Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the
District of Columbia with 112 electoral votes.
In the Senate contests, Democrats won 19 of 33 seats up this year. In
addition, a Democrat was leading in one race -- in Florida.
Democrats grabbed Virginia, Nebraska, Connecticut and Nevada seats
away from the GOP and also won in Tennessee, Maryland, Mas
sachusetts, West Virginia, Maine, Michigan, New York, New Jersey,
New Mexico, Ohio, Texas, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Arizona and
Republicans won 13 races - in Mississippi and Montana, where they
picked up seats that had been held by Democrats, and in Indiana, Ver
mont, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Rhode Island, Minnesota,
Utah, California, Wymning and Washington.
The current party split in the Senate is 54 Democrats and 46 Republi
cans, and the trend is for a lineup of 56 Democrats and 44 Republicans
after the elections.
Democrats, who held a big 257-178 advantage over the GOP in the
current House, renewed their majority for the next one.
Rhode Island Democrat Fernand St Germain and Georgia Republican
Pat Swindall were defeated. But most incumbent representatives were
winning or ahead in races for new terms.
In the battle for seats in the next House, with at least 218 needed for a
majority, Democrats won 254 and were leading for seven. Republicans
took 170 seats and held leads in four more.
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(oard of Aldermen approves plans for New Walkertown Mall
nicle Staff Writer
Despite two hours of heated
le and emotional appeals by resi
st the city Board of Aldermen
oved the site plan and rezoning
day night for a shopping mall to
ocated off New Walkertown
d, between Gerald Street and
Aldermen approved the project
6-1 margin. Alderman Martha S.
d voted against the rezoning, and
: Ward Alderman Virginia K.
ell asked to be excused from the
ng because she is a real estate
er for a parcel of land that is to
and included in the rezoning
Turner Development Services
Raphael 0. Black petitioned the
d to change the zoning of about
cr^ from residential use to allow
mercial use of the land. The
fcouniy Planning Board okayed
site plan last month and recom
mended approval to the Board of
About 30 neighborhood residents
stood in favor of the plan, while close
to 20 opposed the project which
includes a shopping center, residential
development and office building to be
built in phases.
Boos, hisses and various catcalls
were heard early in the debate as
Slater Park residents insisted that
those who approved the project didn't
live near the shopping center site.
Proponents rebutted saying the
project is necessary for future eco
nomic development in East Winston.
"We as a community need eco
nomics in this community, and this
project will give us an economic
base," Minister Lee Faye Mack said
referring to the estimated $5 million
the completed project could bring
into the city. "We must have, for our
young people, some type of security,
and for our senior citizens."
Another resident said he found it
difficult to believe that Afro-Ameri
cans could oppose a project that
would bring more jobs to the East
"I have taken profits from my
business and re-invested them to pro
vide jobs, buy properly and renovate
it for people in the east ward," said
Jimi Lee Bonham, owner of several
hair salons which, he says, provide at
least 12 jobs for East Winston resi
dents. "There is a dire need for eco
nomic revitalization in this communi
James R. Grace Jr., chairman of
the East Winston Community Devel
opment Corporation, said the project's
developer has been very cooperative
with the community in trying to
address needs and qualify concerns.
"There is a lot riding on this pro
ject as it relates to economic develop
ment," Grace said. "Today's meeting,
if nothing else, has been a total suc
cess because blacks have COTie out to
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Photo by Mike Cunningham
Opponents of the New Walkertown development show dissatisfaction with aldermen's decision.