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Helms outruns Gantt for Senate
BY JEFF YOUNG
RALEIGH Chants of “six more
years” resonated through the Grand
Ballroom of the North Hilton as Jesse
Helms claimed victory in his fifth run
for U.S. senator.
As Helms strode to the podium, the
chants became “12 more years” from
his adoring supporters.
In projecting his agenda, Helms
emphasized three main points.
“I’ll continue to fight for a balanced
budget, I’ll continue to fight for cut
ting government waste and I’ll con
tinue to encourage the restoration of
this country’s moral and spiritual fiber
because until you repair that, you
won’t solve any other problems,” he
As his fellow senator, Launch
Faircloth, put it after the initial Re
publican failures: “We won the big
Helms’ latest bump in the road,
Democrat Harvey Gantt, suffered a
second close loss at the polls to Helms
on Tuesday. Gantt, the former mayor
of Charlotte, also fared well—th ough
not well enough—in his 1990 attempt
at unseating Helms.
With Helms winning by 54 percent
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U.S. Rep.-elect David Price, D-N.C., said he would resole his shoe in order
to walk around Washington, D.C., and get something done for the people.
4th District voters say
Price is right for House
BY JONATHAN COX
AND WHITNEY MOORE
RALEIGH ln a rematch of 1994’s
bitterly close race between Democrat
David Price and Republican Fred
Heineman, Price retook the U.S. House
Seat he lost two years ago.
Campaign signs crowded the room
and strains of “Dancing in the Street”
filled the air as Price spoke to the crowd
kt the Raleigh Radisson. Price said the
victory was the result of a unified effort
by both his staff and the people of his
“This is a very satisfying victory be
cause it is the product of so much hard
work, ” he said. “I’ve heard an earful, and
I’ve learned a lot.”
Although Heineman consistently ran
behind Price, Heineman supporters re
mained optimistic that later returns would
allow their candidate another term as
“It just wasn’t in the cards for us,”
Heineman said in his concession speech.
In a choked voice, Heineman said the
election night did not turn out the way he
had hoped, and he recalled his earlier
“Tonight is different than two years
ago,” he said. “I had a little more fun
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U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C., salutes supporters Tuesday night in a victory
speech at the North Raleigh Hilton. The senator was re-elected to a fifth term.
“Most of all, I’mproudtobe an Ameri
can,” Heineman said.
Price said he planned to follow the
wishes of his constituents by working for
bipartisan cooperation in balancing the
He also addressed student concerns
about tax credits and student loans.
“I plan to protect student loans,” he
said. “I also plan to work on tax incen
tives for students and their families so the
students can continue their education
beyond high school.”
Price’s supporters enthusiastically
praised the candidate.
“We’re really proud of all the hard
work he’s done, and we’re so proud that
he’s going to be back in Washington,”
said Trey Cheek, a UNC graduate stu
"I’m excited,” said Jimmy Gibbs, an
other Price supporter. “I think we have a
man with integrity back in the office
In his concession speech, Heineman
highlighted his accomplishments and of
fered reasoning for his loss.
“This is a very hard district for Repub
licans,” he said. Heineman said the cam
paign was very exhausting due to bitter
ness on both sides.
“I hope we never go through another
campaign like this in North Carolina or
in the country.”
The county has anew web
site to give residents local
Clinton victory leaves ‘work to do’
■ Clinton won at least 30
states but lost North Caro
lina to challenger Bob Dole.
FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
President Bill Clinton quickly claimed
an electoral college victory Tuesday to
clinch his second term, although Repub
lican candidate Bob Dole won North
Tracing outlines of a second-term
agenda, Clinton promised to balance the
budget, get more children to read, swing
open college doors, reform welfare hu
manely, lower crime rates and reform the
campaign finance system.
“We have committed this night to
continue our journey... to give the young
people here and those across the country
the America they deserve, ” Clinton said.
“But we have work to do."
The news that the Dole-Kemp ticket
won North Carolina brought much ela
tion from Republicans.
Political Director of the North Caro-
Hunt victory vetoes Hayes’ gubernatorial hopes
Gov. Jim Hunt speaks with the media following his acceptance speech at the Raleigh Radisson on Tuesday. The
governor thanked his opponent and said he hoped his campaign showed negative ads weren't necessary to win.
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Gantt 0-2 vs. senior senator
BY JENNIFER WILSON
CHARLOTTE A resigned yet
buoyant crowd chanted and waved
signs as U.S. Senate candidate Harvey
Gantt admitted defeat in his second
bid for the U.S. Senate.
But a feeling of optimism was in the
air. “I still believe that in America
anything is possible,” Gantt said.
Gantt said that it was too early to
say whether he would try a third time
to unseat Sen. Jesse Helms, but he
would continue to serve the state. “I’m
going to try to find a way to give back
to North Carolina,” he said.
Gantt’s campaign focused on issues
such as education and the environ
ment and how they affect middle-class
Americans. Lisa Mortman, Gantt’s
press secretary, said, “This has been a
call to Jesse Helms that he better start
listening to working families.”
Supporters said they felt North Caro
lina was not ready for the change Gantt
offered. “It means North Carolina
doesn’t want to grow,” Charlotte resi
dent Alice Taylor said.
Charlotte resident Douglas Evans
said many North Carolinians were still
stuck in tiie past.
Pr< resideni Bill
CLINTON is the first
Party Dan Gurely
was upset with
but happy with the
“I am disap
said. “North Caro
lina did its part; it’s
a shame that other
states didn’t fol
the chairwoman of
the North Carolina Democratic Party,
said she was disappointed to see that
Dole had carried the state. However,
Evens said she was pleased with the re
mainder of the night’s returns.
“The Democrats had a great night
tonight,” she said. “I only wish Clinton
and Gantt would have won.”
Hal Kwalwasser, Clinton’s North
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“I doubt seriously if people have
changed their minds since the last elec
tion,” he said. “Some people will abso
lutely ignore what is good for the state. ”
Christine Anderson, a student at
Holy Cross College and a summer in
tern on Gantt’s campaign, said, “He’s
what America is all about.”
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Harvey Gantt said he would
continue to serve North Carolina.
U.S. Electoral College votes
At press time, four states (black) were too close to call. Clinton took the
presidency with 375 electoral votes to Dole's 135 votes.
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■ At press time, UNC law
student Jack Daly and
Ralph Campbell were close.
BY HOLLY HART
The race for N.C. state auditor be
tween Democratic incumbent Ralph
Campbell and Republican candidate and
UNC law student Jack Daly was too
close to call at press time.
Throughout election night, the lead
flip-flopped several times, but at press
time Campbell led Daly 53 percent to 47
percent with 33 percent of precincts re
Campbell and Daly were excited about
the voter turnout, and both candidates
were confident that the final results would
be in his favor.
Campbell said his record as state audi
tor would lead to a second term. “I think
I’ve had a good record to run on,"
“We’ve stayed on the high road dur
ing this campaign and North Carolinians
have appreciated it,” Campbell said, re
don’t have to blow out somebody else’s
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BY WILL GARVIN
AND ROBIN SMITH
RALEIGH Minutes after the polls
closed Tuesday evening, officials declared
that Gov. Jim Hunt had rolled to an easy
victory against GOP opponent Robin
Hunt said he did not believe his vic
tory was a mandate from the people but
instead an opportunity to create a better
At the Democratic camp, Hunt ac
cepted his election by offering the crowd
one more vote. “I am so excited to see
you that I’m willing to give you a choice:
Do you want me to give a speech, or do
you want me to do the Macarena?” Hunt
Although Hunt chose the former, his
acceptance speech was marked by a jovi
ality that only comes with victory. “Folks,
you have done a great job, and tonight I
want you to enjoy it,” Hunt said.
Across town, “Rockin’ Robin”
boomed from the speakers and a Repub
lican crowd was far from somber when
Robin Hayes conceded the N.C. guber
natorial race to Hunt.
“At the door, the press kept asking me
how I felt,” Hayes said. “Well, I’m just
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