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Volume 110, Issue 108
HEIR TO THE THRONE
ELIZABETH DOLE TROUNCES ERSKINE BOWLES TO CAPTURE JESSE HELMS' SENATE SEAT
By Elyse Ashburn, Rachel Leonard and Jennifer Samuels
SALISBURY AND RALEIGH
Republican Elizabeth Dole cruised to victory with
unexpected ease Tuesday, defeating Democrat
Erskine Bowles to become the first woman to rep
resent North Carolina in the U.S. Senate.
Elizabeth Dole defeated Bowles with 53 percent of the vote, cap
turing the hody contested Senate seat soon to be vacated by Sen.
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Democratic candidate Erskine
Bowles concedes the U.S. Senate
race to Elizabeth Dole on Tuesday.
Dole will be the first woman to serve the people of North
Carolina in the U.S. Senate,” she said.
Joining Elizabeth Dole on stage was her husband, former Senate
Majority Leader and 1996 presidential candidate Bob Dole, and
See U.S. SENATE, Page 6
GOP Set to
The Associated Press
Republicans took control of the U.S.
Congress early Wednesday when Sen.
Jean Carnahan, D-Mo., conceded to
Rep. Jim Talent, R-Mo., giving the GOP
50 Senate seats and control of the cham
Three U.S. Senate races still
remained undecided, but Republicans
are assured control of the Senate
because Vice President Dick Cheney
holds the tie-breaking vote.
Democratic Chairman Terry
McAuliffe, no fan of the president, said
the overall trend was due in large mea
sure to Bush’s standing. “I think I pin a
lot of it on that this is a president who
has had very high approval ratings. He’s
had the longest sustained approval rat
ings of any president in modern histo
ry," McAuliffe said.
Republicans seized a Democratic
Senate seat in Georgia, where Rep.
See U.S. CONGRESS, Page 6
Each election year is a revelation. The nation at once celebrates and mourns itself.
AROUND THE NATION: Republicans held on to
governors' seats in some of the most closely
watched races in the country. See Page 5
Jesse Helms, who is finishing his 30th
year in office. Bowles garnered 45
percent of the vote with 98 percent of
precincts reporting. About 1.2 mil
lion people cast votes for Elizabeth
Dole, with Bowles receiving slighdy
less than 1 million votes.
The race was the nation’s costli
est, with about s2l million spent
between the two campaigns.
Elizabeth Dole’s victory speech
was interrupted by spontaneous
cheers from the hundreds of sup
porters packed into Salisbury’s train
depot. She addressed the crowd at
about 10:30 p.m. after receiving a
concession phone call from Bowles.
“We made history - Elizabeth
PRICE SECURES Bth TERM
Democratic incumbent garners 61 percent of the 4th District votes
By Emma Burgin
Assistant State & National Editor
RALEIGH - U.S. Rep. David Price,
D-N.C., cruised to an easy victory
Tuesday with about 61 percent of the
popular vote, ensuring his eighth term in
127,498 votes with
97 percent of the
He represents the
4th District, which
and Wake counties.
76,165 votes, while
David Price (D)
127,498 votes 61%
Tuan Nguyen (R)
76,165 votes 36%
Ken Nelson (l)
5,544 votes 3%
Ken Nelson, a Libertarian, received 5,544
“I feel encouraged by the size of the
win,” Price said.
Price was first elected to the U.S.
House of Representatives in 1986 but lost
his bid for re-election in 1994. He was
successful in 1996.
* * * ELECTION COVERAGE INSIDE * * *
Wednesday, November 6, 2002
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Sen.-elect Elizabeth Dole celebrates among supporters in Salisbury on Tuesday night her victory over Erskine Bowles in the U.S. Senate race.
On the stage to her right is Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory, and to his right is Elizabeth Dole's husband, Bob Dole.
Democrat David Price on Tuesday night accepts his eighth victory as a
U.S. representative from North Carolina's 4th Congressional District.
Price visited poll sites in Chatham,
Durham, Orange and Wake counties
Tuesday to encourage voter turnout.
“I worked hard during the day, and
very early on I was told I was predicted
the winner," he said.
ORANGE COUNTY: Incumbent Commissioners
Alice Gordon, Stephen Halkiotis and Barry Jacobs
are re-elected with little competition See Page 6
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Price, joined by his wife, Lisa, and
Barbara Allen, chairwoman of the N.C.
Democratic Party, celebrated the news of
his win in the grand ballroom at the
See U.S. HOUSE, Page 6
Today: A.M. Clouds; H 62, L 35
Thursday: Sunny; H 56, L 35
Friday: Mostly Sunny; H 61, L 38
Kinnaird Crushes Local
Competition for Senate
By Matt Hanson
The crowd gathered at the home of N.C. Sen. Elbe Kinnaird, D-
Orange, was lighthearted and optimistic as Kinnaird held on to her
Senate seat by a comfortable margin.
Kinnaird won the election with about 66 percent of the vote, while
Republican candidate Peter Morcombe received almost 31 percent and
Libertarian candidate Christopher Todd Goss
picked up 3 percent.
A collection of family, volunteers, Democratic
Party representatives and other supporters gath
ered at Kinnaird’s home in Carrboro on Tuesday
night to watch as election returns were reported.
The crowd of about 30 was not surprised to see
Kinnaird lead from when the first absentee ballots
were reported until nearly all precincts had been
The results were essentially what Democratic
Party officials had been expecting since midday,
said Sharon Worthington, third vice chairwoman
of the N.C. Democratic Party, who was at the celebration. But she added
that any majority of 60 percent or better is a strong showing.
Kinnaird said she was hesitant to comment before all votes were
counted but affirmed that she was pleased with the night’s results.
“People told me the demographic was so strongly Democratic that a
Democrat would probably win,” she said.
See N.C. SENATE, Page 6
Ellie Kinnaird (D)
32,958 votes 66%
Peter Morcombe (R)
15,464 votes 31%
Christopher Todd Goss (l)
1,622 votes 3%