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THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/THE PLAIN DEALER, DAVID I. ANDERSEN
A large crowd lines up to vote atTremont Elementary School in Cleveland, Ohio, on Nov. 2. Julie Goulis (bottom right) fills out a provisional ballot, used when officials cannot confirm a potential voter's registration.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
President Bush and challenger John Kerry
sweated out a tense chapter in the race
between a hard-charging Democrat and
a Republican incumbent battered by war
in Iraq and joblessness at home. Ohio
loomed as this year’s Florida, the decisive
state, with Kerry’s options dwindling.
Ceding nothing, Kerry dispatched
running mate John Edwards to tell supporters in Boston:
“We’ve waited four years for this victory. We can wait one
The 78-word statement was an eerie echo of 2000, when
advisers to both Bush and Democrat A1 Gore told support
ers that the race was too close to call setting off a 36-day
recount. “We will fight for every vote,” Edwards said, borrow
ing a line from Gore.
Bush won Florida this time without a recount. Kerry took
New Hampshire from Bush, who won it in 2000, but the
state has just four electoral votes. That leaves Ohio.
“The vote count in Ohio has not been completed,” said
Kerry campaign manager Mary Beth Cahill. “There are more
than 250,000 remaining votes to be counted. We believe
when they are, John Kerry will win Ohio.”
SEE PRESIDENT, PAGE 5
PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION RESULTS*
Hi KERRY/Dem NR BUSH/Rep Hi Undecided H Too close to call
'Results as of 3:45 a.m.
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Presidential election hinges
on voters in a few key states
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Newly elected Republican Richard Burr hugs U.S. Sen.
Elizabeth Dole during his acceptance speech at Wake
Forest University's Groves Stadium on Tuesday night.
EASLEY WINS 2ND TERM
his opponent for
the position of
BY EMMA BURGIN
AND ERIN GIBSON
RALEIGH Gov. Mike Easley
squashed Republican challenger
Patrick Ballantine on Tuesday, gar
nering 55 percent of the vote with 99
percent of precincts reporting.
Ballantine received 43 percent.
In Orange County, Easley received
66.54 percent of the vote, while
Ballantine received 31.16 percent.
“I will not be satisfied with status
quo,” Easley told his most avid sup
porters at the Raleigh Convention
BY AMY THOMSON
AND ALEX DODSON
WINSTON-SALEM - After months
of bitter campaigning and mudslinging,
Republican Rep. Richard Burr defeated
Democrat Erskine Bowles to become
the state’s junior senator.
With 99 percent of precincts report
ing, Burr won 53 percent of the popu
lar vote TViesday, while Bowles won 47
About 11:15 p.m., Burr spoke to
his family, friends and supporters,
announcing that he had received a con
cession phone call from Bowles.
“This is overwhelming,” he said,
looking out at the more than 500 peo
ple attending the victory party at the
Bridger Field House at Wake Forest
University’s Groves Stadium.
SEE BURR, PAGE 5
“I will work as hard as I can ... to
bring to the people of this state what
they want and what they deserve.”
The incumbent said he received
a “courageous, courteous” call from
Ballantine about 10 minutes before
he addressed his audience.
“There’ll be another day, but not
with me,” he told the exuberant
Ballantine held the lead based
on absentee ballots and early voting
SEE EASLEY, PAGE 5
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2004
RICHARD BURR (R)
ERSKINE BOWLES (D)
Republicans to retain control
of U.S. House, Senate PAGE 2
Democrats could control N.C.
General Assembly PAGE 4
MIKE EASLEY (D)
PATRICK BALLANTINE (R)