WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2004
County parties, officials
gather for Election Day
As results from Hiesday’s elec
tions trickled in, Orange County
politicians and party officials min
gled at local hot spots, counting red
states and blue states along with
the rest of the country.
The Orange County Republican
Party hosted a party at its head
quarters in Hillsborough, welcom
ing any and all supporters as they
gathered around a television to
watch the results pour in.
Election officials from county
precincts came in as soon as they
had finished tallying the results.
Wendy Browning, a volunteer at
the Eno precinct in Hillsborough,
came with good news.
“Everything went really well.
This was my first year involved
in the election process, and it just
goes to show every vote really does
count,” she said.
Republican Party Chairman
Doug Biddy said the party was a
way to release tension after months
of hard work. .
“Voters in America are putting
their personal safety and their
children’s safety in the hands of
an experienced president,” he said,
referring to President Bush.
Jamie Daniel, Republican candi
date for the Orange County Board of
Commissioners, was at the party.
“This night’s been fun. It’s fun to
get together with your friends and
family and see the work we’ve been
doing for the last six months come
together,” he said.
The Orange County Democrats
made their presence known in
downtown Carrboro at several local
bars. The Orange County Social
Club was the site of a huge crowd
surrounding a big screen, which
flashed election results from CNN.
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A large group gathers at the Orange County Social Club in Carrboro on
Tuesday night to watch a big screen TV as poll results are updated.
Carrboro Alderman Alex Zaffron
said the atmosphere was stressful.
“There is tension in the air,” he said.
Appearances were made by
Carrboro Mayor Mike Nelson and
Chapel Hill Town Council member
Mark Kleinschmidt at the social
club, Tyler’s Restaurant & Thproom,
Spotted Dog Restaurant & Bar and
Acme Food & Beverage Cos., all in
Nelson said this year’s election
was particularly important.
“Mr. Bush has proven himself to
be an incompetent leader, and we
can’t afford to have him running
our domestic and foreign policy,”
Kleinschmidt said he was out
doing his civic duty. “I have been
working very hard to educate my
friends and family on how impor
tant this election is.”
Alderman John Herrera was con
cerned with the county commission
ers election because of his interest in
the county’s education.
With the big issue being a
merger of the county’s two school
systems, he said he supported
Democratic candidates Moses
Carey and Valerie Foushee.
“I am excited about today. We
need a change, and I believe Kerry
is that opportunity,” Herrera said.
At one point, the Tyler’s crowd
made its way to Spice Street at
The restaurant was packed with
Democratic Party volunteers, alder
men, Town Council members and
their friends and family.
Everybody seemed pleased
with the turnout at the polls, with
some reporting an 80 percent to
90 percent turnout at each county
Democratic Party Chairman
Barry Katz said the county
Democratic Party will stay open
for the next two weeks to analyze
what it’s done to set the course for
Democrats in the county.
“We will have an active Democratic
Party every month of every year
shaping and organizing for the 2006
and 2008 elections,” Katz said.
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GOP takes hold of Senate
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON, D.C., -
Republicans tightened their grip
on the Senate early Wednesday,
capturing a string of Democratic
seats across the South. Democratic
leader Tom Daschle struggled for
political survival in South Dakota.
Illinois State Sen. Barack
Obama, a Democratic political star
in the making, easily won a seat
formerly in Republican hands in
Illinois, and will be the only black
among 100 senators when the new
Congress convenes in January.
The GOP did most of the
celebrating by far, capturing
Democratic open seats in Georgia,
North Carolina, South Carolina
and Louisiana where Rep. David
Vitter became the first Republican
since Reconstruction to win a term
in the Senate.
“We ran as a team,” said Sen.
George Allen of Virginia, chairman
of the GOP senatorial committee.
He referred to Republicans who
ran for open seats across the South
and West, campaigning as allies
of President Bush in states where
Democratic presidential candidate
John Kerry had little or no cam
Groups rush for final votes
BY GEORGIA CHERRY
AND CAROLINE KORNEGAY
As the candidates entered the
home stretch of this year’s cam
paign season, Democrat and
Republican volunteers at UNC
threw themselves into efforts
aimed at party victory.
More than 100 College
Republicans volunteered for count
less hours as they campaigned for
the Republican Party last weekend,
fighting against the ticking clock of
a waning election season.
Tom Jensen, party affairs direc
tor of the Young Democrats, said
Tuesday that he and the almost
100 other volunteers for the UNC
Young Democrats will finally be
able to sleep today.
A process that started months
ago peaked Tuesday as the group
made its final push for votes,
Jensen woke up early Tuesday
morning to oversee the Young
Democrats’ multifaceted approach
“It looks like we’re going to have
a much strengthened Republican
majority,” Allen predicted.
Exactly how much depended on
the outcome of races still unsettled
in Florida, Colorado, Alaska and
Shortly after midnight in the
East, Republicans were assured of
52 seats, one more than they con
trol in the current Congress.
The Republican march through
Dixie began in Georgia, and spread
in several directions at once.
Rep. Johnny Isakson claimed
Georgia for the Republicans, and
Rep. Jim DeMint took South
Rep. Richard Burr soon followed
suit in North Carolina by defeating
investment banker Erskine Bowles'
second try at a Senate seat in two
Vitter made it four for four when
he captured a seat in Louisiana.
In each case, Democratic retire
ments induced ambitious lawmak
ers to give up safe House seats to
risk a run for the Senate.
In Florida, former HUD
Secretary Mel Martinez held a nar
row lead over Betty Castor, a for
mer state legislator and University
to facilitate voting.
One focus centered on can
vassing Durham County voting
precincts. Jensen said the group
decided to solicit voters from
Durham residents because Orange
County's population already was
well-informed and prepared.
“We had 22 people at 6:30 a.m.
going to Durham to volunteer.... It
was amazing,” he said.
But Durham County was already
well staffed, so Young Democrats
decided to send their extra volun
teers to Wake County.
Armed with a list of students reg
istered as Democrats, the volunteers
made efforts to find the 316 students
who had not voted as of Thesday.
The Young Democrats visited
each student’s room to make sure
he had cast a ballot.
“We will physically drag folks to
the shuttles, making sure they real
ly are going to vote,” Jensen said.
Along with the list of registered
Democrats, Young Democrats also
had the list of unaffiliated voters,
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of South Florida president, with
votes counted in more than 90
percent of the precincts.
In North Carolina, Burr gained
the votes of nearly nine in 10 of
Bush’s supporters. Vitter’s level
of support was nearly as high in
Louisiana, as was DeMint’s in
Republicans defeated four
veteran Texas Democrats and
snatched an open Democratic seat
in Kentucky on Tuesday as they
marched to the brink of extending
their decade-long control of the
Democrats answered back in
House races, knocking off the
longest-serving Republican in
the chamber, Rep. Phil Crane, an
Illinois conservative from Chicago’s
But their longshot chance of
gaining 12 seats to end Republican
command seemed dead with less
than three dozen of the 435 House
races still to be decided.
“Despite Democratic claims to
the contrary, we are going to be the
majority partyinthe 109th Congress,”
declared Rep. Thomas Reynolds, R-
N.Y., who heads the GOP’s House
and aimed to get them to vote for
Democratic candidates as well.
“We’re going to every Democratic
student’s room, and we’re calling
every unaffiliated,” Jensen said. “I
think the unaffiliated will support
our candidates, too.”
Politicos on the other end of the
spectrum also worked to increase
Andrew Hogan, a College
Republican for the past two years,
spent his weekend canvassing
parts of Wake County in search
of “lazy Republicans” regis
tered but inactive members of the
“It was good to work for the
Bush campaign but also just to
meet people,” Hogan said.
College Republicans were hand
ed maps of neighborhoods and told
to leave fliers on doors if no one
“You don’t know what to expect
when the door opens,” he said.
Hogan said everyone he spoke to
had a positive attitude. “That gave
College Republican member
Richard Bean spent eight hours
a day on Friday, Saturday and
Sunday with other members of the
group, knocking on doors in Wake
and Durham counties.
“In 2000 the Democrats had a
really great ground game,” Bean
said of the grassroots efforts to
attract Democratic voters. “It’s so
close we really need to get all the
Republicans to vote.”
Bean said that UNC had the
most volunteers of any school
that participated in the get-out
the-vote effort for the Republican
Sarah Wiles, another College
Republican, has worked in other
general elections and said she
enjoyed campaigning during a
presidential election year. “It made
me get really in the democratic
spirit, so to speak.”
Young Democrats stationed a
table in the Pit from 6:30 a.m.
to 7:30 p.m. to distribute vot
ing information. Members said
the group’s biggest task of the
day was their “Get Out the Vote”
The group also collaborated with
Vote Carolina, student government’s
nonpartisan voter drive, to provided
transportation for students who
needed to get to the polls.
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■ Due to a reporting error,
the Nov. 2 article “Group swaps
funds, votes” stated that the
Citizens for Higher Education
political action committee has
raised about $184,000 during
this campaign cycle.
It should have stated that the
PAC has raised about $414,000
during this cycle.
The $184,000 figure was from
the third-quarter filing period.
■ Due to a reporting error,
the Nov. 2 article “Humor unites
improv troupe” spelled incorrectly
the name of CHiPs member David
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