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The Michigan Dly
by Henry Goldblatt
Daily Politics Reporter
Jubilation swept through the
Levin camp yesterday as the
Democrat incumbent Carl Levin was
overwhelmingly reelected for a third
term as U.S. Senator.
The opposite sentiments
prevailed in Republican Rep. U.S.
Bill Schuette's campaign
headquarters. Workers watched
solemnly as the election results
rolled in at the Livonia Marriot.
With 26 percent of the precincts
reporting, Levin had 406,144 votes,
for 55 percent, as compared to
Schuette's 325,893 votes, or 45
Levin's campaign workers were
pleased with their effort and the
"The Levin message clearly got
through," said Willy Blacklow, press
secretary for the Levin campaign.
"We think it is a great victory for
the state of Michigan. We've got the
*most honest and sincere senator in
the country... Apparently his
sincerity came through," said Arnold
Michlin, a Levin supporter.
In his acceptance speech Levin
expressed excitement at his victory.
"The people of Michigan have given
us a tremendous victory," said
Levin campaign workers said
9 they expended a great effort in
getting out the vote yesterday.
"We are having a major get-out-
the-vote effort," said Hal
Kwalwasser, research director for the
Levin campaign. "We are coordinated
on campus. Campaign workers are
working hard in all 83 counties."
"We are disappointed, but just
real pleased with the performance
that Bill Schuette has given during
the campaigning. He's talked about
all the issues that concerned
Michigan voters. We were just
outspent by Carl Levin," Kraft said.
Kraft said the defeat was largely
due to a lack of funds. "We were
pleased consideringhow much we
were outspent. We did better than
expected. I don't think Levin won
because his message was better. Bill
had the better message. Levin' s
fundraising just meant his message
was louder, not necessarily better,"
The loss did not come as a total
shock to some campaign workers. "I
See LEVIN, Page 2
close to call
by Henry Goldblatt
Daily Politics Reporter
In an unanticipated and surpris-
ingly close race last night, voters
seemed to be ousting Democratic in-
cumbent Jim Blanchard out of office,
in favor of his Republican challenger
r John Engler.
At press time Engler led by Blan-
chard 51 to 49 percent with half the
precincts reporting. The race was de-
clared too close call by most news
organizations. Only the Cable News
Network predicted Engler would pre-
Engler came back from a deficit.
A Sunday Detroit News poll put
Engler14 points behind Blanchard.
Some campaign officials were
confident of a victory early on in the
JOSE JUAREZ/Daily evening. "He (Engler) is going to
Jim Blanchard, with, left to right, his wife Janet, Lieutenant Governor candidate Olivia Maynard, and her son. The win all the way. We need a change.
gubernatorial election results were too close to call at press time.
We've had enough of Blanchard,"
said Maria Unger, a campaign
worker for Engler.
Campaign workers attributed En-
gler's success to his contact with the
Michigan people. "John got out and
listened to the people. He's right on
top of the issues - that's what re-
ally helped us tonight," said Jerry
Crandall, executive Director of the
"(During) the last two or three
weeks, people really have begun to
pay attention to the campaign...
People are kind of fed up with all
this and they're saying let's get
someone else in there," said Dan
Gordon, an Engler supporter.
Republican officials agreed an
Engler victory would be instrumen-
tal in dealing with the budget deficit.
see ENGLER, Page 2
in national i
The Associated Press
Democrats bid to expand control
of Congress in midterm elections
punctuated by stirrings of voter dis-
content yesterday. Republicans lost
governorships in Florida, Oklahoma
and Rhode Island and struggled to
hold other key statehouses.
Upsets were hard to find, but
Democratic Sen. Bill Bradley was in
a suspenseful race against political
unknown Christine Whitman. In a
notable comeback, former Senator
Lowell Weicker won an independent
bid for governor in Connecticut.
There was precious little good
news for the GOP. The best of it
was in Ohio, where George
Voinovich won a formerly Demo-
cratic governorship. All eyes were
on California where Pete Wilson bid
to keep the statehouse in Republican
hands against Democratic rival and
former San Francisco Mayor Dianne
Republican Sen. Jesse Helms led
Democrat Harvey Gantt in his race
for reelection in North Carolina,
where polls were kept open late be-
cause of voting machine difficulties.
In a closely watched gubernatorial
race, Democrat Ann Richards won a
tight contest with Clayton Williams
in her bid to take the Lone Star state
from the Republicans. Democrat and
Boston University President John
Silber led William Weld in his bid
to keep the Dukakis governorship
from GOP hands in Massachusetts.
The polls were still open in half
the nation when the Democrats
sought to proclaim a victory and
point the voters toward the 1992
presidential race. "I couldn't feel bet-
ter," said Ron Brown, chair of the
Democratic National Committee.
"Both Republicans and Democrats
ran against George Bush."
New York Gov. Maurio Cuomo
won in a possible prelude to a 1992
Democratic presidential campaign.
Althogh Bradley was under chal-
lenge, two other potential chal-
lengers to President Bush won easy
Senate reelection-Al Gore in Ten-
nessee, Sam Nunn in Georgia.
Bush voted in his home state of
Texas after an energetic campaign for
GOP candidates, then returned to the
White House to read the returns.
Bush sparked a season of Republican
discontent when he broke his memo-
rable 1988 campaign pledge and em-
braced an October deficit-reduction
plan that raised tax rates.
For all their chronicled disaffec-
tion for the government and concern
over a weakening economy, the vot-
ers treated most incumbents gently.
GOP Senator Mitch McConnell
was re-elected in Kentucky, dashing
Democratic hoped of an upset.
The Republican winners' circle
also included Senator Strom Thur-
mond, who claimed a seventh term
in South Carolina, John Warner in
Virginia, Phil Gramm in Texas,
William Cohen in Maine, Pete
Domenici in New Mexico and Thad
Cochran in Mississippi.
Dan Coats won in Indiana and
Nancy Kassebaum in Kansas.
Three open seats were likely to
say Republican. Rep. Bob Smith
won in New Hampshire, and Hank
Brown led in Colorado.
Democrat Howell Heflin won in
Alabama, David Boren in Oklahoma,
Jay Rockefeller in West Virginia,
and David Pryor in Oklahoma. Joe
See NATIONAL, Page 5
Victorious Senator Carl Levin celebrates with his wife after being elected to
a third term .
Pursell, Bullard, Pollack
expected to keep seats
by Matthew Pulliam Bullard and Congressional Rep. Carl district representative seat in the U.S.
Daily Staff Reporter Pursell. House of Representatives, was
Information on the races for State Bullard, a 17-year veteran of the expected to easily beat Elmer White.
Senate, State House, and Federal State House was expected to easily
Congressional Representative in the upset Steve Carey, the Republican
districts containing the city of Ann candidate in the 53d district's state State Sen. Lana Pollack was
Arbor was unavailable before last house race. Carey, a University expected to easily win her race against
night's press time. senior, was making a first attempt to Republican Richard Birkett.
All three races were expected to gain a position within the house. Voters were exposed to two
easily go to the incumbents: State Carl Pursell, the Democratic candidates with very similar views on
Sen. Lana Pollack, State Rep. Perry candidate in the contest for the 2d many important issues.
Thousands mourn for Kahane
NEW YORK (AP) - The assas-
sination of militant Rabbi Meir
Kahane by an assassin reportedly of
Arab ancestry drew thousands of
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Police said Kahane was taking ques-
tions from the crowd when the as-
sassin stopped four feet from him
and fired a .357-caliber weapon.
The Israli nvernment annealed
to Israel for burial today.
"It is possible for the heart to
well up and cry for the horrible loss
our nations has suffered," Rabbi
Moshe Tendlerof Yeshiva University
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