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8A - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, November 6, 1996
Partiesl vie for House control

The Associated Press
Democrats made modest inroads yesterday in
Speaker Newt Gingrich's Republican majority in
the House, but the GOP partly offset its losses by
capturing Southern seats vacated by veteran
Democrats. Republicans were poised to capture
their first back-to-back majorities in 66 years.
"It looks like we will almost certainly keep
control of the U.S. House," Gingrich told a
cheering crowd. He said the two sides were "in
the process of swapping seats."
Republicans won or were leading in 227 dis-
tricts; Democrats had won or were leading for
207 seats, which would be a gain of nine seats.
The current House split is 236 Republicans
and 198 Democrats. The only independent,
Bernard Sanders of Vermont, won re-election
and generally votes with the Democrats.
Voter News Service, a consortium of The
Associated Press and five television networks,
projected the Republicans would likely retain
control of the House.
VNS exit polls across the nation showed that
by 4 5.1-45 margin, voters disapproved of
Congress' performance under GOP leadership

the past two years. By almost a 2-to-l margin,
those interviewed expressed a negative view of
"We cemented the majority tonight," said
Rep. Bill Paxon (R-N.Y) chair of the party's
House campaign committee. "We will hold the
House for the foreseeable future."
Democrats won 12 seats previously held by
Republicans, six of them first-term lawmakers
and five targeted by organized labor's television
ad campaign. Republicans defeated two incum-
bents and picked up nine open Democratic
seats, seven of them in the South, but the
Democrats successfully defended many more.
Indianapolis voters picked their first black
representative, local township trustee Julia
Carson, to keep Democratic control of the hotly
contested seat of retiring Democrat Andy Jacobs
with extensive help from organized labor.
Democrats needed a net gain of 18 seats to
take control of the chamber and pinned their
hopes on toppling GOP freshmen.
In North Carolina, first-term lawmakera
Republicans Fred Heineman and David
Funderburk, who rode into office behind

Gingrich's "Contract With America" campaign
in 1994, were turned out by Democrats David
Price, a former congressman, and Bobby
Etheridge. And in New Jersey, first-term law-
makers Bill Martini lost to Democrat William
Pascrell, the mayor of Paterson.
In New York, Democrat Carolyn McCarthy
defeated first-year lawmaker Republican
Daniel Frisa in a race dominated by the issue of
gun control. McCarthy's husband was killed in
the 1993 Long Island Railroad massacre, and
she took on Frisa after he voted to repeal a ban
on assault weapons.
"All we were out to do was make something
good come out of a horrible situation,"
McCarthy said in a victory speech. "I certainly
have beaten the person I wanted to beat.... I
have beaten the NRA" (National Rifle
Another victim was Chicago Republican
Michael Patrick Flanagan, who reached
Congress two years ago by defeating indicted
Democratic power Dan Rostenkowski. He was

ousted by Democratic

state Rep. Rod

House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) shakes hands with supporters as he makes his way onto the
stage at his election-night party in Marietta, Ga. last night.

Continued from Page 1A
While Bob Dole's emotional conces-
sion *speech played silently on a large
screen next to him, Levin thanked ajubi-
lant rowd of supporters and friends who
turned attention from the presidential
race to hear the senator they called "man
of the hour."
"I'm going to return to fight for the
things we talked about during the cam-

Democrats said Levin's appeal crosses
party lines because of a strong voting
record and prestige he brings to the state.
Levin campaign manager Chuck Wilbur
said the senator collected 20-25 percent
of Republicans votes in the election.
"That was driven by the fact that
Ronna Romney took a lot of positions
that were really very conservative,"
Reigle said. "This is a state where people
want moderate positions."

Although Levin


paign," Levin
said in his victory
Levin vowed to
turn campaign
promises into leg-
t"We're going
back to fight for
education. We
want more of it
and we want more
people to have
access to it,"

Sometimes you
lose battles. That's
all that happened
4$ O$, Ni$

will not assume the
position of chair
of the Senate
Armed Services
Committee as
Democrats had
hoped in a
Dem ocrat-con-
trolled Congress,
a fourth term
brings stature to
Levin and the
state, Wilbur said.
"The very

alum, said her husband's re-election
stems mainly from a trust he has built
with his constituents.
"It's a basic sense that they can trust
him to bring good judgment and integri-
ty to basically every issue with which he
has to deal'" she said.
Romney remained in good spirits at
the Republican gathering in Lansing
last night, despite losing by a large mar-
gin to Levin.
At about 11 p.m., Romney conceded
the race to Levin.
Romney said Levin credited her with
being a "tough competitor" when she
called him to congratulate him.
"Sometimes you lose battles,"
Romney said. "That's all that happened
tonight. It's what the democratic process
is all about."
Paul Welday, Romney's campaign
manager, said Romney was unable to
defeat Levin because of his ready supply
of funding.
"We were outspent four-to-one,"
Welday said.
le said money was by far the biggest
determining factor in the Senate elec-
tion. Other Republicans agreed, saying
Levin won by pure financial advantage.
Gov. John Engler was one of many
Republicans who gathered to support
Romney. "That's a tough, tough thing to
overcome," he said.
Engler characterized Romney as a
victim of an "incumbent election," say-
ing that most incumbents won their races
this year. "Ronna made a strong show-
ing," he said.
"(Romney and Bob Dole) are two

- Ronna Romney
Republican candidate

GOP keeps Senate

Levin said. He cited health care, cam-
paign finance reform and environmental
protection as other initiatives he will pur-
sue with bipartisan support.

nature of the
Senate tends to be compromise," Wilbur
said. "Being the majority party doesn't
mean you rule the roost."
Levin's wife Barbara, a University

candidates who worked their hearts out
for us," Engler said.
Romney made light of the money
problem. "My favorite part of the cam-
paign was that if I had $3 million I could
have made myself look like Mother
Theresa," she said.
U.S. Sen. Spencer Abraham (R-
Mich.) also traveled to Lansing to sup-
port Romney. He credited her with a
valiant fight.
"It's a tough year, obviously,"
Abraham said. "But in two years, it's
going to be a better night."
Betsy DeVos, chair of the Michigan
Republican Party, said Romney had been
an outstanding candidate. "I have a lot of
respect and admiration for Ronna
Romney,' DeVos said.
Romney continued to laugh and make
jokes about her future candidacy
thtoughout the night, "You have to have
a sense of humor," she said.
She closed her speech with the
emphasis on family that has been the
focus of her campaign. She asked the
crowd to sing "Happy Birthday" to her
son, Art, who turned 21 yesterday.

Democrats win some,
retain others
The Washington Post
WASHINGTON - Republicans
appeared headed toward retaining con-
trol of the Senate - possibly by an
enlarged margin - after picking up
seats in Alabama and Nebraska,
according to exit polls and early returns
from yesterday's voting.
Democrats retained open seats in New
Jersey and Georgia and were running
well yesterday night for several
Republican-held seats, but apparently
not enough to make the net gain of three
seats that they needed to take control.
Many incumbents from both parties
were re-elected despite tough chal-
lenges, including Sen. Jesse Helms (R-
N.C.) and Paul Wellstone (D-Minn). Still
others cruised to easy victory, including
93-year-old Strom Thurmond (R-S.C.).
In perhaps the most closely watched
race in the country, Sen. John Kerry (D)
won re-election over popular Gov.
William Weld (R).
But Republicans were struggling to
keep one of their own seats in New
Hampshire, where Sen. Robert Smith
(R) was locked in a tight race with for-
mer Rep. Dick Swett (D) in early
returns. Also, in early returns from
South Dakota, Sen. Larry Pressler (R)
was trailing Rep. Tim Johnson (D).
In New Jersey, in one of the most hotly

contested races to succeed a retiring sen-
ator, Rep.- Robert Torricelli (D) defeated
Rep. Dick Zimmer (R) for the seat being
vacated by Sen. Bill Bradley (D).
In Kansas, Rep. Sam Brownback (R)
defeated stockbroker Jill Docking (D)
for the seat of Bob Dole, who left the
Senate last summer to run full time for
president, and Rep. Pat Roberts (IR
defeated state Treasurer SalJy
Thompson (D) for the seat of retirin4
Sen. Nancy Kassebaum (R).
But the Democrats risked losing an
open seat in Louisiana, where
Democrat Mary Landrieu was running
behind Republican Louis "Woody"
Jenkins for the seat being vacated by
Sen. Bennett Johnston (D).
With the Senate now divided 53 to 47
in favor of the Republicans, Democrats
needed to pick up three seats to win.
control so long as Vice President Gor
was re-elected, positioning him to cast
the tie-breaking vote in favor of the
Democrats. Democrats lost control of
the Senate in the GOP sweep of,
Congress two years ago.
Throughout the long and often nasty
campaigns in nearly three dozen states,;
most of the focus was on the 14 states
where incumbents had retired, eight,
held by Democrats and six . by.
Republicans. In addition, a handful o t
incumbents faced serious challenges,
adding to the unusually high number of
races that came down to the wire.

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to overcome,' he said.
Rivers said she did not think
Clinton's early victory added to her lead
in the race, but she said his visits to the
district drew attention to her campaign.
Clinton visited Eastern Michigan
University last week.
"Well, I think Bill Clinton's visits to
the district brought enthusiasm to the
campaign;' Rivers said. "People paid
Campus College Republicans
President Nicholas Kirk said he
believed the congressional race was not
affected greatly by the higher elections.
"The residents of the 13th district
will look at the race independent of the
other races;" said Kirk, an LSA junior.
Campus College Democrats President
Jae Jae Spoon said Rivers was a power-
ful force in Congress for students.
"I think she's a real voice for students
in Congress,' said Spoon, an LSA
senior. "She's fighting for student
loans, protecting the environment and
human rights."
Rivers' arrival and acceptance speech
proved to be the highlight of last night's
victory party hosted by the Washtenaw
County Democratic Party at the Ann
Arbor Brewing Company.
Rivers said Fitzsimmons' hefty cam-
paign funds made the race difficult and
"We had someone who was willing


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U.S. Rep. Lynn Rivers (D-Ann Arbor) addresses a crowd of supporters last night at- .
a victory party at the Ann Arbor Brewing Company,
to spend a lot of his personal money - in the next election.
$600,040 down the tubes," Rivers said LSA senior Ilona Cohen said money;
to the roaring crowd. "Because he was was not the deciding factor in the race..;
willing to write checks, I had to raise it. "Everyone thought Joe Fitzsimmon
"This wife of an auto worker was was going to win because he had sci
able to raise $1.2 million." much money," Cohen said at thC
Fitzsimmons urged his crowd of sup- Democrats' party. "It shows people stil l i
porters and campaign workers to con- care about substantive issues."
tinue to push his agenda in government. Michigan Student Assembly
"I'm sure we can work together to President Fiona Rose said the race was-
achieve the goal of fiscal responsibili- predicted to be close, but she personal-
ty" Fitzsimmons said. ly supported Rivers.
With the next congressional race two "Lynn (Rivers) has done a lot of good:
years away, Fitzsimmons hinted to run work for U-M students," Rose said.




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