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CAMPAIGN 2000-

The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, October 31, 2000 - 7

yrum,
ogers
unning
cal close
HOUSE
f eight issues, respondents sided
with Byrum on the environment,
eaith care, education, money poli-
es and social security, Medicare
and Medicaid. The candidates were
ad even on crime and Rogers had
e advantage in state taxes and
government spending and family
values.
Representatives from both politi-
a camps said that they always knew
his was going to be a close race.
Byrum press secretary Adam
Wright said the fact that Byrum is
ahead on the issues but even in the
poils will work itself out come elec-
n day.
"When people are making their
final decisions, they'll realize who is
n their side and vote for Dianne
Byrum," he said.
"We've been saying right from
day one that this race will be decided
by maybe as close as 1,500 votes,"
said Sylvia Warner, press secretary
for Rogers.
"We're going to be up all night
lection night," she said.
Wright said the poll does not sur-
rise him either.
"Every poll since the beginning of
fhe campaign has been within the
margin of error," he said.
The poll shows that in almost all
of the demographic areas no clear
winner exists.
"That kind of broad-based support
will be expected," Wright said.
, Warner said the district is split on
a bt of issues.
"The district is so diverse," she
said. "Everything from government
employees, to farmers ... (The dis-
trict) is bound to be pretty evenly
matched."
Sarpolus said the tie is "a reflec-
tion on the candidates as well as the
district."

Buchanan fails to
disclose spending

WASHINGTON (AP) - Pat Buchanan,
who is financing his presidential campaign'
with $12.6 million in federal money, has
failed to disclose his most recent spending.
The Reform Party nominee missed the Fed-
eral Election Commission's deadline last
Thursday for reporting his fund raising and
spending during the first 18 days of October.
It is the last report to be filed before the Nov.
7 election.
All presidential and congressional candi-
dates who have raised or spent at least S5,000
for the fall election were required to file. The
Buchanan campaign could face a fine for fail-
ing to file on time.
FEC officials said Monday that Buchanan's
campaign was reminded Oct. 2 about the pre-
election filing requirements. And Buchanan
spokesman K.B. Forbes acknowledged that
the report hadn't been filed. He said the cam-
paign was still working on it.
The campaign was told Friday that the FEC

would publicize its failure to file if the fojI6a
were not submitted by midweek. The FEC
previously cited Buchanan's primary cans
paign for failing to submit its Aug. 20 report
on time.
The most recent report filed by Buchatan
covered his campaign spending in September:
It showed that the conservative former tel, i-
sion commentator and columnist had splnt
S4.6 million, including 51 million on adver-
tising and more than S500,000 on legal fees.
Buchanan successfully defeated efforts by-a
Reform Party faction led by Natural Law
Party presidential nominee John Hagelin to
deny him the Reform nomination and claihn
the S12.6 million in federal funds.
He alto spent S353,292 to reimburse J e
primary campaign for spending for the gener-
al election, and almost S8,300 to house-his
running mate, Ezola Foster, and her husband
across the street from their Virginia campain
headquarters.,

Republican presidential candidate Texas Gov. George W. Bush (left) wears a Vice President Al
Gore mask while talk show host Jay Leno wears a Bush mask during a taping of "The Tonight
Show with Jay Leno" last night.

MASKS
Continued from Page 1
loween mask poll with 42 percent against Bush
masks at 58 percent.
"For some people there is nothing scarier than
a Bush presidency." said LSA junior Ari Melber,
who will also be known as "fuzzy math" tonight.
Melber focussed his attention on a more con-
ceptual theme from this year's election. Melber is
using his costume to describe a term Bush has
used numerous times to describe Gore's econom-
ic policies since the presidential debates.
How many of those votes are going to Green
Party candidate Ralph Nader are indeterminable.
Nader masks are not available from costume
manufacturers.
But that does not mean Nader could not be a
factor in this year's Halloween Mask presidential
Poll. Brennan said that one person did request a
Nader mask.
Those who refuse to support either the Repub-
lican or Democratic presidential candidate can
opt to wear "Evil Gore" or "Burning Bush"
masks to express their political views.
Some people even dressed up as the two major
party candidates in pairs.
While Halloween parties were all the rage this
past weekend, LSA sophomore Jesse Herzog

dressed up as Al Gore while his roommate Kine-
siology sophomore Patrick Eagen dressed up as
George W. Bush. Herzog is a Gore supporter
while Eagen is a Bush supporter but both said
that they were not trying to make their carica-
tured masks were not an attempt to make a polit-
ical statement.
But that didn't keep others from jeering the
pseudo candidates.
Herzog said that several people "heckled" him
throughout the night.
"We're in the middle of a Halloween party and
(the hecklers) were trying to make a political
statement" Herzog said.
Biitccostumies.com executives Jalem Getz and
Jon Majdoch decided to map the trends of politi-
cal polling according to Halloween masks as
they unpacking boxes of political masks.
"It was kind of an 'I wonder' statement," buy-
costumes.com spokeswoman Anna Kirk said.
The most popular presidential mask is of
Richard Nixon the study found, Kirk said.
Other well-known political candidates are
also available including Bill and Hillary Clin-
ton.
Bmmcostumnes.com plans to post the final
results of the poll Nov. I.
- Daily StaffReporterferiemnr W Peters
contributed to this report.

Black voters settle, for-I.;
Gore, still not excite4-

CHICAGO - Here in the economic heart of
black Chicago, along 79th Street on the South
Side, Margo Evans and Tony Banks sit in the
back of an African art and fabrics store - cus-
tomers strolling in and out - contemplating the
presidential election.
Both plan to vote, but they are hardly excited
about it. They agree that neither candidate has
spent much time addressing issues of particular
concern to African Americans, and that Vice
President Al Gore is looking better each day if
for no other reason than George W. Bush has
diminished so greatly in their eyes.
Gore is counting on black voters like them
in the battleground states to help put him over
the top in the presidential contest against
Bush. How many of those voters go to the
polls could make the difference in states such
as Illinois, Missouri, Ohio, Michigan, Penn-
sylvania and Wisconsin.
Bush's ambitions are more modest: He wants
to do a few percentage points better than previ-
ous Republican presidential candidates or at a
ELECTION
Continued from Page 1
because this could very well end up like the 1990
election when John Engler won by one vote per
precinct." he said.
Conventional wisdom suggests that if turnout
this year is substantially higher than in previous
years, the Democrats will benefit the most.
"I think the consensus is there are a lot more
Democrats than Republicans ... but I think gen-
erally, Democrats tend to be more lackadaisical
about turning out to vote," Bykowski said.
Political science Prof. Samuel Eldersveld said
that while American political preferences are
often generalized this way, this is not always the
case.
"It's a nice theory, but it doesn't necessarily
work that way," Eldersveld said. "Republicans
have done just as well with higher voter turnout

minimum defuse the anger at Republicans that,
has often driven black voters to the polls. -
Interviews with 20 black likely voters indi'
cate that both candidates could have troub'le'
meeting their goals. While 20 interviews:tfs
one city hardly counts as a scientific poll, mfl
similarity of their responses is problematic for
both men.
"Well, Gore's better than Bush," said Evaofi
64. "But he's no Bill Clinton. That's for sure:
If you gave us a chance, most of us would vote
for Clinton for a third term. This is going to
be kind of like voting for the lesser of two
evils."
The phrase "lesser of two evils" was the com-
mon denominator in the interviews. Is the seem;,
ing ambivalence of politically awarp
middle-class people like Evans and Banks a bad
sign for Gore'? If they are barely motivated to
vote, what about their poorer, less politically
aware neighbors in the sprawling, poor to work
ing-class communities south and west of down
town Chicago?
as Democrats have."
Republican party officials said they hope this
will be the case.
"I'm not sure that's going to be the case this
year. High turnout may not benefit the Democ-
rats," Eastman said.
Mobilization, Eldersveld said, is one of they
most important practices a political party gan.
assume.
"When we don't mobilize the vote, research-
shows there is a decrease in turnout," he said.
One of the factors driving down voter turnout
is the relatively low number registered 18- to 24
year-olds that actually vote.
"One of the big problems is that young peb-
ple don't vote. Their turnout rate in the pa4
has been below that of other groups, Elde-r
sveld said.
Research has shown that voting in this age
bracket has hovered around 35 to 40 percent in
recent oresidential elections.

Clinton works to mobilize voters

WASHINGTON - Bill Clinton's presence
on the campaign trail has been kept to a mini-
mum, but under the radar, the president has
taken unusual efforts to mobilize the Democrat-
i Party for an election just a week away.
From telephone calls to millions of answer-
-machine messages, the president is letting
is presence be known to key Democratic Party
constituents, especially to minority voters and
city dwellers.
Last night, Clinton held court in an invita-
tion-only conference call with hundreds of
4mayors, state legislators and county officials,
the fourth such call since Saturday. Already,
thousands of elected officials, black and Latino
leaders and high-profile celebrities have lis-

tened in as the president has spun strategies for
turning out the vote Nov. 7.
"To have the president of the United States
calling people around the country, telling them
how important it is to turn out the vote - I
think it is a brilliant strategy," said Carl 0.
Snowden, a black political leader in Maryland
who participated in the conference call last
night.
With Vice President Al Gore and Texas Gov.
George W. Bush locked in a state-by-state battle
for the White House, the turnout of black voters
may well hold the key to the election. Blacks,
who overwhelmingly back Gore in opinion sur-
veys, could tip the balance in the key states of
Florida, Missouri, Michigan and Pennsylvania,

Democratic leaders say.
Clinton's call last night was organized by
Mayor Dennis Archer of Detroit and also fea-
tured Mayors John Street of Philadelphia and
Wellington Webb of Denver.
In such mass conference calls, only a few
designated participants are allowed to actually
talk to the president.
Sunday, in another such call, the president
spoke to several hundred black pastors, implor-
ing them to incorporate a get-out-the-vote
theme in their sermons.
And yesterday morning, Clinton joined
celebrities Will Smith, Jimmy Smits and Queen
Latifah on a call that was broadcast nationally
on black and Latino radio shows.

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