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By Louie Meizlish
Daily StaffWriter
As University students watched a political
drama unfold on Election night, supporters of
Texas Gov. George W. Bush remain opti-
mistic, while students loyal to Vice President
Al Gore are worrying about the outcome.
"We're keeping our fingers crossed," said
LSA junior Alicia Johnson, a member of the
college Democrats.
But Bush supporters do not consider a loss
"I think Bush is going to get Florida
because he was ahead last night," said LSA
freshman Nicole Babcock, co-chair of the
Michigan College Republicans Elections
The night took students through a roller-
coaster of emotions, with many not realizing
that the uncertainty of the race until this morn-

"We all went to bed happy" Babcock said.
"And then we woke up and everything
changed," said Babcock, who had been with
her family Tuesday night watching the elec-
tion returns.
An hour after networks declared Bush the
president at 2:30 a.m., a recount was ordered
in Florida, leaving the outcome of the presi-
dential race uncertain.
Earlier in the night Florida was called for
Gore, but the projection was recalled and the
state was later called for Bush.
"I was kind of distraught when they took
Florida away from Gore. My heart was in my
throat," LSA junior Traci Johnson said.
"Because I'm a minority and a woman I real-
ly want Gore to win. Gore has people like me
in mind," she said.
Alicia Johnson had gathered with other fel-
low Democrats to watch the elections in the
Michigan League.
With the race still uncertain at 12:30 a.m.,

the group was forced to relocate to the Michi-
gan Union. At 2:15 a.m. they had to again
relocate, this time to an apartment.
After Bush was projected to be the winner
in Florida, Johnson said that the Democrats
were "praying for a miracle and the miracle
happened," adding that "if Bush wins we've
elected somebody who didn't have a majority
of the vote and he obviously doesn't have -a
One Gore supporter, LSA sophomore
Atishay Chopra, said he plans to gather with
his housemates toisorrow afternoon to watch
the outcome of the recount in Florida.
He did not hesitate to explain the current
confusion in Florida.
"Nader was the only reason Gore didn't
win," Chopra said.
One Green supporter, Sandy Dear, of Ypsi-
lanti, while admitting that she preferred Gore
over Bush, said she was "excited that they
were even mentioning Nader" on television


The Orlando Sentinel was one of many newspapers trying to keep up with the latest news during
Tuesday's night's volatile election coverage. Here four editions display conflicting headlines.

Continued from Page1:A
"We've received literally thousands of tele-
phone calls and inquiries and reports of irreg-
ularities like ballots appearing and
disappearing, voter intimidation and the totals
of this election sort of mysteriously disappear-
ing and growing overnight," state Democratic
Party chairman Bob Poe said.
Jesse Jackson said he got calls on Election
Day complaining that blacks had difficulty
voting in Florida and other Southern states.
He said sonse voters were told there were no
more ballots, orsthat polls were closed.
What we need is not just a recount by
hand, but also a thorough investigation," Jack-
son said.
NAACP President Kweisi Mfume said lse
has asked the Justice Department to investi-
gate alleged election irregularities affecting
trinority voting. He also wants the govern-
ment to oversee the recount.
"We are not suggesting foul play, but we are
very much concerned that foul play can hap-
pen," he said in a statement.
Separately. Democratic officials and voters

complained about the way ballots in Palm
Beach County were arranged. Voters punched
holes in the middle of the ballot, while candi-
dates were alternately listed to the left and
then the right. County officials also said
19,120 ballots in the presidential race were
tossed out because more than one candidate
was picked.
"It was virtually impossible to know who
you voted for," said Mark Hirsch, a 30-year-
old business executive who voted for Green
Party candidate Ralph Nader.
Some Gore supporters said they feared
they mistakenly voted for Reform Party can-
didate Pat Buchanan. Gore carried the county
by more thani 110,000 votes, but the 3,407
votes for Buchanan were by far the most of
any Florida county, and almost 20 percent of
his total vote in the state.
Republicans said the ballot was approved by
Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections
Theresa LePore, a Democrat.
Jeb Bush said he has seen nothing that indi-
cates fraud, and pledged a fair recount.
"Voter fraud in our state is a felony, and
guilty parties will be prosecuted to the fullest
extent of the law," he said.

Libertarian paryains
4 percent nn Arbc
By Susan Luth form, the party continues to support individual was C
and Johanna Wetmore freedom by legalizing marijuana, opening the er pul
DailyStafReporters nation's borders and abolishing the IRS, wel- cent o
fare and the minimum wage. does p
YPSILANTI - Libertarian presidential can- "The media hasn't been sympathetic to our Lik
didate Harry Browne may not have been point ofview"Goodman said. brougn
included in reports of election tallies, but in Goodman said every third party hopes for presid
Washtenaw County the presence of his party two things. One is that they will eventually chose
had a comparatively stronger impact. replace a major party. The other, which he group
For Charles Goodman, the party's candidate admits is more realistic, is that major parties that B
for Ann Arbor city mayor, a final return of 3.7 will take up third-party views. than G
percent of the vote is good news. "We are for smaller government. The bigo "I w
"If we can get a higher percentage ofthe vote parties pick tip those words but they say them he'd b
in this election, people will start to see what we without meaning," said Goodman, who does lanti r
stand for' Goodman said Tuesday night, in the not plan to run again. ian ga
midst of initial tallies. "A candidate who lets the people know ise Thi
Goodman, a Rackham student, said a return has their interests in heart will win," said James rootin
of almost four percentage points is good for a Parker, a citizen of Hillsdale. "It doesn't matter turnot
Libertarian. For a party that didn't even capture what party he's on." "
i percent of the national vote for president, a Parker is considering running either for cess,'
local return of 3 percent for any candidate is Township Trustee in Cambria or for Hillsdale incuir
noteworthy. County Commissioner in the next election. missio
Although the national media hasn't given Among other Libertarians were present at votes,
extensive coverage to the Libertarians' plat- the party's election night gathering in Ypsilanti tion."


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)r vote
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led through election night with 4.1 per-.
f the vote. Although he did not win, he
lan to ruin again in the future.
m nany other Americans who were
ht to the edge of their seat by the close
ential election, the Libertarians had also
i a side. Applause erupted from the
with each of Bush's gains, as they felt
lush more closely represented their views
ould vote for Bush because he looks like
more fun on my bowling team," Ypsi-
esident Richard Clark said at the Libertar-
thering Tuesday night.
ough the participants in the party were
g for Bush, their hope was for a greater
t for Browne.
e haven't gathered a lot of electoral sue-
' said Brett Cashman, the unopposed
bent for Superior Township Parks Com-
iner. "Until we get attention we won't get
until we get votes, we won't get atten-
Continued from Page IA
didates running for a spot on tIe
board, he does not think they made
much of a difference.
"I don't know if they affected any-
thing one way or another. Whether
they ran or not, we probably would
have had the same results, just a little
bit higher of numbers' Deitch said.
ISA senior Scott Trudeau, who ran
with the Green Party, said he was not
surprised by the results.
"As far as what the results mean, it
is difficult for a student to run a cam-
paign while taking classes," Trudeau
said. "But I thought I brought a lot of
issues to light:'
One of those issues Trudeau and the
other two students running for seats
were campaigning for was the right for
a student to be on the board.
"It's hard to gauge whether we made
much of a difference in this area: I
think the sentiment is still there and it
is ny experience that it's something
most students do want," Trudeau said,
McGowan said she is glad both she
and Deitch were re-elected so the
board can move forward in defending
the University two lawsuits question-
ing the use of affirmative action i the
its admissions policies.
"What we're doing is very impor-
tant and we're doing the right thing.
Im glad the University can keep its
eye on the ball and doesn't have to be
distracted by arguments on whethpr
the board agrees with the Uiversity's
policy," McGowan said.
Deitch is happy he will have the
chance to work with the same group
for at least the next two years.
"We have been effective and we're a
cohesive group. I'm delighted we'll be
able to work together still," Deitch
"I don't know where I'll be in two
years, and (the board of regents) may
not be the best place for me at that
time," Trudeau said.
Trudeau said he is not sure if he will
run for the board again in two years.
Continued from Page IA
With mostly incumbents winning, the
Republicans sere able to keep the
majori jus baresihntergnp

majority just barely within their grasp.
. "I'm not greatly surprised," Ballenger
said. "It appears they have picked up a
number of seats, but not enough to get
With two races still undecided as of
last night, Democrats had overturned
two House seats not enough to
regain the majority, but enough to nar-
row it from 223-210 to 220-211.
The Democrats needed eight seats to
gain control and name eager campaign-
er Dick Gephardt (D-Mo.) as speaker of
the House.
Such a small margin will ed uphurt-
ing the House's agenda Ballenger said..
"Ii's going to be more difficult to get
things done,' he said. "If you think what
we've seen in the past two years was
gridlock - wait until you see the next
two years."
While most incumbents retained their
seats, the two undecided votes - in
Florida and New Jersey -- are held by
Republican and Democratic incum-
bents, respecit ey.

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