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Granholm victorrus,
despite Democratic
losses bi U.S. Senate

By Louie Meizlish
and Jordan Schrader
Daily Staff Reporters

DETROIT - State Attorney General Jennifer
Granholm cruised to victory in the Michigan gover-
nor's race last night, defeating Republican opponent
Dick Posthumus - an outcome that surprised few
observers.
She didn't look back after her surprisingly easy
win in the August Democratic primary over two
seasoned political veterans. Few observers thought
Posthumus, the outgoing lieutenant governor from
Kent County's Alto, would have much of a chance
against her. He easily won the Republican primary,
but was rarely able to get within 10 points of
Granholm in recent polls and never held a lead.
"Today we won a victory not for one candidate,
not for one party, but for the future of our state,"
Granholm said in declaring victory a little after 11
p.m. At the same time, Democrats were hoping
they would be able to hold onto the attorney gener-
al's office, which Granhohm was leaving, but results
were not available and most of the party had dis-
banded by 4 a.m.
In Lansing, some of the Republicans who had
campaigned for a Posthumus victory were in tears

as the lieutenant governor mounted the stage in the
Radisson Hotel's ballroom to tell them it was over.
Posthumus, nonetheless, urged supporters to
remember all was not lost. Much of the vision he
stood for will go on because of Republican victo-
ries in the legislative, executive and judicial branch-
es, he said.
"This campaign was not about Dick Posthumus,"
he said. "It was about ideas of freedom, ideas of
lower taxes, ideas about creating jobs and opportu-
nities for people no matter where they came from.
Those ideas were worth fighting for, and they'll be
worth fighting for tomorrow".
See GOVERNOR, Page 7

FRANK PAYNE/Daily
After beating Lt. Gov. Dick Posthumus last night in the race for governor, Jennifer Granholm became the state's first-ever female governor. She
celebrated with friends, family and supporters last night at the Detroit Renaissance Center.

Voters turn down Proposal Four

By Carmen Johnson
Daily Staff Reporter
The tobacco settlement proposal - the most
controversial on this year's ticket - did not pass
during yesterday's election. The funds in ques-
tion in Proposal 02-4 will continue to fund col-
lege scholarships and other state programs,
rather than annually budgeting $300 million to
health care.
"I think the defeat of Proposal 4 shows that
students clearly voice their concern for politics,"
said Hrant Hratchian, chair of the Association of
Michigan Universities and a student at Wayne
State University.
"The defeat of this proposal means that uni-
versity students have the assurance that tuition
will not be increasing as much," Hratchian said.

"We seriously believe we won the debate, but people
didn't like the solution we proposed."
- Roger Martin
Citizens for Healthy Michigan spokesman

"If the proposal passed, there would have been a
tuition increase by at least 20 percent."
For high school students, the defeat was a pos-
itive one, allowing for the continuance of the
Michigan Merit Award program, which awards
$2,500 scholarships toward college tuition for
students who pass a series of academic tests.
Last year, the total amount of money awarded to
University in-state students was $7,678,000.

State Sen. John "Joe" Schwarz (R-Battle
Creek) said the proposal "makes a mockery out
of the constitution."
He added the proposal would have put lan-
guage in the Michigan Constitution stating that
$8.5 billion in tobacco settlement money would
be permanently budgeted for health care.
Among the opponents of the proposal were
See PROPOSAL 4, Page 7

Dems lose control of
U.S. Senate to GOP

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans
turned aside crucial Democratic challenges in
region after region yesterday and headed
towards extending their eight-year control of
the House of Representatives.
Democratic hopes of regaining the chamber
dimmed as Republicans chalked up wins or
were leading in most of the races earlier seen
as toss-ups. Americans voted to fill all 435
House seats, but only a tenth of them were
truly competitive.
Early today with only Alaska's polls still
open, Republicans had won 195 seats and
were leading in 32 others. If that trend con-
tinued, Republicans would hold 227 seats -
four more than they do in the current Con-
gress. Majority control requires 218 votes.
Traditionally, the president's party loses
seats in midterm elections. But this year,
Republicans appeared to be helped by Presi-
dent Bush's popularity and by the relatively

low number of competitive races.
Democrats needed a net gain of seven seats
to reclaim the control they lost in 1994. As
returns rolled in, it seemed likely they would
fall far short not only failing in some
high-profile challenges to Republican incum-
bents but also losing some of their own
incumbents.
In a closely watched Kentucky contest,
three-term Republican Rep. Anne Northup
defeated Democrat Jack Conway. Republican
Jeb Bradley defeated Democrat Martha Fuller
Clark for an open New Hampshire seat that
had been Republican.
Republican Rep. Shelley Moore Capito
won a second term in West Virginia, defeating
Democratic challenger Jim Humphreys, a
wealthy lawyer, in what was the most expen-
sive congressional race in the country, with
$9 million raised and spent.
Republicans won three of four races that
See SENATE, Page 7

FRANK PAYNE/Daily
U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, who won his fifth term yesterday, addresses crowds during last
night's Democratic Party victory celebration at the Detroit Renaissance Center.
evin wins ffth
U.S. Senate term-1-

By Tomislav Ladika
and Jennifer Misthal
Daily Staff Reporters

University of Michigan Board of Regents
Asof 2:30 a.m., the race for two Andrea Fisher Newman Gregory Stephens
A open seats on the University
Board of Regents was too close to 1 I 1,019,49
call. Look for complete coverage of Andrew Richner Ismael Ahmed
the race in tomorrow's edition of The -/ Q7 70

DETROIT (AP)-- Michigan voters
chose to stick with experience by re-
electing incumbent U.S. Sen. Carl Levin
to a fifth straight term last night. Levin
secured more than 60 percent of the vote
and extended his Senate tenure to 30
years, while sweeping past Republican
challenger Andrew Raczkowski.
Levin, a Democrat from Detroit,
was considered a heavy favorite by
political pundits and the 62-to-37 per-

representative from Farmington Hills,
was the largest margin among Levin's
five victories.
"Thank you for the vote of confi-
dence" Levin told supporters after pro-
claiming victory at the Democratic
Party's victory party in the Detroit
Renaissance Center. "This is as close as
you can come in politics to winning a
Stanley Cup for the fifth time in a row"
Looking ahead to his fifth term,
Levin pledged to find a way to get the
nation's economy back on track and said
"a priority within a priority" is extend-
ing unemployment benefits.

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