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6 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, November 3, 2004

CROSS

THE

COUNTRY

CALIFORNIA
STEM CELL RESEARCH INITIATIVE
Voters in California voted 59 to 41 percent to pass a
public initiative allocating $3 billion to fund stem
cell research in the state. Backed by Republican Gov.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Proposition 71 marks the start
of the largest state-funded scientific research program
in the United States. The proposition bypasses
restrictions placed on stem-cell research by President
Bush and should place California at the forefront of the
still-developing field.

SOUTH DAKOTA
U.S. SENATE
Republican challenger John Thune thinly
defeated Democratic Senate leader Tom Daschle
in South Dakota yesterday. Daschle earned the
scorn of many Republicans as he was denounced as
an "obstructionist" that tried to stall bills on many
domestic issues.
Republicans tried hard to unseat Daschle,
even sending Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist
(R-Tenn.) to South Dakota to campaign against
Daschle - breaking a tradition that held the other
party's Senate leader does not campaign against
his counterpart. When Congress meets again
Democrats will have to pick a new leader for their
future as the minority party.

ILLINOIS
U.S. SENATE
Democratic state Sen. Barack Obama, a political star in the
making, triumphed easily in the Illinois contest, and will be the
only black among 100 senators when the new Congress convenes
in January.
Obama, 43, had no difficulty dispatching Alan Keyes, a black
conservative whose outspoken views against abortion and homo-
sexuality earned disdain from some members of his own party.
The Democratic state legislator's victory in a race to replace
Republican Sen. Peter Fitzgerald capped a remarkable rise. He
first gained national prominence this summer when his party's
presidential candidate, Sen. John Kerry, tapped him to deliver the
keynote address at the Democratic National Convention.

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COLORADO
ELECTORAL VOTE PROPOSAL
Voters in Colorado defeated a ballot initiative which
would have allocated the state's nine electoral votes
proportionally. The measure would have applied to could
have split the electoral votes based on how much of the
popular vote they won. Colorado, along with 47 other
states, grants all of its electoral votes to the presidential
candidate who wins the popular vote.

TEXAS R
U.S. HOUSE
Republicans defeated three veteran Texas Democrats as they glided
toward extending their decade-long control of the U.S. House of Rep-
resentatives.
Months after Texas's dominant state Republicans redrew congressional
district lines to the GOP's advantage, the fiercely disputed plan bore fruit
and fueled the party's hopes of holding its House majority. Among its chief
architects were House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas), who was eas-
ily re-elected.
Texas Democratic Reps. Charles Stenholm, a leading fiscal conserva-
tive and power on the Agriculture Committee, and Martin Frost, a one-
time member of his party's leadership, were both defeated, along with Rep.
Max Sandlin. Along with a fourth Texas Democrat who was also trailing,
the group had a total of 68 years of House experience.

LOUISIANA
POLLING PROBLEMS
In New Orleans, problems with
machines, some of which did not boot
precinct workers to tell voters they wou
come back, voting activists said.
"New Orleans wins the award for th
ing situation in the country when it
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