2A - Wednesday, November 8, 2006
Stabenow keeps Senate seat
Incumbent gets another 6
years, vows education support
By DAVE MEKELBURG,
Daily Staff Reporter
In a dominatingvictory over Republican chal-
lenger Mike Bouchard, Democratic Sen. Debbie
Stabenow retained her seat in the U.S. Senate.
Stabenow defeated Bouchard, the Oakland
County sheriff, by a 16-point margin as of 3:50
a.m. with 96 percent of the precincts reporting.
Late Monday night, Stabenow made one of
her final campaign appearances at the Michigan
Union with Gov. Jennifer Granholm.
It seems to have paid off. In the predominantly
student precincts, Stabenowtook 77.94 percent. EMMA NOLAN-ABRAHAMiAN/Daily
"Tonight the people of Michigan chose a race Sen. Debbie Stabenow is interviewed by Fox news
to thetop, andthat's what we're goingto do," she after celebrating her victory over Mike Bouchard at
said in her victory speech. "I intend to suit up the Renaissance Center in Detroit yesterday.
and go back to work on your behalf." Pell Grant funding and gradually making col-
Education was one of Stabenow's main talk- lege tuition tax-deductible for families.
ing points during the campaign. She railed Other tenets of her campaign were increased
against President Bush's higher education poli- health care coverage and keeping jobs in Michi-
cies and his proposed cuts to Perkins Loans. gan. In an interview last month with The Michi-
Stabenow has said she would like to reroute gan Daily, Stabenow said one of her biggest
money from oil company tax loopholes toward priorities is enforcing American patents and
education. She said another way to fund educa- putting the U.S. markets on equal footing with
tion could be negotiating lower pharmaceutical other countries vying for international trade.
costs to drive down Medicare expenditures. "We are Democrats fighting for the men and
Her "Kick Start to College Act" would match women of the middle class of this country, the
funds put away by families for their children's men and women who want to become the mid-
college educations. She also supports increasing dle class of this country," Stabenow said.
LSA junior Jonathan Kendall holds a poster for Voice Your Vote in the rain
on the Diag yesterday afternoon.
in regental election
By GABE NELSON In a year when Democrats
Daily StaffReporter managed to mobilize diehard
voters in large numbers, Brandon
Michigan voters unseated a and Brown had the deck stacked
Republican incumbent and elect- against them.
ed two Democrats to the Univer- "It's hard to get elected when
sity Board of Regents yesterday. the top of the ticket doesn't do
Followingthe election, the bal- well, and I'm sorry they didn't do
ance of power on the board will better," Brown said. "But I have
swing even further in favor of the great hopes for the state."
Democrats, who already control Last night, Darlow said she
the board by a 5 to 3 margin. enjoyed the campaign.
On Jan. 1, when the newly "It's been an extraordinary
elected regents take office, that process, meeting so many people
majority will swell to6 to 2. that are engaged about what hap-
Democrats Kathy White, an pens in this state and this coun-
incumbent, and Julia Darlow, a try," she said.
newcomer, defeated Republican The board will also be respon-
candidates David Brandon and sible for leading the University in
Susan Brown. the post-Proposal 2 era.
Brandon, an incumbent who is Darlow said balancing the
also chairman and CEO of Dom- need for diversity with Proposal
ino's Pizza, has served as regent 2's ban on racial preferences will
since 1998. He has been an active be an immense challenge for the
supporter of the Athletic Depart- board.
ment, including its plans to add "The board should certainly
skyboxes to Michigan Stadium. seek an inclusive interpretation
But generally, the regents of the proposal and seek to vali-
refrained from taking hard date the programs that it has in
stances on issues. place," she said.
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