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Vol. 84 No. 54
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The Beater News Report
WASHINGTON - President Reagan Tuesday night
won a stunning re-election victory as voters across the
nation affirmed their support for his conservative poli
cies and philosophy.
Democrat Walter Mondale, 56, conceded shortly after
10:15 CST. With results reported from 46 of the 50
states, Mondale had yet to win a single one except the
District of Columbia.
Reagan was getting about 59 percent of the popular
vote to 41 percent for Mondale, one of the biggest leads
ever amassed by one presidential candidate over another.
In the electoral college, where 270 of 538 votes are
needed to win election, Reagan had 505 votes to three
for Mondale, according to unofficial returns and televi
sion network projections.
Mondale's dream of a Harry Truman-style upset was
shattered by a public clearly satisfied with Reagan's
stewardship of the nation.
In Los Angeles, Reagan claimed victory over Mondale
amid cheers of "four more years" from hundreds of sup
porters. "I think that has just been arranged " the presi
dent said, grinning.
With his wife, Nancy, and family by his side in the
ballroom of the Century Plaza hotel, Reagan declared:
"It seems we did this four years ago. Let me just say, well,
you know, good habits are hard to break."
lie then grew serious, adding: "Our work is not fin
ished...to each one of you I say, tonight is the end of
nothing, it is the beginning of everything.
"We set out, I remember, back almost 20 years ago and
said we could start a prairie fire here in California, We
began to carry a message, a very simple message, the
message is, here in America, the people are in charge."
Then he launched into what hi3 first administration
had accomplished, saying he was proud of stopping
inflation, rebuilding American strength and putting mil
lions of Americans back to work.
"Four years ago, when we celebrated victory, our
country was faced with some deep and disturbing prob
lems. But instead of complaining together, we rolled up
our sleeves and worked together," he said. He added: "By
rebuilding our strength we can come closer to the day
when all nations can reduce nuclear weapons and ban
ish them from the earth entirely.
"Let's keep that prairie fire alive America's best
days lie ahead. You know, youll forgive, I'm going to do it
just one more time, Tou ain't seen nothin' yet.' "
A weary but smiling Mondale conceded while polling
was still continuing in some West Coast states, telling
cheering supporters in St. Paul in his home state of
Minnesota he had telephoned Reagan and asking fol
lowers not to despair.
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Photo Courtesy of Th Associated Press
eagan s magic touch felt by state, local candidates
The Renter News Report
WASHINGTON Reagan's magic touch
in this election extended down some
what to Senate, House and even local
His pulling power provided an upset
win for Republican Senate candidate Mitch
McConnell in Kentucky and first returns
from the Democrat-controlled House races
showed Republicans gaining.
Reagan may also have helped right
wing Republican Senator Jesse Helms
win re-election in North Carolina, defeat
ing Gov. James Hunt in one of the year's
However, unofficial returns and televi
sion network projections showed the
Democrats maintaining control of the
House with Republicans possibly cutting
their current majority of 09 by 10 or more
At stake in the congressional elections
through the nation were all 435 House
seats and 33 of 1 00 Senate seats.
With all but two of the Senate contests
decided by early this morning, the Repub
licans had a net loss of only one seat. They
went into the elections with a command
ing 55 to 45 margin in Senate.
The Republicans lost a seat vacated by
Senate Republican Leader Howard Baker
in Tennessee and a seat in Iowa to Tom
Harkin. But they picked up the Kentucky
seat of Democrat Walter Huddleston.
The seat Harkin picked up for the
Democrats was significant since it had
been held by Republican Sen. Roger Jepsen,
who was chairman of the Joint House
Senate Economic Committee.
- In Kentucky, 42-year-old Republican
judge McConnell defeated Sen. Huddles
ton, who was seeking a third term.
Democratic Rep. Albert Gore Jr. de
feated former state Sen. Victor Ashe to
win the Tennessee seat vacated by Baker,
who has said he plans to seek the 1983
Republican presidential nomination.
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Turnout pleases majority of students
By Lisa Nutting
Dally Nebrasifcin Staff Reporter
As the results of the big race
became more and more final, most
of the UNL students keeping track
of the returns near TVs in the
Nebraska Union lounge appeared
to be more and more happy about
the turnout. President Reagan
for four more years.
Junior Steve Chizek of Papil
lion said he voted for Reagan
today and four years ago because
"first of all, I'm a Republican."
Chizek appeared pleased with
early results pointing to the Rea
There's been a rise in patriot
ism with Reagan," Chizek said.
"He's got strong foreign policy
he doesnt get pushed around."
When comparing the policies
of the Democrats and the Repub
licans, Chizek said he thinks Re
publican policies are more moral
a characteristic both impor
tant and weighty in pulling votes.
Like many students, Chizek said
Mondale's policies, especially re
garding taxes, turned him against
the Democrat. "I'm not going to
vote for a tax increase."
Brenda Lightbody, a political
science major from Lincoln, a
Mondale supporter, appeared dis
appointed but not surprised by
"I'm obviously a minority."
Lightbody said she thinks Rea
gsn w"ovrwhaming!y too popu
lar " for a balanced election. She
also said she thinks Mondale was
hurt by his term with Carter, but
not by his vice-presidential partner
Geraldine Ferraro, the nation's
first female vice-presidential can
didate. "She held her own," Lightbody
Lightbody said she didn't vote
for Reagan because he stands for
everything she is against.
"I think he's a Teflon man," she
said. "Nothing sticks. He's a cam
paign of images, not issues."
Lightbody, who described her
self as "an old Democrat," said
she still believes Mondale was the
"I think he's more realistic of
what this country is about," she
Sam Mureithi, one of UNL's
many international students, said
he would have voted for Reagan if
he could have. Mureithi is a senior
life sciences major from Kenya,
"As far as I'm concerned, Fve
seen him as a strong leader,"
Mureithi said he thinks many
Americans have a lot of confi
dence in President Reagan.
Mureithi said he attributes the
Reagan van to the president's
People are leery to take a chance
with Mondale, he said, they feel
safe with Reagan.
"From what Fve seen, in terms
of shaping the economy, I think
the future is going to be brighter
than weVe seen so far," Mureithi
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