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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Nov. 9, 1994)
■ GOP takes control of
A ^ Congress. See page 2.
1 Jm Kennedy wins; Cuomo
falls. See page 2.
X ■ Term-limit initiative
NOV 8 1994 approved. See page 7.
SPECIAL ELECTION EDITION
Republicans surge to claim control of both houses of Congress
for the first time in 40 years. But in Nebraska ...
Kerrey bucks U.S. trend
In Bob Kerrey Is congratulated after hl» acceptance speech In Omaha Tuesday night Belew:
Republican candidate Jan Stoney hugs supporters after she conceded the Senate race.
wasn’t in vain
iy HMKiniw wane
OMAHA — Jan Stoney, a political un
known at the beginning of the campaign,
conceded defeat to incumbent Democrat
Bob Kerrey Tuesday night.
Her husband. Larry, summed up the night
in one phrase
“The voters have spoken,” he said.
Stoney said in her concession that Kerrey
had run a good race, and that her campaign
did everything possible to unseat the junior
‘Tonight we witnessed a miracle,” she
said. “Democracy has worked. We may not
like the outcome, but we cannot deny the
The evening was dotted with cheers from
Stoney supporters about Republican victo
ries announced on television. The mood
among supporters was tense but upbeat as
the first returns appeared on local news
Stoney told the more than 250 supporters
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iy Brian Sharp
OMAHA — After all the trash
talking and mudslinging in the sena
torial race the past few weeks, Sen.
Bob Kerrey found himself on top of
the heap Tuesday night.
The same could not be said for the
rest of the Democratic party.
By taking 55 percent of the vote,
Kerrey defeated Republican chal
lenger Jan Stoney, who had 45 per
cent. His victory was cheered by hun
dreds of supporters at the Old Mill
Holiday Inn as the balloons came
down and the band struck up “Happy
Days Are Here Again.”
“I thank you very, very much for
your support, for your friendship, for
your hard work and for this victory of
all the people in the state of Ne
Tfilska,” Kerrey said.
But the Senate he will return to
will look much different. Democrats
lost nine seats in the Senate and 54
seats in the House, as Republicans
took control of Congress for the first
time in 40 years.
“It’s ^fragile thing, the trust that
people have in you,” Kerrey said
laterofthe Democratic loss. “And we
lost it tonight. The entire Democratic
party received a rebuke this evening. ”
Kerrey said the swing in parties
meant he would not become the chair
man of the Intelligence Committee
and instead would be a ranking mem
It will be a “big step down,” but
Kerrey said he planned to have a
voice in the committee’s agenda dur
ing the next six years.
Joe Bataillon, chairman of the
Nebraska Democratic Party, blamed
the tough fight waged by Democrats
this election year on a variety of
The party with a president in of
fice always loses ground in Con
gress, he said, and incumbents al
ways suffer from backlash. The nega
tive campaigning in the senatorial
race also discouraged voters.
In the end, the races came down
simply to who could get their sup
porters to the polls.
Kerrey said he hoped Democrats
would not impose gridlock on Con
gress similar to Republicans’ actions
in past years.
“The difficulty in progress doesn’t
have to do with beliefs,” Kerrey said.
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‘Landslide Ben’s’ 74 percent of vote beats Spence
By PtOwi Jmt—n
OMAHA — Gov. Ben Nelson
toppled two Nebraska landmarks
Tuesday in a decisive victory over
Republican challenger Gene Spence.
Not only was Nelson the first gov
ernor to gain a second term in Ne
braska in 20 years, he won the office
by the largest margin of victory since
1964. Nelson claimed 74 percent of
the vote with 97 percent of precincts
“That gives new meaning to the
term ‘Landslide Ben/" Lt. Gov. Kim
Robak, who also was elected, said
during Nelson’s victory party at the
Old Mill Holiday Inn in Omaha.
Nelson earned the nickname after
his narrow victory over Kay Orr four
Spence received only 26 percent
of the vote and conceded defeat by 9
“Seventy-four to 26,” Nelson said
as be took the stage to give his accep
tance speech. “That’s going to be the
score when Nebraska wins the na
‘Tonight the people of Nebraska
have spoken,” Nelson said to a crowd
of supporters wearing Nelson stick
ers and carrying yard signs bearing
his name. “They have spoken loudly
and clearly. They have given us a
vote of confidence for the past four
years, and they have given us a vote
of confidence for the next four years.”
Nelson said Nebraskans had spo
ken for holding the line on spending,
bipartisan government and innova
tive state programs.
“Tonight Nebraskans have spo
ken in support of innovative and com
petitive programs that move our state
ahead in creative ways,” he said.
“We have proven we can create jobs,
stabilize taxes and compete anywhere
in the \*orld.”
Sonny Foster, Nelson’s campaign
manager, said Nelson’s victory was
large because he was able to win
votes from Democrats, Republicans
Foster said that as governor,
Nelson had striven to bring Nebras
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