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Election Day is stretching into Election WEEK--
We probably won't know who the next President is until late tomorrow.
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But a fairly early decision made Republican George Allen Virginia's new U-S Senator.
A complete list of local and state election results, coming up.
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Passing showers all over the mid-Atlantic today... but they may be getting heavier tomorrow. Our complete forecast is ahead.
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Stay tuned-- News 7 at noon is next.

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If you went to bed early last night, you were in for a surprise today.
The final tally in the Presidential election STILL isn't in.
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[Election-2000]


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[THIS GENERIC ENDS ON DREW]

Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
All eyes are on Florida, where a re-count is underway.
Faulty information had Al Gore winning that state initially last night, then George W- Bush moved ahead by a small margin.
The recount means the Sunshine State's 25 electoral votes are still up for grabs, and will give either Gore or Bush the victory.
Once again, we have team coverage from both candidates' headquarters.
Terisa Estacio joins us first, from the state capitol in Austin, Texas.
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[SUPER=701-George W. Bush/(R) Presidential Candidate;]

((
The city of Austin remains quiet this morning after a whirlwind election night. Even the candidates have stayed out of the spotlight. The last time we saw Gov. Bush he was watching the election returns and feeling good about his chances.

SOT: Gov. George W. Bush/R-Presidential Candidate


But that was before he began a political roller coast ride...his fate resting in the hands of Florida voters.
Initial returns promised a win for Al Gore but questions surrounding the vote count pushed the decision back to the undecided column, setting up a recount.

SOT: Bush Aid

"The secretary of state office now has the obligation, because it finished in less than 1/2 of 1% to do the automatic recount."
Despite the controversy, Gov. Bush's aides say he remains confident that hell come out on top.
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[SUPER=701-Bob Butterworth/Florida Attorney General;]

(( THE SUNSHINE STATE HOLDS THE KEY TO THE PRESIDENCY TODAY FOR AL GORE. ELECTION WORKERS THERE ARE RECOUNTING SIX MILLION VOTES.

SOT: BOB BUTTERWORTH/FLORIDA ATTORNEY GENERAL

"IN ESSENCE IT APPEARS WE ARE DETERMINING WHO THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IS GOING TO BE."
THAT'S BECAUSE ONLY A FEW HUNDRED VOTES SEPARATE THE CANDIDATES IN FLORIDA . IT WAS JUST AS CLOSE NATIONALLY WITH GORE AND BUSH BATTLING TO A VIRTUAL DRAW IN ONE OF THE MOST MEMORABLE NIGHTS IN AMERICAN POLITICAL HISTORY. GORE IS LEADING THE POPULAR VOTE. BUT NEITHER CANDIDATE HAS SECURED THE MAGIC NUMBER OF 270 ELECTORAL VOTES, DESPITE PREMATURE DECLARATIONS OF A BUSH VICTORY.
)) [LIVE-Drew tosses to Anchor]

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The presidential race may be keeping everyone in suspense ... but minds were made up early in Virginia. It was George W. Bush all the way.
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[Election Page #100 -- President/VA Vote]


He captured more than half the votes yesterday. Al Gore was seven percentage points behind. [Next Page]
Ralph Nader of the Green Party came in third, followed by Libertarian Harry Browne, [Next Page]
Pat Buchanan of the Reform Party,
and Howard Phillips of the Constitution party.
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[Gilmore]


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The presidential race is a hot topic in Richmond, hotter than the Shockoe Slip in the summer.
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And one of the Bush partisans who wants to know how it all turns out is with Ellen Qualls at the state capitol.
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[LIVE INTERVIEW]

[SUPER=707-Gov. Jim Gilmore]




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[Bush-Allen]


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News 7 caught up with Senator Elect George Allen this morning. Allen says he's cautiously optimistic Bush will pull off a win in Florida.

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Allen says absentee ballots usually tally in favor of Republicans.

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George Allen celebrated his victory last night over Chuck Robb.
(+++++++)

[Take US Senate Race -- 120]
Polls said the race would be fairly close, and it was ... with Allen defeating the two-term incumbent by four percentage points.
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[Robb]


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With Chuck Robb's defeat, Virginia Democrats have lost their hold on all statewide offices.
They're now looking ahead to the next election.
Joe Dashiell has more.
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[Greenbrier-Gambling]


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There will be NO casino gambling at the Greenbrier Resort.
(+++++++)
[Election page #390 - Greenbrier Gambling]


Voters in Greenbrier County, West Virginia turned down the gambling proposal, despite a heavily-funded effort by the resort to pass the measure.
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[Iron-Gate-Referendum]


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Iron Gate WILL remain a town.
(+++++++)
[Election page #340 - Iron Gate Referendum]


Voters there decided by a 3-to-1 margin NOT to drop the charter and become an unincorporated part of Allegheny County.
The vote means Iron Gate will have to figure out on its own how to pay for one-and-a-half million dollars in sewer improvements.
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[Hunt-Fish-Amendment]


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Virginia Voters left no doubt about it .. they favor two changes to the state's Constitution.
(+++++++)
[Election page #230 - Hunt/Fish]


They easily approved an amendment to guarantee the rights of Virginians to hunt, fish and trap game. Animal rights groups fought against this, but lost by a large margin.
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[take next leader page]

[Lottery-Amendment]


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(+++++++)
[Election page #220 - Lottery]


Virginians also want the constitution to spell out how lottery proceeds will be spent.
Voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment ... requiring lottery proceeds to go to counties, cities and towns for public education.
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[5th-House]


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Virgil Goode is heading back to Washington, but for the first time, he is NOT going as a Democrat.
(+++++++)
[Election Page #150 -- 5th District]


Goode is going to the House of Representatives for a third term, his first as an Independent. He turned back a challenge from Democrat John Boyd,
[Take second #150 page]

and the other Independent in this race, Joseph Spence from Ringgold.
(+++++++)

[5th District map full]
The fifth district stretches from Albemarle County all the way south to the North Carolina border.
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[Goode]


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Goode celebrated his victory in Danville last night.
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The Independent Congressman took the podium late in the evening.
He said he wanted to first talk with John Boyd before accepting victory.
Goode left the Democratic party earlier this year and said he expected a challenge.
Goode believes his position on the issues made the difference.
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((VIRGIL GOODE/I-FIFTH DISTRICT: I THINK THEY AGREED WITH US WITH THE NEED TO PROTECT SOCIAL SECURITY, HAVE A PRESCRIPTION DRUG BENEFIT AND MAKE TAXES SIMPLER AND FAIRER BY DOING SUCH THINGS AS ELIMINATING THE MARRIAGE TAX PENALTY.))
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During his acceptance speech... the fifth district Congressman thanked his wife, daughter and Republican supporters.
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[9th-House]


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Democrat Rick Boucher is going back to Washington for a tenth term in Congress.
(+++++++)
[Election Page #180 -- 9th District]


He easily turned back a challenge from Michael "Oz" Osborne-
Boucher with 69 percent of the vote to Osborne's 31.
(+++++++)

[9th District map full]
The ninth district stretches from the Western parts of the Roanoke Valley, through the New River Valley and far Southwest Virginia.
Boucher declared victory last night in his hometown of Abingdon.
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[Boucher-Osborne]


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((RICK BOUCHER: I WANT TO EXPRESS MY APPRECIATION TO THE RESIDENTS OF THIS REGION FOR THEIR VOTE OF CONFIDENCE IN THE EFFORTS WE HAVE UNDERWAY. I ALSO WANT TO SAY THANK YOU AND COMMEND MY OPPONENT WHO, WITHOUT VERY MANY RESOURCES, CONDUCTED A SPIRITED CAMPAIGN. AND IN ORDER TO GET ATTENTION, ON OCCASION HAD TO DO THINGS THAT WERE HUMOROUS AND, ON OCCASION, I EVEN FOUND THEM TO BE HUMOROUS.))
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Boucher won the tenth term with his largest margin of victory ever.
He says his next two years will continue to focus on bringing high-tech jobs and better infrastructure to Southwest Virginia.
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[L'burg-Referendum]


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Lynchburg voters say "no thanks" to a higher sales tax.
(+++++++)
[Election page #350 - Lynchburg Referendum]


They turned down a plan that could have increased the sales tax- to help pay for school improvements.
As Steve Smallshaw reports, both sides say they were surprised to see the sales tax measure go down to defeat and by such a wide margin.
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It was a bright spot in an otherwise tense evening for Lynchburg Republicans.. by a wide margin of more than ten percent, voters rejected a plan to raise the state sales tax by a penny to pay for local school improvements.
Opponents say they never expected to win this argument.. but apparently residents were unconvinced that a sales tax hike was the way to go.
[SOT 20:29:49]

((ROBERT GARBER/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: THEY JUST SAID 'WE'RE TAXED ENOUGH, LET'S FIND ANOTHER WAY TO DO THIS THING', AND IT'S NOT THAT PEOPLE ARE AGAINST EDUCATION, IT'S NOT THAT WE'RE AGAINST EDUCATION, IT'S JUST THAT HEY, LET'S LOOK AT OTHER WAYS TO DO THIS.))
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And that is the 100 million dollar question right now.. how WILL Lynchburg find the money over the next ten years to fix up and renovate its aging public schools?
Council member Bert Dodson says he doesn't have an answer right now.. but he hopes those who opposed the tax hike do.
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((BERT DODSON/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: WHERE DO YOU GO FROM THERE? I HAVE NO IDEA. MAYBE SOMEBODY ELSE HAS GOT A BRILLIANT IDEA ON HOW TO MAKE MONEY TO PAY FOR THE SCHOOLS, BUT WE NEED TO IMPROVE THE SCHOOLS.))
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((ROBERT GARBER: IT'S A MATTER NOW OF PUTTING TOGETHER AN ALTERNATIVE PAN TO DO THIS THING. AND PEOPLE IN LYNCHBURG SUPPORT EDUCATION AND WE'LL DO IT.))
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Steve Smallshaw, News 7, Lynchburg.))
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[D'ville-Referendum]


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Two Southside communities have voted to pour money in to school improvements.
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[Election page #310 - Danville Referendum]

Danville voters agreed to a 16 million dollar school bond that will raise the real estate tax by just over nine cents.

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The money will fund infrastructure at Langston Focus Center and George Washington High School .. Improvements, teachers say, are desperately needed.
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((MARY PANIEL/ASSISTANT TEACHER: IN OUR SCHOOL SYSTEM WE NEED IT TO BE FIXED BECAUSE OUR SCHOOL IS LIKE FALLING APART AND THE BOND WILL HELP COMPUTERS AND HELP GET AIR CONDITIONING, FIX UP THE SCHOOL.))
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[OUT Q= fix up the school.]
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[VO-NAT]

That bond is expected to be paid off in 20 years - however the 9-cent tax increase will NOT automatically be rescinded once the bond is paid off.
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[Pitts-Referendum]


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Pittsylvania County schools are in for some major improvements.
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[Election page #370 - Pittsylvania Referendum]


Voters there said yes by a wide margin to a 40-million, 300-thousand dollar school bond- to improve schools. (-------------)