[24th-Delegate]

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Republicans will keep control of the 24th House of Delegates district .. the one held for years by former House Speaker Vance Wilkins.
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[Take Leader 400] Here's a look at the final vote. Ben Cline captured 58 per cent of the vote .. winning everywhere in the district except Lexington, the home town of Democrat Mimi Elrod.
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What was billed as a competitive race in the 24-th district wasn't close at all.
Joe Dashiell has more from Rockbridge County on the results of the special election.
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As for Mimi Elrod, the Democrat says that she considers her campaign a successful one .. even though she didn't come out on top.
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[SUPER=403-Rockbridge Co.]

In conceding victory to Cline, Elrod said her campaign brought up issues like education, the environment, and the economy. Meanwhile, she says she hopes her opponent will keep his promises made during the campaign.
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Elrod says its too early to tell if she will run when the 24th district seat is up for election again next year. But adds... it's something she will consider.
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[9th-District]


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In the 9th district, Rick Boucher sailed to an easy victory for his 11th term in Washington.
(+++++++)

[Take Leader 300] Republicans hoped Jay Katzen's move to Abingdon would unseat the Democrat, but Boucher held on easily... getting nearly two thirds of the votes.
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[5th-District]


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Two area congressmen survived election-day challenges .. but for one of them .. it was his first try after switching parties.
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[Take Leader 200] That's the 5th district, where Virgil Goode is still appears to be just as popular as a Republican .. as he was while a Democrat. He defeated Meredith Richards by almost a two-to-one margin.
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Goode celebrated his landslide victory last night at the Carrington Center in Danville.
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He arrived to a thunderous applause about two hours after the polls closed.
He thanked supporters before taking a congratulatory phone call from Senator George Allen.
The Congressman says he's ready to head back to Washington with several main goals in mind.
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((VIRGIL GOODE: I HOPE WE CAN GET THE PRESCRIPTION DRUG BENEFIT PASSED. I KNOW A LOT OF THAT DEPENDS WHAT TRANSPIRES IN THE SENATE IN A LITTLE BIT. AND WE ALSO NEED TO GET UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS EXTENDED FOR A NUMBER OF PERSONS.))
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Goode also says he wants to work to make the tax cut permanent.
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While Goode heads back to Congress-- his opponent Meredith Richards returns to her seat on Charlottesville City Council. Richards appeared before about a hundred supporters at her downtown headquarters last night and officially conceded the race around nine fifteen. She says she's proud of the campaign she waged-- but admitted it was an uphill battle from the start.
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Richard says she'll continue to work to improve central Virginia and she's looking "very seriously" at another run in 2-thousand four.
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[Bond-Issues]


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In the most closely-watched statewide votes, Virginians gave strong approval to bond issues that will provide millions of dollars to state-funded colleges and state parks.
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[Take Leader 110]
Here are the numbers.
More than 70 percent OK'd 900 million in bonds for improvements at state schools. [Take Leader 120]
And state parks will be getting more than 100 million dollars. The margin was a little lower than the education issue .. but still overwhelming.
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[National-Election]


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Last night proved to be a victorious win for Republicans, as they win control over both the U-S House and Senate.

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For President Bush, the historic Election Night will result in him having an easier time pushing his agenda through, once the new Congress opens in January.
That victory that put the Republicans over the top was in Missouri.
It wasn't until the early hours of the morning that Jim Talent accepted his win over Jean Carnahan.
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Republicans also won in other close races-- including North Carolina, where Elizabeth Dole claimed the seat.
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However the Senate races in Louisiana and South Dakota remain un- decided.

And votes are still being counted in Minnesota in the Walter Mondale- Norm Coleman match-up.[Interest-Rates]



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In business news, politicians had a lot to say about the economy before Election Day--
Now it's the Federal Reserve's turn.
The Fed's top policy- setting group meets today behind closed doors to consider a possible cut in interest rates.
Many analysts are expected at least a quarter- point cut.
Those looking for a cut say that the Fed will be most influenced by last week's report showing that unemployment rose to five-point-seven percent last month.
The rising jobless rate also raises concerns that the struggling recovery could be in danger of stalling altogether. Now here's a look at your local stocks.
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Voters in several area counties and communities had ballot questions to consider, and they were not in a very approving mood..
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[Take Leader 640] In Lexington and Rockbridge County, voters said "No" to replacing the century-old courthouse with a new one.. just one block away. [Take Leader 650] And in Rockbridge County ONLY .. a 10 million dollar bond to finance construction was also on the ballot.
But voters shot that one down as well. [Take Leader 630] And the residents of Patrick County spoke loud and clear.
They want no part of borrowing 37 million dollars to build a new county middle school.
83 per cent .. or about 5 of every 6 voters .. voted "No".
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[Special-Elections]


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Two area counties held contested special elections yesterday.
(+++++++)

[Take Leader 610] A five-way race for Treasurer in Bland County, where JoAnn Shewey, who had been appointed to the post, defeated four others hoping to take her place. She captured more votes than the next two candidates combined. [Take Leader 620] And in Patrick County, another appointed office-holder was able to remain in office. Charles Smith keeps his seat as Supervisor in the Mayo River district ... outpacing Dan Foley Senior by about 200 votes.
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In other news this morning, the former pastor of Roanoke's Saint Andrew's Catholic Church is resuming his duties as a priest after being cleared of sexual misconduct.
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Father Randy Rule was suspended in August after an allegation of sexual misconduct involving a high school seminary student twenty-six years ago.
The Diocese of Richmond's review board found that Rule's conduct was "inappropriate."
The board, however, did NOT think the incident warranted removing the 53-year-old priest.
Rule, who was at St. Andrew's for nine years, has been assigned to a church in Richmond.
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Rule's attorney issued a statement yesterday saying the "entire process has been intensely traumatic" for the priest.
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A Franklin County museum is staying put.
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Ferrum College had considered moving the Blue Ridge Institute Farm Museum to make way for a grocery store.
The school's trustees met this weekend and decided to scrap the plan for now.
They did however leave the option open to develop other parts of the campus.
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The victory was a familiar one for Boucher .. but still a sweet one.
He says yesterday's win sends a couple of messages: negative campaigning doesn't work .. and voters believe in his commitment to bring new jobs to the region.
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((REP. RICK BOUCHER/(D) 9TH DISTRICT:I CAN TELL YOU THAT WE ARE VERY CLOSE TO ANNOUNCING THAT ANOTHER OF THE TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES MY SHOWCASING SOUTHWEST, VIRGINIA PROGRAM HAS INTRODUCED TO THE REGION WILL BE LOCATING IN ANOTHER OF OUR COAL PRODUCING COUNTIES AND CREATING 21ST CENTURY JOBS))
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Boucher celebrated his victory with dozens of his supporters at the Martha Washington Inn in Abingdon.
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[Katzen]


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Boucher's opponent in the Ninth, Republican Jay Katzen, says he's not sure what his future holds.
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The former House of Delegates member made his concession speech last night surrounded by family and supporters at an Abingdon restaurant.
Katzen says running against an incumbent is an uphill battle but that it wasn't a deterrent during campaigning.
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((JAY KATZEN/REPUBLICAN 9TH DISTRICT CANDIDATE:I EXPECTED MORE VOTES BUT WE ARE PLEASED WITH EACH AND EVERY VOTE WE GOT. WE WORKED HARD I NEVER HAD A GROUP IN ANY RACE THAT WORKED AS HARD AS THE PEOPLE DID SUPPORTING ME))
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Katzen moved to Abingdon to run in the race. He says he will most likely move again but that it will be within the 9th district.
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Governor Mark Warner says he's "excited" over the bond issue votes .. even if the sales tax ones didn't go his way.
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Added together, the bonds will raise almost one billion dollars for new facilities at Virginia's college campuses and state parks.
Warner was a major supporter of both bond issues.
But it was a mixed night for the Governor.
He had also campaigned hard for the the transportation sales tax votes that went down in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads.
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The sales tax referendum sought to raise billions of dollars in transportation improvements for those two traffic-clogged regions.
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[Senator]


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Senator John Warner had no Democratic party opposition on the ballot .. as he sought a fifth 6-year term.
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[Take Leader #100]

And no surprise to this outcome .. Warner will return to the Capitol.
He pulled in more than 80 percent of the vote against the two independents.
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[Amendments]


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Virginians gave their strong endorsement to two constitutional amendments.
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[Take Leader 130]
One would give wrongfully convicted people a better chance of being exonerated. Voters said yes to that question by almost three to one. [Take Leader 140] The other would give local governments the power to determine whether properties should be tax-exempt instead of the state.
That amendment also passed overwhelmingly.
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[Goodlatte]


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Bob Goodlatte had no ballot opposition .. in his sixth run for Congress in the 6th district.
Independent Martin Jeffrey mounted a write-in campaign. Close to three thousand write-ins were cast in the district, but most of those were entered in the Staunton and Harrisonburg areas. The names and their specific numbers of write-in votes are not yet counted.