Election Day, 1995.
Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
A final spin on the campaign as the race for control of the state house
comes down to the final hour.
There's even some news UN-related to the election.
Tonight in sports, We'll tell you is this year's National League manager of
We'll hear from Tech quarterback Jim Druckenmiller.
And talk with former UVA basketball All-American Dawn Staley who returns to
U-Hall tonight as a member of the U-S women's national team.
You will get another chance to try on a winter coat as the northwest winds
really pick up tomorrow. The chilly details just ahead.
Republicans are hoping to make history in Virginia today.
Democrats hope only to preserve it.
Virginia voters will fill all 140 seats of the General Assembly.
But the man who may be most effected, Governor George Allen is not even on
Ellen Qualls is at the state capitol where this morning she watched the
Governor cast his vote.
(AD LIB ELLEN)
VO-NAT ROLLED FROM THE TRUCK
**Ellen mic hot under vo
OUT Q=tomorrow morning.
One of the races that Richmond will be watching is the Roanoke Valley
contest between Trixie Averill and Dick Cranwell.
And tonight, Joe Dashiell is in Vinton with a look at the final hours of
Ellen, a high-dollar, high- volume campaign comes to an end this evening...
when we'll see if the voters return a 24- year incumbent or embrace a
challenger promising change.
IN Q=OPENS ON NAT SOUND
SUPER=01-Trixie Averill/(R) House of Delegates Candidate; :34
OUT Q=the question is whose?
((SOT opens on nat sound of candidates
IN Q=Eenie, meenie, minie, moe
((EENEY, MEENEY, MINEY, MOE... UNDER THE Cs, AS IN CHARLIE RICHARD CRANWELL.))
OUT Q=as in Charlie Richard Cranwell.
The candidates were up early and off on the final steps of a two- month
Delegate Dick Cranwell predicted victory for Democrats across the state.
IN Q=It's time for the gentle reasoned voices
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D- VINTON: IT'S TIME FOR THE GENTLE REASONED VOICES IN
VIRGINIA TO SPEAK, AND WHEN THEY DO, I THINK THAT THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE RUN THIS
STATE FOR SO LONG AND DONE SUCH A GOOD JOB WILL GET A VOTE OF CONFIDENCE.))
OUT Q=get a vote of confidence.
This afternoon, Trixie Averill was still looking forward to a Republican
majority in Richmond that includes her.
IN Q=Yeah, Id say we have
((TRIXIE AVERILL/R- HOUSE OF DELEGATES CANDIDATE: YEAH, I'D SAY WE HAVE AN
EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY TO DO THAT. HOW THE WEATHER IS GOING TO AFFECT IT IS
SOMETHING ELSE I DON'T KNOW. IT'S OBVIOUSLY GOING TO KEEP SOME VOTERS AT HOME.
THE QUESTION IS WHOSE?))
OUT Q=the question is whose?))
We'll have to wait just a little while longer for the answer to that
But Keith, here in Roanoke County, it appears the pointed rhetoric of this
race, has helped increase voter turnout, in spite of today's rain.
The Roanoke area Democrats remain focused on getting out the vote, and
persuading people to go with their party line once they get to the polls.
Senate candidate John Edwards was out before first light at Fishburn Park
Elementary School, greeting voters, asking them to give him the nod.
Incumbent Delegate Chip Woodrum killed two birds with one stone, casting his
ballot and campaigning outside the Crystal Spring voting station.
And fellow incumbent Delegate Vic Thomas also hit the pavement, predicting
today's turnout will be on the heavy side.
So far, the sportsman's candidate is right on target.
As of three-o'clock today, almost 40-percent of all eligible voters in
Roanoke had shown up at the polls.
IN Q=I'd say
((GILBERT BUTLER/ROANOKE ELECTORAL BOARD: I'D SAY SOMEWHERE BETWEEN 55 AND 60
PERCENT IS OUR PROJECTED TOTAL VOTE, WHICH IS A VERY HIGH NUMBER FOR A
LEGISLATIVE ONLY ELECTION.))
SUPER=01-Gilbert Butler/Roanoke Electoral Board;
OUT Q=legislative only election.
The last time Roanoke's voter turnout was in the 60-percent range was 1992,
a presidential election year.
Roanoke County also reports a strong voter turnout.
Local repubicans say they're getting ready to celebrate their victory
Kimberly McBroom joins us from the Days Inn Airport where Republicans are
planning their big party.
Kim what's the mood like there?
(Rollcue: bring out the voters)
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Newell Falkinburg/(R) House of Delegates Candidate; :39
OUT Q=state wide sweep. (Double OUT)
(When are the republicans expected to arrive there?)
HARD MUSIC UNDER
We have more from election day '95, including the contest which pits a
22- year incumbent against an opponent relatively new to politics,
plus Steve Smallshaw will have a live report on the political hot spots in
Back in a moment.
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MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
Madison Marye has run what he feels is his most important race yet in his 22
years as a State Senator.
The Shawsville Democrat is challenged by
Blacksburg realtor Pat Cupp.
Tracy Altizer is with us from Blacksburg with more on that race.
Keith, the 39th Senate District covers Montgomery, Grayson and Smyth
Counties, and parts of Carroll and Pulaski Counties.
This has been a hotly- contested race, and today the candidates were happy
to have it in the hands of the voters.
SUPER=01-Pat Cupp/(R) Senate Candidate; :38
OUT Q=on around me
(( Pat Cupp was on the attack for much of this campaign, blasting Marye's
record through a series of ads.
But the candidates set their differences aside this afternoon long enough to
exchange niceties outside a Christiansburg precinct.
((HELLO SENATOR, HOW ARE YOU DOING?
GOOD TO SEE YOU. A LITTLE WET TODAY ISN'T IT.
A LITTLE DAMP. ))
With the balance of power on the brink in the General Assembly, Marye says
this is the most important election in 50 years, and will be the most important
of the next 50.
((SEN. MADISON MARYE/D-SHAWSVILLE: I THINK IT'S MOST IMPORTANT TO DETERMINE
WHICH WAY THE STATE IS GONNA GO. HAVE WE BEEN DOING THE RIGHT THING OR NOT?
IT LOOKS LIKE TO ME THAT WE HAVE BEEN DOING THE RIGHT THING AND I BELIEVE MOST
PEOPLE THINK THAT WE HAVE. ))
((PAT CUPP/R-SENATE CANDIDATE: YES, IT IS IMPORTANT, BUT WHAT I DID, I JUST
TRIED TO PLAY IT WITHIN MYSELF AND SET THE RACE, AND BASE IT ON WHAT I COULD
DO, NOT WHAT'S GOING ON AROUND ME.))
Another hot contest we're watching in the New River Valley is for the 12th
House District seat, which covers half of Giles and half of Montgomery County.
Freshman Delegate Jim Shuler of Blacksburg is seeking a second term.
Montgomery County Board of Supervisors Chairman Larry Linkous is out to
Both candidates made the rounds to each of the precincts today, and we hope
to hear from them later this evening.
In Bedford County officials say voter turnout has been steady.
However, one issue on the ballot would turn the area into the largest city
If a consolidation agreement passes between Bedford County and the city of
Bedford it would change the present form of local government in that area.
Officials say high voter turnout indicates that citizens are concerned.
IN Q=Most of these
((MARIE BATTEN/BEDFORD CO. REGISTRAR: ))
((VERLE JOHNSON/BEDFORD CO. ELECTORAL BOARD: ))
SUPER=01-Marie Batten/Bedford Co. Registrar;
SUPER=01-Verle Johnson/Bedford Co. Electoral Board; :12
OUT Q=minutes after seven. DOUBLE OUT!!
The other major issue on the ballot for the Bedford area is a five candidate
Voter turnout in central Virginia also figures to be higher than the state
Four hotly contested sheriff's races and a number of close General Assembly
campaigns have kept the voters interested there.
Steve Smallshaw joins us from Lynchburg. Steve it seems as if the 23rd
District there is kind of a microcosm of what the Republicans are trying to
That's right Keith.. the G-O-P thinks it has a real good shot here at
picking up one of the three state Senate seats they need.
But to do so, a Republican incumbent had to leave his own House of Delegates
***Steve's mic hot under vo**
Such was the quandary for Steve Newman, who's running his fourth political
campaign in just seven years.
Newman's opening came last winter when Democratic state senator Elliot
Schewel announced his retirement.
How Newman fares against Democrat Barbara Coleman could dictate whether his
G-O-P running mate Preston Bryant can win as well.
IN Q=I hope Preston
((STEVE NEWMAN/R- STATE SENATE CANDIDATE: I HOPE PRESTON AND I CAN DO WELL
TODAY, WE'VE BEEN WORKING WELL TOGETHER AND WE'RE HOPING THAT EVERYONE WILL
COME OUT AND VOTE ON THIS FINAL DAY.))
((BARBARA COLEMAN/D- STATE SENATE CANDIDATE: I'M EXCITED. I THINK WE'RE GOING
TO MAKE SOME CHANGES IN OUR DISTRICT. WE'RE GOING TO BEGIN LOOKING TOWARD OUR
FUTURE, PUTTING OUR CHILDREN FIRST AND WORKING TO BRING OUR COMMUNITIES
TOGETHER, RATHER THAN DIVIDE THEM.))
SUPER=01-Steve Newman/(R) State Senate Candidate; :00
SUPER=01-Barbara Coleman/(D) State Senate Candidate; :08
OUT Q=rather than divide them.
This is Barbara Coleman's first political campaign... the Amherst County
school teacher was drafted by the Democrats almost at the last minute to take
on Steve Newman.
And as we said, voter turnout in central Virginia has been fairly
respectable in this so- called "off" year for elections.
A ten- candidate race for sheriff in Amherst County and a bitter campaign
between House Minority Leader Vance Wilkins and Democrat Ed Plunkett have
played a big part in that. Keith?
A tumble for the stock market today.
A weak bond market and weak technology issues forced Nasdaq and the DOW
Nasdaq lost 18 points, the DOW dropped nearly 17 to close at 47- hundred-
House of Delegates Candidate Nancy Keel is hoping to win a Southside
victory for the Republicans.
DOUBLE BOXES TERESA/KEITH
Teresa Hamilton joins us live from our Danville Newsroom with a look at
Keith, Nancy Keel is challenging Democratic Incumbent Whitt Clement, who has
run un-opposed in Southside for the past eight years.
IN Q=It's been
((NANCY KEEL/R- HOUSE OF DELEGATES CANDIDATE: IT'S BEEN VERY EXCITING, I FEEL
THAT THIS PARTICULAR ELECTION HAS A LOT OF EMOTION BEHIND IT, THERE'S BEEN A
LOT OF MONEY SPENT ON IT AND WE'VE SEEN A LOT OF PEOPLE AND TRIED TO PERSUADE A
LOT OF VOTERS TO TURN OUT TODAY.))
SUPER=01-Nancy Keel/(R) House of Delegates Candidate;
OUT Q=turn out today.
***Teresa's mic hot under vo**
And, Keel like many candidates, began the day early hoping to sway some of
those voters in the Republican direction.
The 20th District race has been a challenging one for Southside.
Both Keel and incumbent Whitt Clement have campaigned heavily through the
But one issue both sides agreed on today is the importance of greeting
voters at the polls.
Clement, began the day early, casting his own ballot at Ballou Park in
For Clement, election day, translates to a sigh of relief.
((DEL. WHITT CLEMENT/D- DANVILLE: EVERYBODY HAS BEEN VERY FRIENDLY, AT THE
SAME TIME I THINK EVERYONE'S SICK OF THIS CAMPAIGN, AND WE HAVE SPOKEN AND NOW
IT'S TIME TO LET THE VOTERS DO THEIR SPEAKING. ))
OUT Q=their speaking.
Keith, officials in Danville and Pittsylvania County we spoke with say voter
turnout was better than expected considering the weather.
(What other races are folks in Southside watching?)
One race would have to be for the 19th District State Senate seat, that one
involves incumbent Republican Charles Hawkins and his challenger Joyce Glaise.
And, in Halifax County, there's also a very heated Sheriff's and
Commonwealth's attorneys race taking place.
A federal judge has given Tommy David Strickler another chance to appeal his
Strickler's execution was set for this Thursday.
But U-S District Judge Robert Merhige stayed the execution.
Strickler was appointed a new attorney and given 20 days to file the
necessary paperwork for a federal appeal.
Strickler was convicted of the January 1990 rape and slaying of Leanne
Whitlock, a student at James Madison University.
According to court transcripts, Strickler killed Whitlock by crushing her
skull with a 69- pound rock.
For more than 20 years the Jefferson Club has been one of Roanoke's loftier
eating establishments, sitting 16 stories above the city.
But on December 23rd the dining club atop the First Union building will
close its doors.
The club says it has lost a lot of members because of changes in the tax
laws regarding business lunches and club dues.
The company managing the property says there are no immediate plans for it
at this time, but it does have some prospects.
The club might also be converted into office space.
Coming up tonight in sports, the National League manager of the year is
named by the baseball writers of America.
Dawn Staley returns to UVa for some hoopla tonight.
And the Tech quarterback Jim Druckenmiller, who lost his helmet but not his
head against Syracuse, has recovered his stolen head gear.
Last night Lou Piniella captured the American League manager of the year
award, and tonight another skipper who lead some over achievers into the
postseason gets the national league honor.
Don Baylor, who guided the Colorado Rockies to the playoffs in just their
third year of existence get s the 1995 Award.
Davey Johnson was second in the balloting with the Atlanta' Braves Bobby Cox
finishing a distant third.
GRAPHIC=USA National Team
The Virginia Lady Cavaliers host the USA National Team in a women's
basketball exhibition at University Hall tonight.
UVa fans will get a special treat when former Virginia star and now USA
point guard Dawn Staley makes a return to face her alma mater.
IN Q="I'm hoping
((DAWN STALEY/TEAM USA GUARD:))
SUPER=01-Dawn Staley/Team USA Guard; :00
OUT Q=...got started for me"
The USA team was in Charlottesville for interviews yesterday. The 11 player
squad is in the middle of a 20 game tour where it travels around the country to
play the nations top college teams.
The Dallas Cowboys tuned up for this weekend's much anticipated battle with
the 49ers by grounding the Eagles 34-to-12.
SUPER=03-Irving, TX/ABC; :00
This man had all kids of reasons to smile last night.
Emmitt Smith rushed for 158 and two touchdowns to key the rout.
Emmitt now has 11 hundred and 37 yards in 9 games, and he definitely has a
chance to hit the 2000 yard plateau, and possibly surpass it if he stays
Like area voters, the Virginia Tech football team has also returned to the
polls. Tech returns to the Associated Press Top 25 in the number 23 position
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Last Saturday; :00
And speaking of returning. Last Saturday after Tech's win over Syracuse was
assured and Jim Druckenmiller and turned into a cheerleader, someone stole his
helmet right out from under his arm. After the game he issued this plea on
((JIM DRUCKENMILLER/VA. TECH QUARTERBACK:))
OUT Q=...top of it."
The plea apparently did not go unheard, as one overzealous, but eventually
rational and apologetic fan decided to give back the hat Sunday afternoon.
IN Q="HE KEPT APOLOGIZING...
((JIM DRUCKENMILLER/VA. TECH QUARTERBACK:))
SUPER=01-Jim Druckenmiller/Va. Tech Quarterback; :00
OUT Q=...OFF ON HIS WAY."
Just a reminder, News-7 will be with you throughout the evening with the
latest election results.
As soon as the returns start coming in, we will crawl them across the bottom
of your screen.
Our live election coverage begins at 8 p.m. on the hour and every half hour
during the C-B-S movie "Nothing Lasts Forever."
The polls have closed.
They're counting your votes.
In a few minutes we'll begin crawling the first election returns across the
bottom of your screen- -without interrupting "Wheel of Fortune" or "Seinfeld."
I'll be back in one hour with the most up to date numbers.
headquarters and a complete rundown of the results... every 30 minutes.
Beginning at EIGHT o'clock- -we'll have LIVE reports from campaign