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Bob Dole: A Poignant, Human Story

Finally, it is over. The last 96 hours of Bob Dole's electoral life were the decathlon event of sleep deprivation. There was a do-or-die frenzy about the grand finale that left hardly a tarmac untouched. He wore out the tires on his plane and the reporters in his entourage, and he sorely tested his own vocal cords.

Gore, Lott The Biggest Winners Tuesday

Most elections confer power. This one divided it. None of the victors tried to claim a mandate - and a good thing, too. Despite Ross Perot drawing only half the votes he siphoned off in 1992, President Clinton apparently fell just short of his goal of being re-elected by a majority. And Republicans, while still in control on Capitol Hill, have fewer seats in Congress than they held the last two years.

California Bans Affirmative Action, Eases Pot Use

Putting a polarizing campaign behind them, Californians moved decisively Tuesday to dismantle state affirmative action programs, passing a ballot measure that bans racial and sex preferences in public hiring, contracting and education. Early returns showed overwhelming support for the hotly debated Proposition 209. With 9 percent of the vote counted, the measure was leading 64 percent to 36 percent.

East Coast Networks Blab Again Early Presidential Projections Upset Western Voters, Election Officials

Psst! Hey lady, before you vote, wanna know who won the election? "No, I do NOT want to know!" Jacqueline Arlow said emphatically. It was 6:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, and Arlow, just getting out of work, was walking up to her polling place. Thirty minutes earlier, the national TV networks had announced the election was a done deal. Based on their exit polling, they said, President Clinton had won re-election.

Three-Way Prosecutor Race Tight

Bonner County prosecutor Incumbent Tevis Hull was in a battle to hang on to his job in a bitterly fought three-way race for Bonner County Prosecutor. Hull, an Independent, was slightly behind Republican challenger Phil Robinson. Democrat John Topp was staying close to the other two candidates.

Cozza Wins Another Term

Spokane County District Court Judge Sam Cozza scored an easy victory in the two-man race for a Superior Court judgeship. Cozza defeated Superior Court Commissioner Royce Moe. Moe ran for a similar seat two years ago and finished second. Cozza has been a District Court judge for the past six years.

Boundary County Commissioners Face Fight To Retain Their Posts

Boundary County In Boundary County, with five of seven precincts reporting, two incumbent commissioners were struggling to keep their posts. In the 1st District, Independent Bob Graham held a lead over Republican Murleen Skeen with 1,229 votes to 1,159, respectively.

Status Quo Rule Of The Day In Idaho

Idaho races The faces in Idaho's statewide political landscape changed little Tuesday, and voters appeared reluctant to change much else, judging by the failure of most ballot initiatives. Sen. Larry Craig handily trounced challenger Walt Minnick, who failed to overcome Craig's strong GOP support.

Gambling Initiative Rolls Craps

Statewide initiatives Washington state tribes asked voters to think about the plight of Indian reservations as they went to the polls Tuesday to decide whether to authorize slot machines at Indian casinos. That strategy failed, with voters shooting down Initiative 671 and avoiding a possible post-election court battle.

School Reforms Rejected

School initiatives Washington voters Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected dramatic public school reform - initiatives that would have created charter schools and the nation's first statewide voucher system. Each initiative was opposed by about two-thirds of voters. "This says people believe in the public schools," said Trevor Neilson, spokesman for the state teacher's union which pumped heavy money into the campaigns against the measures.

Marano, Five Other Judges On Their Way To Keeping Seats

Magistrates Six North Idaho judges - including Magistrate Eugene Marano - seemed well on their way to keeping their seats late Tuesday. With 8 percent of precincts reporting, Kootenai County residents overwhelmingly were voting to retain the magistrates who preside over divorce cases, juvenile justice, misdemeanors, traffic infractions and the early stages of felony cases.

Ballot Counting Problems Delay Results In Bonner County Races

Bonner County commissioners Early returns in Bonner County showed all races fairly close, although ballot counting problems delayed results. The District 1 Bonner County commission seat was a horse race between incumbent Democrat Steven Klatt and Republican Bud Mueller.

Kootenai County Voters Approve Hospital Partnership Amendment

Hospitals Kootenai County voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment allowing public hospitals to form partnerships with private businesses. With 8 percent of precincts reporting, 3,356 people - or 60 percent - voted for the amendment, and 2,206 voted against it.

Voters Endorse Boat-Race Ban

Hydroplanes The hydroplanes appear to be out of here. Preliminary returns show Coeur d'Alene voters endorsing an initiative that essentially bans unlimited class hydroplane racing from Lake Coeur d'Alene by a comfortable majority.

Slow Ballot Counting Leaves Race For Latah County Sheriff In Doubt

Latah County sheriff Because of slow vote counting, results were inconclusive late Tuesday in one of North Idaho's most contentious races - the battle for Latah County sheriff. The race pitted Moscow police officer Jeff Crouch, a Democrat, against private investigator Kenny Piel, a Republican. The winner replaces Sheriff Joe Overstreet, who came in third in May's three-way Republican primary.