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Louisiana hopefuls' day arrives - Parties to monitor turnout today in tight runoff for Senate seat
Associated Press ^ | December 7, 2002 | Associated Press Staff

Posted on 12/07/2002 3:06:01 AM PST by MeekOneGOP


Louisiana hopefuls' day arrives

Parties to monitor turnout today in tight runoff for Senate seat

12/07/2002

Associated Press

While Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu and Republican challenger Suzanne Haik Terrell made final campaign sweeps across Louisiana, supporters continued to work hard to nudge voters to the polls for Saturday's runoff.

The latest statewide poll, issued Wednesday by Mason-Dixon Polling and Research of Columbia, Md., showed the race too close to call.

During final campaign appearances Friday, Ms. Terrell - the state elections commissioner - urged supporters to get others to go to the polls.

"I am asking you to spend the next 36 hours calling friends and family and getting out the vote," she said during a rally at the Lake Charles airport.

Several hours later, during a rally at the Port of Lake Charles, Ms. Landrieu touted her experience, while Sen. John Breaux, D-La., repeated a campaign theme that Ms. Landrieu's Senate committee seniority was too much for the state to risk losing.

Ms. Landrieu also criticized Ms. Terrell for relying on out-of-state Republicans - including the president - to tout the challenger.

"My best relationship is with Louisiana elected officials," she said.

Ms. Landrieu, first elected in a close 1996 runoff and the daughter of former New Orleans Mayor Moon Landrieu, finished well ahead of the field on Nov. 5 with 46 percent of the vote. Ms. Terrell won 27 percent but had to contend with two other well-known Republicans.

Control of the Senate moved to the GOP after Nov. 5 elections around the nation, but Republicans want the additional seat that Ms. Terrell's victory would bring.

Behind the campaign scenes, both sides were pulling out all the stops in an attempt to make sure that no vote is left unsolicited.

Telephone banks have been humming for days, some with recorded calls from national political celebrities.

While Ms. Terrell enjoyed well-publicized boosts from the president and his father, former President George Bush, members of the Congressional Black Caucus have been quietly flooding the state to energize carefully targeted groups of likely Landrieu voters.

Analysts have said that a strong black voter turnout is needed for Ms. Landrieu to win a second term. The Mason-Dixon poll showed nine of 10 black voters were for Ms. Landrieu in the primary.

The Republicans are using the "72-hour task force" that proved successful in last month's elections, a strategy used by Democrats and organized labor in the 1990s to overtake Republican candidates who had a slight lead just before the balloting.

The plan puts a premium on likely supporters with specific themes and maintains regular contact until the person votes or the polls close. The names of likely voters are gleaned from membership lists provided by groups such as churches, anti-abortion organizations and gun-rights activists.

The GOP has targeted hunters with direct mail that touts Ms. Terrell's commitment to the right to bear arms and automated telephone messages from Vice President Dick Cheney, an avid outdoorsman. Also, hunters were urged to cast absentee ballots for fear that a clear, cool morning could lure many into the woods Saturday.

Barbara Bush recorded a phone message for senior citizens, and Bob Dole was used to appeal to veterans.

Democrats also directed their messages to target constituents.

The Louisiana Federation of Teachers and the Louisiana Association of Educators, with a combined total of 37,000 members, have been contacting their memberships. Trade union locals are calling members to go to the polls before going hunting.

Some black leaders are worried about enthusiasm in their communities. State Sen. Cleo Fields, D-Baton Rouge, whose endorsement of Ms. Landrieu two weeks ago was considered critical, said he is optimistic of a victory but does not have a good feel for how many voters will turn out.

"I don't see the fire I was hoping to see by now," Mr. Fields said.

Get-out-the-vote efforts were expected to continue Saturday.

Democrats will track turnout at the polls at noon. If the turnout in a key stronghold is low, the party will aim its phone banks at that area during the afternoon. Another check on turnout will occur about 4 p.m., said Jim Nickel, former chairman of the state Democratic Party.

Republicans have lists of expected voters and will check off names as they show up at the polls. If expected voters don't show up, some will receive a knock on the door, party officials said.


Online at: http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dallas/tsw/stories/120702dntexlasenate.a3e6c.html


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: louisiana; marylandrieu; senaterace; suzanneterrell
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Ms. Landrieu also criticized Ms. Terrell for relying on out-of-state Republicans – including the president – to tout the challenger.

It seems to me that Ron Kirk, the 'RAT loser in the Texas Senate race said the same thing, hmmmm?....

1 posted on 12/07/2002 3:06:01 AM PST by MeekOneGOP
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To: 7.62mm; ABG(anybody but Gore); alligator; AmericanMom1; Askel5; Aurelius; Back-Porch-Philosopher; ..
Louisiana hopefuls' day arrives - Parties to monitor
turnout today in tight runoff for Senate seat



Please let me know if you want ON or OFF my Louisiana ping list!. . .don't be shy.

2 posted on 12/07/2002 3:07:08 AM PST by MeekOneGOP
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To: MeeknMing
"My best relationship is with Louisiana elected officials," she said.

Then why have Greg Tarver and Don Cravins both refused to endorse, or campaign for her?

3 posted on 12/07/2002 6:10:23 AM PST by ABG(anybody but Gore)
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To: ABG(anybody but Gore)
***"My best relationship is with Louisiana elected officials," she said.***

Let's return Landrieu to Louisiana where she can become a lobbyist to her beloved locally elected officials.

Gotta run, time to go to the polls to pull the Suzie Terrell lever!

4 posted on 12/07/2002 6:20:41 AM PST by drstevej
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To: drstevej
Already voted, Steve. Now, let's pray.
5 posted on 12/07/2002 9:02:26 AM PST by Brices Crossroads
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To: MeeknMing
(Vanity) Had one taped phone call from GW Bush, and 3 from the Landrieu campaign. LOL...too late Landrieu, I voted for Terrell.
6 posted on 12/07/2002 9:03:26 AM PST by chemicalman
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To: Brices Crossroads
Didn't remember you are a cajun. Not many people at the polls where I voted (9:30am). Praying with you.
7 posted on 12/07/2002 9:06:01 AM PST by drstevej
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To: MeeknMing
I just came in from work and went and voted....there was exceptional turnout at my precinct...99.9% white ... young and old alike made up the crowd...i got there at 10:30 and had to stand in line for about 15 min...people still coming in as i was leaving...I went to the next closest polling place and it seemed to be pretty busy as well...90% white district.
8 posted on 12/07/2002 9:10:24 AM PST by cajun-jack
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To: Brices Crossroads
Good luck over in LA today.... Keep us posted on any observations, media reports that you hear during the day. I suspect later on they'll be talking about turnout around the state. Is anyone doing any exit polling that you know of? I thought maybe LSU may do some, but never saw anything about it.
9 posted on 12/07/2002 9:12:33 AM PST by deport
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To: cajun-jack
sounds good!!
10 posted on 12/07/2002 9:14:37 AM PST by GoMonster
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To: Brices Crossroads; drstevej; Sparta; Darlin'; GOPcapitalist; BUSHdude2000; bgsugar
Already voted, Steve. Now, let's pray.

Pray some, call some.

Much of my moms family is in the Lafayette area and because of that and working in the oilfield, I know the area well. I've been supplied with a list of likely voters / hunters in that area and I've been calling them from Houston since last night.

Thank goodness for free long distance/weekend minutes on my cell phone!! ;-)

11 posted on 12/07/2002 9:16:34 AM PST by HoustonCurmudgeon
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To: Brices Crossroads
If Orleans Parish doesn't go overboard with turnout then Suzie hopefully will be the winner. Orleans gave Mary almost 95,000 votes in Nov. to some 31,000 or so to the other candidates.... Maybe Maxine, Donna and the Black Caucus won't have that great of impact.
12 posted on 12/07/2002 9:17:58 AM PST by deport
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To: deport
Voted at 9 am,,huge turnout and more than half were men. All white, one black couple looking pretty prosperous. I never saw the polliing place that crowded even in the last election. The turnout looks very high in white prosperous areas to me. SATs are being given today in the same school so the parking lot was mobbed, for a moment I thought it was all voters but it wasn't. This precinct is heavily republican. And BTW the unions may not turn out for Mary, she used non union labor on her manse in DC.
13 posted on 12/07/2002 9:57:23 AM PST by cajungirl
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To: MeeknMing
Woo Hoo! Is the Terrell trashes Landreau thread?!

This may be a good place to watch the results. Louisiana Secretary of State--Multi-Parish Elections Inquiry

14 posted on 12/07/2002 10:01:13 AM PST by Search4Truth
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To: Search4Truth
Thanks for the link. Let's see as the results start coming in, as this election means a lot.
15 posted on 12/07/2002 10:05:33 AM PST by xJones
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To: Search4Truth
Thanks for the link. GOOooooo, Terrell !
16 posted on 12/07/2002 10:22:16 AM PST by MeekOneGOP
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To: HoustonCurmudgeon
Just got back from voting. The place where I vote has a large black rural population. When I got there, it was nearly deserted.
17 posted on 12/07/2002 10:29:58 AM PST by Sparta
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To: ABG(anybody but Gore)
"Then why have Greg Tarver and Don Cravins both refused to endorse, or campaign for her?"

Because they endorsed Terrell.
18 posted on 12/07/2002 10:31:41 AM PST by Sparta
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To: deport
I heard on Special Report last night that all panelists agreed that Brown Roots needed a record turnout of black voters to win. The only way I see blacks coming out in record numbers is if Landrieu ran against David Duke(Ugh!).
Then I bet FreeRepublic would become Landrieu's biggest ally against Duke.
19 posted on 12/07/2002 10:34:45 AM PST by Sparta
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To: drstevej
Thanks, Steve....Good to hear from you. I hope and believe that Suzie Terell will win, but am nervous, because I remember how optimistic we were 6 years ago with Woody. If we do our part and ask the Lord to do the rest, that's all we can do. God bless you....I am sure you have done all you can.
20 posted on 12/07/2002 10:37:28 AM PST by Brices Crossroads
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To: cajungirl
Cajun girl,
What is the time difference beween LA and CA?
21 posted on 12/07/2002 10:39:51 AM PST by CaliforniaOkie
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To: deport
Thanks, deport. I feel good about it, but am nervous over the turnout. Hopefully it will be light in Orlens Parish or if it is heavy it will be balanced by heavier turnout in Jefferson and St. Tammany. I will keep you and the rest posted on anything I happen to hear.
22 posted on 12/07/2002 10:40:40 AM PST by Brices Crossroads
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To: cajun-jack
conservative district?
23 posted on 12/07/2002 10:40:58 AM PST by rwfromkansas
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To: Brices Crossroads
Several reports from Orleans on another thread indicate at least some portions of the parish are having a light turnout.
24 posted on 12/07/2002 10:44:12 AM PST by rwfromkansas
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To: rwfromkansas
very conservative.....i think we are in the money (no dem pun intended) here
25 posted on 12/07/2002 10:54:04 AM PST by cajun-jack
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To: rwfromkansas; deport
That's good news....but the Demos tend to vote late down here...when they see how many votes they need (to manufacture) LOL. Here's hoping it is too cold tonight to draw very many to the polls. I feel like the biblical figure waiting for the sun to set. Set, sun, set!!!
26 posted on 12/07/2002 11:07:07 AM PST by Brices Crossroads
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To: cajungirl
That's great news. That wouldn't have been Rummel, would it? I am worried about the Jefferson Parish turnout.
27 posted on 12/07/2002 11:11:14 AM PST by Brices Crossroads
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To: Brices Crossroads
I had a feeling that might be the case.......we have got to keep a steady stream of good white turnout it looks like. If the whites stop voting in the afternoon and the blacks start, we could be in trouble.
28 posted on 12/07/2002 11:22:04 AM PST by rwfromkansas
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To: CaliforniaOkie
2 hours difference
29 posted on 12/07/2002 11:30:31 AM PST by Mudbug
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To: rwfromkansas
Several reports from Orleans on another thread indicate at least some portions of the parish are having a light turnout.

It's a beautiful day here in NO, if a bit chilly. I voted around noon and was the 102nd voter. When I voted before work in November, I was the 46th. It's hard to compare a Tuesday and Saturday election because so many people vote after work on a Tuesday, and might be voting earlier on a Saturday but, unfortunately, it seems higher today.

My precinct is about 14% registered Republican, 69% Dem and 17% other. In Nov, the turnout was about 48% overall for this precinct. At noon, they already had close to 25% turnout. I hope this only means we have early birds in my precinct and not that the overall NO turnout will be higher.

30 posted on 12/07/2002 11:58:48 AM PST by Mudbug
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To: MeeknMing
I voted in Gonzales around 1:00 pm this afternoon. Turnout was brisk, but the line wasn't bad. I saw one other car in the parking lot with a Terrell bumper sticker and none for Landrieu.

I still had three signs in my garage, so I put them at the precinct. I had put another one up on Thursday night and moved a second one from behind a Landrieu sign where an idiot Landrieu type had hid it. I put it back in front of the Landrieu sign. I wouldn't do that normally, but I will do it if it is done first to my sign.

The Landrieu people have been active in posting yard signs around this area. I passed about 30 or 40 along the road to the precinct. There was only one sign for Mrs. Terrell along that stretch of road. Some group has put out signs that say "One Nation Under God" and then "Please Vote PRO-LIFE." I was surprised that the Terrell campaign didn't make a greater effort to match the Landrieu campaign in putting up signs. I called the campaign yesterday asking whether there was anything that I could do, and I would have been happy to participate in a last-minute sign blitz. No one ever returned my call, so I'm guessing that they don't think that signs will be effective.

WFTR
Bill

31 posted on 12/07/2002 1:51:58 PM PST by WFTR
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To: WFTR; Search4Truth
Thanks for the info. See post #14 with the link for returns.

What time do the polls close in Louisiana? Seven p.m.?.....

Hmm? I just remembered - I'll be away from the TV and computer after 5:30 or so, and for a while. Guess I'll hafta catch up to it later on this evening.....

32 posted on 12/07/2002 2:28:42 PM PST by MeekOneGOP
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To: MeeknMing
I think that the polls close at 8:00 pm, but it might be 7:00. I hope that the returns are very slow tonight and that everyone holds their totals until Orleans Parish reports its votes. If Orleans Parish is still out when the others have reported, the Democrats will steal the election through fraud.
33 posted on 12/07/2002 2:38:48 PM PST by WFTR
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To: WFTR
maybe republicans should stop them
34 posted on 12/07/2002 2:42:14 PM PST by dalebert
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To: WFTR
No kidding. We don't need another South Dakota made-to-order, last-minute burst of Democrat fraud.
35 posted on 12/07/2002 2:46:21 PM PST by RodgerD
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To: WFTR
8 pm et
36 posted on 12/07/2002 2:46:29 PM PST by sabe@q.com
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To: WFTR
I thought that they didn't report till ALL the polls closed in the state? I'm probably wrong, but if Election 2000 taught us anything, THAT should be one thing!
37 posted on 12/07/2002 3:03:36 PM PST by MeekOneGOP
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To: rwfromkansas; Bogey780; deport
The temperature is dropping fast as of 5:15 P.M. and has been dropping since about 4 P.M. This is going to severely depress any late demo GOTV plans in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans where the 1996 election was stolen.
38 posted on 12/07/2002 3:15:59 PM PST by Brices Crossroads
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To: Brices Crossroads
Well it sounds better as the day has progressed.... I think we'll know the results of this one fairly quickly as it's only one race to tabulate except in the 5th CD. So all should go quickly..... Once statewide results begin to show it won't take long to get a trend....
39 posted on 12/07/2002 3:35:30 PM PST by deport
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To: MeeknMing
I wasn't talking about the TV reports. You are correct that they can't report anything until the polls close. I was saying that when the local election boards start counting votes, they will report to the state. Those are the totals that keep changing through the night of coverage. If the Orleans Parish holds its totals until other parishes have reported, it can fraudulently modify the final results in order to give the election to Landrieu.
40 posted on 12/07/2002 4:14:03 PM PST by WFTR
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To: deport
In the Gonzales area, the turnout appears to be heading for a 35 to 40 percent total.
41 posted on 12/07/2002 4:16:34 PM PST by WFTR
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To: deport
I checked a precinct in a very Republican area of Old Metairie at 5:30 p.m. 158 out of 361 had voted. The election clerk said turnout had been as good as it gets, better than Nov. 5. Unless some major funny business occurs in New Orleans, we may be home free. There is still an hour to vote.
42 posted on 12/07/2002 4:58:06 PM PST by Brices Crossroads
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To: deport
"If Orleans Parish doesn't go overboard with turnout then Suzie hopefully will be the winner. Orleans gave Mary almost 95,000 votes in Nov. to some 31,000 or so to the other candidates.... "

Do you recall which precinct or precincts in Orleans Parish that was ?

43 posted on 12/07/2002 5:28:27 PM PST by Darlin'
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To: Darlin'
That was parish wide votes in Orleans parish
44 posted on 12/07/2002 6:06:24 PM PST by deport
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To: deport; Brices Crossroads
Yes, the whole parish put her over but I'm trying to remember which preceincts, seems like it was 2, perhaps 3 that really made the difference.
45 posted on 12/07/2002 6:19:57 PM PST by Darlin'
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To: Darlin'
http://www.elections.state.la.us/stats%20data/11052002ByParish.txt

The above is parish results... go to Orleans and it has it broke out by precincts... look at the 9th ward.
46 posted on 12/07/2002 6:31:50 PM PST by deport
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To: deport
Thanks. :)
47 posted on 12/07/2002 6:46:25 PM PST by Darlin'
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To: Search4Truth
Here's the results from your link right now.....

Louisiana Secretary of State
Unofficial Election Results Inquiry
Results for Election Date: 12/07/02




U. S. Senator
3,401 of 3,912 precincts reporting
Click here for Results by Parish
515,781 51% Mary Landrieu -
502,476 49% Suzanne Haik Terrell -


New Election Results Request | Site Index

48 posted on 12/07/2002 8:12:15 PM PST by MeekOneGOP
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To: MeeknMing
They're saying 52% to 48%, now in favor of Landrieu. Somedays, it doesn't pay to get up, FRiend...
49 posted on 12/07/2002 9:27:03 PM PST by xJones
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To: WFTR
I wasn't talking about the TV reports.

Ah, thanks....

50 posted on 12/08/2002 4:07:05 AM PST by MeekOneGOP
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