Democracy in America

Louis Proyect lnp3 at
Wed Nov 8 14:15:46 MST 2000

NY Times, November 8, 2000

Corzine Wins Costly Bid for Senate in New Jersey


Jon S. Corzine, a liberal Democrat who made a fortune as a Wall Street
executive and spent about $60 million of it on his first campaign for
public office, won election to New Jersey's open seat in the United States
Senate yesterday after shattering the national spending record for a
statewide race.

Mr. Corzine fended off a determined but poorly financed challenge from
Representative Bob Franks by outspending him 10 to 1, unleashing a
nine-week barrage of television advertisements and an army of political
foot soldiers who searched out votes in inner-city housing complexes and
sprawling subdivisions across the state.

"Good evening, New Jersey!" he shouted after being introduced by his wife,
Joanne. "This is absolutely one of the greatest thrills of my life."

By the time the polls opened at 7 a.m., Mr. Corzine's canvassers, who were
to receive $50 to $125 for their efforts, had fanned out across hundreds of
precincts in Newark, Trenton, Camden and other heavily minority areas.

A reporter who visited eight polling places in Newark found at least three
workers for Mr. Corzine electioneering for him at each. At the 15th Avenue
School in Newark, even the poll workers appeared to be campaigning for Mr.
Corzine. An official signing in voters there said she was within her rights
by "telling people to vote for him right before they vote."

"I can work both," she said, as other election officials suddenly removed
their Corzine stickers. "Nothing says I can't." A moment later, two men
ejected the reporter, threatening to assault him if he did not leave.


The New York Times, November 8, 2000

Dead Man Wins Race in Missouri

Republicans in Missouri conceded late last night that Gov. Mel Carnahan,
the Democrat who was killed in a plane crash on Oct. 16, had defeated
Senator John Ashcroft, the Republican incumbent, at the polls.

Mr. Carnahan's name stayed on the ballot after his death, and the interim
governor, Roger Wilson, said he would appoint Mr. Carnahan's widow, Jean,
to the seat. But Republicans said they planned to challenge the result in

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