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CNN LIVE EVENT/SPECIAL

America Votes 2002: Look at Some Senate and Governor Races

Aired November 6, 2002 - 04:50   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LEON HARRIS, CNN ANCHOR: And we pick up our continuing coverage. And again, we are still waiting for a number of results to come in. There are a lot of races that are still undecided here.
DARYN KAGAN, CNN ANCHOR: Let's go ahead and take a look at some of them beginning with some of the Senate races that have yet to be decided. Yes, one of the ones with the biggest spotlight on it, the candidates have gone to bed. Norm Coleman, Walter Mondale, still waiting for some key ballots to come in and be counted. So they have called it a night for now.

HARRIS: And continuing in the Senate, South Dakota, once again, we are still waiting to see what's going to happen in Tim Daschle's home state there. Right now the race too close to call between Tom Thune and -- John Thune, rather, and Tim Johnson.

KAGAN: This one, we know this much, it will be going to December 7. Mary Landrieu getting 46 percent of the vote, but she needed over 50 percent under Louisiana state law in order to win that runoff with...

HARRIS: Suzanne Haik Terrell.

KAGAN: ... Suzanne Haik Terrell will take place on December 7.

HARRIS: And moving on now, we're going to keep our eye on those and some other races which have still not yet been decided. Taking a look now at I believe we're going to look at the...

KAGAN: The governor races.

HARRIS: ... I believe we're going to look at the, is it governor's races now or House races? These are the governor's races. Here we go in Alabama, right now dead heat between Siegelman and Riley there. Still too close to call.

KAGAN: Also in Oklahoma, this one surprisingly close as Steve Largent, congressman and former NFL star, in what looks like basically a very, very tight race with Henry and then Richardson, the Independent, also getting some votes in that race.

HARRIS: And in Arizona, as you were talking about and waxing all poetically about, Napolitano there, slimly there...

KAGAN: I enjoy Arizona.

HARRIS: ... with Salmon and Mahoney. Still undecided though on this particular race.

KAGAN: To Hawaii, Maui Mayor Linda Lingle with a slight edge right now over Mazie Hirono. We know there will be a female governor of Hawaii because the two final candidates are women.

HARRIS: And in Oregon there, Kulongoski and Mannix, dead heat almost there but only one percentage point margin there between the two with 17 percent of the precincts reporting.

KAGAN: And in Vermont, checking out this race. Vermont also interesting, and maybe Stu Rothenberg can pipe in on this because don't you also need 50 percent in order to become governor...

STUART ROTHENBERG, "ROTHENBERG POLITICAL REPORT": Yes.

KAGAN: ... and if not, it goes to the state legislature?

ROTHENBERG: You are exactly right -- Daryn.

KAGAN: I studied too much...

ROTHENBERG: The State House and the State Senate,...

KAGAN: Yes.

ROTHENBERG: ... individual members get together, they vote and they -- they'll pick the nominee -- they'll pick the governor. It was expected that they would -- might pick the front runner. So far the Republicans hold that chamber, although -- those chambers, although I don't -- I don't know what the elections today did to them.

KAGAN: (UNINTELLIGIBLE)...

HARRIS: There's a lot of controversy in Vermont. This has happened a number of times here quite a bit.

KAGAN: It's kind of like Louisiana,...

HARRIS: Yes.

KAGAN: ... got to have 50 percent. You understand the rules going into the game. So right now Douglas with a three percentage lead over Racine.

HARRIS: All right. So we've got much more to look forward to this evening. Still waiting for maybe a couple of surprises more to come in, who knows?

KAGAN: We're ready.

HARRIS: It's been a night full of surprises and a morning full of them as well so stay with us.

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