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V i vS From mediocre Shapiro, Verges share BiYII honor November 6 2002 to muttinlatimim --s ? : c ttlfa? Decorated veteran, newcomer win Songwriter of the Year local news, ib ( Chesney's hard work v Cfrsf a . on man ravs nn . ' t r: rs Stamps won't go up a lick Rates likely to remain same for 4 years nation, 13A 52 T38 Weather forecast on 6B E NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE A GANNETT NEWSPAPER VOLUME 98, NO. 310 5 SECTIONS COPYRIGHT 2002 PERIODICALS POSTAGE PAID IN NASHVILLE, TN 4 HIGHLIGHTS NINA LONG STAFF Tobias Houghton eats an apple as he works the polls with his mother outside Belle Meade City Hall. Davis, Blackburn win Congress seats State Sen. Lincoln Davis wins U.S House 4th District and Marsha Blackburn takes 7th District. Roundup of House races, on 20A, Municipal-fine amendment failing Tennessee voters lined up against the constitutional amendment that would allow the legislature to raise city-imposed fines. On 2SA Y ' ' mm!?-,'.- t ii hi lit il iti iin n JEANNE REISEL STAFF Marsha Blackburn, who won the 7th District congressional seat, gets a hug from her father, Hilman Wedgeworth. On 20A. Tax foe Beavers wins Senate seat State Rep. Mae Beavers won one of three hotly contested state Senate races last night At least seven Senate incumbents won reelection. On 19A Midstate municipal election results, on 24A Latest results on the Web For the most current results, how your county voted, an Election Day slideshow and lots more, go to www.tennessean.com. Sections: Local News ....... .B ',. SpOrtS............. C Living D I Business ,:...t... Brad About You 3A , Deaths 5B Editorials 16-17A I Hockey.. '. 6C ' SMOOTH SAILING: Many say election ran smoothly; most complaints due to redistricting. NO BACKLASH?: Some state House incumbents were faring well despite their tax votes. COUNTY-BY-COUNTY MAPS: See how counties voted for governor, U.S. Senate, lottery. in "4090T05606" To subscribe call: 242-NEWS or (800) 342-8237 it iiw.'t-'w. v 1 wato.i,i !b"..!-j ' ' ' ! rZT -1 U.S. SENATE WJ. : : ' III , GOVKNOR'S RACE Tailored message credited Senate seat inGOP's column By BONNA de la CRUZ, ROB JOHNSON, KATHY CARLSON and SHEILA WISSNER Slat) W riters Democrat Phil Bredesen hung onto Democratic strongholds and drew votes across party lines, especially in GOP-strong East Tennessee, to defeat Republican Van Hiueary and become Tennessee's next governor. Bredesen defeated Hu- leary by a slim margin in Knox County in the east and won some rural counties in the congressional district Hilleary has represented in Congress for eight years. Bredesen also took Shelby County and handily carried his home county of Davidson, where he served as Nashville mayor. The two battled for 18 months in the costliest governor's race in state history to succeed term-limited Republican Gov. Don Sundquist. It was Bredesen's second run for governor, losing to Sundquist in 1994, the last year a Democrat won a statewide race. Hilleary campaigned on his absolute opposition to a state income tax, while Bredesen ran on a platform of bringing strong management experience as a health-care executive and his nonpartisan approach that attracted CONGRESS ALEXANDER LARRY MCCORMACK STAFF Last night's early returns leave Phil Bredesen smiling big at Hilton Suites in downtown Nashville. Watching the results with Bredesen is his wife, Andrea Conte, son Ben and his son's girlfriend, Dru Potash. Republicans and independents. Bredesen was in an upbeat mood watching returns in a downtown hotel suite with about 20 family members, press secretary Lydia Lenker said, while about L500 supporters breathlessly watched returns from a large-screen television set up in a ballroom. "For us to be leading in Knox County is just an amaz- GOVERNOR Candidate Total Pet Bredesen (D) 788,494 50 Hilleary (R) 752,082 48 93 ot precincts reporting ing story in itself," said Lenker, adding that the campaign worked hard to cut into Hilleary's margin in East Tennessee. Bredesen adviser Byron Trauger said tailoring economic development and education messages in rural counties, where Bredesen performed poorly in his previous race eight years ago, was a winning strategy. Bredesen also took a page from the playbcxik of former Gov. Ned McWhcrter, the last Democratic governor, by spending a large amount of time in small community meetings in East Tennessee. Hilleary, meanwhile, won suburban counties around Memphis and some of the counties surrounding Nashville, including Williamson and Wilson counties, as well as counties in upper East Tennessee. "We ran a great race, but we under-performed in Knox County," Hilleary said shortly before publicly con- See GOVERNOR, 2A LOTTERY By JAY HAMBURG Stall Writer Lamar Alexander won election to the U.S. Senate yesterday, filling the slot left vacant by the surprise retirement of Fred Thompson and keeping Republican control of a seat that Democrats had hoped to gain. Alexander easily defeated longtime political figure Bob Clement, who gave up a good . chance for his ninth term as U.S. representative from Nashville to run for senator. With a strong victory in hand early in the evening, Alexander, who was bom in East Tennessee, added another office to his already impressive public career, which includes two terms as Tennessee governor and a stint as U.S. secretary of education. He also twice ran unsuccessfully for president. In victory last night, Alexander told his excited supporters at the Vanderbilt Stadium Club Please see SENATE, 2A U.S. SENATE Candidate Total Pet Alexander (R) 862345 55 Clement P) 682,927 44 93 of precincts reporting Gose races leave power of Congress hanging Outcome seen as barometer for Bush presidency, agenda Gannett Hexs Service WASHINGTON - Split almost evenly along party lines, Americans were to decide yesterday whether President Bush should have a Republican-led Congress or a divided government behind him as he prepares for a possible war against Iraq and struggles with a faltering economy. The elections for 435 House seats, 34 Semite seats and 36 governors' seats were a referendum of sorts on Bush halfway through his term. They also could determine how free a hand Bush will have in enact ing his agenda in a country shaken by terrorism and growing economic uncertainty as he prepares for his re-election battle in 2004. Early returns from the East indicated no clear trend for the battle over the Senate. In the House, Republicans led in some key races, giving them reason to hope they would hang on to their majority. The number of close races and a problem with exit noils which made them unreliable for news organizations to use in calling tight races, meant a long and anxious night for many candidates. "I suspect we won't know who will be in control of the Senate for days, and maybe even months," Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott, R-MLss,saidon CNN. FT ,-v;5. '1 nil - An. - Lottery proposal easily wins approval Democratic U.S. senatorial candidate Frank Lautenberg waits wrth his grandchildren for loctJon results In New Brunswick, N J. By MICHAEL CASS Stall W riter A proposal to allow a state lottery that would pay for specific education initiatives was approved last night. Votes for a coastitutional amendment permitting a lottery easily outnumbered those opposing the idea with almost all precincts reporting. The amendment actually needed a vote total equaling a majority of the number of votes cast in the gubernatorial election a tougher standard for passage, because more people were expected to vote in the governor's race but it was winning handily by that measure as welL REFERENDUM Total Pet Yes 751.025 57 No 569,829 43 67 ot pnacmct reporting The constitutional amendment would authorize, but not require, the General Assembly to establish a lottery. The lottery would be constitutionally required to pay for college scholarships for deserving students, with any remaining revenue going to construction and technology projects in K-12 sch(X)ls and to carly-learn- Please see LOTTERY, 2A ' www.tcnneuMn.com 4 : 4C 1 I TlJJJ) If If TrmicuiK i' Vi .ii,; i I'tmiUiiii TBSWOSCi:'. . A

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