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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 5

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Wednesday, March 25, 1998
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7 i fit f THE PALM BEACH POST WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 1998 5A Governor's race poll shows starts March 25th Bush increasing his - U r lead with 30 percent in the January 1998 poll. Kane said it's an indi cation that Bush is making in roads with groups that previously feared his election would hurt their issues. "Bush has spent a lot of time trying to work with groups that opposed him in the past and MacKay is going to have to counter that to push those nega dogged by doubts within his own parry about his ability to defeat Bush, has said that there is plenty of time to close the gap. "The only poll that matters is the one on Election Day," said Michelle Kucera, MacKay's spokeswoman. MacKay has stepped up his campaigning, and Kane said that as he does more, the gap should close. The other interesting result for Bush, Kane said, was that Bush's negatives dropped. Twenty-three percent surveyed said they had negative feelings toward Bush, compared tives back up, Kane said. Bush spokesman Cory Tilley said the campaign is not taking these polls too seriously. on in-season, wear-now select merchandise. Hurry in now for outstanding values! Don't miss out! original prices as identified by signs acoDson (561) 626-5800 Boca Raton Mizner Park (561) 394-4122 MON-SAT 10-9 SUN NOON-5 North Palm Beach 11700 U.S. Highway 1 SHOPPING HOURS One week only! Save $84 ARDU CT NING Lt. Gov. Buddy MacKay is 11 percentage points behind, an independent poll found. By Brian E. Crowley (j Palm Beach Post Political Editor j Jeb Bush continues to make , i strides with voters while Lt. Gov. i I Buddy MacKay slips further j j back, according to a new poll re-1 leased Tuesday. Both campaigns dismissed the poll, saying most voters have " not yet focused on the campaign ; for governor. Still, the poll suggests that Bush suffered little harm from the scandal that J forced his running mate, Secre-f ' tary of State Sandra Mortham, to t "quit the ticket. . J: In a telephone survey of 608 registered voters conducted from i - March 7 to March 22, 50 percent flsaid they would vote for Bush I .compared to 39 percent for I-MacKay. Eleven percent were I -undecided. I "Right now MacKay is dead in r lthe water," said Jim Kane, chief I -pollster for Florida Voter, an in-I -dependent polling company that f !has been tracking the governor's r ;race since January 1997. "It's still ' early, but it's clear that MacKay J has work to do." il Kane said he expected the t Trace to tighten and become very t ;close by the time voters go to the polls in November. Bush is unchallenged for the Republican ' nomination. MacKay is facing I ; former state Sen. Rick Dantzler of Winter Haven and state Rep. Keith Arnold of Fort Myers in the " September primary for the Dem-- ocratic nomination. I' Bush trailed MacKay in the I January 1997 polls. But Bush has jr : slowly built his lead, and the cur-i rent 11-point margin is the big-T gest lead he has had in the polls. J '. The poll mirrors private polls .by both parties that show MacK-, ay trailing Bush. Republicans I have been trying to suppress talk I about Bush's lead fearing that the K campaign and voters may get , overconfident. I-", MacKay, who has "been Negotiations stepped up in N. Ireland By Louis J. Salome Palm Beach Post Staff Writer BELFAST, Northern Ireland ; Under pressure from peace talks Chairman George Mitchell and a political deadline, parties in ; the Northern Ireland negotia-, tions agreed late Tuesday to meet ; extra days and nights in an effort : to reach an elusive agreement by Easter. Mitchell described the inten-' sified negotiations as the next major step in the talks, which have been going on in fits and starts since June 1996. The eight-party talks are an attempt to end nearly 30 years of political and sectarian violence during which more than 3,200 people have been killed. Sometime near the planned end of the intensified negotiations, Mitchell said, it appears "likely" that British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern would take another major step and become personally involved in Bel- fast in an attempt to give the talks a final, decisive push. "Instead of three days a week, we're going to extend it now, this week and next" Mitchell said only hours before the parties agreed to follow his lead. The parties agreed to meet through Thursday and to return for four days of day and night meetings, and possibly a fifth day, next week. Beginning April 6 they will work until an agreement is reached. Until this week, the parties met periodically for at most three days a week and then for a limited number of hours each day. Mitchell said he couldn't speak for Blair and Ahern, whose governments are sponsoring the talks, and didn't know their plans. "I hope Blair and Ahern do participate personally because I think they can be very helpful and I will do the best I can to be constructive as well," Mitchell said in response to one party's call for a more actrressive push to the Easter finish line. A spokesman for Blair, speaking on condition of anonymity, said: "I'm not discounting that the prime minister might think it helpful to play a more direct role. It all depends on how the talks progress. I certainly wouldn't rule out any eventuality" , A representative of the Irish government said Ahern's involvement, and probably Blair's, is a "question of timing." f n fa Vl L we Consumer Rated 1 Heavy Duty, Ex. Large Capacity Even Browning With Two Rack Baking No More Switching & Turning Your Pans FrcshLock CAD I NET TEQUESTA PAL'S INC 283 U.S. 1 BELLE GLACE LARRrS APPLIANCE SERVICE 72SE.A.B GLADES MERCANTILE 0.-kt mm ii m LAKE PARK ALL MAYTAG 870 Okl Dixie Hwy. WEST PALM BEACH R0SNERSTVA APPLIANCE CENTER 1430 S. 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