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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 9, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 273 16 pagCvS in 2 sections November 9 2000 THURSDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents This is an election that will historically go down as one of the most exciting in our countrys history This wasn tjust coming down to a nose This was coming down to a Nick Slmonetto Executive News Director KENSTV nation waits Postelection coverage K JESSIE The Governors mansion is generally open for tours But yesterday it was closed to the public All quiet at governors mansion Doors closed as Bush awaits results BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer AUSTIN The sign behind the wrought iron gate in front of the Governors mansion Wednesday morn ing said Mansion Closed Outside the gate on the sidewalk Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Bryan Barksdale of Kyle stood watch Were watching the Barksdale said He cast his eyes at the man in the suit up on the walkway to the mansion Theyre securing the he said Inside the gate stood a Secret Service agent who answered only very few ques tions and did not offer his name See Bush cautiously claims victory recount proceeds GORE K JESSIE George W Bush flashes a thumbs up while Dick Cheney waves to supporters and reporters outside the governors mansion in Austin Wednesday afternoon BY RON FOURNIER AP Political Writer In an election for the history books George W Bush cau tiously declared victory Wednesday over Al Gore and promised to unite the nation after the wildest White House finish in decades Gore promised to abide by the final results but insisted We still do not know the outcome of yester days It was a fitting finale of tumult and tension for two men who spent eight months and million on the cam paign trail only to finish less than votes apart in a sin gle pivotal state If Bush ends up winning Florida and Gores lead in the national popular vote holds Bush would be the fourth man in history the first in more than a century to win the presidency despite coming in second in popular votes Calling it an extraordinary moment in our Gore noted that the Constitution awards the presidency to the Electoral Col lege winner not necessarily the leading votegetter We are now as we have Which states went to Bush which states went to 7A How Tuesdays elec tion changed the Senate 7A always been from the moment of our founding a nation built on the rule of the vice president said Bush was looking ahead to his transition to power prepar ing to announce key roles in his administration for retired Gen Colin Powell and former Trans portation Secretary Andy Card Its going to be resolved in a quick Bush said of the Florida recount set to be fin ished Thursday Joined by run ning mate Dick Cheney in Austin Texas he added Im confident that the secretary and I will be presidentelect and vice Florida was a state of chaos its 25 electoral votes the margin of victory as both Bush and Gore were agonizingly close to the 270 required The AP tally showed Bush leading by fewer than popular votes out of 6 million cast in the state Not only is the vice presi dent ahead in the popular vote hes ahead in the Electoral Col campaign chairman See Media flock to Austin to capture historic moment BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer AUSTIN Reporter Rob Davies stood behind a hundred or more other reporters who were craning their necks to get a quick glimpse of George W Bush He sniclwred He wasnt watching the mansion across the street He was standing on a concretefilled tire looking at reporters and scribbling in his note book He was reporting sort of but not on George W Bush Scattered in lots nearby were blocksized cities of satellite uplink trucks their dishes pointed at the low overcast skies hanging low over Austin on the cold damp Wednesday morning There was little activity around them there was little news To be honest this right here the press corps amuses me Im more interested in this than in that over he said nodding toward the mansion Davies was writing a piece about the media coverage for a satire paper based in Boston It is called the Weekly Dig I couldnt care less who is presi dent This is funny here I mean look at these guys I just enjoy the he said If a car or truck stops over there they just go crazy in their need to get their Davies said he had been following the waning weeks of the campaign on television and he figured the place to be Wednesday was outside the governors mansion watching the circus I love watching Bernard Shaw CNNs been about the worst If noth ings happening they need to have something happen and they want it right he said Davies said he blamed that need to file or to report something any thing for driving a situation in which a hundred reporters stood out See K JESSIE Television and print photographers reporters and anchors wait along Austins Lavaca Street Wednesday Consolidating precincts will require redistricting BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer Voting took more than the normal effort for some people who had to go to three differ ent locations Tuesday to vote in the national local and school elections But that could change through the redistricting that soon will occur after the cen sus this year Many New Braunfels resi dents had three elections to participate in Tuesday night a city election concerning a portion of the citys sales tax revenues the general election to determine the presidency and state and county officers and a school board election for New Braunfels Independent School District Some people had to go to two or three places to vote It was very confusing to the Comal County Clerk Joy Streater said A record number of people See INSIDE Key Code 76 Kuempels days in Comal numbered Census could move state reps district BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer Many Comal County residents might have cast their last votes for State Rep Edmund Kuempel on Tues day Kuempel who won reelection Tuesday after running unopposed has served Comal and Guadalupe counties for 18 years Population projections for the two counties bound together under Kuempel in district 25 indicate the representatives district has swollen to residents above the maxi mum allowed per district Just looking at the handwriting on the wall its going to Kuem pel said Wednes day 1 hate to see it happen because the people of Comal and Guadalupe County have been so good to The Census Bureau releases in April the figures that will set the population standard for the next 10 KUEMPEL years The Legislature will have to balance its population load evenly among many of its elected officials Kuempel who would have to hold onto the county in which he resides likely will be forced to let go of Comal County or at least part of it To lose Comal County will be a blow because weve made so many good friends and met so many good Kuempel said Rep David Counts of Knox sits on the House redistricting committee He said the committee still had to wait for census figures before redrawing any lines but regardless a change in See
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