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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 9, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Vol. 149 No. 273 16 pages 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 country s history. This wasn’t just coming down to a nose. This was coming down to a hair ’    Nick    Simonette, Executive News Director, KENS-TVnation waits Post-election coverage NewHerald-ZeitungMedia flock 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 snickered. He wasn’t watching the mansion across the street. He was standing on a concrete-filled tire, looking at reporters and scribbling in his notebook. He was reporting, sort of, but not to Austin to capture historic moment on George W. Bush. Scattered in lots nearby were block-sized 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. I’m more interested in this than in that over there,” 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 couldn’t care less who is president. This is funny here. I mean, look at these guys. I just enjoy the reporters,” he said." If a car or truck stops over there, they just go crazy in their need to get their shot.” 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 governor’s mansion, watching the circus. “I love watching Bernard Shaw. CNN’s been about the worst. If nothing’s happening, they need to have something happen, and they want it right now," he said. Davies said he blamed that need to file or to report something — anything — for driving a situation in which a hundred reporters stood out-See MEDIA/5A K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Television and print photographers, reporters and anchors wait along Austin’s Lavaca Street Wednesday. K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung George W. Bush flashes a "thumbs up!" while Dick Cheney waves to supporters and reporters outside the governor’s mansion in Austin Wednesday afternoon. By Ron Fournier AP Political Writer In an election for the history books, George W. Bush cautiously declared victory Wednesday over Al Gore and promised to “unite the nation” after the wildest White House Gore promised to abide by the final results but insisted, “We still do not know the outcome of yesterday’s vote.” It was a fitting finale of tumult and tension for two men who spent eight months and $240 million on the campaign trail, only to finish less than 2,000 votes apart in a single pivotal state. If Bush ends up winning Florida and Gore’s 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 democracy,” Gore noted that the Constitution awards the presidency to the Electoral College winner, not necessarily the leading vote-getter. “We are now, as we have finish in decades. GORE Which states went to Bush, which states went to Gore/ 7A How Tuesday’s election changed the U.S. Senate, House/6A, 7A always been from the moment of our founding, a nation built on the rule of law,” the vice president said. Bush was looking ahead to his transition to power, preparing to announce key roles in his administration for retired Gen. Colin Powell and former Transportation Secretary Andy Card. “Its going to be resolved in a quick way,” Bush said of the Florida recount set to be finished Thursday. Joined by running mate Dick Cheney in Austin, Texas, he added: “I’m confident that the secretary and I will be president-elect and vice president-elect.” 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 1,700 popular votes out of 6 million cast in the state. “Not only is the vice president ahead in the popular vote, he’s ahead in the Electoral College,” campaign chairman See BUSH/7A Bush cautiously claims victory; recount proceeds K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung The Governor’s mansion is generally open for tours. But yesterday, it was closed to the public. All quiet at governor’s mansion Doors closed as Bush awaits results By Ron Maloney Staff Writer AUSTIN — The sign behind the wrought iron gate in front of the Governor’s mansion Wednesday morning said “Mansion Closed Today.” Outside the gate, on the sidewalk, Texas Department of Public Safety . Trooper Bryan Barksdale of Kyle stood watch. “We’re watching the outside,” Barksdale said. He cast his eyes at the man in the suit up on the walkway to the mansion. “They’re securing the grounds,” he said. Inside the gate stood a Secret Service agent who answered only very few questions and did not ofter his name. See MANSION/5A 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 different locations Tuesday to vote in the national, local and school elections. But that could change through the redistricting that soon will occur after the census this year. Many New Braunfels residents had three elections to participate in Tuesday night — a city election concerning a portion of the city’s sales tax revenues; the general election to determine the presidency and state and county off icers; 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 voters,” Comal County Clerk Joy Streater said. A record number of peopleSee PRECINCTS/6A Inside Abby......................... .......9A Classifieds................... . ...4-6B Comics....................... .......3B Crossword................. .......9A Forum.......................... .......8A Local/Metro................. .......4A Movies......................... .......9A Obituaries.................... .......3A Sports......................... ...1-4B Today.......................... .......2A Stocks............................. .......5A www.herald-zeitung. com Key Code 76 Kuempel’s days in Comal numberedCensus could move state rep’s district By Jennifer Rodriguez Staff Writer Many Comal County residents might have cast their last votes for State Rep. Edmund Kuempel on Tuesday. Kuempel, who won re-election 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 representative’s district has swollen to 27,000 residents above the maximum allowed per district. “Just looking at the handwriting on the wall, it’s going KUEMPEL lo happen,'' Kuem-pel said Wednesday. “I hate to see it happen, because the people of Comal and Guadalupe County have been so good to me.” The U.S. Census Bureau releases in April the figures that will set the population standard for the next IO years. The Legislature will have to balance its population load evenly among many of its elected off icials. 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 we’ve made so many good friends and met so many good people,” 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 inSee KUEMPEL/6A ;