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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - November 5, 1982, Tokyo, JapanFriday november 5, 1982 Pacific stars and stripes election 21 democrats beat House forecasts compiled from wire service Washington the democrats rolled to bigger than expected gain sin the House defeating a flock of gop first Wermers and other incumbents and threatening the rest of o Neill it was a disastrous defeat for the president. President Reagan s Domestic Agenda. At least 14 of the 51 freshmen elected with Reagan in 1980 were beaten tuesday. In All at least 25gop incumbents lost including veterans Margaret heckler of Massachusetts Paul Findley of Illinois and Don Clausen and John Rouss Lotof California. It was a disastrous defeat for the president said House speaker Thomas p. O Neill jr., who led the nationwide democratic charge against reaganomics. But White House chief of Saf Fjames a. Baker Iii claimed we still think that we re going to be a Leto pull that coalition together to support the president s programs unselected issues. With All the House races decided the democrats picked up 27 seats More than predicted an strengthened their present 241-192 margin. The democratic gain was less than the average 31 in Post world War ii midterm elections for the party no holding the White House but it. Still Cut deeply into the gop conservative Democrat coalition that gave Reagan about All he sought in his first two years. At a Brief Rose Garden new conference Reagan said he was very pleased with the results. Our target in the one House had been As we said somewhere Between 17 and27 that we be lost to the democratic leaders were buoyed by their new found strength gains a White House aide attributed in Pareto the Issue of the Economy. House Republican Leader Bob Michel won narrowly in Peoria 111., hard hit by unemployment although it took most of the night to determine the Winner. Five Nort Carolina republicans funded by conservative sen. Jesse Helms congressional club including two who were favored lost. Republicans lost in two key match ups of incumbents caused by redistricting heckler senior Wom an in Congress to Democrat Barney Frank in the Boston suburbs an Rousselot to Democrat Marty Marti Nez in a new hispanic majority District in entire House democratic leadership including o Neill were re elected. Rep Phil Burton d-calif., won handily in what had been expected to be the toughest of his nine have said repeatedly the Reagan economic program is not Baker we still think we can Pul together support. Fair not fair to the senior citizen not fair to the unemployed o Neil said. Today the american people sent a message set a fair course big spenders turn out to be big losers Washington up in the mos expensive midterm election Ever some of the biggest spenders were the biggest gov. William Clements raised $12 million which translates to about $9 a vote in his vain attempt to win re election. Business Man Lewis Lehrman spent More than $11million in his losing Effort to become the governor of new York. And department store millionaire Mark Dayton spent almost $7 million in a stalled bid for a Senate seat from Minnesota. On the other hand sen. William Proxmire,d-wis., won re election handily with a Campaign that Cost $100, or one ten thousandth of a cent per vote. Those were some of the spending extreme sin the elections in which some experts estimate the candidates spent More than $300million the highest midterm figure Ever. Some $82 million of the contributions came from a variety of political action committees. The most celebrated of those the National conservative political action committee which claimed credit for the defeat of several prominent senators in 1980, had Little Luck this conservative group spent $2.4 million in an attempt to defeat 11 democratic one sen. Howard Cannon of Nevada lost. Despite his $12 million Clement lost to democratic state attorney general Mark White who raised about $6.3 York Democrat Mario Cuomo spent about 61 cents for each of his 2.5 million votes to defeat Lehrman a millionaire who spent roughly $4.70 for each of his 2.3 estimates Are conservative because the latest figures available $11 million for Lehrman and $4.1 million for Cuomo were released by the Federal elections commissioning late october just weeks before the final and expensive last minute California where costly elections were common gov. Edmund g. Brownjr. Spent roughly 72 cents per vote in a losing Senate race to san Diego mayor Pete Wilson who averaged approximately 70 cents for each of his figures released by the Federal elections commission showed that Wilson had built a Campaign Treasury of More than $5.1 million to Brown s nearly $4 Johnnie Crean spent nearly $1 million on his Campaign for the 43rdcongressional District in California that straddles the san Diego Orange county Lin and waited through the Early morning hours to see if it was enough to defeat write i candidate Ron Packard. He edged Packard out of the gop primary by 97 votes. Reagan will need to Compromise More often Washington a in the end the midterm elections matched the form charts and if voters meant to Send president Reagan a message the line was Busy. It will be busier As Reagan and his lieutenants set about lobbying to rebuild the Republican conservative coalition that won the administration its economic program in the current Congress. Reagan s lot More difficult for the economic debate that dominated the 1982 Campaign will continue now in a Congress More heavily democratic on the House Side no change in the Republican s balloting added 26 democrats to the House majority enough to make Reagan s lot More difficult when he goes Back to Congress to propose new install ments on his budget curbing eco nomic Side got Clear instructions analysis to stay Reagan s course or to change it. But it will have to be tempered. He May have to Compromise some More but i think Well still be Able to pull this coalition together said James a. Baker Iii the White House chief of told it was about As Good an election night for the White House a republicans could have hoped Given the historic trend of off year House losses to the opposition party and the added Burden of a 10.1 percent unemployment rate. There s no landslide Here Noth ing out of the Ordinary Baker , predictably argued otherwise. It was a disastrous defeat for the president said House speaker Thomas p. O Neill or. Now he has to work with the Reagan always had to do that and to o Neill s dismay he did it by enticing a bloc of them away fro their own party floor leaders. Sen. Edward m. Kennedy of Massachusetts said the message was that there has to be an alternative to the Reagan economic Reagan argued All fall that the democrats had no alternative but old fashioned spending program that would Only make the economic mess average off year election loss to the party of a newly elected president is lower than it was tuesday. Since world War ii that average has been a dozen seats 19 i the first off year elections of presi dents not elected to office Are included. Counting All midterm elections in that period whether in president s first or second term the average is 31 because second Ter losses of the president s party were went with the Low average to magnify their went with the High ones to minimize their keep reaganomics rolling Reagan has to keep convincing the House to go along. Otherwise the Prospect is stalemate with each sizeable to Block the other but neither capable of enacting its own pro will take Compromise some give on both sides and cooperation in the two years ahead. Maybe that was the message

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