Archive for Wednesday, November 3, 2004

President ‘upbeat’ on election returns

Candidates wait out counting

November 3, 2004


— As aides juggled nerve-racking election returns, President Bush invited reporters into his residence Tuesday night to record the tableau of the president, his family and his dog serenely watching the numbers that would determine whether he achieved the re-election that had eluded his father.

"We're very upbeat, thank you," Bush said when asked how it was going. Pressed on whether the winner would be clear Tuesday night, he said with a smile, "I believe I will win, thank you very much."

Polls were still open in several battleground states when he made the remarks at 8:37 p.m.

With cameras crowded into his West Sitting Hall on the rarely visited second floor of the White House, Bush broke the ice by asking Barney, the family's Scottish terrier, if he had anything to say. First lady Laura Bush, his parents and others were crammed onto a sofa, with Bush's daughter Barbara perched on one arm.

Elsewhere in the White House, about 30 friends and relatives from Texas and elsewhere had enjoyed a buffet of tamales and tenderloin before watching television.

Bush's senior staff and their spouses set up for the evening in the Roosevelt Room, where they had an Internet terminal set up along with three television sets, including one often used for classified videoconferences. The guests were given red, white and blue score cards -- complete with a map and a table of closing times and electoral votes -- to follow returns.

Tim Stejskal, left, and Jeff Russell celebrate after hearing that
President Bush had won Florida's electoral votes, at an Idaho
Republican gathering Tuesday in Boise, Idaho.

Tim Stejskal, left, and Jeff Russell celebrate after hearing that President Bush had won Florida's electoral votes, at an Idaho Republican gathering Tuesday in Boise, Idaho.

Bush started the day at his ranch in Texas, pronouncing himself satisfied that he had given the race his all. After voting at the Crawford volunteer fire station, Bush walked across muddy, narrow Avenue F to tell reporters that the election "is in the hands of the people, and I feel very comfortable about that."

"There's just something refreshing about giving it your all and then saying the people will make the right decision -- and I believe I'm going to win," he said.

Bush chuckled his full-body chuckle when a correspondent asked him how he accounted for all the passion that had been generated for and against him.

"Well, I take that as a compliment," he said. "I take a stand, and I tell people what I believe and what I think."

Overview Unofficial election results Douglas County precinct map Election Day 2004 feedbacktext Kids Voting ResultsCounty Democrat unseats D.A. of 8 years Former mayor defeats Buhler in Senate race Embattled district judge stays on bench McElhaney survives short-lived deficit Record number of voters cast their ballots in county Douglas County kids choose Kerry Politicians, supporters share 'crazy' election-night revelry Voters approve Perry-Lecompton bond issue Township lacks candidatesState Moore fends off another challenge Ryun wins contentious 2nd District Congress seat Brownback easily defends his U.S. Senate seat Holland inches past GOP challenge Pine takes 3rd District Senate seat Wagnon wins State Board of Education race Seven incumbents lose; GOP pads majority in House Voters deny sales tax for K.C. arena Bush wins Kansas handily Kansans show they're satisfied with Bush Counties see high voter turnout Election briefsNational Too close to call President 'upbeat' on election returns Kerry sentimental as race nears end Analysis: Emotions guided presidential voting Networks use care in reporting results New media throw caution to the wind Presidential race prompts late selloff State by state results: Midwest State by state results: West State by state results: Northeast State by state results: South California backs stem-cell research Voters in 11 states approve gay-marriage bans GOP wins key states in South World riveted by U.S. electionMultimediaphoto Photo Gallery: Election Day 2004 6News video: Dennis Moore wins in a 'landslide' 6News video: Dennis Moore victory speech 6News video: Bob Johnson wins 2nd District County Commission position 6News video: Paula Gilchrist presumed Douglas County Treasurer 6News video: Ken McGovern wins sheriff's office 6News video: Jere McElhaney on the 3rd District Commissioner seat 6News video: Penrod optimistic about Douglas County Clerk position 6News video: Ermeling hopeful in 3rd District Commissioner race 6News video: Francisco likely to win 2nd Districtphoto Barbara Ballard talks about younger voters and their importance in this Barbara Ballard talks about being in Lawrence and Kansas on election Paul Davis talks about the importance of this election to the Kansas Paul Davis chooses his most important race in Paul Davis talks about the feeling among other Democrats in Gov. Kathleen Sebelius addresses the crowd at Abe 'N Jakes Landing.

Commenting has been disabled for this item.