Archive for Wednesday, November 3, 2004

World riveted by U.S. election

November 3, 2004


— People outside the United States could only watch, wait and vent as Americans lined up to vote Tuesday in an election that provoked an extraordinary degree of emotional involvement beyond U.S. borders.

Not just leaders and news media, but ordinary people were intrigued by the contest between President Bush and John Kerry, convinced that a world roiled by the U.S.-led occupation of Iraq, the war on terrorism, and cultural and religious conflict had a huge stake in the outcome.

Emilie Marsh from New York casts her fake ballot in a U.S.
presidential election straw vote at Harry's Bar in Paris. Democrat
candidate John Kerry won the straw poll with 419 votes against 242
for President George W. Bush.

Emilie Marsh from New York casts her fake ballot in a U.S. presidential election straw vote at Harry's Bar in Paris. Democrat candidate John Kerry won the straw poll with 419 votes against 242 for President George W. Bush.

Saif-ur Rahman, a 36-year-old lawyer in Pakistan's capital, Islamabad, planned to watch the results come in and hopes for a change.

"Muslims have suffered under Bush whether they are in America or elsewhere," he said.

In Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wagner Markues, 54, also prefers Kerry and wonders why the race is so close.

"We don't understand America now," he said. "Are they getting different news than us about the scandals in the Iraqi prisons, and the children and civilians who are getting killed?"

One Arab country where the Republican ticket remained strong was Kuwait, freed by U.S.-led forces under the first President Bush after Saddam Hussein invaded in 1990.

"In Kuwait, we have love and respect for the Bushes because they moved the world to liberate Kuwait from its occupier," read a column in Kuwait's Al-Anba daily.

In Israeli papers, the U.S. election topped front pages, overshadowing even big local stories -- Yasser Arafat's illness and a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv.

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.