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25 years ago: Bush wins presidential race; local incumbents victorious; voter turnout strong in Lawrence

November 9, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Nov. 9, 1988:

  • Saying that "the people have spoken and the verdict is clear," Republican President-elect George Bush today began forming his administration, choosing his campaign chair James A. Baker III as the next Secretary of State. Bush had received 54 percent of the popular vote, which he called "big strong support from many, many states." Although their candidate Michael Dukakis had lost the presidential vote, Democrats had picked up at least one seat in the Senate and were in the lead for another, which would give them a 56-44 edge. With 99.5 percent of the national vote counted, it was also likely that they would pick up another five seats in the House for a 262-173 advantage there. In Douglas County, Bush had received 16,134 votes to Dukakis' 15,738.
  • In local races, Republican candidate Loren Anderson had defeated Democrat Gale Pinegar for county sheriff by receiving an unofficial count of 71.48 percent of the votes. Mike Amyx had become one of the first, if not the first, Lawrence city commissioner to win a Douglas County Commission seat, narrowly beating Eudora city councilman Tom Pyle by about 600 votes. Incumbent state legislators Betty Jo Charlton and Jessie Branson had retained their seats.
  • Douglas County Clerk Patty Jaimes proved herself again to be an excellent prognosticator, as voter turnout in the county had matched her prediction of a little more than 80 percent. (This was slightly less than the county turnout for the previous presidential election in 1984, when 81 percent of registered voters had cast ballots.) Much to her delight, Jaimes turned out to have overestimated how long it would take the tallying machines to count the votes. Earlier in the evening, she had predicted that it would be midnight before all the ballots were counted, but the final vote was processed and tallied just before 10 p.m.

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