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Campaign 04 / Bush vs. Kerry / Election Day #769897

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Nov 02, 2004
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(Studio: Dan Rather) The high voter turnout in the presidential election noted; scenes shown of lines of voters around the country & people camping out in Georgia.

(Boston: Jim Axelrod) Election day featured; scenes shown of polling places, lines of voters, President Bush voting in Texas & calling voters in Columbus, Ohio, and Senator John Kerry campaigning in Wisconsin & arriving in Boston. [Several PEOPLE – comment.] [KERRY – says he’s still asking for votes.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) The legions of lawyers on standby for potential challenges in Florida & Ohio noted.

(Miami: Anthony Mason) Voting problems featured; details given of requests for extensions of voting hours in some states and of the provisional ballot option; scenes shown of lawyers outside polling places in Florida & Nevada, where they were accused of disenfranchising black voters, and of Republican vans with slashed tires in Milwaukee. [In New Orleans, 3 PEOPLE – complain about the machines.] [Florida voter Jane PIAZZETTA†- says her vote for Kerry came out for Bush.] [CBS News legal analyst Andrew COHEN†- comments on provisional ballots.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Columbus, Ohio: Cynthia Bowers) The federal court ruling in Ohio that challengers from both political parties will be allowed inside polling places to question voters featured. [VOTER, 1st time voter William BACON‡– comment.] [Ohio State University election law expert Dan TOKAJI†- notes the Republicans’ message that they will be watching.] The decision that people who did not receive absentee ballots may cast provisional ballots noted.

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Election data center: John Roberts) Exit polling data examined; statistics on young voters & “security moms” cited; map shown of areas with high job losses while data collection for those areas is explained.

(Studio: Dan Rather, Bob Schieffer) Early results for Kentucky reported. The main worries for both campaigns & what makes this election unique discussed.

Rather, Dan;
Axelrod, Jim;
Mason, Anthony;
Bowers, Cynthia;
Roberts, John;
Bob, Dan Rather,

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