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Tuesday Nov. 4, 1997

Election '97:
Giuliani Wins With Ease
Gilmore Takes Virginia Governor's Race
Four Key Races In Tuesday's Elections

Clinton Begins Congressional Consultation On Bosnia
Fast Track Bill Clears Key Hurdle
Senate Kills Education Accounts
Hatch Opposes Civil Rights Nominee
Senate Panel Opens Internet Hearing
Senator Made Promo Video In Office
Analysis: GOP Outspends Dems This Election
Senate Confirms New IRS Chief
Clinton Gains Support On Fast-Track

Giuliani Wins With Ease

Republican mayor scores big in a Democratic city

By Justin Oppmann/AllPolitics

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WASHINGTON (Nov. 4) -- New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who carved out a reputation as an energetic, can-do leader, won re-election today by a wide margin over Democrat Ruth Messinger, CNN has declared.

The tough-talking Republican mayor of the heavily Democratic city was favored all along to defeat the Manhattan borough president, making Giuliani the first New York City mayor since 1941 to win a second term. He ran an aggressive campaign, even though he enjoyed a wide lead in the polls.

Low on campaign funds, Messinger trailed in the polls by as much as 20 points against an opponent endorsed by most of the city's newspapers. In the final weeks of the campaign, it was not a question whether Messinger would lose but by how much.

Giuliani spent the 48 hours before Election Day in a nearly nonstop tour of the city on the back of a flat-bed truck, while Messinger took the subway and the ferry in a last-ditch quest for votes.

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Recent charges that Giuliani was mean and over-zealous did little to hurt his popularity, whose foundation rested on his strong and successful stance against crime. Concern about police brutality failed to tarnish an administration credited with bringing safety and economic recovery to a city once known a symbol of urban decay.

Since Giuliani narrowly defeated David Dinkins in 1993, the quality of life in the city has blossomed. Tourism is up, and much of the seediness, filth and violence that once characterized New York have retreated.

Giuliani achieved this urban renaissance while lowering taxes, cutting 60,000 city employees from the payroll, taking a firm stand on welfare reform, and working to end Mafia control of industries like garbage collection and wholesale food sales.


In Other News:

Tuesday Nov. 4, 1997

Election '97:
Giuliani Wins With Ease
Gilmore Takes Virginia Governor's Race
Four Key Races In Tuesday's Elections

Clinton Begins Congressional Consultation On Bosnia
Fast Track Bill Clears Key Hurdle
Senate Kills Education Accounts
Hatch Opposes Civil Rights Nominee
Senate Panel Opens Internet Hearing
Senator Made Promo Video In Office
Analysis: GOP Outspends Dems This Election
Senate Confirms New IRS Chief
Clinton Gains Support On Fast-Track





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