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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

Gilmore Takes Virginia Governor's Race

Car-tax issue lifts Republican to victory

By Thomas H. Moore/AllPolitics

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WASHINGTON (Nov. 4) -- Virginia Republican Jim Gilmore has ridden a wave of loathing for the state's personal-property tax on automobiles all the way to the governor's mansion.

CNN has declared Gilmore, the state's former attorney general, the winner over Democratic Lt. Gov. Don Beyer. The race had remained close up until the campaign's final weeks, when Gilmore started pulling away.

Gilmore succeeded in centering the campaign on his cornerstone promise to slash the state's car tax. The levy costs Virginians hundreds and even thousands of dollars in annual taxes on their cars, depending on how expensive they are.

Gilmore proposed ending the tax on cars valued up to $20,000. Beyer belatedly offered a plan to offset the car tax with a credit of up to $250 for families earning up to $75,000, but Gilmore continued to set the terms of the debate.

Beyer tried to fight back with negative ads tying Gilmore to Pat Robertson of the Christian Coalition, and he hammered his opponent's anti-abortion stance.

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But Beyer's bid to counter Gilmore's car-tax plan fell short. Despite a last-minute campaign swing through the state from President Bill Clinton, who asked a Beyer rally how Virginians could "knowingly damage the education of our children and the future of your state," Gilmore's vow to slay the car tax held the day.

Beyer was also hurt by his failure to attract the endorsement of the state's last Democratic governor, Doug Wilder. Wilder, the state's first African-American governor, declined to make any endorsement, a move interpreted by many as anger over his belief that Beyer did not pay enough attention to the needs of the state's black population during the campaign.

Gilmore, 48, was a county commonwealth attorney for six years before being elected Virginia's attorney general in 1993. He resigned his position earlier this year to campaign full-time for governor.

Beyer, 47, used his family-owned group of northern Virginia automobile dealerships as a springboard to two terms as lieutenant governor.

Virginia law bars governors from serving consecutive terms, a rule that kept the popular Republican incumbent governor, George Allen, from running again.


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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





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