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Super Tuesday: Gov. Bush Attends Texas Business as Campaign Waits for Positive Results

Aired March 7, 2000 - 1:09 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: For two of the presidential candidates, one Democrat, one Republican, today will indeed be Super Tuesday. For the others, it will be lousy Tuesday at best, fatal Tuesday at worst. As you've no doubt heard, 16 states, representing 39 percent of the U.S. population, are holding primaries and caucuses today. They're divvying up more than half the delegates any candidate needs to claim his party's nomination.

Republican candidate George W. Bush is spending a rare day back home in Austin, where he expects to celebrate some Texas-sized victories.

CNN's Patty Davis is there too with the latest on what's going on -- Patty.

PATTY DAVIS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: That's right, Natalie.

Texas Governor George W. Bush is back home in Austin, Texas -- a very windy Austin, Texas, I might add -- awaiting the results of Super Tuesday. He met earlier today with members of his staff, the governor's staff. He had some governor's business that he had to take care of. It was a day off the campaign trail, one that is well deserved; he's been on the campaign trail straight for many weeks now, trying to assure win today at Super Tuesday. He met with his staff in the capital, in his office, taking care of business.

The Bush campaign very confident about its chances in many of the 13 GOP contest nationwide today, as far as California is concerned. He has only to win the Republican vote, because that is all that matters. The delegates are awarded on the basis -- the GOP delegates awarded only on the basis of registered Republican votes. Yesterday, Bush made one last swing through that delegate-rich state, 162 GOP delegates at stake in that state.

Now, California is looking good. Bush is up more than 20 points among Republicans over John McCain in that state. Also looking good, according to the Bush campaign: Ohio, Georgia, Missouri, Maryland, Washington state, Minnesota, Ohio (sic) and Georgia (sic).

I'm Patty Davis, CNN, live in Austin, Texas.

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