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CNN LIVE EVENT/SPECIAL

America Votes 2002: Proposition Projections and Results

Aired November 6, 2002 - 04:43   ET

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

DARYN KAGAN, CNN ANCHOR: We have spent many of these late night and early morning hours talking about people. There also were propositions on ballots -- on state ballots across the country.
LEON HARRIS, CNN ANCHOR: And some very interesting ones as well. Let's take a look at some of the ballot initiatives that were posted across the country and look at some of the results that we've got here.

Arizona's Proposition 203, one that was proposing authorizing the use of -- the medical use of marijuana. As you see here, it went down by a margin of 57 to 43, according to our projections, which is interesting because the polls going into this election showed that the public pretty much were in favor of this measure by about 53 percent.

KAGAN: Also, it's passed in other states,...

HARRIS: Yes.

KAGAN: ... but not in Arizona.

We move on now to Nevada. OK, now their marijuana one. This one, forget the medical use, this was just three ounces or less would make it legal to posses. This would have to go on the ballot twice, it being Nevada, but it doesn't look like it's going to make it for round two.

HARRIS: And once again, the public polls had shown that much of the public was supporting that.

But now we have another initiative in Nevada that this one actually did pass here, a ban of same sex marriages in the state of Nevada. And Nevada saying no, we don't want to recognize those unions.

KAGAN: And this was the second time it's been on the ballot so I believe that's going to become law.

HARRIS: That's it for that.

KAGAN: This one, Arnold Schwarzenegger was a big proponent of this one, Proposition 49 in California providing more funding for before-and-after-school care. Looks like that -- for children. Looks like that one will pass in California.

HARRIS: And in Florida, this was a very interesting result to me because the public there clearly wanted a measure there, an amendment to the Constitution which would authorize the -- that the state government would pay for whatever it takes to reduce class sizes in the state of Florida. Well Governor Jeb Bush was dead set against that, and guess what, he got elected and guess what, his position was the one that went down to defeat in this -- on this measure here.

KAGAN: Also in Florida, anti-smoking restrictions, banning indoor smoking at -- in most places unless it's like a bar or a hotel room that already allows smoking. Looks like Floridians are very much in favor of this.

HARRIS: Yes, in fact I think it's going to pretty much be almost only private residences are going to be -- you'll be able to smoke in there.

And in Colorado, again, and one of the states that were -- or a number of states that had an English language only education provision on the amendment -- on the -- I'm sorry, on the ballots today. And in Colorado, we see here that they are turning down, at this particular point, we can't say we're calling this one just yet, but with 95 percent of the precincts reporting now, Colorado is not yet saying that they don't want just -- they only want one language taught in schools there.

KAGAN: And from your home state of Ohio, Leon, drug policy changes. This one going down with a resounding no, 67 percent to 33 percent with 99 percent reporting.

HARRIS: And very, again, fascinated by what -- the one with Jeb Bush there that he was -- one of the big points he was making in his campaigns around the state was that no, this was a bad idea for the state. And you would think that he was staking part of his campaign on that, that the fortunes of that measure would go along with his campaign, no, exact opposite there (ph).

KAGAN: He was in favor -- I mean of course he wants children to have smaller class sizes, but where's the money going to come from, and that was an issue that he turned around. Bill McBride, his opponent, trying to make that his big cause as he pushed for that proposal. So Bill McBride loses but the class size passes. So, Jeb Bush,...

HARRIS: Hey, Jeb's going to have to find the money.

KAGAN: ... the good news for you is you won and the bad news is now you've got to figure out how to make that proposition work.

HARRIS: Go figure. All right.

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