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Daypkg - Election - Day (11/03/1998)
Washington, D.C.
Pkg W/Tag
11/3/1998
55:33
1:36
Washington, D.C. :OO President Clinton :10 Washington, D.C. :20 Andrew Kohut Pew Research, Polling Expert :33 Pat Rogers, Standup :46 James Thurber, American University, Political Scientist Pat Rogers, Reporting
Clinton speaking, people voting, voting booths, sot man, reporter stand-up, sot man, Lewinsky, Lewinsky and Clinton, Clinton, voting booths, sot man, Capitol, D'Amato video.
LEAD: CONTROL OF CONGRESS, THIRTY SIX GOVERNORSHIPS, AND THOUSANDS OF STATE LEGISLATIVE SEATS ARE AT STAKE AS AMERICANS GO TO THE POLLS. REPUBLICANS ARE EXPECTED TO KEEP CONTROL OF CONGRESS...BUT AREN'T EXPECTED TO MAKE BIG GAINS. PAT ROGERS HAS A LOOK AT THE NATIONAL ELECTION PICTURE FROM WASHINGTON. SCRIPT: BUT MANY AMERICANS WILL DECIDE NOT TO VOTE IN THIS MIDTERM ELECTION. EXPERTS PREDICT ONLY ABOUT THIRTY EIGHT PERCENT OF REGISTERED VOTERS WILL SHOW UP AT THE POLLS. TURNOUT IS LOWER WHEN THERE IS NO PRESIDENTIAL RACE, BUT THIS YEAR IT COULD BE EVEN LOWER THAN USUAL. POLLSTERS SAY VOTERS ARE CYNICAL ABOUT WASHINGTON. SOT SUPER: Andrew Kohut\Pew Research Political Polling Expert 13;09:47 and then you have these brutally negative advertising wars between many of these candidates where people say, ahhh, who needs this. SOT SUPER: Pat Rogers\Standup 14:25:08 but it's not just cynicism and negative ads that are keeping people away from the polls. experts say many people are pretty happy with the way things are. and angry voters are much more motivated than happy ones. :08 SOT SUPER: James Thurber\American University Political Scientist 14:06:12 the economy is going very well, there's not a war, there's not a major issue out there driving either party so people are voting for incumbents and they're a little bit bored. :24 THEY'RE ALSO APPARENTLY BORED WITH THE MONICA LEWINSKY SCANDAL. POLITICAL EXPERTS ONCE THOUGHT THIS ELECTION WOULD TURN OUT TO BE A REFERENDUM ON PRESIDENT CLINTON'S BEHAVIOR... VOTE FOR A DEMOCRAT IN DEFENSE OF PRESIDENT CLINTON...A REPUBLICAN IF YOU WANT HIM PUNISHED. BUT POLITICAL EXPERTS SAY THE PRESIDENT'S IMPEACHMENT PROBLEMS ARE NOT A FACTOR...VOTERS WHO ARE SHOWING UP HAVE OTHER CONCERNS. SOT SUPER: THURBER 14:08:29 education social security, quality of health care are all very important in local races.:36 AT STAKE IN THIS ELECTION: CONTROL OF CONGRESS. EXPERTS SAY REPUBLICANS ARE LIKELY TO KEEP CONTROL, AND MAYBE WIN A FEW SEATS. BUT THEY ALSO CAUTION MANY RACES ARE TOO CLOSE TO CALL, EVEN ON ELECTION DAY. IN WASHINGTON PAT ROGERS REPORTING.
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