Student groups react to outcome

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It is Nov. 4, George W. Bush and John Kerry have finally reached the finish line. John Kerry gave his concession speech yesterday at the Boston Faneuil Hall relaying the message to all his supporters that the race was over.

For the Democrats it was more than just a failed attempt to win the presidency, but it was a failed attempt to take advantage of the open Senate and House seats. It was an all around victory for the Republicans, who left the field with a few W’s under their belt.

George W. Bush and Dick Cheney gave their victory speech in Washington after John Kerry phoned President Bush to inform him of his concession to the race. Cheney, who opened up the victory speech, pointed out that President Bush received the most popular votes of any president in history.

In a race full of targeted negativism towards each other, both candidates were fully aware that it was time to put the weapons on the ground and begin to bring America back together again. The 2004 election race was known as one of the most dividing races in history, but as John Kerry said during his speech in recognition of Bush’s victory, “I hope that we can begin the healing.”

As for the Sam Houston Democrats and Republicans the mood is not much different. Abel Lozano, President of the Sam Houston Democrats, noted that the he felt the Republicans did a real good job of getting out the vote and that it was a very clean election. He said he felt that he was sure Kerry would be the next president and that America seemed like they were ready for change in the Oval Office. Apparently he was wrong and said that it was “time to look to the future.”

“It ended the way I expected it to,” said Jim Massey, chairman of the Sam Houston Republicans. He felt that the Democrats focused only on certain areas, but the Republicans “covered the whole board.” Although he was not surprised with the outcome of the presidential vote, he was surprised with the results in the Senate and House races.

Both leaders of the campus political groups were surprised by the popular vote considering the fact that Bush had 500,000 less than Al Gore in 2000, but turned it around by beating Kerry by 3.5 million votes. Lozano said, “People probably voted more on values rather than on the issues at hand.”

Mike Yawn, political science professor at Sam Houston, said, “it was a significant Republican victory,” and it was surprising to see the popular vote go to the Republicans when it has always gone to the Democrats ever since 1976. One difference maker Yawn pointed out was that Kerry left a lot of campaigning to independent groups. Unlike the Bush campaign, Kerry didn’t use as much “grass roots”. “Kerry really didn’t connect with the people. Democrats seemed more motivated by being anti-Bush,” Yawn said.

With Bush winning both the popular and electoral vote, perhaps most of the talk of the 2000 election proceedings will be laid to rest.