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Recall Front Oct 8

Recall Front Oct 8

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The Sacramento Bee front page, Oct. 8, 2003
The Sacramento Bee front page, Oct. 8, 2003

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THE RECALL

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THE CANDIDATES ¼ ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER................................48% ¼ CRUZ BUSTAMANTE......................................................32% ¼ TOM McCLINTOCK...........................................................13% ¼ PETER CAMEJO.....................................................................3%
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12 PAGES OF ELECTION COVERAGE

WEDNESDAY October 8, 2003

The Sacramento Bee
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IT’S ARNOLD
SCHWARZENEGGER COASTS TO VICTORY AS DAVIS IS OUSTED IN HISTORIC VOTE

Amid a blizzard of confetti, Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife, Maria Shriver, revel in his recall election triumph Tuesday night after his victory speech to well-wishers in Los Angeles.

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Determined to go out with dignity, Gov. Gray Davis promises to help California’s next governor succeed. ̈ Page 2 Arnold Schwarzenegger, pledging an end to “politics as usual,” promises to reach out. ̈ Page 4 Millions flock to the polls on a historic day, with only minor problems reported. ̈ Page 7 Voters convincingly reject Proposition 54, which would have restricted state agencies from collecting racial data. ̈ Page 9

‘I will not fail you,’ victor promises the state’s voters
By Margaret Talev
BEE CAPITOL BUREAU

Besieged Davis finds 50% of vote a task too tall
By Amy Chance
BEE POLITICAL EDITOR

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For breaking news and updated results, see:
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Frustrated with politics as usual and captivated by a big-screen action hero who promised to clean house, Californians flocked to the polls Tuesday, dumping Democratic Gov. Gray Davis in a historic recall election and replacing him with Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger. It was the first recall of a governor in California and the second in the nation’s history. In a victory speech that could have come from a rags-toriches movie, the 56-year-old Austrian-born actor and first-time candidate told fans at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles how he arrived in this country with nothing 35 years ago. California, he said, gave him everything. “Today California has given me the greatest gift of all,” he said. “You have given me your trust by voting for me. I will do everything I can to live up to that trust. I will not fail you, I will not disappoint you, and I will not let you down.” Schwarzenegger promised to reach out across party lines to Democratic leaders, to those who opposed his candidacy and fought to save Davis. “For the people to win, politics as usual must lose,” he said. “I want to represent everybody.” In a concession speech at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, Davis kept his chin up as his wife and mother wiped Sacramento Bee/John Decker away tears and supporters booed the prospect of a Gov.- Gov. Gray Davis concedes defeat and thanks voters for their elect Schwarzenegger. past support as he speaks to supporters Tuesday night in Los “I am calling on everyone in this state to put the chaos Angeles. Davis became the first California governor to be
̈ RECALL, back page, 12 recalled and only the second in U.S. history.

From the outset, it was a tough mathematical mountain to climb. Fewer than a third of California voters approved of the job Gov. Gray Davis was doing in office. But he needed the votes of more than 50 percent of those who went to the polls Tuesday to avoid becoming the first U.S. governor recalled since North Dakota Gov. Lynn Frazier lost his job in 1921. That was a larger percentage than Davis got as he won re-election last year, and nothing he did throughout the course of a long first year of his second term did much to alter the equation. Not the principled loyalty of U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who argued strongly against the recall despite her differences ANALYSIS with Davis in the past. Not his contention that the recall was a costly distraction at a time of budgetary crisis. Not the fact that his chief sin wasn’t a criminal act, but overcautious and weak leadership in the face of a host of factors largely beyond his control. Voters were in no mood to consider the intricacies of his argument that California was caught in a national economic downturn when their vehicle license fees were tripling, their energy bills were rising and Davis – looking over his shoulder at the Latino vote – was giving illegal immigrants the legal right to drive.
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