This item originally appeared in the November 4, 2004 issue of The Tech Talk.
By Sharon Moore
In a surprising turn of events, Sen. John Kerry conceded the presidential election to incumbent President George W. Bush.
According to ABC News, Kerry called Bush just after 10 a.m. CST Wednesday to congratulate him on his victory. The conversation was described as "courteous," with the Massachusetts senator saying, "Congratulations, Mr. President."
According to ABC News, Bush responded by calling Kerry an "admirable, worthy opponent" who ran a tough campaign. Kerry and Bush agreed that they must work together to bridge the division in the country лл which was reflected in the hard-fought, sometimes bitter campaign.
Wednesday morning White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card declared a Republican victory.
"We are convinced that President Bush has won re-election with at least 286 electoral college votes," Card told supporters at the Ronald Reagan Center in Washington, according to ABC News.
Though White House staff announced presidential victory at 6 a.m. Wednesday, President Bush delayed a victory speech to give Kerry the respect of more time to reflect on the results of this election, he said, according to MSNBC.
At 9:10 CST Wednesday morning the nation was waiting for the votes of Iowa, New Mexico and Ohio. Ohio was predicted to be the swing state; a Bush win in Ohio would give him the votes needed to win the election.
According to MSNBC, though the Bush numbers were slightly higher than Kerry's, the Kerry camp refused to concede a defeat, insisting instead to wait on all ballots, including absentee and provisional, to be counted. Counting all ballots could take up to two weeks.
According to ABC News, earlier Wednesday morning the Democrats vowed to fight in this race until the finish.
"It's been a long night, but we've waited four years for this victory; we can wait one more night," vice presidential candidate John Edwards told supporters assembled in Copley Square in Boston overnight.
"John Kerry and I have made a promise to the American people that in this election, every vote would count and every vote would be counted," Edwards added, according to ABC News. "Tonight, we are keeping our word and we will fight for every vote. You deserve no less."
On the home-front, Bush won Louisiana's nine electoral votes by nine percent, or roughly 400,000 votes. Louisiana polls closed at 9 p.m. Tuesday.
Kerry was banking on a majority of younger votes to push him through to a victory. Though the overall percentage of young voters was relatively unchanged since 2000, students at Tech did their part.
Keith McGrew, a junior history major, voted for Bush.
"I voted for Bush because he is for the marriage amendment and against abortion for moral issues," McGrew said. "I believe in the same thing he believes in, within reason."
McGrew also said Bush will be a better administrator because Kerry is more of a politician.
"I think Kerry would do an adequate job," McGrew said. "Although I think I disagree with his economic ideas.
"Bush is more in line with the people," McGrew said. "He deals with the economy more than the government."
Michael Sutherland, a senior chemical engineering major, also voted for Bush because of similarities in religious beliefs, among other things.
Though this is Sutherland's second election to participate in, he said it is his first to truly take interest in.
"I didn't vote for Bush the first time," Sutherland said. "I'm more informed now."
Though Tech has a slightly right-wing slant, it does not take long to find a Kerry supporter.
Henry Hollins, a senior chemical engineering major, said he voted for Kerry because he thinks it is time for a new president.
"Don't get me wrong," Hollins said. "[Bush] is a good leader, but it is just time for a change."
News editors Jordan Marshall and Rindy Metcalf contributed to this report.