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Jewish World Review Nov. 8, 2002 / 3 Kislev, 5763

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Election outcome is good for more than GOPers | The elections are almost over, and at least three good things have come out of them.

First, the race card seems to have lost its political punch. Bill Clinton traipsed to such places as Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Maryland and New York, intent on demonizing Republicans as dangerous racists.

In response, voters yawned and GOP candidates won in each and every one of the aforementioned states. In addition, figures indicate that a couple of targeted Republican candidates, Lamar Alexander in Tennessee and Elizabeth Dole in North Carolina, got better than average chunks of the black vote.

Second trend: Positive campaigning - it made a comeback of sorts. Sure, a few candidates got slimed, but not as many as you might expect.

Third, maybe-related civility broke out. Losers gave gracious concession speeches; winners declared victory with class. No divisive lawsuits. No Bush versus Gore. No Supreme Court hijinks.

For one election, at least, office seekers acted like grown-ups.

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