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12:29 PM Tue, Dec. 18th

Area residents glad presidential race is over

Kingman voters seemed relieved and anxious to get on with other things with the presidential race finally settled.

"It has been a long process but our government is working and legal challenges can be worked through the courts," said City Councilman Frank McVey, a Democrat.

"We do not always agree with the outcome, but is something we live with and get on with life."

"I am glad it is over," said Charlotte Wells, Kingman city attorney.

Wells is a Republican.

"The (U.S.

Supreme) court seemed reluctant and would rather they did not have to make the ruling," she said.

"They were concerned about the legal protection."

The court voted 7-2 to reverse the earlier Florida Supreme Court's decision that such a recount would not provide equal protection because counting standards would vary from county to county.

By a 5-4 vote, the court said that time had run out on the time to recount, effectively handing the election victory to George Bush.

Wells said Vice President Al Gore might have gotten a different ruling if the

The Florida Supreme Court had set specific guidelines for recounting ballots and his campaign had asked for a full recount of all the ballots in Florida.

"Of course, that is pure speculation on my part," she said.

Karen Lynne, a local volunteer and small business owner, said, "It shows we need to work on our election procedures.

I think Gore really won in Florida and had some bad luck, but I will live with the result."

She said the Electoral College has worked well for 200 years and serves small states well.

"I live in a small state and do not want any changes in the Electoral College system."

Several Kingman area residents voiced relief that the decision is made and said the city voters have a reputation of closing ranks after decisions are made.

"I hope every one will accept the verdict and close ranks as the country has in the past," McVey said.

Bush is the first presidential candidate since Benjamin Harrison in 1888 to lose the national popular vote and win the electoral contest and the White House.

The nation is set to complete the second father-son presidential team with George W.

Bush and his father, George Bush.

John Adams was president from 1797-1801 and his son; John Quincy Adams was president from 1825-1829.

The senior Bush lost the presidency to Bill Clinton in 1992.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.