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U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone, D-Minn., speaks at a <i>Texas Observer</i> benefit at Scholz Garten in 1997. Last Friday, Wellstone was killed in a plane crash.
U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone, D-Minn., speaks at a Texas Observer benefit at Scholz Garten in 1997. Last Friday, Wellstone was killed in a plane crash. (Photo By Alan Pogue)

Early voting ends Friday. Election Day is Tuesday. Polls are open from 7am to 7pm. See "Election 2002: The Last Lap" for more details.

U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone of Minnesota died in a plane crash last week. On Wednesday, Walter Mondale announced his candidacy for Wellstone's seat. See "Capital Chronicle."

Free Food and Hot Air: Election Night parties (or wakes) will be held all over town. Local elephants will join the statewide GOP ticket at the Austin Convention Center, while Tony Sanchez and friends will be at the Hyatt Regency on Town Lake; state Sen. Gonzalo Barrientos rings out the campaign at the Austin Music Hall. Green Party candidates Rahul Mahajan (governor) and Lesley Ramsey (State Board of Education) will be at Malaga on Fourth Street; the Greens as a whole will also gather at Double Dave's on Duval north of campus. Travis Co. votes will be counted in cozy splendor at the Crockett Center, 6301 U.S. 290 E.

The Bush administration continued to press the UN Security Council for a resolution simultaneously enforcing weapons inspections and authorizing military action against Iraq. On the campaign trail, Bush warned that should the UN fail to comply with the demands, the U.S. would "lead a coalition to disarm" Saddam Hussein.

The statewide Dem ticket, led by Tony Sanchez, Ron Kirk, and former Gov. Ann Richards, converged at UT Wednesday for Austin's last big pre-E-Day rally, with a collegiate theme: "Come Early. Stay Loud. Vote Democratic."

In a senate candidate debate last week, Kirk admitted that in college he tried marijuana, "but didn't like it." We considered retracting our endorsement of him, but then forgot to do it.

Thus far, the two major Texas gubernatorial campaigns have spent $86.3 million. Sanchez's campaign has spent $63.3 million, of which $60.3 million was plunked down by Sanchez himself. Perry's campaign has gone through $23 million.

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