- Title: USA: BOB DOLE WINS PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE VOTE
- Date: 12th February 1996
- Summary: DES MOINES, IOWA, UNITED STATES (FEBRUARY 12, 1996) (RTV - ACCESS ALL) 1. SV CANDIDATE STEVE FORBES ARRIVING, SHAKING HANDS (2 SHOTS) 0.19 2. SV SENATE MAJORITY LEADER BOB DOLE ARRIVING, SHAKING HANDS (2 SHOTS) 0.41 3. SV CANDIDATE PAT BUCHANAN ARRIVING, SHAKING HANDS 0.55 4. GV INTERIOR CAUCUS MEETING / SV BALLOT PAPERS DISTRIBUTED (3 SHOTS) 1.11 5. SV PEOPLE VOTING (2 SHOTS) 1.22 6. SV VOTE COUNTING (6 SHOTS) 1.57 7. SV TALLY BOARD AT CONVENTION CENTER 2.02 8. SV/LV REPORTERS (2 SHOTS) 2.10 9. SV/GV DOLE VICTORY PARTY / PAPER FLAGS (4 SHOTS) 2.29 10. SV/GV DOLE GIVING VICTORY SPEECH (ENGLISH) (2 SHOTS) 2.51 11. SV BUCHANAN ARRIVING FOR SPEECH / SUPPORTERS (3 SHOTS) 3.08 12. SV BUCHANAN SPEAKING (ENGLISH) / SUPPORTERS (2 SHOTS) 3.19 13. SV CANDIDATE LAMAR ALEXANDER WITH SUPPORTERS 3.28 14. CU NEWSPAPER HEADLINE ANNOUCING DOLE AS WINNER (2 SHOTS) 3.45 SEQUENCE 10 TRANSCRIPT: DOLE: "LET ME THANK EVERYBODY ON THE STAGE UP HERE, BUT, MORE IMPORTANTLY, SAY 'THANK YOU, IOWA'. THERE WERE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF NEGATIVE ADVERTISING, BUT WE CAME OUT ON TOP." SEQUENCE 12 TRANSCRIPT: BUCHANAN: "THE VICTORY IS TREMENDOUS, FRIENDS, AND WE ARE GOING TO WIN THIS REPUBLICAN NOMINATION." Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
- Embargoed: 27th February 1996 12:00
- Location: DES MOINES, IOWA, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Reuters ID: LVAASI4AH6ZRO33N0PMU3G6IRRM6
- Story Text: Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole won the first fullscale United States (U.S.) presidential preference vote of 1996 on Monday (February 12) with conservative Pat Buchanan a strong second in the Iowa caucuses.
After 87 percent of the vote counted, Dole led with 27 percent.
Buchanan exceeded all predictions with 23 percent.
Former Tennessee Governor Lamar Alexander also breathed fresh life into his campaign with 18 percent and third place.
Huge tally boards told the story at the convention centre in Iowa's capitol, Des Moines.
It was a less than ringing endorsement for Dole, running for the Republican nomination for the third time in a farming state -- near his native Kansas -- where he was expected to win a convincing victory.
The results from balloting at Republican party meetings across Iowa were a blow for millionaire publisher Steve Forbes. He has been challenging Dole for the lead here and in New Hampshire by spending millions of dollars from his own pocket on negative "attack" television advertising that apparently angered many Iowans.
Iowa's most notable trend was the surge by Buchanan, who also won a more limited vote in Louisiana last week with fiery pitches on morality, family values and economic nationalism.
An estimated 130,000 Republicans attended caucus meetings in church basements, fire stations, restaurants and private homes. The vote was the culmination of months of campaigning, fundraising and preparation by the nine candidates.
The winner, the second and possibly the third place finishers usually receive a boost going into New Hampshire, another relatively small state but one with a history of picking eventual U.S. presidents from crowds of nominees.
The official returns had Forbes with only 10 percent support in Iowa, Texas Senator Phil Gramm with nine percent, black conservative Alan Keyes with seven, Indiana Senator Richard Lugar at four and the rest at two percent or less.
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