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July 13, 1998 | Associated Press
Ecuadoreans sought an end to their nation's political chaos by electing a new president Sunday. Exit polls showed the race too close to call. Jamil Mahuad, mayor of Quito, the capital, had about 51% of the vote to about 49% for populist banana tycoon Alvaro Naboa, according to a TV-sponsored exit poll. The poll's margin of error placed the candidates in a statistical dead heat.
January 18, 2010 | By Megan K. Stack
Viktor Yanukovich, the burly former mechanic ousted by popular revolt just five years ago, salvaged himself to claim top place among contenders for the Ukrainian presidency Sunday, exit polls indicated. His longtime rival, Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, will be a close second, the survey predicted. The exit poll results, if borne out by the slow counting of ballots, mean that the contentious pair will battle for the presidency in a runoff next month. The choice of a new leader marks a milestone in Ukraine's post-Soviet evolution, and many voters appeared disillusioned and hungry for change -- if wary of fresh rounds of infighting and scrapping for power among the Ukrainian elite.
November 18, 1996 | Associated Press
Romanians appeared Sunday to have opted for a new start, with exit polls suggesting they elected a newcomer to the presidency over the wily ex-Communist who led them through the first years of democracy. Results were not expected until this afternoon. But exit polls aired on private and state television just after voting ended at midnight suggested that Emil Constantinescu had defeated incumbent Ion Iliescu.
March 2, 1988 | Associated Press
A federal judge Tuesday gave the three major television networks the go-ahead to take exit polls at Georgia voting places during the Super Tuesday presidential primaries next week. CBS, NBC and ABC had sued state and Fulton County election officials to stop enforcement of a 1985 law prohibiting exit polls or public opinion surveys within 250 feet of a polling place. U.S.
November 26, 1989
Kudos and hip-hip-hurray to Roger Simon for his views on the exit poll (View, Nov. 19). The recent TV journalistic embarrassment in New York City and Virginia is cause for sanctity of the secret ballot. Simon is correct in saying that people are sick of pollsters and that the practice of lying to them is a healthy sign. WALTER MORYKWAS Camarillo
November 8, 2006 | Matea Gold, Times Staff Writer
Heading into Tuesday's election, the broadcast and cable news networks took pains to stress that they had worked to fix the problems that marred the 2004 exit polls.
May 10, 1985 | BETH BOTTS, Times Staff Writer
Media maverick Ted Turner opposes setting a uniform national closing time for election places because it is unreasonable for the federal government or the states "to conform their election laws to the dictates or interests of the three New York networks," a spokesman for Turner said Thursday.
November 13, 2003 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
When the Vancouver Grizzlies moved to Memphis two years ago, an effort was made to name the team the Memphis Express. The hope was the name would seal a $100-million sponsorship deal with FedEx, the Memphis-based company formerly known as Federal Express. But the NBA nixed that idea. "We don't permit teams to be named after commercial entities," NBA spokesman Mike Bass said at the time. Politics and team names apparently don't jell either.
July 6, 1988 | DAN WILLIAMS, Times Staff Writer
On the eve of Mexico's most hotly contested presidential election, the government has prohibited a local affiliate of the Gallup organization from taking a survey of voters as they leave the polls today. The decision, announced Tuesday, is almost certain to raise suspicions that the government plans to commit fraud to aid its candidate, Carlos Salinas de Gortari. In Mexico, official results are not released until several days after the polls close.
April 9, 1992 | Associated Press
Neither President Bush nor Democrat Bill Clinton could take much satisfaction from results of exit polls in Tuesday's primaries, but Texas industrialist H. Ross Perot might--although his name was not on any ballot. Exit polls of voters in New York, Kansas, Wisconsin and Minnesota indicated the kind of support Perot might be able to command if he were to run as an independent candidate for President in November.
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