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Salisbury Residents Pleased With Hometown Girl Elizabeth Dole's Victory

Posted November 6, 2002 6:14 a.m. EST

— Elizabeth Dole made history Tuesday becoming the first female elected to the

U.S. Senate

from North Carolina. She also made many people in her hometown of Salisbury very proud.

"Well, I think it was great," resident Dorothy Kepley said. "It puts Salisbury on the map and we are thankful for that."

Speaking at her first news conference following her win Tuesday against Democrat Erskine Bowles, Dole said entering the Senate as part of the majority gives her an improved chance of helping make last year's tax cuts permanent and adding a line-item veto amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

"A lot of the things that I've outlined to achieve, those goals are much more achievable" in a GOP-controlled Congress, Dole said at the Rowan County Public Library, near the restored rail depot where 16 hours earlier she claimed victory.

Dole was a popular figure in Salisbury even before her victory. She served as a Cabinet secretary under two presidents. Even some who claim they do not agree with Dole's politics are happy that she did well.

"I think she is a good gal. I pulled for her," resident Jack Ramsey said. "I'm not a Republican, I'm a Democrat, but I have pushed for her and I will work with her."

Other residents are not happy with Tuesday's election results.

"I don't like the results. I was hoping Elizabeth Dole would lose, simply for the reason that she associates herself so closely with Jesse Helms, who I think is an embarrassment to North Carolina," resident R.C. Kesler said.

Dole is not the first U.S. Senator elected from Salisbury. Lee Overman represented North Carolina in the U.S. Senate from 1903 to 1930. He is also from Salisbury.

Dole beat Bowles with 54 percent of the vote.