Arlington approves funding for Cowboys' stadium

Updated: November 3, 2004, 3:48 AM ET
Associated Press

Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning barely won re-election to the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, edging Democratic challenger Daniel Mongiardo by about 2 percent of the vote in Kentucky.

Jim Bunning
Getty ImagesBunning won re-election to the U.S. Senate on Tuesday by about 2 percent of the vote in Kentucky.

Elsewhere, former college football coach Tom Osborne of Nebraska held onto his seat in the House of Representatives, and track great Jim Ryun won a tight race in Kansas.

Alan Page won re-election to the Minnesota Supreme Court, defeating challenger Tim Tingelstad. The former Vikings star has sat on the state's highest court for 12 years.

The Dallas Cowboys scored a $325 million victory at the polls when voters in Arlington, Texas, approved increasing taxes to pay for half of a 75,000-seat, retractable-roof stadium.

"This is a historic moment for America's Team and for the economy of the region," said Rob Allyn, head of the public relations firm that handled the stadium campaign for the Cowboys.

The decision means the team will move to Arlington when its lease at Texas Stadium in Irving, where Dallas has played since 1971, expires in 2008.

The $650 million stadium will be built next to the Texas Rangers' ballpark. Arlington is about 15 miles west of Dallas, but the team will still be called the Dallas Cowboys.

Bunning's race garnered the most attention because the Republican senator struggled to re-election, nearly letting a big lead slip away. With all but four Kentucky precincts reporting, Bunning beat Mongiardo by only about 18,000 votes out of more than 1.7 million cast, winning his second term in the Senate after a dozen years in the House.

Bunning survived an error-filled campaign in a bitter race filled with personal attacks. His big lead eroded amid gaffes and editorials questioning his mental fitness at age 73, and Monday he acknowledged that he had not run a perfect campaign.

"The only time I've ever been perfect was for about two hours in 1964," he said in reference to the perfect game he pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies against the New York Mets in 1964.

Osborne led the Nebraska Cornhuskers to AP national championships in 1994 and '95. As expected, the Republican incumbent kept his U.S. House seat in the state's Third District, winning a third term in Congress by a landslide. With 38 percent of the votes counted, Osborne had 86 percent of the ballots cast.

"It's always gratifying if people think you're representing them well," he said.

In the Second District of eastern Kansas, Ryun, the Republican incumbent, defeated Democrat Nancy Boyda. Ryun, a former world record holder in the mile, won a silver medal in the 1,500 meters at the 1968 Olympics.

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