Candidates Race to the Wire in Contests Across Nation

from Associated Press

Virginia Democrat L. Douglas Wilder, campaigning for the job that would make him the nation's first elected black governor, rallied supporters Monday, while Democratic Rep. James J. Florio sought last-minute support in New Jersey's gubernatorial contest, the other high-profile race in today's off-year elections.

Ballots were also studded with mayoral races and referendums.

In the election-eve campaigning, Wilder's opponent, former Republican Atty. Gen. J. Marshall Coleman, dismissed polls putting him behind.

Florio faces underdog GOP Rep. Jim Courter in New Jersey.

Elsewhere on the ballot, 11 Democrats went through their final campaign paces in Houston, where they were vying to fill the unexpired term of the late Democratic Rep. Mickey Leland.

Election campaigns were also winding up in Detroit, Houston and Miami, where incumbents Coleman Young, Kathy Whitmire and Xavier Suarez sought new mayoral terms.

Cleveland's unusually nasty mayoral campaign neared an end, pitting City Council President George Forbes against state Sen. Michael R. White.

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