Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Bush Awaits Results at Home with Family Candidate Says He Will 'Trust the People'

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Bush Awaits Results at Home with Family Candidate Says He Will 'Trust the People'

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AUSTIN, Texas -- George W. Bush, pronouncing himself calm and ready to "trust the people" with their verdict, gathered relatives and friends around him yesterday to await it. But first, he had to calm down an agitated former first family.

"I called my parents first thing when I woke up to assure them that I feel pretty good. They're nervous," Bush said. "It's much harder to be the loved one than to be the candidate."

Former President George Bush and Barbara Bush were coming to Austin from their Houston home to join their son, other members of the extended Bush clan and friends.

In a change of plans, Bush and his parents decided to watch the returns at the Governor's Mansion rather than with a large group of family and friends in a hotel suite.

Bush and his wife, Laura, left behind the rest of his family as well as running mate Dick Cheney, brother Jeb, the governor of Florida, and a large number of friends who had joined the Texas governor for dinner.

"The governor preferred to watch the returns at home. It was a more relaxing place to watch," said Gordon Johndroe, a Bush aide.

Bush was bidding to be part of only the second father-son team to win the presidency since John Adams and John Quincy Adams in the nation's early years.

Bush and his wife voted at 10:30 a.m. local time in the Travis County Courthouse, a block from the Texas Governor's Mansion where they live. Bush took about two minutes to fill out a paper ballot, then slid it into the ballot box.

He shook hands with poll workers and well wishers. "Hanging in there," he told one woman who asked how he was doing.

Laura Bush seemed a little less serene, acknowledging her nervousness to reporters. After casting her ballot, she told reporters, "That was pretty fun."

She also said they had enjoyed "a lot of sleep in our own bed" after being on the campaign trail together for months -- including eight final back-to-back days.

A chilly, intermittent rain fell as workers put the finishing touches on the stage and sound system for an evening party. …

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