- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 3, 2004

MIDWEST

Illinois

Senate — State Sen. Barack Obama easily bested Republican Alan Keyes in the race for the seat of retiring Republican Sen. Peter G. Fitzgerald.

House — Rep. Philip M. Crane, the longest-serving Republican in the House, conceded defeat to Democratic challenger Melissa Bean.

Indiana

Senate — Democrat Evan Bayh swept to a second term in the Senate, defeating sociologist Marvin Scott, one of the few black Republicans to run for federal office.

House — Both parties poured money into the rematch between Democratic Rep. Baron P. Hill and trucking company owner Mike Sodrel.

Governor — Indiana elected former Bush budget director Mitchell E. Daniels Jr., rejecting incumbent Democrat Joe Kernan a little more than a year after he became governor upon the death of Frank O’Bannon.

Iowa

Senate — Sen. Charles E. Grassley, head of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, easily topped Democrat Art Small.

House — Rep. Leonard L. Boswell, the lone Democrat in the delegation, faced a repeat challenger in Stan Thompson.

Kansas

Senate — Republican incumbent Sen. Sam Brownback trounced Democratic railroad engineer Lee Jones.

House — Rep. Dennis Moore, the delegation’s only Democrat, faced Kris Kobach.

Michigan

House — Former state Sen. John “Joe” Schwarz, a Republican, was favored to win the only open seat. He would replace retiring Rep. Nick Smith.

Minnesota

House — Incumbent Republican Rep. Mark Kennedy beat back an unexpectedly strong challenge from Patty Wetterling, a missing-children’s advocate whose 11-year-old son was abducted in 1989.

Missouri

Senate — Popular Sen. Christopher S. Bond defeated Democratic State Treasurer Nancy Farmer, becoming the first Republican elected to four Senate terms in Missouri.

House — Former Kansas City Mayor Emmanuel Cleaver battled Republican millionaire Jeanne Patterson for the seat vacated by Democrat Karen McCarthy. Democrat Russ Carnahan, son of former Sen. Jean Carnahan and the late Gov. Mel Carnahan, was favored for the 3rd District seat of retiring Rep. Richard A. Gephardt.

Governor — Democratic State Auditor Claire McCaskill was in a tussle with Secretary of State Matt Blunt. She would be the state’s first female governor.

Nebraska

House — Republican Jeff Fortenberry, Democrat Matt Connealy and the Green Party’s Steve Larrick vied to replace Republican Rep. Doug Bereuter, who left in the 13th term to become head of the Asia Foundation.

Propositions — Competing gambling proposals: One would legalize two casinos anywhere in the state; the other would legalize two casinos in Omaha, and 4,900 video-poker and slot machines around the state.

North Dakota

Senate — Democratic Sen. Byron L. Dorgan, known for supporting the importation of cheaper drugs from Canada, won a third Senate term by defeating Republican Mike Liffrig.

House — Democratic Rep. Earl Pomeroy, with a history of winning close races, was favored for a seventh term over Duane Sand.

Governor — Republican incumbent Gov. John Hoeven was a clear winner.

Ohio

Senate — Republican Sen. George V. Voinovich claimed a second term, easily defeating Democratic state Sen. Eric Fingerhut.

House — Five-term Republican incumbent Steven C. LaTourette easily defeated shopping center heiress Capri Cafaro, a 26-year-old Democrat who loaned her own campaign $1.7 million.

Oklahoma

Senate — Obstetrician Tom Coburn, a former three-term congressman, won the race to replace retiring Republican Sen. Don Nickles. Mr. Coburn was accused of sterilizing a woman without her permission, which he denied.

House — Democratic state Rep. Dan Boren won the seat vacated by Rep. Brad Carson, who lost his Senate race to Mr. Coburn.

South Dakota

Senate — Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle and former Rep. John Thune, who nearly unseated the state’s other Democratic senator, Tim Johnson, in 2002, were locked in one of the tightest races of the night.

House — Rep. Stephanie Herseth won a special election in June to fill the seat vacated by former Gov. Bill Janklow after he was convicted of manslaughter in a car crash. She again faced a strong challenge from Republican Larry Diedrich.

Wisconsin

Senate — Democratic Sen. Russell D. Feingold won re-election over businessman Tim Michels.

House — Wisconsin elected its first black member of Congress, Democratic state Sen. Gwen Moore, who handily won the Milwaukee-based 4th Congressional District.

NORTHEAST

Connecticut

Senate — Democratic incumbent Christopher J. Dodd skated past Republican Jack Orchulli.

House — Two Republican incumbents, Christopher Shays and Rob Simmons, were in dead heats with challengers Diane Farrell and Jim Sullivan.

Delaware

House — Republican Rep. Michael N. Castle glided to a seventh term.

Governor — Gov. Ruth Ann Minner, a Democrat, finished the final campaign of her 30-year political career on top, defeating Republican challenger Bill Lee to win a second term.

District of Columbia

House — Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, a Democrat, cruised to an eighth term. Mrs. Norton can vote in committee, but not on the House floor.

Maine

House — In the 1st District, Republican challenger Charlie Summers took Democratic incumbent Tom Allen to task for giving up a seat on the House Armed Services Committee. Maine has two shipyards and a Navy air base.

Propositions — Mainers were deciding whether to cap property taxes at 1 percent of assessed value and whether there should be a ban on using bait, hounds and traps to hunt bears.

Maryland

Senate — Democratic Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski easily survived a challenge from millionaire state Sen. E.J. Pipkin, a Republican.

House — All incumbents won re-election.

Massachusetts

House — Incumbents were expected to win re-election handily, including Rep. Jim McGovern, a Democrat who faced Republican Ron Crews, a former Georgia state lawmaker at the forefront of the homosexual “marriage” movement in Massachusetts.

New Hampshire

Senate — Republican Sen. Judd Gregg breezed past 94-year-old Doris “Granny D” Haddock, an underfunded advocate for campaign-finance reform.

House — Five-term Republican Rep. Charles Bass was comfortably ahead despite Democrat Paul Hodes’ clever Bass-in-Bush’s-pocket ad.

Governor — Democrat John Lynch was neck and neck with Republican incumbent Craig Benson after hammering at ethical lapses of Benson appointees. The state has never refused an incumbent a second term since 1926.

New Jersey

House — Steve Brozak, a former Marine challenging Republican Rep. Mike Ferguson in the 7th District, switched to the Democratic Party last year, saying he was disenchanted by Republican attacks on military veterans such as former Sen. Max Cleland, Georgia Democrat.

Propositions — Voters upset about high property taxes in the town of Verona mulled seceding from Essex County. If the measure passes, the town will have to join a different county or form its own. No New Jersey municipality has seceded in 73 years.

New York

Senate — Well-funded Sen. Charles E. Schumer, a Democrat, coasted to a second term by defeating conservative Republican Howard Mills.

House — Two Republicans — Jack Quinn and Amo Houghton — retired, and Democrat Brian Higgins and Republican Nancy Naples dueled for Mr. Quinn’s seat.

Pennsylvania

Senate — Four-term Sen. Arlen Specter, survivor of a tough Republican primary challenge from the right, defeated Rep. Joseph M. Hoeffel, a Democrat.

House — The battle for Mr. Hoeffel’s seat pitted Democratic state Sen. Allyson Y. Schwartz against Republican eye surgeon Melissa Brown — one of 11 woman-versus-woman congressional races nationwide.

Rhode Island

House — Former Navy SEAL David Rogers, a Republican, tried for the second time to unseat five-term Democratic Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy.

Propositions — A ballot measure would redistribute power in state government, keeping lawmakers off a host of boards and commissions.

Vermont

Senate — Democrat Patrick J. Leahy, a 30-year Senate veteran, sailed to an easy victory over challenger Jack McMullen.

House — Rep. Bernard Sanders, the House’s only independent, won easy re-election.

Governor — Republican incumbent Jim Douglas led throughout to win over Democrat Peter Clavelle, mayor of Burlington.

SOUTH

Alabama

Senate — Republican Sen. Richard C. Shelby barely touched more than $11 million in his war chest in rolling over little-known black Democrat Wayne Sowell.

House — Republican first-term Rep. Mike Rogers faced a close race against Democrat Bill Fuller in the 3rd District.

Arkansas

Senate — Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln breezed past Republican state Sen. Jim Holt, who called liberal federal judges a bigger threat to the country than terrorists.

House — Republican candidate Marvin Parks, a state representative, hoped big conservative turnout would help him beat four-term Democratic Rep. Vic Snyder.

Florida

Senate — Republican Mel Martinez and Democrat Betty Castor were in a close contest to succeed retiring Democratic Sen. Bob Graham.

House — Republican Rep. Katherine Harris, vilified by Democrats while she served as secretary of state during 2000 recount, won in a rematch with Sarasota lawyer Jan Schneider. Republican Connie Mack IV, son of the ex-senator, took the seat given up by new CIA Director Porter J. Goss.

Georgia

Senate — Republican Rep. Johnny Isakson easily took the seat of retiring Bush-backing Democrat Zell Miller.

House — National parties each took aim at one incumbent: Republicans sought to dislodge Jim Marshall, Democrats targeted Max Burns. Cynthia A. McKinney, former congresswoman beaten by Mrs. Majette two years ago, was making a triumphant return.

Kentucky

Senate — Republican incumbent Jim Bunning, Hall of Fame baseball pitcher, notched a slim victory over Democrat Daniel Mongiardo, a state senator and surgeon from Appalachia.

House — Republicans picked up a seat in the conservative northern 4th District where businessman Geoff Davis bested Democrat Nick Clooney, former TV anchorman and father of actor George Clooney, to succeed retiring Democrat Ken Lucas.

Louisiana

Senate — Republican David Vitter avoided a runoff in winning a seat held by retiring Democratic Sen. John B. Breaux.

House — Billy Tauzin III was seeking the seat vacated by his father, retiring chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Mississippi

House — Republican Clinton B. LeSueur was in a rematch with Democratic incumbent Bennie Thompson.

North Carolina

Senate — Republican Rep. Richard M. Burr defeated former Clinton White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles to win the Senate seat that had been held by John Edwards, the Democratic vice-presidential nominee.

House — Democrats touted an independent poll showing Patsy Keever leading seven-term Republican Charles H. Taylor in the western 11th District.

Governor — Incumbent Michael F. Easley won a second term, defeating Republican challenger Patrick Ballantine with a campaign focused on job losses in the textile and furniture industries.

South Carolina

Senate — Republican Jim DeMint defeated Democrat Inez Tenenbaum, picking up for his party the Senate seat long held by retiring Democrat Ernest F. Hollings.

House — Mr. DeMint’s seat was expected to go to Republican Bob Inglis.

Tennessee

House — Only competitive race: rematch from 2002 between incumbent Democrat Lincoln Davis and Tullahoma Alderwoman Janice Bowling.

Texas

House — Democratic Reps. Charles W. Stenholm, a leading fiscal conservative and power on the Agriculture Committee, and Martin Frost, a one-time member of his party’s leadership, were both defeated, as were Democratic Reps. Max Sandlin and Nick Lampson.

Virginia

House — State legislator Thelma Drake allowed the GOP to hold on to the seat of Republican Ed Schrock, who retired after a Web log reported he used telephone dating service to solicit men for sex.

Local government — Former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder won election as Richmond’s first popularly elected mayor since the 1940s.

West Virginia

House — Shelley Moore Capito, the state’s lone Republican in Congress, faced Democrat Erik Wells, former television news anchor and naval reservist.

Governor — Democrat Joe Manchin was a decisive winner over Republican Monty Warner and Mountain Party candidate Jesse Johnson in three-way race. Gov. Bob Wise did not seek re-election after admitting to an extramarital affair. Democratic Secretary of State Joe Manchin took an open governor’s seat.

WEST

Alaska

Senate — Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski took an early lead against former Gov. Tony Knowles.

House — Incumbent Don Young, Republican, won a 17th term.

Arizona

Senate — Republican Sen. John McCain won in a landslide; Democratic eighth-grade math teacher Stuart Starky was no match for a Republican incumbent with broad bipartisan appeal.

House — In an expensive, nasty campaign, freshman Republican Rep. Rick Renzi soundly defeated Democrat Paul Babbitt, brother of former Interior Secretary and former Gov. Bruce Babbitt.

California

Senate — Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer swept past Republican Bill Jones, who was unable to raise money or gain strong support from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

House — Former state Sen. Jim Costa was favored over Republican state Sen. Roy Ashburn to replace Democratic Rep. Cal Dooley.

Propositions — Sixteen ballot issues included two expensive casino gambling initiatives, both of which were rejected, and one that would roll back the “three-strikes” sentencing law.

Colorado

Senate — Democratic Attorney General Ken Salazar was in a tossup race against Republican beer baron Peter Coors for the seat of retiring Republican Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell.

House — Top race pitted Democrat John Salazar, the attorney general’s brother, against Republican Greg Walcher to succeed retiring Republican Rep. Scott McInnis.

Propositions — Voters defeated a ballot measure to end the state’s winner-take-all electoral vote system and replace it with one based on the popular vote.

Hawaii

Senate —Veteran Democratic Sen. Daniel L. Inouye won easily over Republican Cam Cavasso, a former state legislator.

House — Democratic Reps. Neil Abercrombie and Ed Case were breezing to re-election.

Idaho

Senate — Republican incumbent Michael D. Crapo coasted to re-election with no Democratic opponent.

House — Republican incumbent Rep. C.L. “Butch” Otter was seen as using his re-election campaign as a tuneup for 2006 run a for governor.

Montana

House — Rep. Denny Rehberg easily beat Democratic challenger Tracy Velazquez.

Governor — Democrat Brian Schweitzer edged Republican Bob Brown for an office that the Republican Party has held for 16 years.

Nevada

Senate — Sen. Harry Reid, the second-ranking Democratic leader in the Senate, easily won re-election, defeating political novice Richard Ziser.

House — Former casino executive Tom Gallagher, a Democrat, challenged first-term Republican Rep. Jon Porter.

New Mexico

House — Democrat Richard Romero challenged Republican Rep. Heather A. Wilson for a second consecutive time in an intensely negative campaign.

Propositions — Albuquerque voters considered a bond issue that included $8.7 million to build a road passing through Petroglyphs National Monument, a site that American Indians consider sacred.

Oregon

Senate — Sen. Ron Wyden beat little-known Republican newcomer Al King.

House — Republican Goli Ameri quickly focused TV ads on October newspaper report that Rep. David Wu tried to force a girlfriend to have sex in the 1970s.

Utah

Senate — Republican Sen. Robert F. Bennett easily won a third term, defeating Democratic challenger Paul Van Dam.

House — Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson was favored in a rematch against 2002 opponent John Swallow.

Governor — Republican Jon Huntsman Jr., trade official under President Bush, beat underdog Scott Matheson Jr., scion of the state’s prominent Democratic family.

Washington

Senate — Two-term Democratic Sen. Patty Murray turned back Republican challenger George Nethercutt after a divisive, expensive campaign.

House — Toughest race, for the open 8th, pitted Republican Dave Reichert, a hero sheriff who hunted down the Green River Killer, against Democrat Dave Ross, syndicated radio talk-show host.

Governor — Democratic Attorney General Christine Gregoire led Dino Rossi, Republican businessman and former state senator.

Wyoming

House — Republican Rep. Barbara Cubin, seeking her sixth term for Wyoming’s lone seat, faced Democrat Ted Ladd, a political newcomer.

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