- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 8, 2006

ALASKA

Governor: The governor’s race was a three-for-all: Republican Sarah Palin and former Gov. Tony Knowles locked in a tough tussle complicated by independent Andrew Halcro.

House: Don Young, seeking his 18th term as the state’s at-large representative, barely acknowledged his Democratic opponent, Diane Benson.

ARIZONA

Governor: With no high-profile Republican candidate for governor, incumbent Democrat Gov. Janet Napolitano won her bid for a second term easily.

Senate: Republican Sen. Jon Kyl overcame mall developer Jim Pederson, a Democrat.

Ballot issues: Arizona passed four measures targeting illegal aliens, including one making English the state’s official language.

CALIFORNIA

Governor: Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger won his first full term in office.

Senate: Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein coasted to her third term.

Attorney general: It was the latest leg of Jerry Brown’s magical mystery trip through California politics, from secretary of state to governor to Oakland mayor, and now, perhaps, to state attorney general.

Ballot issues: Robert Redford criticized a property-rights initiative, while Julia Roberts promoted a tax on oil companies to fund alternative-fuel research.

COLORADO

Governor: Former Denver District Attorney Bill Ritter, a Democrat, beat out Republican Rep. Bob Beauprez.

Ballot issues: One would outlaw same-sex “marriages”; another would award legal benefits to domestic partnerships.

HAWAII

Governor: Gov. Linda Lingle’s nearly 20-1 funding advantage propelled her to re-election.

Senate: Democratic Sen. Daniel K. Akaka, 82, defeated Republican state Rep. Cynthia Thielen to win his fourth term. His first opponent withdrew because of illness, and Mrs. Thielen wasn’t picked as the replacement until late September.

IDAHO

Governor: Republican Rep. C.L. “Butch” Otter ran even with Democrat Jerry Brady, a newspaper owner.

House: State lawmaker Bill Sali described his race with Democratic tech exec Larry Grant in Idaho’s open 1st Congressional District as conservative vs. liberal, “and we know how that goes in Idaho.” But maybe not so much anymore — the race was listed as a dead heat.

MONTANA

Senate : Republican Sen. Conrad Burns, prone to cringe-worthy gaffes and dogged by ties to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, struggled against Democrat Jon Tester, a state senator and farmer who proudly sports an old-fashioned flattop haircut.

NEVADA

Governor: It’s the race that made Chrissy Mazzeo famous: Conservative Republican Rep. Jim Gibbons was cruising in his campaign against liberal Democrat Dina Titus until Miss Mazzeo, a 32-year-old Las Vegas cocktail waitress, accused Mr. Gibbons of assaulting her in a parking garage.

Senate: Incumbent Republican Sen. John Ensign was re-elected over Jack Carter, son of former President Jimmy Carter.

NEW MEXICO

Governor: Republican challenger John Dendahl was hardly a speed bump for Gov. Bill Richardson, who coasted to re-election.

House: A notably nasty campaign found Rep. Heather A. Wilson, a Republican in Democrat-tilting Albuquerque, desperately trying to secure a fifth term against Patricia Madrid, the state’s attorney general.

Senate: Sen. Jeff Bingaman secured another term in a race nearly as quiet as the bookish Mr. Bingaman himself.

OREGON

Governor: Low-key Democratic Gov. Theodore R. Kulongoski, who bills himself as a beer-and-bowling kind of a guy, faced a stiff challenge from Republican Ron Saxton, a corporate lawyer who spent much of October trying to woo independent and suburban voters in this usually blue state.

UTAH

Senate: 72-year-old Republican Orrin G. Hatch became the longest-serving senator in state history by winning a sixth term.

WASHINGTON

House: Democrat Darcy Burner, a former Microsoft program manager, hoped to oust first-term Rep. Dave Reichert, best known as the sheriff who caught the Green River Killer.

Senate: Democrat Maria Cantwell didn’t know until nearly Thanksgiving in 2000 that she had won the nation’s closest Senate race by fewer than 2,300 votes. Her re-election was easier.

WYOMING

Governor: Democrat Gov. Dave Freudenthal defeated Republican Ray Hunkins.

House: Republican Rep. Barbara Cubin was in danger of losing the seat she’s held for 12 years to Gary Trauner, a well-funded Democrat.

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