- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 8, 2006

CONNECTICUT

Governor: Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell was elected to her first full term.

Senate: Sen. Joe Lieberman won re-election to a fourth term, rebounding as an independent against Democrat Ned Lamont after his support for the Iraq war cost him the backing of the Democratic Party.

House: Three House Republicans struggled to hold their seats — most prominently, Rep. Christopher Shays, under fire for his support of the Iraq war.

DELAWARE

Republican U.S. Rep. Michael N. Castle and Democratic Sen. Thomas R. Carper won re-election.

DISTRICT

Mayor:Democrat Adrian M. Fenty, an energetic young lawyer and D.C. Council member, handily won in a city where 74 percent of voters are registered Democrats.

House: Ditto for Eleanor Holmes Norton, who was unopposed for a ninth term as the District’s nonvoting representative in Congress.

MAINE

Governor: Democratic Gov. John Baldacci took flak from all directions in a five-way race, but was re-elected.

Senate: Republican Sen. Olympia J. Snowe easily won a third term over a Democrat and an independent who never gained traction against the well-financed, centrist incumbent.

MARYLAND

Governor: Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., Maryland’s first Republican chief executive since the 1960s, sought a second term after struggles with the Democratic-controlled legislature. His challenger was Mayor Martin O’Malley of Baltimore.

Senate: National Republicans recruited Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele, Maryland’s first black elected statewide official, to run for an open Senate seat against Democratic Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin.

MASSACHUSETTS

Governor: Democrat Deval Patrick, a former top U.S. civil rights enforcer, was elected, becoming the second black ever elected to lead a U.S. state.

Senate: Sen. Edward M. Kennedy easily won an eighth term that will extend his Senate career to an even 50 years in 2012.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

House: In a rematch with Democrat Paul Hodes, six-term incumbent Rep. Charles Bass tried to distance himself from the Bush administration’s Iraq and energy policies. Both parties dumped money into last-minute attack ads.

NEW JERSEY

Senate: An attack-ad death match ended with Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez victorious over Republican state Sen. Tom Kean Jr.

NEW YORK

Governor: Democrat Eliot Spitzer, the “Sheriff of Wall Street” who won fame as New York’s crime-busting attorney general, became the state’s first Democratic governor in 12 years.

Senate: Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton romped to a second term.

PENNSYLVANIA

Governor: Democratic Gov. Edward G. Rendell scored in his re-election bid over Republican Lynn Swann, the Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Fame football star whose campaign never quite caught on.

Senate: Democrat Bob Casey Jr., son of a popular former governor, defeated incumbent Sen. Rick Santorum, a conservative and third-ranking member of the Senate Republican leadership.

RHODE ISLAND

Governor: Republican Gov. Donald L. Carcieri, battling Democrat Lt. Gov. Charlie Fogarty, boasted that his administration exposed corruption in a notoriously corrupt state.

Senate: Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse ousted Republican Sen. Lincoln Chafee.

VERMONT

Governor: Republican Gov. Jim Douglas won a third, two-year term, beating a feisty challenger in Democrat Scudder Parker.

Senate: Vermont traded independents — self-described socialist Rep. Bernard Sanders defeating Republican opponent Richard Tarrant to take the seat held by retiring Sen. James M. Jeffords, a liberal Republican-turned-independent.

House: Democrat Peter Welch won his bid to replace Mr. Sanders.

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