- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 8, 2006

ILLINOIS

Governor: Democratic Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich defeated Republican Judy Baar Topinka despite accusations of corrupted funding.

House: Democrat Tammy Duckworth, battling state Sen. Peter Roskam in a suburban district, came to the race with no political experience but a compelling story — a former Army Black Hawk helicopter pilot, she lost both legs in Iraq.

INDIANA

House: Democrats defeated three Republican congressmen: Conservative Rep. John Hostettler lost to Democrat Brad Ellsworth, a popular county sheriff, Democrat Joe Donnelly defeated Rep. Chris Chocola and Democrat Baron Hill won back from Rep. Mike Sodrel the seat he narrowly lost in 2004.

Senate: Sen. Richard G. Lugar, a Republican, won re-election with no Democratic opponent.

IOWA

Governor: Democratic Secretary of State Chet Culver and Rep. Jim Nussle scrapped for the governorship, but a late poll found both candidates viewed favorably by half or more of voters. Maybe it was the homespun touches, such as an ad in which Mr. Culver’s wife asked Iowans to support “the big lug.”

KANSAS

Governor: Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a Democrat in a Republican-leaning state, won easily.

House: Republican Rep. Jim Ryun, the track great who once held the world record in the mile, had his hands full with Democrat Nancy Boyda.

Attorney general: Republican incumbent Phill Kline — who made national news by seeking medical records of 90 abortion patients — dropped a stink bomb: an ad resurrecting unproven, 15-year-old sexual harassment accusations against opponent Paul Morrison.

MICHIGAN

Governor: Democrat Jennifer M. Granholm, hobbled by one of the nation’s worst economies, defeated Amway heir Dick DeVos, who spent at least $35 million of his own cash. Mrs. Granholm fought back with savvy debate appearances and tough ads of her own.

Senate: Sen. Debbie Stabenow, a Democrat, defeated Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard, despite Mr. Bouchard’s $1-million-plus gift from the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

Ballot issues: The big question: A woman denied admission to the University of Michigan in 1995 led an effort to ban race and sex preferences in university admissions and government hiring.

MINNESOTA

Governor: The Democrat running reportedly called a reporter “a Republican whore.” His running mate revealed she didn’t have clue as to what E-85 was (an ethanol fuel blend made largely from corn). Suddenly, late in his campaign against incumbent Republican Tim Pawlenty, Attorney General Mike Hatch was on the defensive.

House: Democrat Keith Ellison became the first Muslim in Congress.

Senate: Democratic prosecutor Amy Klobuchar, daughter of a newspaper columnist, defeated Republican Rep. Mark Kennedy and kept the state’s open Senate seat in Democratic hands.

MISSOURI

Ballot issues: Missourians considered a ballot measure to protect stem-cell research in the state, and that question pervaded the tight race for Senate.

Senate: Democratic state auditor Claire McCaskill supported the initiative, and featured actor and Parkinson’s patient Michael J. Fox in a campaign ad; Republican incumbent Sen. Jim Talent opposed it.

NEBRASKA

House: Yale-educated ranch hand Scott Kleeb gave Democrats a shot, for the first time since 1959, at taking the seat vacated by Rep. Tom Osborne.

Senate: Republican Pete Ricketts burned about $12 million of his Ameritrade fortune battling Sen. Ben Nelson, one of President Bush’s favorite Democrats.

NORTH DAKOTA

Senate: Sen. Kent Conrad and Rep. Earl Pomeroy, two-thirds of the state’s all-Democratic congressional delegation, both won re-election.

OHIO

Governor: Democrat Ted Strickland defeated Ken Blackwell, despite the Republican’s attacking his character.

Senate: Democrat Sherrod Brown defeated Republican Sen. Mike DeWine.

OKLAHOMA

Governor: Crafty centrist Brad Henry, an incumbent Democratic governor with tax-cutting credentials, defeated conservative Republican Rep. Ernest Istook.

House: Three-term Republican Lt. Gov. Mary Fallin, running for Mr. Istook’s seat, was poised to become the first Oklahoma woman elected to Congress since 1920.

SOUTH DAKOTA

Governor: The race was a walk for victorious Republican incumbent Gov. Michael Rounds.

Ballot issues: Would South Dakota impose the country’s strictest abortion ban? National forces on both sides of the issue contributed vast money and other support.

WISCONSIN

Governor: Democratic Gov. James E. Doyle, who supports stem-cell research, won re-election to a second term over Republican Rep. Mark Green, a self-described “bleeding-heart conservative.”

Ballot issues: The state adopted a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex “marriage” instead of fulfilling opponents’ hopes that Wisconsin would be the first state to reject such a measure.

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