[Primary September 18].
Registered Voters: 690,748. Ballots Cast: 385,034 (55.7%). (absentee turnout was 163,276).
Governor: In the race to succeed term-limited Gov. Linda Lingle (R), former Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D) defeated Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona (R) by 57.8% to 40.8%.
U.S. Senate: Sen. Daniel Inouye (D) easily defeated businessman Cam Cavasso (R) by 71.9% to 20.7% en route a ninth term (first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1962). Also running were Jim Brewer (G), Jeff Mallan (L) and Jeff Jarrett.
U.S. House: In the 1st CD (Honolulu), state Sen. Colleen Hanabusa (D) claimed the seat from Rep. Charles Djou (R) by 49.6% to 43.5%. Djou, a Honolulu city councilman, had won the May 22 special election to fill Abercrombie's seat when Hanbusa and Ed Case split the Democratic vote.
Legislature: Democrats maintained overwhelming control of both chambers. The balance went from 23D-2R in the Senate and 45D-6R in the House to 24R-1D and 42D-8R, 1undecided.
Democrats pick up the governorship and one U.S. House seat.
[Primary May 25]. >
Registered Voters: 790,531. Ballots Cast: 459,079 (58.1%).
Governor: Gov. Butch Otter (R) won a second term, defeating mediator Keith Allred (D) by 59.1% to 32.8%; Jana Kemp (I) obtained 5.9% and Ted Dunlap (L) and Pro-Life (I) rounded out the field.
U.S. Senate: Sen. Mike Crapo (R) won a third term, defeating newspaper owner Tom Sullivan (D) and Randy Bergquist (C) by 71.2% to 24.9% and 3.9%.
U.S. House: Balance goes from 1R-1D to 2R. In the 1st CD (eastern third of the state from top to bottom), state Rep. and immigration attorney Raul Labrador (R) defeated freshman Rep. Walt Minnick (D) by a 51.0% to 41.3% margin over. Labrador was an upset winner in the primary. In 2008 Minnick defeated incumbent Rep. Bill Sali (R) by 50.61%-49.39% (4,211 votes out of 347,585 cast); McCain obtained 62% to 36% for Obama in the 1st CD.
Legislature: Republicans maintained overwhelming majorities in both chambers. The Senate stayed at 28R-7D to while the House went from 52R-18D to 57R-13D.
Republicans pick up one U.S. House seat.
Registered Voters: 7,506,073. Ballots Cast: .
Governor: Gov. Pat Quinn (D), sworn in on Jan. 29, 2009 after the impeachment of Rod Blogojevich, narrowly won election to the governorship in his own right. After surviving a close primary, he defeated state Sen. Bill Brady (R) as well as Michael White (C), Rich Whitney (G), Lex Green (L), Scott Lee Cohen (I) and William Walls III (I)
U.S. Senate: In a major gain for Republicans, Rep. Mark Kirk (R) won the seat formerly held by President Obama, defeating Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias (D), LeAlan Jones (G) and Mike Labno (L); Randy Stufflebeam (C), narrowly missed qualifying for the ballot. Appointed Sen. Roland Burris (D) had opted not to seek election to the seat (Gov. Blogojevich appointed Burris under controversial circumstances). In another wrinkle to the story, in summer 2010 a court ruled that Burris' appointment was temporary, necessitating that a special election be held to fill the final two months of the term. Kirk was sworn in on Nov. 29.
U.S. House: Balance goes from 12D-7R to 11R-8D; five new members elected. The 8th CD (northwest suburbs of Chicago) produced a surprise; Joe Walsh (R), who works with an investment banking group, upset three-term Rep. Melissa Bean (D), winning by less than 300 votes; Bean conceded on November 16. In the open 10th CD (Kirk seat; north Chicago area; Arlington Heights to Waukegan), Robert Dold (R), who runs a pest management company, narrowly defeated Dan Seals (D), who was making his third run at the seat and was seen to have a seen to have a good shot at winning. In the 11th CD (south of Chicago), Air Force National Guard Captain Adam Kinzinger (R) defeated freshman Rep. Debbie Halvorson (D) lost to. In the 14th CD (east of Chicago), state Sen. Randy Hultgren (R) defeated freshman Rep. Bill Foster (D) (Foster was elected in a March 2008 special election to fill the seat held by former Speaker Dennis Hastert). In the 17th CD (a contorted district in Eastern Illinois), restaurant owner Bobby Schilling (R) defeated two-term Rep. Phil Hare (D).
Legislature: Democrats retained control of both chambers of the General Assembly, but their majorities were pared going from 37D-22R to 35D-24R in the Senate and 70D-48R to 64D-54R in the House.
Republicans pick up U.S. Senate seat and four U.S. House seats.
18; Runoff June 8]. >
Registered Voters: . Ballots Cast: .
U.S. Senate: Sen. Bayh's announcement on Feb. 15, 2010 that he would not seek a third time caught observers off guard. Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D), selected by State Democratic Committee as the party's nominee, lost to former Sen. Dan Coats (R); Rebecca Sink-Burris (L) scored the best showing of any Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate.
U.S. House: Balance goes from 5D-3R-1v to 6R-3D; Indiana is sending four new members to the House. There were three open seats. In the 3rd CD, open due to Rep. Mark Souder (R)'s announcement on May 18 that he would resign due to an affair, state Sen. Marlin Stutzman (R) defeated Fort Wayne City Councilman Tom Hayhurst (D). In the 4th CD, open due to Rep. Steve Buyer (R)'s retirement; Secretary of State Todd Rokita (R) defeated David Saunders (D), an associate professor of biology. In the 8th CD, open due to Rep. Ellsworth's Senate run, heart surgeon Larry Bucshon (R) defeated prosecutor Trent Van Haaften (D). In the 9th CD (southeastern Indiana), attorney and deputy prosecutor Todd Young (R) defeated Rep. Baron Hill (D).
Legislature: Gov. Daniels was not on the ballot, but he played a major role in Republicans' successful efforts in legislative races. Democrats lost control of the House and lost seats in the Senate. The balance in the House went from 52D-48R to 59R-40D; Republicans strengthened their majority in the Senate from 33R-17D to 37R-13D.
Republicans pick up U.S. Senate seat, two U.S. House seats and one legislative chamber.
Registered Voters: 1,984,995.
Governor: Gov. Chet Culver (D) was seen as one of the more vulnerable incumbent governors and he did lose to former Gov. Terry Branstad (R) by 52.9% to 43.2%, with votes going to Jon Narcisse (IP) and Eric Cooper (L) and several others.
U.S. Senate: Sen. Chuck Grassley (R) (first elected in 1980) won a sixth term, defeating attorney Roxanne Conlin (D) by 64.4% to 33.2% with 2.2% going to John Heiderscheit (L).
U.S. House: Balance remains at 3D-2R. All three Democratic incumbents fended off strong Republican challenges. In the 1st CD, Rep. Bruce Braley (D) defeated Independence attorney Ben Lange (R) by 49.6% to 47.5%; in the 2nd CD, Rep. Dave Loebsack (D) defeated Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R) by 51.0% to 46.0%; and in the 3rd CD, Rep. Leonard Boswell (D) defeated state Sen. Brad Zaun (R) by 50.6% to 46.6%.
Legislature: Democrats lost control of the House and barely maintained control in the Senate. The balance went from 56D-44R in the House and 32D-18R in the Senate to 60R-40D in the House and 26D-24R in the Senate.
More: Iowans voted against retention of three Supreme Court Justices who had ruled in favor of same-sex marriage. Iowa for Freedom, chaired by former gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats, led this effort, which attracted national attention.
Republicans pick up the governorship and one legislative chamber.
Governor: Gov. Mark Parkinson (D), who ascended to the office on April 28, 2009 following the confirmation of Kathleen Sebelius as Secretary of HHS, did not seek election. Sen. Sam Brownback (R) defeated Tom Holland (D), president of Holland Technologies, Inc., state party chair Andrew Gray (L) and educator Ken Cannon (Ref.).
U.S. Senate: Rep. Jerry Moran (R) defeated Baker University assistant dean Lisa Johnston (D), Mike Dann (L) and Joe Bellis (Ref).
U.S. House: Balance goes from 3R-1D to 4R-0D; three new members elected. There were three open seats. In the 1st CD ("the big First"), state Sen. Tim Huelskamp (R) defeated former Salina Mayor Alan Jilka (D). In the 3rd CD (Kansas City area and Lawrence), Rep. Dennis Moore (D) is retiring; his wife Stephene Moore (D) lost to state Rep. Kevin Yoder (R). In the 4th CD (11 counties in the Southeast part of the state; includes Wichita), businessman and RNC member Mike Pompeo (R) defeated state Rep. Raj Goyle (D). Libertarians ran candidates in all four districts and there were several other candidates on the ballot.
Legislature: Republicans strengthened their hold on the House from 76R-49D to 92R-33D. The balance in the Senate remained at 31R-9D.
Republicans pick up the governorship and one U.S. House seat.
[Primary May 18]. >
U.S. Senate: After upsetting establishment-backed Trey Grayson in the primary, Tea Party favorite opthamologist Rand Paul (R) defeated Attorney General Jack Conway (D) by 55.7% to 44.2%.
U.S. House: In the 6th CD, Rep. Ben Chandler (D) defeated attorney Andy Barr (R) by 648 votes (119,812 to 119,164 votes).
Legislature: All 100 House seats and 19 of 38 Senate seats were up. Control of the Legislature remains split. Republicans picked up seats in both chambers, narrowing the margin in the House from 65D-35R to 58D-42R and adding to their numbers in the Senate, going from 20R-17D-1I/o to 22R-15D-1I/o.
[Primary August 28; primary runoff October 2].
U.S. Senate: Sen. David Vitter (R) won the re-nomination despite his 2007 scandal and went on to defeat Rep. Charlie Melancon (D) by 57% to 38%. A total of 12 candidates were on the ballot; Randall Hayes (L) fared best among the third party and Independent candidates.
U.S. House: Balance stays at 6R-1D; two new members elected. In the open 3rd CD (Southeastern Louisiana), attorney Jeff Landry (R) won the October 2 runoff and defeated attorney Ravi Sangisetty (D) by 64% to 36%. In the 2nd (New Orleans), freshman Rep. Joseph Cao (R), was seen as one of the most vulnerable congressmen in the country (the district went 74% to 25% for Obama in 2008), and he lost to state Rep. Cedric Richmond (D) by 65% to 33%.
Legislature: Elections in 2010.
Democrats pick up one U.S. House seat. Republicans pick up on U.S. House seat. No net change.
Registered Voters: 973,855. Ballots Cast: .
Governor: Gov. John Baldacci (D) was term limited. Waterville Mayor Paul LePage (R) won with just 38% of the vote, defeating businessman, entrepreneur and attorney Eliot Cutler (I) at 37% and State Senate President Libby Mitchell (D) at just 19%, with 5% for Shawn Moody (I) and 1% for Kevin Scott (I).
U.S. House: Both Democratic incumbents were re-elected; Rep. Chellie Pingree (D) by 53% to 47% over Dean Scontras (R) and Rep. Mike Michaud (D) by 55% to 45% over Jason Levesque (R).
Legislature: Republicans made massive gains to pick up both chambers of the Legislature. The House went from 95D-55R-1I/o to 77R-73D-1I/o and the Senate from 20D-15R to 20R-14D-1I/o.
More: Voters also approved three ballot questions, one on a casino and bond issues on access to dental care and land conservation.
Republicans pick up the governorship and both legislative chambers.
[Primary September 14].
Governor: In a rematch of the 2006 campaign Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) defeated former Gov. Bob Ehrlich (R) by 56.2% to 41.8%; also running were Susan Gaztañaga (L), Maria Allwine (G), Eric Knowles (C) and a couple of write-ins.
U.S. Senate: Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D) won a fifth term, defeating Dr. Eric Wargotz (R) by 62.2% to 35.8%. Green Party nominee Natasha Pettigrew was killed in a traffic accident; her mother, Kenniss Henry, replaced her on the ballot; Richard Shavwer (C) also ran and there were a number of write-ins.
U.S. House: Balance goes from 7D-1R to 6D-2R; one new member elected. The race to watch was the 1st CD (Eastern Shore), where in 2008 Democrat Frank Kratovil won the seat by just 2,852 votes, while the district went 58% to 40% for McCain. 2010 saw a re-match of 2008, but this time state Sen. Andy Harris (R) defeated the freshman Rep. Frank Kratovil (D) by 54.1% to 42.0%. Also of note, the Libertarian Party fielded candidates in all eight congressional districts.
Legislature: Democrat kept large majorities in both chambers. The Senate went from 33D-14R to 35D-12R and the House from 105D-36R to 98D-43R.
Republicans pick up one U.S. House seat.