New Mexico [+]
[Primary June 1]. >
Registered Voters: 1,152,971 [Dem. 570,659 (49.50%) Rep. 367,638 (31.89%) Other 32,999 (2.86%) Decline to State 181,621 (15.75%)].
Governor: In the race to succeed term-limited Gov. Bill Richardson (D), Doña Ana County District Attorney Susana Martinez (R) defeated Lt. Gov. Diane Denish (D) by 53.4% to 46.3%.
U.S. House: Balance goes from 3D-0R to 2D-1R; one new member elected. In the 2nd CD (southern half of the state, went 50% to 49% for McCain in 2008), former Rep. Steve Pearce (R), who left the House to pursue an unsuccessful 2008 U.S. Senate campaign, defeated freshman Rep. Harry Teague (D) by 55.6 to 44.4%. In the 1st CD (Albuquerque, 60% to 40% for Obama), freshman Rep. Martin Heinrich (D) defeated Jon Barela (R) by 51.7% to 48.3%. In the 3rd CD (northern half of the state, 61% to 38% for Obama), freshman Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D) defeated Tom Mullins (R).
Legislature: Democrats maintained control of both chambers; the Senate stayed at 27D-15R while the House went from 45D-25R to 37D-33R.
Republicans pick up one U.S. House seat.
New York [+]
[Primary September 14].
Registered Voters: 10,680,536 [Dem. 5,277,865 (49.42%) Rep. 2,693,919 (25.22%) Ind'pce 381,502 (3.57%) Cons'v. 137,069 (1.28%) WF 36,554 (0.34%) Grn. 18,711 (0.18%) Lib. 2,419 RTH 3 SWP 78 Others 2,132,416 (19.97%)].
Governor: Attorney General Andrew Cuomo (D), who unsuccessfully sought the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in 2002, trounced Carl Paldino (R), who upset former Rep. Rick Lazio in the primary; other candidates in the race included Howie Hawkins (G) and Warren Redlich (L).
U.S. Senate: Sen. Chuck Schumer (D) defeated political strategist Jay Townsend (R), Randy Credico (L) and Colia Clark (G) to win a third term. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D) was elected to fill out the term of the seat formerly held by Sen. Hillary Clinton (D). Although Gillibrand was seen as vulnerable early in the cycle, she easily defeated former Rep. Joe DioGuardi (R), Cecile Lawrence (G) and John Clifton (L).
U.S. House: Balance goes from 26D, 2R, 1v to...? As of Nov. 23 one race remain undecided.
-1st CD (Long Island): Rep. Tim Bishop (D) narrowly leads businessman Randy Altschuler (R). This is the last House race to be calledl. A preliminary count gave Bishop a lead of about 3,500 votes. Recanvassing turned up an error, and Altschuler led by several hundred votes. Following counting of absentee ballots Bishop leads by 235 votes, but there are challenged ballots to be considered.
-13 CD (all of State Island plus some neighborhoods in Brooklyn): Businessman and former FBI agent Michael Grimm (R) defeated freshman Rep. Mike McMahon (D).
-19th CD (Southeast NY including West Point): Opthamologist Nan Hayworth (R) defeated Rep. John Hall (D), who was first elected in 2006.
-20th CD (Upstate along I-87): Army veteran Chris Gibson (R) defeated freshman Rep. Scott Murphy (D), elected in a March 2009 special election (Gillibrand seat).
-24th CD (Upstate including Utica): Businessman Richard Hanna (R) came close in 2008, and this time he defeated Rep. Michael Arcuri (D) +, who was first elected in 2006.
-25th CD (Upstate including Syracuse): Attorney Ann Marie Buerkle (R) narrowly defeated freshman Rep. Dan Maffei (D). The outcome remained unclear for three weeks as recanvassing and counting of absentee ballots proeceded; Maffei conceded on Nov. 21. Most observers had predicted a Maffei win.
-29th CD (Western NY district vacant due to the resignation of Rep. Eric Massa (D)): former Corning Mayor Tom Reed (R) defeated Afghan war veteran Matt Zeller (D).
Democrats were able to win one of the more contested races.
-23rd CD (Northern NY from Lake Ontario to Vermont): In 2009 a special election debacle resulted in a Democratic congressman representing the region the first time since the Civil War. Rep Bill Owens (D) managed to defeat investment banker Matt Doheny (R).
Legislature: A number of seats are not yet decided. Democrats maintain control of the House by a wide margin, but Republicans could win control of the Senate. The balance went from 32D-29R-1v and 107D-42R-1v to 30R-29D-3undecided and 100D-48R-2undecided.
Republicans pick up at least six U.S. House seats. One U.S. House race and a number of legislative seats undecided.
North Carolina [+]
[Primary May 4
Runoff June 22].
Registered Voters: 6,195,310 [Dem. 2,767,127 (44.66%) Rep. 1,956,675 (31.58%) Lib. 9,176 Unaffil. 1,452,332 (23.44%)].
U.S. Senate: Sen. Richard Burr (R) defeated Sec. of State Elaine Marshall (D), who won the June 22 runoff; and management consultant Dr. Mike Beitler (L) by 54.8% to 43.0% and 2.1%.
U.S. House: Balance goes from 8D-5R to 7D-6R. In an upset in the 2nd CD (largely rural district that arcs around Raleigh), nurse Renee Ellmers (R), a Tea Party favorite, defeated seven-term Rep. Bob Etheridge (D) (first elected in 1996). Etheridge probably cost himself his re-election in June 2010, when he was caught on video pushing a videographer who asked him if he supported the Obama agenda.
Legislature: Republicans won control of both chambers; the Senate went from 30D-20R to 31R-19D and the House from 68D-52R to 67R-52D. According the NCSL, the North Carolina Senate has not been Republican since 1870.
Republicans pick up one U.S. House seat and two legislative chambers.
North Dakota [+]
[Primary June 8].
U.S. Senate: Gov. John Hoeven (R) routed state Sen. Tracy Potter (D) and Keith Hanson (L) by 76.1% to 22.2% and 1.6% to fill the seat held by retiring Sen. Byron Dorgan (D).
U.S. House: State Sen. Rick Berg (R) defeated Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D) by 54.7% to 44.9%.
Legislature: Republicans strengthened their majorities in both chambers, going from 26R-21D to 35R-15D in the Senate and from 58R-36D to 69R-25D in the House.
Republicans pick up U.S. Senate seat and U.S. House seat.
[Primary May 4]. >
Republicans largely recouped their losses of the past two cycles.
Registered Voters: 8,042,345. Ballots Cast: 3,856,203.
Governor: Former Rep. John Kasich (R) defeated Gov. Ted Strickland (D) in his bid for a second term by a 49.3% to 46.7% margin. Republicans also swept the other four state offices.
U.S. Senate: In the race to fill the seat held by retiring Sen. George Voinovich (R), former Rep., U.S. Trade Representative and OMB Director Rob Portman (R) defeated Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher (D) by 57.3% to 39.0%; other votes went to Eric Deaton (C), Michael Price (I) and Dan La Botz (Soc.).
U.S. House: Balance goes from 10D-8R to 13R-5D; five new members elected.
-1st CD (Cincinnati):in a rematch former Rep. Steve Chabot (R) defeated freshman Rep. Steve Driehaus (D) by 52.4% to 45.1%.
-6th CD (long strip of counties in Eastern Ohio along WV): retired Air Force Officer and businessman Bill Johnson (R) defeated Rep. Charlie Wilson (D), first elected in 2006, by 50.3% to 45.1%.
-15th CD (Columbus): in a rematch Iraq veteran and former state Sen. Steve Stivers (R) defeated freshman Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy (D) lost by 54.6% to 40.1%.
-16th CD (Northeastern Ohio including Canton): businessman and former Wadsworth Mayor Jim Renacci (R) defeated freshman Rep. John Boccieri (D) by 52.2% to 41.1%.
-18th CD (Chillicothe to New Philadelphia): state Sen. Bob Gibbs (R) defeated Rep. Zack Space (D), first elected in 2006, by 53.9% to 40.4%.
Democrats were able to stave off Republicans in one targeted race.
-13th CD (Northeast Ohio): Rep. Betty Sutton (D), first elected in 2006, defeated Tom Ganley (R) by 55.5% to 44.5%.
Legislature: Republicans picked up the House, going from 56D-46R to 59R-40D; they also added a couple of seats in the Senate, going from 21R-12D to 23R-10D.
Republicans pick up the governorship, five U.S. House seats, and one legislative chamber.
[Primary July 27
Runoff Aug. 24].
Governor: Rep. Mary Fallin (R) defeated Lt. Gov. Jari Askins (D) by 60.5% to 39.6% in the race to succeed term-limited Gov. Brad Henry (D).
U.S. Senate: Sen. Tom Coburn (R) had no trouble in his bid for a second term, gaining just over 70% of the vote to defeat retired schoolteacher Jim Rogers (D) and independents Stephen Wallace and Ronald Dwyer.
U.S. House: In the open 5th CD, James Lankford (R), who until recently served as director of the Falls Creek summer camp, won the Aug. 24 runoff and went on to a solid win over attorney Billy Coyle (D).
Legislature: Republicans strengthened their majorities in both chambers; the Senate went from 26R-22D to 32R-16D and the House from 62R-39D to 70R-31D.
More: Oklahoma voters decided 11 state ballot questions, more than in any other state.
Republicans pick up the governorship.
[Primary May 18].
Registered Voters: 2,072,306. Ballots Cast: 1,461,444.
Governor: In the race to succeed term-limited Gov. Ted Kulongoski (D), former Gov. John Kitzhaber (D), who served two terms (elected in 1994 and 1998), defeated former NBA player Chris Dudley (R) by 49.3% to 47.7% with Greg Kord (C) and Wes Wagner (L) each getting a bit over 1%.
U.S. Senate: Sen. Ron Wyden (D), first elected in a Jan. 1996 special election, defeated law professor Jim Huffman (R) by 57.3% to 39.2%; three other candidates obtained a bit over 1% each.
U.S. House: The closest House race was in the 5th CD (centered on Salem), where freshman Rep. Kurt Schrader (D) defeated state Rep. Scott Bruun (R) by 51.3% to 45.9%.
Legislature: The Senate went from 18D-12R to 15D-13R and 2undecided and the House from 36D-24R to 30D-30R.
More: Oregonians voted on seven ballot measures.
Republicans tie in one legislative chamber.
[Primary May 18]. >
Republicans achieved their broadest gains in Pennsylvania. However, at least in most races, Pennsylvania voters had only two choices because the Democratic and Republican parties used state laws to challenge third party and independent candidates.(>)
Governor: In the race to succeed term-limited Gov. Ed Rendell (D), Attorney General Tom Corbett (R) bested Allegheny County Exec. Dan Onorato (D) by 55% to 45%.
U.S. Senate: Party-switcher Sen. Arlen Specter (D) was supposed to win this race, but Rep. Joe Sestak (D) defeated him in the primary. However, in November former Rep. Pat Toomey (R) edged to a narrow win over Sestak, 51% to 49%.
U.S. House: Balance goes from 12D-7R to 12R-7D; five new members elected.
-3rd CD (Erie area): freshman Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper (D) lost to auto dealer Mike Kelly (R) by 55.5% to 44.5%. In 2008 Dahlkemper defeated incumbent Rep. Phil English (R) by 51.2% to 48.8% while the district went narrowly for McCain by 49%-%49%.
-7th CD (greater Philly area; open Sestak seat): state Rep. Bryan Lentz (D) lost to former U.S. Attorney Pat Meehan (R) and Jim Schneller (I) by 54.9% to 44.1%
-8th CD (Philadelphia area including all of Bucks County): Rep. Patrick Murphy (D) (the first Iraqi veteran elected to Congress), lost to former Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R) in a re-match of 2006 by 53.7% to 46.3%.
-10th CD (Northeast PA): Rep. Chris Carney (D) lost a rematch with former U.S. Attorney Tom Marino (R) by 55.1% to 44.9%. This district went 54% to 45% for McCain in 2008.
-11th CD (Scranton and Wilkes-Barre: Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D), first elected in 1984, lost to Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta (R), by 54.6% to 45.4%. Barletta succeeded in his third try for the seat (he also ran in 2002 and 2008).
Democrats barely held on to a couple of targeted seats.
-4th CD: Rep. Jason Altmire (D) defeated attorney Keith Rothfus (R) by 50.9% to 49.2%.
-12th CD (Southwest PA seat held by Rep. Murtha): Rep. Mark Critz (D) defeated businessman Tim Burns (R) by 50.8% to 49.2% in a rematch of the May 18 special election.
Legislature: Republicans now control both chambers of the General Assembly. The House went from 104D-98R-1v to 112R-91D. The Senate went from 30R-19D-1v to 30R-20D.
Republicans pick up the governorship, one U.S. Senate seat, five U.S. House seats, and one legislative chamber.
Rhode Island [+]
Governor: Former Sen. Lincoln Chaffee (I), defeated entrepreneur John Robitaille (R), Treasurer Frank Caprio (D), and software engineer/entreprenuer Ken Block (M) by 36.1% to 33.6%, 23.0% and 6.5%.
U.S. House: Providence Mayor David Cicilline (D) defeated House Minority Whip John Loughlin (R) by 50.6% to 44.6%.
Legislature: Republicans picked up a few seats, but Democrats maintained their overwhelming majorities in both chambers of the General Assembly. The Senate went from 33D-4R-1I/o to 29D-8R-1I/o and the House from 69D-6R to 65D-10R.
Independent wins the governorship.
South Carolina [+]
[Primary June 8 Runoff
Registered Voters: 2,631,459. Ballots Cast: 1,365,480.
Governor: State Rep. Nikki Haley (R) emerged from the June 22 runoff with considerable momentum (cover of Newsweek for example) and defeated state Sen. Vincent Shaheen (D) and Morgan Bruce Reeves (G/UC) by 51.4% to 46.9%.
U.S. Senate: Sen. Jim DeMint (R) defeated unemployed veteran Alvin Greene (D) and Tom Clements (G) by 61.5% to 27.7% and 9.2%.
U.S. House: Balance goes from 4R-2D to 5R-1D; four new members elected. In the 5th CD (north central SC), Rep. John Spratt (D), first elected to Congress in 1982 and chairman of the House Budget Committee, lost to state Sen. Mick Mulvaney (R). by 55.1% to 44.8%. There were three open seats, all of which stayed Republican. In the 1st CD (coastal strip from Myrtle Beach to Charleston), opened by the retirement of Rep. Henry Brown (R), small business owner and state Rep. Tim Scott (R) made history by becoming "the first African-American Republican to be elected to Congress from the Deep South since Reconstruction." In the 3rd CD (SW part of the state), opened by Rep. Barrett's run for governor, real estate executive and state Rep. Jeff Duncan (R) defeated commercial pilot Jane Dyer (D). In the 4th CD (Greenville-Spartanburg), Rep. Inglis lost the primary to 7th Circuit Solicitor Trey Gowdy (R); Gowdy defeated retired executive Paul Corden (D). In an expensive contest in the 2nd CD, Rep. Joe Wilson defeated Rob Miller (R) by 53.5% to 43.8%.
Legislature: Republicans maintained strong majorities in both chambers. The Senate stayed at 27R-19D and the House went from 72R-51D to 76R-48D (75R-48D-1v following Haley's resignation).
Republicans pick up one U.S. House seat.