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Gubernatorial Races: Bush Re-elected; Republicans Hold Their Own

Tuesday, 05 November 2002 12:00 AM

Republican challenger Bill Simon conceded just before midnight with a phone call to Dem. Gov. Gray Davis. The incumbant won by carrying all the major cities with the exception of San Diego, with Simon showing strength in the state's rural areas. Voter turnout was believed to be the lowest in the state's history for the statehouse contest.

Republican Linda Lingle defeated Democratic Lt. Gov. Mazie Hirono in Hawaii's gubernatorial race Tuesday night, becoming the Aloha State's first GOP governor in 40 years. Lingle, 49, becomes only the second Jewish female governor in U.S. history.

Democrat Gov. Don Siegelman and his challenger, Republican Rep. Bob Riley, both claimed victory in the Alabama gubernatorial race after a dispute regarding vote totals in a county thought to be a Republican stronghold. Alabama does not provide for an automatic recount in narrow races. However, a disgruntled voter is allowed to demand a recount with individual canvassing boards.

1:30 a.m. EST Wednesday: Though far more Republican governorships were at stake, the Democrats are not getting the kind of victories they had sought. In South Carolina, Mark Sanford has ousted Democrat Gov. Jim Hodges. In Minnesota, Republican Tim Pawlenty has replaced independent Gov. Jesse Ventura.

The GOP governors of Arkansas, Idaho and Alaska won re-election, FNC reported, but Democrats replaced Republicans in Kansas and Wisconsin.

12:35 a.m. EST Wednesday: In another unexpected victory by Republicans, Sonny Perdue will go to the governor's mansion in Atlanta, FNC forecast.

11:55 p.m. EST Tuesday: In a surprising upset, heavily Democrat Rhode Island elected Republican Don Carcieri. In Tennessee, Democrat businessman Phil Bredesen took the governor's mansion, previously held by a pro-tax Republican. As expected, Democrat Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack was re-elected.

11:05 p.m. EST Tuesday: In what Fox News called "a stunner," Republican Bob Ehrlich has defeated Kathleen Kennedy Townsend in one of the most Democrat states in the nation. FNC noted that black voters, taken for granted by the Dems, were angered when Townsend did not choose a black running mate. Ehrlich chose a black running mate.

10:50 p.m. EST Tuesday: GOP Gov. George Pataki has trounced Democrat Carl McCall in the New York, Republican Mitt Romney has defeated

9:45 p.m. EST Tuesday: Popular Colorado Gov. Bill Owens, a Republican, coasted to victory, FNC reported.

9:30 p.m. EST Tuesday: Canadian-born Democrat rising star Jennifer Granholm will go to Lansing, where a Republican governed previously, FNC forecast. GOP Ohio Gov. Bob Taft defeated the Democrat husband of actress Kate Mulgrew, FNC said.

9:05 p.m. EST Tuesday: FNC projected Craig Benson the winner in New Hampshire, previously governed by a Democrat; Democrat Rod Blagojevich the winner in Illinois, previously governed by a Republican; Democrat Bill Richardson, former Clinton energy secretary, the winner in New Mexico, previously governed by a Republican; the re-election of GOP Gov. Rowland in Connecticut; and the re-election of GOP Gov. Mike Johanns in Nebraska.

8:31 p.m. EST Tuesday: Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has won re-election, FNC reported. Democrats had targeted the president's brother and vowed they would do anything to beat him, to no avail.

The campaign of Democrat nominee Bill McBride, a lawyer with no experience governing, fell apart because of questions how taxpayers would be burdened because of the lavish spending McBride promised the teachers union that bankrolled his campaign.

8:24 p.m. EST Tuesday: With 25 percent of the vote counted, Republican Gov. Jeb Bush is "well ahead," FNC reported.

8:14 p.m. EST Tuesday: Democrat Ed Rendell, a former mayor of Philadelphia, will take over the governor's mansion in Harrisburg, previously held by Republicans, according to Fox News Channel.

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