State-by-state look at election

Alabama

governor: Republican Robert Bentley won, keeping the seat in GOP hands.

SENATE: Republican Sen. Richard Shelby cruised to a fifth term.

Alaska

Governor: Republican Sean Parnell was favored for governor.

SENATE: Sen. Lisa Murkowski was in an unpredictable write-in campaign after losing the GOP primary in tea party revolt.

Arizona

GOVERNOR: Gov. Jan Brewer was on track toward re-election.

SENATE: Republican Sen. John McCain defeated a little-known Democrat to win a fifth term. McCain had faced a tough primary challenge from former six-term Rep. J.D. Hayworth.

HOUSE: Republican Ben Quayle, the son of former Vice President Dan Quayle, won his race against a tough Democratic challenger.

Arkansas

SENATE: Republican Rep. John Boozman beat two-term Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln.

HOUSE: The GOP aimed to win two open Democratic House seats.

California

GOVERNOR: Former Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown led Republican Meg Whitman in polls.

SENATE: Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer was in a close race with Republican Carly Fiorina.

Colorado

GOVERNOR: Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper won after a campaign in which the GOP nominee imploded and a third-party candidate made a late surge. He will replace Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter, who decided not to run for re-election.

SENATE: Democrat Michael Bennet and Republican Ken Buck were locked in a tight race, with Bennet holding an early edge.

HOUSE: The GOP targeted three House Democrats.

Connecticut

GOVERNOR: Democrat Dan Malloy and Republican Tom Foley were in a competitive race.

SENATE: Attorney General Richard Blumenthal beat GOP candidate Linda McMahon, keeping the seat in Democratic hands.

Delaware

SENATE: Democrat Chris Coons easily defeated Republican Christine O'Donnell, a tea party favorite, and kept the seat in Democratic hands.

HOUSE: Democrat John Carney beat Republican Glen Urquhart in the race to succeed GOP Rep. Mike Castle in Delaware's only House seat.

Florida

GOVERNOR: Democrat Alex Sink and Republican Rick Scott were in a tight race.

SENATE: Marco Rubio coasted to a win for the GOP.

HOUSE: The GOP targeted four House seats, while Democrats hoped to pick up an open seat.

Georgia

GOVERNOR: Republicans were favored.

SENATE: Voters sent Johnny Isakson back to Washington for a second term.

HOUSE: Two House Democrats were at risk.

Hawaii

GOVERNOR: Neil Abercrombie sought to regain the governorship for Democrats.

SENATE: Eight-term Democratic Sen. Daniel Inouye was poised to win.

HOUSE: GOP Rep. Charles Djou sought to hang on.

Idaho

GOVERNOR: Republican C.L. "Butch" Otter won a new term.

SENATE: Republican Sen. Mike Crapo cruised to re-election.

Illinois

GOVERNOR: Republicans made a play for governor.

SENATE: Republican Mark Kirk captured President Barack Obama's old seat, embarrassing the president in his home state by defeating Democrat Alexi Giannoulias.

HOUSE: Republicans targeted three House seats.

Indiana

SENATE: Former GOP Sen. Dan Coats was returned to office, winning the seat being vacated by Democrat Evan Bayh.

HOUSE: Republicans were poised to win one Democratic-held House seat and challenge for two others.

Iowa

GOVERNOR: Former Gov. Terry Branstad was favored to defeat Democratic Gov. Chet Culver.

SENATE: Voters elected Republican Sen. Charles Grassley to a sixth term, extending a political career that dates to 1958.

Kansas

GOVERNOR: Republican Sen. Sam Brownback was elected.

SENATE: GOP Rep. Jerry Moran easily won the seat now held by Brownback.

HOUSE: Republicans were likely to win an open House Democratic seat.

Kentucky

SENATE: Republican and tea party favorite Rand Paul won and will fill the seat being vacated by GOP Sen. Jim Bunning.

Louisiana

SENATE: Republican Sen. David Vitter survived a barrage of attacks stemming from his involvement with a prostitution ring and handily defeated Democratic challenger Charlie Melancon for a second term.

house: GOP Rep. Joseph Cao lost to Democratic state Rep. Cedric Richmond. Cao had cast himself as a bipartisan friend of President Barack Obama in a mostly Democratic district.

Maine

GOVERNOR: Tea party favorite Paul LePage was in a competitive five-way race.

Maryland

GOVERNOR: Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley was re-elected.

SENATE: Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski won a fifth term.

HOUSE: Democratic Rep. Frank Kratovil was fighting to hang on.

Massachusetts

GOVERNOR: Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick won a second term, benefiting from an unusual four-way race. The Republican Governors Association, seeking a trophy win by knocking off an ally of President Barack Obama, spent millions on anti-Patrick ads.

HOUSE: Rep. Barney Frank, a favorite target of conservatives, is going back to Washington for a 16th term after beating back one of the toughest re-election campaigns of his nearly three decades in office.

Michigan

GOVERNOR: Rick Snyder won, picking up an office for the GOP after vowing to use his experience as a businessman to created jobs. Michigan's 13.1 percent unemployment rate is well above the national average of 9.6 percent, and the state's jobless rate has been among the nation's highest for several years. Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm could not run again because of term limits.

HOUSE: Republican Dan Benishek won the race to succeed veteran Democrat Bart Stupak, who is retiring.

Minnesota

GOVERNOR: Former Democratic Sen. Mark Dayton and Republican Tom Emmer were in a competitive race for governor.

Mississippi

HOUSE: Republicans targeted Democratic Reps. Travis Childers and Gene Taylor in a GOP-leaning state.

Missouri

SENATE: Republican Rep. Roy Blunt defeated Democratic Secretary of State Robin Carnahan to claim the seat being vacated by retiring Republican Sen. Kit Bond.

HOUSE: Veteran Democratic Rep. Ike Skelton was battling for a new term.

Montana

HOUSE: GOP Rep. Dennis Rehberg was coasting to new term in possible tune-up for 2012 Senate race.

Nebraska

GOVERNOR: GOP Gov. Dave Heineman was re-elected.

Nevada

SENATE: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid won a new term, defeating Republican Sharron Angle.

New Hampshire

GOVERNOR: Democratic Gov. John Lynch won a historic fourth consecutive two-year term.

SENATE: Former Attorney General Kelly Ayotte won, keeping retiring Sen. Judd Gregg's seat in Republican hands.

HOUSE: Democrats were fighting to hang onto two House seats.

New Jersey

HOUSE: Republican and former Philadelphia Eagles lineman Jon Runyan unseated Democrat John Adler in the 3rd District, returning the seat to the party that had long controlled it.

New Mexico

GOVERNOR: GOP prosecutor Susana Martinez was a slight favorite for her race against Diane Denish.

HOUSE: The GOP aimed for two Democratic House seats.

New York

GOVERNOR: Democrat Andrew Cuomo comfortably won, keeping the office in Democratic hands.

SENATE: Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer was re-elected, and Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was elected to the seat she was appointed to last year to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton.

HOUSE: The GOP was likely to claim a vacant upstate House seat and make a serious play for six more seats held by Democrats.

North Carolina

SENATE: Republican Sen. Richard Burr cruised to re-election.

HOUSE: Republicans targeted four House Democrats.

North Dakota

SENATE: Republican Gov. John Hoeven won the seat of retiring Democratic Sen. Byron Dorgan.

HOUSE: Republican Rick Berg defeated nine-term Democratic Rep. Earl Pomeroy to become the first Republican in three decades to serve as North Dakota's lone member of the House.

Ohio

GOVERNOR: Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland and former Rep. John Kasich were in a tight race.

SENATE: Republican Rob Portman won the seat of retiring Republican Sen. George Voino­vich.

HOUSE: Republicans were expected to defeat at least two House Democrats and had targeted four more.

Oklahoma

GOVERNOR: GOP Rep. Mary Fallin won. A stalwart of Republican politics, she will become Oklahoma's first female governor.

SENATE: Republican Sen. Tom Coburn coasted to re-election.

Oregon

GOVERNOR: Ex-Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber and ex-pro basketballer Chris Dudley were in a close gubernatorial race.

SENATE: Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden won a third full term in office.

Pennsylvania

GOVERNOR: Republican Tom Corbett defeated Democrat Dan Onorato. Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell is leaving office after serving the maximum two terms.

SENATE: Republican Pat Toomey beat Democrat Joe Sestak to take Republican-turned-Democrat Arlen Specter's Senate seat.

HOUSE: A Republican mayor whose get-tough policies on illegal immigrants attracted national attention won a seat that was in Democratic hands for 26 years. Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta defeated Rep. Paul Kanjorski after losing to him in 2002 and 2008.

Rhode Island

GOVERNOR: Republican-turned-independent Lincoln Chafee tried for the governorship his father once held. Democrat Frank Caprio had criticized President Barack Obama.

South Carolina

GOVERNOR: Republican and tea party favorite Nikki Haley was elected. She will become South Carolina's first female governor and the nation's second Indian-American governor. Louisiana's Bobby Jindal also is Indian-American.

SENATE: GOP Sen. Jim DeMint coasted to victory.

HOUSE: Voters elected the first black Republican to Congress from the Deep South since Reconstruction. State Rep. Tim Scott easily defeated perennial Democratic candidate Ben Frasier and five third-party candidates to win the 1st District seat left vacant by the retirement of Republican Rep. Henry Brown.

South Dakota

GOVERNOR: Republican Lt. Gov. Dennis Daugaard was elevated to the top job.

SENATE: GOP Sen. John Thune cruised to re-election.

HOUSE: Democratic Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin was struggling.

Tennessee

GOVERNOR: Bill Haslem won, picking up a seat for the Republicans.

HOUSE: Two Democratic retirements gave the GOP opportunities.

Texas

GOVERNOR: Republican Gov. Rick Perry won a third term.

HOUSE: Democratic Rep. Chet Edwards tried to hang on.

Utah

GOVERNOR: GOP Gov. Gary Herbert won a special election and will fill out the remainder of former Gov. Jon Huntsman's term. Huntsman resigned in August 2009 to become U.S. ambassador to China. Herbert had served as Huntsman's lieutenant governor.

SENATE: Republican Mike Lee coasted to victory after the tea party jettisoned GOP Sen. Bob Bennett last spring.

Vermont

GOVERNOR: The candidates were in a competitive race.

SENATE: Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy got six more years in the seat he first won in 1974.

Virginia

HOUSE: Republican challengers unseated three Democrats, including 14-term Rep. Rick Boucher.

Washington

SENATE: Three-term Democratic Sen. Patty Murray struggled in a Democratic-leaning state against Republican Dino Rossi.

HOUSE: The GOP targeted an open Democratic seat.

West Virginia

SENATE: Gov. Joe Manchin kept the seat in the hands of Democrats, winning the special election called after the death of Sen. Robert C. Byrd.

Wisconsin

SENATE: Republican Ron Johnson defeated three-term Democratic Sen. Russell Feingold.

GOVERNOR: Republican Scott Walker defeated Democrat Tom Barrett. Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle did not seek a third term.

HOUSE: Democratic Rep. Steve Kagen was at risk, and the GOP looked to claim another open Democratic seat.

Wyoming

GOVERNOR: Republican Matt Mead, a former U.S. attorney for Wyoming, was elected. Democratic Gov. Dave Freudenthal is stepping down after two terms.

State-by-state look at election 11/03/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 2:02am]

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