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Incumbent mayors do well across nation

A look at Tuesday's major races and ballot propositions around the nation. The off-year elections could signal issues to come in the national campaign of 1998:


Virginia: Republican Jim Gilmore, former attorney general, defeats Democrat Don Beyer, the state's lieutenant governor. Gilmore wins on the strength of a pledge to repeal an unpopular levy on automobiles. He succeeds Republican Gov. George Allen, barred by law from seeking a second term. Republicans also win races for lieutenant governor and attorney general.


13th District on New York's Staten Island: Republican City Council member Vito Fossella defeats conservative Democratic Assemblyman Eric Vitaliano. The winner succeeds Susan Molinari, who resigned to become a television anchor. The national GOP gave Fossella huge financial support to keep the seat they've held for 17 years.


Atlanta (non-partisan): Incumbent Bill Campbell appeared headed for a Nov. 25 runoff with City Council president Marvin Arrington. Campbell led all nine challengers, but didn't have a majority.

Boston: Democratic incumbent Thomas Menino wins; no opposition.

Cincinnati: Incumbent Roxanne Qualls is elected to a third two-year term.

Cleveland (non-partisan): Incumbent Michael White easily defeated City Council member Helen Knipe Smith.

Detroit (non-partisan): Incumbent Dennis Archer wins third term.

Houston (non-partisan): Former drug czar Lee Brown and businessman Rob Mosbacher will meet in a December runoff after neither won a majority.

Miami (non-partisan): Incumbent Joe Carollo lands in a runoff with former Mayor Xavier Suarez.

With all precincts reporting in the Miami race, Carollo had 21,836, or 49.6 percent, while Suarez had 20,588, or 47 percent. Three minor candidates shared the other votes.

Minneapolis: Democratic incumbent Sharon Sayles Belton defeats Independent Barbara Carlson, ex-wife of governor Arne Carlson.

New York City: Republican incumbent Rudy Giuliani wins in a landslide over Democrat Ruth Messinger. He becomes the first Republican mayor to win a second term since Fiorello LaGuardia in 1941. New Yorkers credit Giuliani with curbing crime and making the nation's largest city more livable.

Pittsburgh: Democratic incumbent Tom Murphy easily defeats Republican Harry Frost.

Seattle (non-partisan): Port commissioner Paul Schell vs. council member Charlie Chong; incumbent Norm Rice declined to run again.

St. Paul: Incumbent Norm Coleman, convert to GOP, beats Democratic state Sen. Sandy Pappas.

Statewide propositions

Maine: Proposition to adopt industry-backed rules on clear-cutting of forests is defeated.

Maine: Voters defeat a proposed constitutional amendment to grant voting rights to mentally ill people who need guardians.

New York: Voters defeat a measure authorizing $2.4-billion in bonds for school construction.

New York: Voters defeat the call for a convention to rewrite the state Constitution.

Oregon: Voters overwhelmingly approve keeping the nation's only law permitting assisted suicide.

Washington: A measure to legalize medical use of marijuana and other drugs was losing.

Washington: Voters reject the requiring of trigger locks on handguns and safety courses for owners.

Washington: A measure barring employment discrimination based on sexual orientation was losing.

Washington: Voters reject allowing workers to keep their doctor if they change health plans.

Local propositions

Houston: A measure to repeal affirmative action was trailing.

Minneapolis and Pittsburgh areas: Spending tax money for sports stadiums. Minneapolis voters overwhelmingly approve a measure requiring a citywide referendum before more than $10-million in tax money may be spent on a sports project. In western Pennsylvania, voters rejected increasing sales taxes to pay for two new stadiums.

Orange, Calif.: Advisory vote on whether to drop bilingual education.

Orange County, Fla.: In a mail-in ballot, voters decide not to increase their sales tax by a penny to 7 percent.

Window Rock, Ariz.: Navajos in Arizona, Utah and New Mexico vote against bringing casinos to America's largest Indian reservation.