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ALABAMA: Birmingham re-elected Mayor Bernard Kincaid, a Democrat.

ARIZONA: Tucson rejected a proposal for a 13-mile light-rail system.

CALIFORNIA: Entrepreneur Gavin Newsom had a wide lead in the polls in a crowded race to succeed San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, who was term-limited. A runoff is likely. San Francisco also considered whether to set $8.50 minimum wage for virtually all workers.

COLORADO: Defeated measures to allow slot machines at racetracks and to approve $2-billion in bonds for water projects. Denver rejected a measure requiring City Council to implement stress-reduction measures.

IDAHO: Neo-Nazi Richard Butler ran for mayor of Hayden Lake, population 9,000, three years after he lost his compound outside of town in a civil rights lawsuit.

INDIANA: Approved riverboat casino in French Lick, hometown of basketball great Larry Bird, a potential investor.

MAINE: Rejected a $650-million gambling resort. Supporters said state's first casino would produce jobs; foes said it would tarnish Maine's outdoorsy image.

NEW JERSEY: Democrats gained control of both houses. The Senate had been tied 20-20; Democrats narrowly controlled state House.

NEW YORK: New York City defeated a measure that would have abolished primaries and have nonpartisan elections for mayor and certain other city posts. Buffalo's longest-serving mayor, James Griffin, sought election to Common Council.

OHIO: Defeated a proposal for the state to borrow $500-million for high-tech research and job development. Akron's longest-serving mayor, Democrat Don Plusquellic, won a fifth term. Cleveland Heights approved a measure allowing same-sex and unmarried heterosexual couples to register as domestic partners.

PENNSYLVANIA: Approved a pair of amendments to the state Constitution designed to allow children to testify by closed-circuit television or videotape. Philadelphia's Democratic Mayor John Street easily defeated Republican businessman Sam Katz in a rematch of their 1999 contest, which Street narrowly won. Street's poll numbers rose after revelations the FBI bugged his office. The district attorney's office had received 171 calls about alleged harassment and interference at polling locations, spokeswoman Cathie Abookire said.

SOUTH CAROLINA: Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. won an unprecedented eighth term.

TEXAS: Bill White, an Energy Department deputy secretary in the Clinton administration, was ahead in a Houston mayoral field of nine.

VIRGINIA: Republicans held their majorities in the state Senate and House of Delegates. Richmond overwhelmingly approved a measure for direct elections of the mayor, rather than appointment by City Council.

WASHINGTON: Voted on whether to repeal rules aimed at reducing repetitive-strain injuries in workplace.