Election results for alumni candidates

i-cb871462d587ce5377455ff9e2535dd3-wb_alumni.jpgFive of the 12 Princeton alumni running for U.S. Congressional or gubernatorial seats won their elections Nov. 2, according to news reports. For more details, follow the links below.
 
Governor
 
In a bid to regain the office he held from 2003 to 2007, Maryland’s former Republican Gov. Robert Ehrlich ’79 lost to incumbent Democrat Martin O’Malley. [Baltimore Sun]
 
California Republican Meg Whitman ’77, the former CEO of eBay and lead donor for Princeton’s Whitman College, fell to former Gov. Jerry Brown. [Los Angeles Times]
 
Senate
 
On Wednesday morning, Republican Ken Buck ’81, district attorney for Colorado’s Weld County, remained deadlocked in his race against Democrat Michael Bennet, the state’s junior senator. [Denver Post]
UPDATE (Nov. 3, 11:12 a.m. EST)
The Denver Post has announced Bennet as the winner in Colorado’s senate race.
 
House of Representatives
 
The morning after election day, Randy Altschuler ’93, a co-founder of two start-up businesses and Republican challenger in New York’s first district, trailed in a close race with Rep. Tim Bishop, a four-term incumbent Democrat. [Newsday]
UPDATE (Nov. 3, 11:20 a.m. EST)
With 99.3 percent of precincts reporting, USA Today has called the election in favor of Bishop, who leads by 3,332 votes (1.8 percent of votes counted).
UPDATE (Nov. 8, 12:13 p.m. EST)
The Wall Street Journal reports that Altschuler jumped ahead by 400 votes after a routine check of totals discovered an error in the tallies relayed to election officials. More than 9,000 absentee ballots will be counted later this week.
 

Nan Sutter Hayworth ’81, a retired ophthalmologist and Republican challenger in New York’s 19th district, scored an upset win over incumbent Democrat Rep. John Hall. [Journal News]
 
Leonard Lance *82, an incumbent Republican from New Jersey’s seventh district, held off a challenge from Democrat Ed Potosnak. [Star-Ledger]
 
Jim Marshall ’72, a four-term incumbent Democrat from Georgia’s eighth district, fell to Republican Austin Scott, a longtime representative in the state’s general assembly. [Macon Telegraph]
 
Jared Schutz Polis ’96, an incumbent Democrat from Colorado’s second district, defeated Republican Stephen Bailey. [Denver Post]
            
Ravi Sangisetty ’03, a Houma, La., lawyer and Democrat in Louisiana’s third district, fell to Republican Jeff Landry in a race for the seat vacated by Senate candidate Charlie Melancon. [Times Picayune]
 
John Sarbanes ’84, an incumbent Democrat from Maryland’s third district, will return to Congress after winning his race against Republican Jim Wilhelm. [Baltimore Sun]
 
Terri Sewell ’86, the Democratic candidate in Alabama’s seventh district, defeated Republican Don Chamberlain and will become the state’s first female African-American representative in Congress. [Selma Times-Journal]
 
Tim van Blommesteyn ’75, a small-business owner and independent challenger in New Hampshire’s second district, finished third in a race won by Republican Charlie Bass. [Union Leader]

Other results
 
Rex Lee Jim 86 will be the next vice president of the Navajo nation. He was the running mate of victorious presidential candidate Ben Shelly. [Navajo Times]
 
Democrat Steve Grossman 67 won the race for treasurer in the state of Massachusetts. [Boston Globe]
 
Also in Massachusetts, independent candidate James Henderson ’87 launched an unsuccessful challenge to incumbent Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin, a Democrat who won his fifth term. [Boston Globe]
 
In Wisconsin, Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Tom Nelson *04 and his running mate, Tom Barrett, were defeated by the Republican ticket of Scott Walker and Rebecca Kleefisch. [Journal Sentinel]

3 thoughts on “Election results for alumni candidates

  1. Laurence C Day ' 55

    George Johnson ‘ 59 hit the bullseye. I come from Deliverance Country where Yahoos is a complimentary tagline. We have other descriptions of Yahoos. And add a few more names to that list. The one time Presidential contender Steve Forbes for starters. Princeton in the Nation’s Service ? Be careful what we wish for. James Madison is covering his eyes, ears, and nose in embarrassment for some of those from Old Nassau.

  2. george johnson Class of 59

    If the Republic survives Tuesday elections of the Yahoo brigade it might be in part because two of the worst Yahoos (Ken Buck and Meg Whitman) got beat.

  3. Laurence C Day

    It’s not just Princeton that matters; it’s Democrats! I vote for every time NOW. The best news here is Jerry Brown WON. His opponent is hardly qualified, doesn’t know how to deliver a speech, sounds like a teenager on the stump, has zero loyalty to those she should, and could have saved her $130 million option money and Goldie Sacks directors fees. She is just another millionaire who thinks she can buy her way in.WRONG ! What did she major in at Princeton? It wasn’t ethics.

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