Five 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.
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]
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]
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]