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Names in the news: Congressional candidates look ahead

As one national convention closes and another prepares to begin, PAW has collected updates on the Princeton alumni running for Congress in November. By our count, 10 Princetonians remain after the primaries – five Democats and five Republicans. If you know of other alumni candidates, please contact us.

Ricky Gill ’08, a candidate in California’s 9th Congressional District, addressed the Republican National Convention Aug. 28. (Photo: © Harry E. Walker/Mct/MCT/ZUMAPRESS.com)
On the Republican side, two alumni delivered speeches at the national convention in Tampa: Texas Senate candidate Ted Cruz ’92, who in his remarks predicted a “free-market tidal wave” in November; and 25-year-old Ricky Gill ’08, running for a House seat in California, who later noted that it was his first time using a teleprompter.
In other convention news, House Speaker John Boehner billed Randy Altschuler ’93 as one of four New York GOP candidates who could unseat a Democratic incumbent. Princeton’s other two Republican candidates are incumbents: Rep. Nan Hayworth ’81 of New York and Rep. Leonard Lance *82 of New Jersey.
Among Democrats, only one Tiger candidate has been scheduled to speak at next week’s convention in Charlotte: Rep. Jared Schutz Polis ’96 of Colorado, who plans to share his vision for “an inclusive and prosperous future.” First lady Michelle Obama ’85 also will address the delegates.

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Names in the news: Primary election edition

The presidential primary news may be winding down, but for many of the Princeton alumni running for House and Senate seats, the campaign season is just beginning to heat up. Below, PAW provides brief updates on the candidates. If you know of other Princetonians running for office, please contact us.

Twelve alumni candidates are pursuing Congressional seats; two others lost primary races in March and April. (Photo: iStockPhoto.com)
Two alumni running for the U.S. Senate are primary underdogs, but both have shown promise, according to recent reports. Texas Republican Ted Cruz ’92 finished second in a recent poll, according to the Austin American-Statesman, trailing by 12 points with a month remaining before his primary vote. Minnesota Republican Pete Hegseth ’03, the former executive director of Vets for Freedom, has raised more money than his opponents, but he may have taken a hit when Ron Paul endorsed his top opponent, the Minnesota Post reported.
Democrat Hayden Rogers ’95 aims to earn the open seat in the crowded race for North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District. Rogers was chief of staff for Rep. Heath Shuler, who decided not to run for re-election. One of Rogers’ Princeton contemporaries, Democrat Derek Kilmer ’96, received the endorsement of retiring Rep. Norm Dicks in the competition for Washington’s 6th Congressional District.
In California’s 9th Congressional District, Ricky Gill ’08 – the youngest of Princeton’s alumni candidates, just shy of his 25th birthday – has been raising more donations than incumbent Democrat Jerry McNerney, according to the Associated Press. Fellow Republican Dan Schwartz ’72 has lagged in the fundraising race but hopes to stay competitive among those vying for the seat in Nevada’s 4th Congressional District.

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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.
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.

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Sweep, sweep, sweep

Cross country teams win Heps

On Oct. 31, Princeton’s men’s and women’s cross country teams swept the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships for the third consecutive year — an unprecedented feat. This year’s meet included a narrow win by the men and a dominant race by the women. For more details, watch PAW’s exclusive video.

Students cheer returns at ‘White House bicker’


Groups of friends left their reading assignments and problem sets behind on election night, and no, they weren’t heading out to The Street. “White House bicker,” an event sponsored by the class governments, P-Votes, Whig-Clio, and the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students, drew large crowds as students gathered to get free T-shirts, kettle corn, apple cider, and donuts while they watched the results roll in. For many students, this was the first presidential election in which they were eligible to vote.
Those not willing to brave the crowds at Whig Hall gathered for televised viewing of the results in the residential colleges, eating clubs, and at the Frist Campus Center. Student groups like the James Madison Program provided pizza and dessert for their members while tracking the results on the big screen.
At Whig, cheers erupted as electoral vote projections came in for the respective candidates. Republican stalwarts held out, hopeful that red would creep over the map, but it was clear that the majority of students — 79.3 percent, according a Daily Princetonian poll — supported Barack Obama. By Julia Osellame ’09

Above, students at Whig Hall watch the early returns Nov. 4. (Photo by Julia Osellame ’09)

Names in the news, election edition

A Princetonian — future first lady Michelle Obama ’85 — will take residence in the White House for the first time since the final days of Woodrow Wilson 1879’s presidency. The new presidential spouse told Reuters that her first job will continue to be “mom-in-chief” for daughters Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7.


In other news from the Nov. 4 election, Jared Polis ’96, D-Colo., became Colorado’s first openly gay congressman, winning handily in the state’s 2nd district.
Woodrow Wilson School graduate Leonard Lance *82, R-N.J, right, won a seat in the House of Representatives, beating Democrat Linda Stender in a hard-fought race in New Jersey’s 7th district. And Lance’s classmate, Jeff Merkley *82, D-Ore., went to bed late last night with a narrow lead in a too-close-to-call race for a U.S. Senate seat.


Alumni incumbents fared well. Rep. Jim Marshall ’72, D-Ga., left, had the most significant challenge, retaining his seat by winning 55 percent of votes in his district. Rep. John Sarbanes ’84, D-Md., won by a wide margin, earning a second term. Indiana Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels ’71 also had a strong victory in his re-election bid.
(Photos: Lance — Wikipedia; Marshall — Congressional Pictorial Directory)