Final election results: Pennsylvania through Wyoming (including U.S. territories)
Republican big bucks and bravado bombed - throwing the governorship, the lieutenant governorship and state Legislature into Democratic control when it redistricts four new legislative seats. In the most expensive and nastiest gubernatorial race in state history, Clayton Williams spent $20 million; Ann Richards, $11 million. Their campaign brought out the most gubernatorial voters since 1970 - more than half the 7.7 million Texans registered. Key to Richards' win: 61% women's vote, including 21% of GOP women. The GOP pulled off a stunning upset in unseating boisterous, populist environmentalist Agricultural Commissioner Jim Hightower. The GOP also retained a U.S. Senate seat and took the state treasurer's office. Governor Ann Richards (D) ... 51% U.S Senate Phil Gramm # (R) ... 62% U.S. House 1st Jim Chapman # (D) ... 61% 2nd Charles Wilson # (D) ... 55% 3rd Steve Bartlett # (R) ... Unopposed 4th Ralph Hall # (D) ... Unopposed 5th John Bryant # (D) ... 61% 6th Joe Barton # (R) ... 67% 7th Bill Archer # (R) ... Unopposed 8th Jack Fields # (R) ... Unopposed 9th Jack Brooks # (D) ... 58% 10th Jake Pickle # (D) ... 67% 11th Chet Edwards (D) ... 54% - Edwards, 38, state senator and owner of a Waco radio station, left race for lieutenant governor to join congressional fray when incumbent Rep. Marvin Leach retired. 12th Pete Geren # (D) ... 71% 13th Bill Sarpalius # (D) ... 56% 14th Greg Laughlin # (D) ... 54% 15th Kika de la Garza # ... (D) Unopposed 16th Ronald Coleman # (D) ... Unopposed 17th Charles Stenholm # (D) ... Unopposed 18th Craig Washington # (D) ... Unopposed 19th Larry Combest # (R) ... Unopposed 20th Henry Gonzales # (D) ... Unopposed 21st Lamar Smith # (R) ... 75% 22nd Tom DeLay # (R) ... 71% 23rd Albert Bustamante # (D) ... 64% 24th Martin Frost # (D) ... Unopposed 25th Michael Andrews # (D) ... Unopposed 26th Dick Armey # (R) ... 70% 27th Solomon Ortiz # (D) ... Unopposed State legislative control House: 91D/59R; new: 93D/57R Senate: 23D/8R; new: 23D/8R Other races Lieutenant governor Bob Bullock (D) ... 52% - Defeats Rob Mosbacher, son of U.S. Commerce secretary. Treasurer Kay Hutchison (R) ... 50% - First Republican in post in more than 100 years. Attorney general Dan Morales (D) ... 52% - First Hispanic in post. Comptroller John Sharp (D) ... 63% - Succeeds Bob Bullock, who had job 15 years. Land commissioner Garry Mauro # (D) ... 60% - Runaway win for third term. Agriculture commissioner Rick Perry (R) ... 49% - Rancher ousts incumbent environmentalist Jim Hightower. Supreme Court chief justice Tom Phillips # (R) ... 59% - Easily wins second term. State Senate 11th Chet Brooks # (D) ... 55% - Brooks is dean of state Senate. State House 89th Gib Lewis # (D) ... 61% - [Lewis Payne] is four-term House speaker.
It didn't pay to be an incumbent Democrat from around Pittsburgh, usually one of the nation's most solidly Democratic regions. Voters there dumped 14- year incumbent Democratic Rep. Doug Walgren, three incumbent state House members and State Sen. John Regoli of New Kensington. That last upset resulted in a 26 to 24 split in the state Senate in favor of the GOP. Democrats hoped for a 25 to 25 break, leaving the Democratic lieutenant governor to break ties and give the party, which rules the state House, command of redistricting. Governor Robert Casey # (D) ... 68% U.S. House 1st Thomas Foglietta # (D) ... 79% 2nd William Gray # (D) ... 92% 3rd Robert Borski # (D) ... 59% 4th Joe Kolter # (D) ... 56% 5th Richard Schulze # (D) ... 57% 6th Gus Yatron # (D) ... 57% 7th Curt Weldon # (R) ... 65% 8th Peter Kostmayer # (D) ... 57% 9th Bud Shuster # (R) ... Unopposed 10th Joseph McDade # (R) ... Unopposed 11th Paul Kanjorski # (D) ... Unopposed 12th John Murtha # (D) ... 62% 13th Larry Coughlin # (R) ... 60% 14th William Coyne # (D) ... 72% 15th Don Ritter # (R) ... 60% 16th Robert Walker # (R) ... 66% 17th George Gekas # (R) ... Unopposed 18th Rick Santorum (R) ... 51% 19th William Goodling # (R) ... Unopposed 20th Joseph Gaydos # (D) ... 66% 21st Thomas Ridge # (R) ... Unopposed 22nd Austin Murphy # (D) ... 63% 23rd Bill Clinger # (R) ... 59% State legislative control House: 103D/99R; new: 108D/95R Senate: 23D/27R; new: 24D/26R Other races State Senate 4th Allyson Schwartz (D) ... 58% (Defeated Joe Rocks, abortion foe who switched from Democratic to Republican party.) 28th Mike Bortner (D) ... 55% (Democrat won open seat.) 50th Robert Robbins (R) ... 58% (GOP holds key open seat.) State House 166th Stephen Freind # (R) ... 52% (National abortion rights opponent who drafted state's tough anti-abortion law survives major targeting.)
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