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State by state results: West

November 3, 2004

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Alaska

PRESIDENT (3) -- Bush. Only one Democrat has taken Alaska since it became a state -- Lyndon Johnson in 1964.

SENATE -- Republican Lisa Murkowski took early lead against former Gov. Tony Knowles; many Alaskans upset her father, Frank Murkowski, appointed her to his old job when he became governor in 2002.

HOUSE -- Current: 1 Republican. Incumbent Don Young won 17th term against token opposition.

PROPOSITIONS -- Ballot measure, fueled by Murkowski controversy, to eliminate appointments to fill Senate vacancies; others would legalize marijuana and ban bear baiting.

EXIT POLL -- About two-thirds of voters said they thought governor's appointment of his daughter was inappropriate.

Arizona

PRESIDENT (10) -- Bush captured state that had been viewed as battleground early on -- partly because Clinton won here in 1996. Kerry had withdrawn advertising dollars and workers as Bush moved ahead.

SENATE -- John McCain in a landslide; Democratic eighth-grade math teacher Stuart Starky was no match for a Republican incumbent with broad bipartisan appeal.



































































Overview Unofficial election results Douglas County precinct map Election Day 2004 feedbacktext Kids Voting ResultsCounty Democrat unseats D.A. of 8 years Former mayor defeats Buhler in Senate race Embattled district judge stays on bench McElhaney survives short-lived deficit Record number of voters cast their ballots in county Douglas County kids choose Kerry Politicians, supporters share 'crazy' election-night revelry Voters approve Perry-Lecompton bond issue Township lacks candidatesState Moore fends off another challenge Ryun wins contentious 2nd District Congress seat Brownback easily defends his U.S. Senate seat Holland inches past GOP challenge Pine takes 3rd District Senate seat Wagnon wins State Board of Education race Seven incumbents lose; GOP pads majority in House Voters deny sales tax for K.C. arena Bush wins Kansas handily Kansans show they're satisfied with Bush Counties see high voter turnout Election briefsNational Too close to call President 'upbeat' on election returns Kerry sentimental as race nears end Analysis: Emotions guided presidential voting Networks use care in reporting results New media throw caution to the wind Presidential race prompts late selloff State by state results: Midwest State by state results: West State by state results: Northeast State by state results: South California backs stem-cell research Voters in 11 states approve gay-marriage bans GOP wins key states in South World riveted by U.S. electionMultimediaphoto Photo Gallery: Election Day 2004 6News video: Dennis Moore wins in a 'landslide' 6News video: Dennis Moore victory speech 6News video: Bob Johnson wins 2nd District County Commission position 6News video: Paula Gilchrist presumed Douglas County Treasurer 6News video: Ken McGovern wins sheriff's office 6News video: Jere McElhaney on the 3rd District Commissioner seat 6News video: Penrod optimistic about Douglas County Clerk position 6News video: Ermeling hopeful in 3rd District Commissioner race 6News video: Francisco likely to win 2nd Districtphoto Barbara Ballard talks about younger voters and their importance in this election.photo Barbara Ballard talks about being in Lawrence and Kansas on election night.photo Paul Davis talks about the importance of this election to the Kansas Democrats.photo Paul Davis chooses his most important race in Kansas.photo Paul Davis talks about the feeling among other Democrats in Kansas.photo Gov. Kathleen Sebelius addresses the crowd at Abe 'N Jakes Landing.

HOUSE -- Remains 6R, 2D. In expensive, nasty campaign, freshman Republican Rick Renzi soundly defeated Democrat Paul Babbitt, brother of former Interior Secretary and ex-Gov. Bruce Babbitt.

PROPOSITIONS -- Voters OK'd measure aimed at denying illegal immigrants certain government services; state workers who fail to report undocumented aliens could face jail time.

EXIT POLL -- Preliminary figures showed nearly half the state's Kerry votes were cast against the president rather than for the senator.

California

PRESIDENT (55) -- Biggest pot of electoral votes went to Kerry; Bush lost in 2000 by 12 points.

SENATE -- Barbara Boxer swept past Republican Bill Jones, who was unable to raise money or gain strong support from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

HOUSE -- 33D, 20R. Only one incumbent leaving: Democrat Cal Dooley. Former state Sen. Jim Costa favored over Republican state Sen. Roy Ashburn to replace him.

PROPOSITIONS -- Sixteen ballot issues included two expensive casino gambling initiatives, both rejected, and one that would roll back "three strikes" sentencing law. Voters agreed to let the state sell $3 billion in bonds to pay for embryonic stem cell research.

EXIT POLL -- In 2000 election, about one in seven voters was between ages of 18 and 29. This year, it was more than one in five.

Colorado

PRESIDENT (9) -- Bush managed relatively comfortable victory after some late polls suggested Democrats could take the state for just the third time in 50 years.

SENATE -- The Democrats picked up a Senate seat -- state Atty. Gen. Ken Salazar narrowly topped Republican beer baron Peter Coors. GOP Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell is retiring.

HOUSE -- 5R, 2D. Race pitting Democrat John Salazar, the attorney general's brother, against Republican Greg Walcher was too close to call.

PROPOSITIONS -- Voters rejected measure to scrap winner-take-all system of awarding electoral votes and divide them based on popular vote.

EXIT POLL -- Three-fourths of voters who said Iraq was the top issue supported Kerry, while eight in ten who said moral values were most important voted for Bush.

Hawaii

PRESIDENT (4) -- Surprise, surprise: Hawaii, in Democratic corner every election but two since gaining statehood, became a battleground at end of campaign.

SENATE -- Veteran Sen. Daniel Inouye, 80, won lopsided race against Republican Cam Cavasso, a former state legislator.

HOUSE -- 2D. Reps. Neil Abercrombie and Ed Case breezed to re-election.

PROPOSITIONS -- Four constitutional amendments on ballot, all relating to crime and criminal prosecution. State attorney general and the Honolulu prosecutor backed them; opponents said they would infringe on civil rights.

EXIT POLL -- Nearly one-third of voters said their vote for president was mainly a vote against their candidate's opponent. Of those voters, about eight out of 10 backed Kerry.

Idaho

PRESIDENT (4) -- Bush triumphed in a state where only a quarter of residents identify themselves as Democrats.

SENATE -- GOP incumbent Michael Crapo coasted to re-election with no Democratic opponent.

HOUSE -- 2R. Republican incumbent Butch Otter won re-election in what is widely seen as tuneup for a 2006 gubernatorial run.

EXIT POLLS -- In a state where 1,600 guard members are preparing to deploy to Iraq later this year, two-thirds support Bush on the war. A fifth of voters describing themselves as liberals voted for Bush.

Montana

PRESIDENT (3) -- Bush, handily.

GOVERNOR -- Democrat Brian Schweitzer edged Republican Bob Brown for office GOP has held for 16 years.

HOUSE -- 1R. Rep. Denny Rehberg easily beat Democratic challenger Tracy Velazquez.

PROPOSITIONS -- Initiative failed to overturn 6-year-old voter-approved ban on using cyanide in mining operations. In others, voters banned gay marriage, legalized medical marijuana.

EXIT POLL -- Majority across all age groups rejected same-sex marriage, embraced medical marijuana.

Nevada

PRESIDENT (5) -- Democrats had slight lead in early voting turnout; Bush won by 3.5 points in 2000.

SENATE -- Democratic incumbent Harry Reid, Senate minority whip, trounced Republican challenger Richard Ziser.

HOUSE -- 2R, 1D. Former casino executive Tom Gallagher, a Democrat, challenged first-term Rep. Jon Porter.

PROPOSITIONS -- Dueling efforts to change medical malpractice laws. Other items would increase public education funding and minimum wage.

EXIT POLL -- Newcomers to Nevada had a strong say -- about one in five voters said they'd moved to the state in the past four years.

New Mexico

PRESIDENT (5) -- Al Gore won in 2000 by only 366 votes, so both parties smelled blood -- Bush visited New Mexico seven times this year, Kerry eight.

HOUSE -- 2R, 1D. Democrat Richard Romero challenging Rep. Heather Wilson, for second consecutive time in intensely negative campaign.

PROPOSITIONS -- For second time, Albuquerque voters considered bond issue that included $8.7 million to build a road passing through Petroglyphs National Monument, site American Indians consider sacred.

Oregon

PRESIDENT (7) -- Kerry took state in all-mail balloting.

SENATE -- Heavily favored Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden easily beat little-known Republican newcomer Al King.

HOUSE -- 4D, 1R. Republican Goli Ameri quickly focused TV ads on October newspaper report that Rep. David Wu tried to force a girlfriend to have sex in the 1970s.

PROPOSITIONS -- Proposed constitutional amendment prohibiting gay marriage passed despite opponents' claiming they had realistic chance of defeating measure.

EXIT POLL -- Women, Hispanics strongly favored Kerry.

Utah

PRESIDENT (5) -- President Bush claimed an easy victory.

SENATE -- Two-term Republican Sen. Bob Bennett coasted to a third term, defeating Democrat Paul Van Dam, a former attorney general.

GOVERNOR -- Republican Jon Huntsman Jr., trade official under President Bush and heir to chemical fortune, beat underdog Scott Matheson, scion of the state's most prominent Democratic family.

HOUSE -- 2R, 1D. Matheson's brother, Rep. Jim Matheson, was favored in rematch against 2002 opponent John Swallow.

PROPOSITIONS -- Voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, despite vigorous opposition from critics who said it would endanger Utah's common-law marriage statute.

OTHER -- Democrat Peter Corroon well-positioned to win Salt Lake County mayor's office after the fall of incumbent Republican Nancy Workman, who quit the race amid felony charges of misusing public money.

EXIT POLL -- Nearly 70 percent of those interviewed said they supported Bush's decision to go to war.

Washington

PRESIDENT (11) -- Kerry kept Democratic string going with the fifth straight Democratic presidential win.

SENATE -- Two-term Democratic Sen. Patty Murray turned back GOP challenger George Nethercutt after divisive, expensive campaign.

GOVERNOR -- In race to succeed Democratic Gov. Gary Locke, Atty. Gen. Christine Gregoire led Dino Rossi, Republican businessman and former state senator.

HOUSE -- 6D, 3R. Toughest race, for the open 8th, pitted Republican Dave Reichert, hero sheriff who hunted down the Green River Killer, versus Democrat Dave Ross, syndicated radio talk show host.

PROPOSITIONS -- Voters rejected a penny-on-the-dollar sales tax increase to raise money for education and turned down a proposal to allow state-funded charter schools.

EXIT POLLS -- First-time voters and state's youngest voters split evenly for Bush and Kerry.

Wyoming

PRESIDENT (3) -- Bush by a landslide in Cheney's home state.

HOUSE -- 1R. Republican Barbara Cubin beat political newcomer Ted Ladd for sixth term as Wyoming's lone representative.

PROPOSITIONS -- Voters rejected constitutional amendment to allow Legislature to put caps on medical malpractice damage awards.

EXIT POLL -- One quarter of registered Democrats voted for Bush.

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