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ARIZONA

Governor
Candidate Party Results
Gov. Jan Brewer
Republican 748,179
Terry Goddard
Democrat 568,815
     

78% of polls reporting as of 12:15 p.m., Nov. 3

While this race focused on how to close an estimated $1.7 billion 2011 budget gap, the candidates also disagree about the new federal health care law. Brewer says the law is unconstitutional and should be scrapped. Goddard, state attorney general, chose not to join other state attorneys general who sued to test the law's constitutionality in court. Goddard said his office agrees with constitutional scholars who dismiss the merit of such test cases.

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House: District 7
Candidate Party Results
Rep. Raúl Grijalva    Democrat 61,598
Ruth McClung Republican 58,012
     

99% of polls reporting as of 1:10 p.m., Nov. 3

One of the House's most liberal members and a co-leader of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Grijalva faces a stiff challenge from McClung, a physicist. Grijalva criticized McClung for proposing to privatize Social Security and noted his effort to gather signatures from House members on a letter warning President Obama's debt commission that they would oppose any cuts in Social Security. McClung does not suggest full privatization but supports the plan proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., that would preserve the current system for Americans 55 and older but allow younger people to convert more than one-third of their Social Security payments into a personal retirement account. McClung has pledged to deny funding to implement the new federal health care law.

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Ballot Initiative
Results
Proposition 106
Yes - 703,470      No - 526,386
Proposition 203
Yes - 655,418      No -  662,150

99% of polls reporting as of  1:29 p.m., Nov. 3

Proposition 106 — Repeal federal health insurance requirement

Posing a direct challenge to the new federal health care law, this proposed constitutional amendment seeks to guarantee that Arizonans can opt out of state or federal health care mandates, continue to pay health providers directly for medical services and not be penalized for refusing to buy health insurance. Proponents such as the Arizonans for Heath Care Freedom argue the federal law is overbearing and infringes on individual freedoms. Gov. Brewer has endorsed the measure, as well. Opponents argue that passage will leave Arizona's uninsured population unprotected and that it is likely to be overturned in the inevitable court challenge.

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Proposition 203 — Medical marijuana

This initiative would permit patients diagnosed with one of eight specific debilitating diseases — including cancer, glaucoma, AIDS or Alzheimer's — or others with side effects — such as nausea, pain and muscle spasms — to buy up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana every two weeks from a nonprofit dispensary. A patient who lives more than 25 miles from the nearest authorized dispensary may be allowed to cultivate up to 12 marijuana plants in an "enclosed, locked facility" for personal use. Arizona's Department of Health Services would be charged with developing a system for regulation.

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California

Governor
Candidate Party Results
Jerry Brown
Democrat 3,945,989
Meg Whitman
Republican 3,026,994
     

97% of polls reporting as of 1:31 p.m., Nov. 3

Jobs, education, budget and the environment have dominated this lively battle between Brown and former eBay executive Whitman. Her slogan, "A New California," tries to draw a contrast with the 72-year-old Brown, who served as governor from 1975 to 1982 and has served as attorney general since 2007. Whitman served as an executive with several different firms before joining eBay in 1997 and helped grow the company's revenues from $4.7 million to $8 billion in a decade. Brown says only someone with his political experience can bring California out of its current fiscal morass.

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Senate
Candidate Party Results
Sen. Barbara Boxer
Democrat 3,789,777
Carly Fiorina
Republican 3,091,426
     

97% of polls reporting as of 1:33 p.m., Nov. 3

Health care is a flashpoint in this race. Fiorina, chairman and chief executive officer of the Hewlett-Packard Co. from 1999 to 2005, says the current health care system needs reform but describes the new federal law as "a patchwork of Washington insider deals" that will cost the state perhaps billions of dollars. Boxer, 69, worked to help pass the law. She is seeking a fourth term, and touts her accomplishments during her 28 years in Congress (she served 10 in the House). Fiorina, 56, says that is too long.

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Ballot Initiative
Results
Proposition 19
Yes - 3,346,468
  No -  3,894,778

96% of polls reporting as of 1:23 p.m
., Nov. 3

Proposition 19 — Legalize marijuana
California was one of the first states to permit the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, but that 1996 initiative was foiled when federal officials continued to prosecute users. Justice Department officials no longer enforce federal laws against medical marijuana users in the state, but Proposition 19 would permit any Californian age 21 or older to use and grow marijuana for his or her private use. It would permit individuals to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and grow just enough plants to produce that amount. It also would permit local governments to license retail stores to sell marijuana to adults.

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Colorado

Senate
Candidate Party Results
Michael Bennett
Democrat 793,164
Ken Buck
Republican 777,726
     
97% of polls reporting as of 2:16 p.m., Nov. 3

The race is so close that both sides are preparing for a recount. Bennet defends his vote for the recently enacted federal health care law, saying it offers businesses important tax credits to provide health insurance. Buck advocates repealing the law and replacing it with a system of tax deductions to encourage individuals to buy their own health insurance, health savings accounts and grants, and other incentives to states to set up their own health care plans. Bennet has pledged to protect Social Security without resorting to any privatization plan. Buck says current beneficiaries should be guaranteed their benefits but the retirement age should be raised and means testing should be considered. For younger workers, Buck suggests setting up tax-preferred accounts to augment Social Security.

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Ballot Initiative
Results
Amendment 63
Yes   - 750,985
   No  -   846,598

97% of polls reporting as of 3:01 p.m., Nov. 3

Amendment 63 — Repeal federal health insurance requirement
This constitutional amendment would prohibit anyone from being forced to participate in a public or private health insurance plan or from being penalized for buying their own health care plan . Proponents argue it is necessary to prevent the new federal health care law from trampling personal rights. Opponents say the amendment would increase health care costs for those who are insured and do nothing to help those who are not.



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Florida

Governor
Candidate Party Results
Rick Scott
Republican 2,588,415
Alex Sink
Democrat 2,520,138
     

100% of polls reporting as of 3:06 p.m., Nov. 3

Scott has used more than $60 million he earned from his time as a health care executive to make this race competitive against Sink, the state's chief financial officer. But that background also complicated his campaign because he resigned after his firm, Columbia/HCA Health Corp., paid $1.7 billion in fines for Medicare fraud. Scott in turn has accused Sink's former employer, NationsBank, of ripping off customers, particularly seniors. Scott also predicts Sink would have to raise taxes to keep campaign promises, such as raising state workers' pay. Sink denies it, noting that she also has called for tax cuts for businesses that hire new workers.

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Senate
Candidate Party Results
Gov. Charlie Crist
Independent 1,586,562
Marco Rubio
Republican 2,613,877
Kendrick Meek
Democrat
1,074,411

100% of polls reporting as of 3:04 p.m., Nov. 3

Gov. Crist dropped out of the primary for the GOP nomination to run as an independent, but the strategy has not helped him against Rubio. Rubio continues to lead the race in recent polls, with Meek trailing far behind. Crist accused Rubio of planning to balance the federal budget on the back of seniors and wanting to privatize Social Security. Rubio insists he has dropped his early support for private savings accounts.

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Maine

Governor
Candidate Party Results
Libby Mitchell
Democrat 108,137
Paul LePage
Republican 216,758
Eliot Cutler
Independent 206,338

99% of polls reporting as of 3:11 p.m., Nov 3

The three leading candidates – Republican Paul LePage, independent Eliot Cutler and Democrat Libby Mitchell – have all proposed comprehensive healthcare plans.  LePage’s plan would seek to instill more competition in Maine’s health insurance and healthcare markets by allowing residents to purchase health care policies available in other New England states and cracking down on medical malpractice lawsuits. Cutler’s plan would emphasize education about healthier lifestyles and expand preventive care, provide financial rewards for the highest-quality care, train more healthcare workers and leverage the state’s purchasing power to create alternatives to current insurance plans. Mitchell proposes creating public/private partnerships to implement the new federal health care law by setting an overall spending target, creating a wellness tax credit to encourage businesses to provide wellness programs to their employees and use exchanges among businesses to hold down costs.

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Massachusetts

House: District 4
Candidate Party Results
Rep. Barney Frank Democrat 125,823
Sean Bielat
Republican 101,315
     

100% of polls reporting as of 1:12 a.m., Nov. 2

Frank has rarely been seriously challenged since first elected in 1980, and as chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, he's acquired significant power and seniority. But Republicans are bullish enough about taking back the House to throw extra money into this race in hopes of pulling off an upset. Frank gave his campaign $200,000 to counter outside spending. Bielat, a business consultant and former Marine, argues that Frank is out of touch with the district. After getting 7 percent of the vote in the 2008 general election, Allen again is on the ballot.

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Michigan

House: District 15
Candidate Party Results
John Dingell
Democrat 118,333
Rob Steele
Republican   83,488
     

% of polls reporting as of 10:52 a.m., Nov 3

Dingell, 84, is the most senior member of the House, having served since he was elected in late 1955 to succeed his father, who had held the seat since 1933. Health care has long been one of Dingell's staple issues; he introduced his father's universal health care bill in every Congress and played a key role in enacting the federal health care law earlier this year. Cardiologist Steele made that law a defining issue, saying that taxpayers cannot afford the massive and inefficient new government program it would create. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin endorsed Steele.

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House: District 7
Candidate Party Results
Mark Schauer
Democrat 88,749
Tim Walberg
Republican 88,749
     

92% of polls reporting as of 1:16 a.m., Nov 2

This is a rematch of their close 2008 election, when Schauer was the challenger and Walberg the incumbent. Schauer defends his votes for the stimulus and health care reform bills while accusing Walberg of favoring the privatization of Social Security. Walberg denies the charge, noting his introduction of legislation to separate Social Security dollars from the general federal budget. Schauer says the health care law was needed to stop an unsustainable increase in health care spending; Walberg says he would vote to repeal the law.

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Nevada

Senate
Candidate Party Results
Sen. Harry Reid
Democrat 304,801
Sharron Engle
Republican 277,267
     

58% of polls reporting as of 1:59 a.m., Nov 2

Angle made the repeal of the new federal health care law a key issue from the beginning, and Tea Party activists hope to make Majority Leader Reid their biggest victim of the year. Angle argues that "Obamacare" should be replaced by laws that allow citizens to buy insurance across state lines, get tax credits to buy insurance and tighten medical malpractice lawsuits. Reid defends the law, noting its increased coverage for uninsured Americans and provisions to lower the cost of prescription drugs. Angle also proposes that Social Security revenue be placed in a lock box separate from general revenues and that younger Americans be allowed to set up personalized retirement accounts.

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North Dakota

House At Large
Candidate Party Results
Rep Earl Pomeroy
Democrat 113,376
Rick Berg
Republican 94,582
     

91% of polls reporting as of 12:08 a.m., Nov. 2

When he decided not to run for the seat of retiring Sen. Byron Dorgan (D), Pomeroy was seen as opting for a safer re-election bid. But GOP state Rep. Berg has made this race tough. Pomeroy is one of the few Democrats to air a television ad defending the federal health care law and his vote for it. Berg criticizes what he calls "the Obama-Pomeroy nationalized health care bill" because of the tax increases and Medicare cuts it contains. Pomeroy is chairman of the House Ways and Means subcommittee on Social Security and vows to defend the program against attempts at privatization, which he implies Berg would support. Berg says that necessary changes must be made without raising payroll taxes, reducing benefits, increasing the retirement age or privatizing the system.

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Oklahoma

Ballot Initiative
Results
Question 756
Yes - 638,455
   No - 347,908

100% of polls reporting as of 1:34 a.m., Nov. 2

This constitutional amendment would add a provision to prohibit residents or employers from being forced to participate in any health care system while allowing individuals to pay for their treatment directly and for health care providers to accept payment directly. It also allows the sale of health insurance in private health care systems. Like proposals in other states, it would likely run afoul of federal law.


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Oregon

Ballot Initiative
Results
Measure 74
Yes - 417,733
  No - 578,577

00% of polls reporting as of 11:53 a.m.
, Nov. 2

Measure 74 — Farmers can be licensed to grow pot for marijuana dispensaries
Oregon already permits the use of medical marijuana, so this initiative is aimed at improving the supply of the drug by directing the state to license and regulate dispensaries. It also would permit farmers to grow marijuana to supply the dispensaries. Producers and dispensaries would pay a 10 percent fee on their gross revenue to pay for the system of regulation.




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South Carolina

House: District 5
Candidate Party Results
Rep. John Spratt 
Democrat 81,768
Mick Mulvaney Republican 99,398
     

90% of polls reporting as of 12:03 a.m., Nov. 2

Spratt, chairman of the House Budget Committee, stresses the projects he has brought to the district. Mulvaney accuses him of losing his connection with this conservative district. Because Spratt's chairmanship makes him part of the House Democratic leadership team, Mulvaney has criticized him for voting for stimulus, cap-and-trade energy and health care bills. This is the first re-election bid for Spratt since announcing earlier this year he is in the early stages of Parkinson's disease.

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South Dakota

Ballot Initiative
Results
Measure 13
No -  197,594
  Yes - 113,481

91% polls reporting as of 1:15 p.m., Nov. 2

This initiative would permit the possession, use and cultivation of marijuana by patients whose need for the drug are certified by physicians and are registered with the state health department. The patient using the drug may designate someone else to cultivate the drug for his or her use, but that grower cannot have more than five registered users. Use would be permitted for only a few specific diseases such as cancer, glaucoma, HIV-AIDS or a chronic or debilitating disease or condition that results in severe pain and nausea. Marijuana must be kept in an "enclosed, locked facility," and users must have no more than one ounce of the drug or six plants.

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Virginia

Ballot Initiative
Results
Constitutional Amendment - Question 1         
Yes -  1,575,624
   No -     503,012

99% of polls reporting as of 12 a.m., Nov. 2

This proposed constitutional amendment is about as simple as they come. It repeals the sentence in the Virginia Constitution that limits the eligibility of homeowners 65 and older or permanently disabled for property tax breaks to those who bear "an extraordinary tax burden." That should expand the number of eligible households, but the amendment also would permit local governments to set income or financial worth restrictions on who qualifies for the benefit.

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Wisconsin

Senate
Candidate Party Results
Sen. Russ Feingold
Democrat 893,464
Ron Johnson
Republican 1,036,284
     

93% of polls reporting as of 1:55 a.m., Nov. 2

Until mid-July, this was supposed to be a cakewalk for Feingold. Johnson, however, began to spend his personal fortune and tap into conservative dissatisfaction. The race quickly became a tossup. Johnson, a millionaire from the privately held specialty plastics manufacturing firm he started with his brother-in-law, was motivated to run by his opposition to the federal health care law, which he wants to repeal. Feingold defends the law, noting it should prevent insurance companies from denying coverage to individuals when they get sick, curb rising health care costs and hold down increases in premiums and out-of-pocket costs.

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