2002 Key Senate Race Summaries
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Arkansas

Tim Hutchinson - R*
Bio: First-term incumbent elected in 1996. Former 2-term AR US House Rep ('92-'96). Former Baptist minister, radio station owner, and school administrator.
Mark Pryor - D
Bio: Arkansas AG, elected in 1999. Former lawyer and 2-term AR State Rep. Son of David Pryor, former 3-term Senator from Arkansas.
2000 AR Presidential Results: Bush 51%, Gore 46%
1996 AR Senate Results:
Tim Hutchinson (R) 53%, Winston Bryant (D) 47%

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Colorado

Wayne Allard - R*
Bio: First-term incumbent, elected in 1996. Former veterinarian, Colorado State Rep ('82-'90), US House ('90-'96).
Tom Strickland - D
Bio: Former trial lawyer and US Attorney for Colorado ('99 - '00). 1996 Dem Senate Nominee.
2000 CO Presidential Results: Bush 51%, Gore 42%
1996 CO Senate Results:
Wayne Allard (R) 51%, Tom Strickland (D) 46%

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Georgia

Max Cleland - D*
Bio: Elected to Senate in 1996. Vietnam vet who lost both legs and right arm in grenade explosion. GA Senate ('70-'75), GA Sec. Of State ('82-'96).
Saxby Chambliss - R
Bio: Four-term Congressman in GA-8. Former small business owner and attorney ('68-'94).
2000 GA Presidential Results: Bush 55%, Gore 43%
1996 GA Senate Results:
Max Cleland (D) 49%, Guy Millner (R) 48%

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Iowa

Tom Harkin - D*
Bio: 3-term incumbent elected in 1984. US House Rep ('74-'84). Former Navy officer.
Greg Ganske - R
Bio: 4-term incumbent in US House Rep (IA-4) elected in 1994. Former farmer and surgeon.
2000 IA Presidential Results: Gore 49%, Bush 48%
1996 IA Senate Results:
Tom Harkin (D) 52%, Jim Ross Lightfoot (R) 47%

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Louisiana

Mary Landrieu - D*
Bio: First-term Senator. Won a close election over Woody Jenkins in 1996. Jenkins alleged fraud but the Senate Rules Committee, while admitting instances of fraud, seated Landrieu "without prejudice." Youngest person ever elected as State Rep in 1979. Elected LA Treasurer ('87-'96)
John Cooksey - R
Bio: 3 term incumbent US House Rep (LA-5). Former ophthalmologist ('72-'96) and Air Force vet ('67-'69).
Suzanne Haik Terrell - R
Bio: LA State Election Commissioner.
Tony Perkins - R
Bio: LA State Rep
2000 LA Presidential Results: Bush 53%, Gore 45%
1996 LA Senate Results:
Mary Landrieu (D) 50%, Woody Jenkins (R) 50%

Minnesota

Paul Wellstone - D*
Bio: 2-term incumbent elected in 1990. Former professor at Carleton College ('69-'90).
Norm Coleman - R
Bio: Former mayor of St. Paul ('93-'01) and 1998 Gubernatorial nominee. Former lawyer and MN Solicitor General.
2000 MN Presidential Results: Gore 48%, Bush 46%
1996 MN Senate Results:
Paul Wellstone (D) 50%, Rudy Boschwitz (R) 41%

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Missouri

Jean Carnahan - D*
Bio: Wife of deceased former Governor Mel Carnahan. Carnahan and his son died in a plane crash 22 days before the election and with the help of a large sympathy vote beat incumbent John Ashcroft. Jean Carnahan was appointed to fill the seat by MO Governor-elect Bob Holden (D).
Jim Talent - R
Bio: 5-term incumbent US House Rep (MO-2), Talent ran for governor in 2000 and lost to Bob Holden by 21,000 votes. Former MO State Rep ('84-'92).
2000 MO Presidential Results: Bush 50%, Gore 47%
2000 MO Senate Results:
Mel Carnahan (D) 50%, John Ashcroft (R) 48%

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New Hampshire (Open)

John Sununu - R
Bio: 3-term incumbent US House Rep (NH-1) elected in 1996. Son of former NH Governor and White House Chief of Staff.
Jeanne Shaheen - D
Bio: 2-term incumbent Governor of NH. Former NH State Senator ('90-'96).
2000 NH Presidential Results:
Bush 48%, Gore 47%
1996 NH Senate Results:
Bob Smith (R) 49%, Dick Swett (D) 46%

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New Jersey (Open)

Frank Lautenberg - D
Bio: Former 3-term Senator from New Jersey. Retired from Senate in 2000.
Doug Forrester - R
Bio: Former state pension official and businessman.
2000 NJ Presidential Results: Gore 56%, Bush 40%
1996 NJ Senate Results:
Bob Torricelli (D) 53%, Dick Zimmer (R) 43%

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North Carolina (Open)

Elizabeth Dole - R
Bio: Former head of Red Cross and Presidential candidate in 2000. Wife of 1996 Presidential candidate and former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole.
Erskine Bowles - D
Bio: Former investment banker and Chief of Staff to President Clinton ('96-'98)
2000 NC Presidential Results: Bush 56%, Gore 43%
1996 NC Senate Results:
Jesse Helms (R) 53%, Harvey Gantt (D) 47%

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Oregon

Gordon Smith - R*
Bio: First term Senator elected in 1996. Former lawyer/business executive ('80-'96) and OR State Senator ('92-'96). Ran for Packwood's seat in 95 and lost to Ron Wyden (48-47%).
Bill Bradbury - D
Bio: OR Secretary of State. Former OR Senate President and TV reporter.
2000 OR Presidential Results: Bush 47%, Gore 47%
1996 OR Senate Results:
Gordon Smith (R) 50%, Tom Bruggere (D) 46%

South Carolina (Open)

Lindsey Graham - R
Bio: Four-term US House Rep from SC-3. Prosecutor and member of USAF ('82-'88).
Alex Sanders - D
Bio: Former SC State Senator, College President and Appeals Court Judge.
2000 SC Presidential Results:
Bush 57%, Gore 41%
1996 SC Senate Results:
Strom Thurmond (R) 53%, Elliott Close (D) 44%

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South Dakota

Tim Johnson - D*
Bio: First-term Senator, elected in 1996. Former SD State Rep ('78-'82), SD State Senator ('82-'86), and US House Rep ('86-'96).
John Thune - R
Bio: Three-term incumbent US House Rep, elected in 1996. Former head of SD Republican Party, SD Railroad Director, and SD Municipal League.
2000 SD Presidential Results:
Bush 60%, Gore 38%
2000 SD At Large Rep Results:
J. Thune (R) 73%, C. Hohn (D) 25%
1998 SD At Large Rep Results:
J. Thune (R) 75%, J. Moser (D) 25%
1996 SD Senate Results:
T. Johnson (D) 51%, L. Pressler (R) 49%

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Tennessee (Open)

Lamar Alexander - R
Bio: Former 2 term Governor of Tennessee, US Secretary of Education ('91-'93) and President of UT ('88-'91).
Bob Clement - D
Bio: 7-term US House Rep from TN-5 first elected in 1988. Former member of TN Public Service Commission ('72-'78) and Army veteran ('69-'71).
2000 TN Presidential Results: Bush 51%, Gore 47%
1996 TN Senate Results:
Fred Thompson (R) 61%, Houston Gordon (D) 37%

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Texas (Open)

John Cornyn - R
Bio: Texas AG ('99-Present). Former Texas Supreme Court Justice ('90-'97) and District Court judge (84-90).
Ron Kirk - D
Bio: 2-term Mayor of Dallas (Elected in '95 and '99). Former TX Secretary of State.
2000 TX Presidential Results: Bush 59%, Gore 38%
1996 TX Senate Results:
Phil Gramm (R) 55%, Victor Morales (D) 44%

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