Kerry won Delaware easily, with 53 percent of the vote.
Democratic Gov. Ruth Ann Minner fended off Republican Bill Lee, a former state Supreme Court judge. Minner was a favorite to win a second term, but Republicans had hoped that Lee, with his law-and-order credentials, might capitalize on a controversial comment by Minner that suggested she was sanguine about prison violence.
In the 6th District, Rep. Jim Gerlach (R), who won 51 percent of the vote, barely beat Democratic lawyer Lois Murphy, who, with 49 percent, proved to be a strong challenger.
(Chris Gardner -- AP)
In the House, Republican Rep. Michael N. Castle -- the longest-serving congressman in Delaware history -- trounced Democrat Paul Donnelly.
District of Columbia (3)
Offering resounding -- but, in the District's case, wholly predictable -- proof that neighbors do not necessarily vote for neighbors, voters rejected the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, giving Kerry a whopping 90 percent of the vote.
It was the most lopsided presidential tally in the country, and, in keeping with the popular local license plates reading "Taxation Without Representation," had minimal impact on the end result of the presidential election.
Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) easily won reelection to her seat as the District's non-voting delegate to Congress.
In a remarkable comeback of the sort that has become his trademark in politics, former mayor Marion Barry won a seat on the D.C. Council.
Barry, who earned the nickname "mayor for life," served as the District's mayor from 1979 until 1990, when he was forced to step down after being arrested in an FBI drug sting. After his release from prison in 1992, he was reelected to the D.C. Council (where he had served from 1975 to 1979), and he won a fourth four-year term as mayor in 1994.
Barry ran a campaign that appealed to the desire for empowerment among the low-income constituents of Ward 8, east of the Anacostia River.
In a race that was never expected to become truly competitive, Kerry won 56 percent of the vote, compared with Bush's 43 percent.
Democratic Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski coasted to a fourth term, defeating Edward J. Pipkin, a millionaire Republican state senator from Queen Anne's County on the Eastern Shore. Pipkin spent heavily on television advertising but made little headway against Mikulski, who won 65 percent of the vote.
House incumbents statewide coasted to victory. In District 8, where redistricting in 2002 allowed Democrat Chris Van Hollen to oust veteran Republican Constance A. Morella, a tepid attempt by retired military officer and entrepreneur Charles R. Floyd to reclaim the seat for the Republicans went nowhere. Van Hollen garnered 75 percent of the vote.
North Carolina (15)
Bush overwhelmed Kerry 56 percent to 43 percent, an outcome the Kerry team had come to accept some time ago despite early hopes that Sen. John Edwards's presence on the ticket might motivate latent Democratic forces in the state.
Democratic Gov. Mike Easley, with 55 percent of the vote, won a second term over Patrick J. Ballantine, a former state senator from Wilmington. Easley managed to retain voter support despite an economic downturn that has weighed heavily upon the state's tobacco, textile and furniture industries and has left jurisdictions bearing the brunt of tax revenue shortfalls.