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Under state law, the electoral votes can be divided, and there had been speculation before the election that Bush might pick up one vote by winning the sprawling, heavily rural 2nd Congressional District in northern Maine. Not only did Kerry win the district, but Rep. Michael Michaud, a freshman Democrat, also got nearly 58 percent of the vote, comfortably overcoming a challenge from Republican Brian Hamel, an economic development official.

In Maine's other congressional district, Rep. Tom Allen (D) won nearly 60 percent, easily defeating Charles Summers (R), who had criticized the incumbent for giving up a seat on the House Armed Services Committee. The naval shipyard in Bath, Maine, is a major employer in the state.


Sen. Judd Gregg, flanked by his wife, Kathleen, greets supporters at his victory party in Bedford, N.H. Gregg won 66 percent of the vote in defeating Democrat Doris "Granny D" Haddock, 94. (Tim Boyd -- AP)

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 CandidateVotes % 
  Bush * (R)  60,693,28151% 
  Kerry (D)  57,355,97848% 
  Other  1,107,3931% 
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Maine voters also defeated a controversial imitative that would have banned the use of bait, traps or dogs to hunt bears. The ballot proposition had divided hunters and animal rights activists across the state and led to a spirited and expensive campaign in a state that is said to have more black bears than any other east of Mississippi.

The state had no races for senator or governor.

Massachusetts (12)

Kerry won his home state handily, with 62 percent of the vote.

The state's slate of 10 Democratic members of Congress sailed to victory, with four running unopposed.

New York (31)

Kerry took New York with 58 percent of the vote.

Incumbents also did well in this huge state.

Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D) crushed Republican challenger Howard Mills, a relative newcomer to statewide politics who ran as a fiscal conservative. Schumer won a second term with 71 percent of the vote.

New York had several competitive House races, most notably for two seats vacated by GOP Reps. Amo Houghton and Jack Quinn.

In Quinn's district in the Buffalo area, state Assemblyman Brian Higgins (D) received nearly 51 percent to edge Erie County Comptroller Nancy Naples (R). Naples a former Wall Street executive, emphasized fiscal responsibility. Higgins had reached out to the district's blue-collar roots by dwelling on his Irish American family's background as bricklayers and criticizing Naples for opposing a higher minimum wage.

In Houghton's district in western New York, Republican John Kuhl Jr. bested Samara Barend, 27, a former aide to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.). Kuhl, a veteran New York state senator, overcame reports of a 1997 drunken-driving incident.

At the other end of the state, in the traditionally Republican area of eastern Long Island, first-term Rep. Tim Bishop (D) beat back a strong challenge from William Manger Jr. (R), a former policy adviser in the Bush administration's Transportation Department.

Rhode Island (4)

Kerry won the smallest state by a big margin, drawing nearly 60 percent.

Patrick J. Kennedy, who was first elected to the House in 1994 and is the son of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), overcame a challenge from David Rogers, an oil industry consultant who emphasized his background as a Navy SEAL. It was Rogers's second run against Kennedy, who won 64 percent of the vote.

The state's other Democratic congressman, James R. Langevin, won easily with nearly 75 percent.

The state had no races for senator or governor.

Vermont (3)

The home state of former governor Howard Dean, whom Kerry defeated in the Democratic primaries, gave Kerry 59 percent of its vote.

Despite the strong support for the Massachusetts Democrat, Vermont voters handed a second term to their Republican governor, Jim Douglas, a veteran politician who has held statewide office for all but two years since 1980. Winning 59 percent of the balloting, Douglas handily beat longtime Burlington Mayor Peter Clavelle, who was elected to the mayoralty as a Progressive but switched his political affiliation to the Democrats.

Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D) easily defeated business consultant Jack McMullen (R).

Earlier this year, Leahy, who got more than 70 percent to win a sixth term, clashed famously with Vice President Cheney over the role in Iraq of Cheney's former firm, Halliburton Co. The clash prompted the vice president to use an obscenity on the Senate floor.


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