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Governors Win Primaries In Maine and South Carolina

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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

In addition to Virginia, four other states held elections yesterday, including primaries for governor in Maine and South Carolina, a Democratic runoff for the nomination for lieutenant governor in Arkansas, and referendums on constitutional amendments in North Dakota.

In South Carolina, Gov. Mark Sanford (R) easily defeated a political newcomer for the nomination. In the Democratic primary, state Sen. Thomas I. Moore beat Florence Mayor Frank Willis.

The state's GOP primary for lieutenant governor was headed to a runoff between incumbent Andre Bauer and challenger Mike Campbell, the son of Carroll Campbell, a popular former governor. The race had been energized by news that Bauer at least twice avoided speeding tickets.

In Maine, two Democrats competed for the chance to take on two-term Sen. Olympia J. Snowe (R). The candidates were separated by fewer than 500 votes early today. Snowe had no GOP challenger.

In the state's three-way Republican primary for governor, state Sen. Chandler E. Woodcock narrowly led Senate colleague Peter Mills. On the Democratic side, Gov. John E. Baldacci easily prevailed against a little-known computer specialist.

In Arkansas, former Clinton administration official Bill Halter defeated state Sen. Tim Wooldridge in a runoff to determine the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor. Halter will face state Sen. Jim Holt (R) this fall.

In North Dakota, voters approved two constitutional amendments -- one that would remove sex, age and residency references in the constitution's definition of a state militia, the other to give the legislature more authority to regulate how corporate shareholders vote for boards of directors.


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