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Mid-Atlantic: Delaware

Don Sherwood lost his 10th District seat to Chris Carney (D), a Pennsylvania State University associate professor and former Pentagon aide. Sherwood was damaged by revelations of an extramarital affair and reports that he paid his former mistress $500,000 to settle a lawsuit in which she alleged physical abuse. Sherwood denied the allegations, continued campaigning, and ended up with 47 percent of the vote.

Melissa Hart, a three-term incumbent who received 63 percent of the vote in the 4th District two years ago, got only 48 percent this time in her upset loss to former hospital association executive Jason Altmire (D).


Former NFL quarterback Heath Shuler (D) hugs his 4-year-old son, Navy, after defeating Rep. Charles H. Taylor (R-N.C.) in a Republican-friendly district.
Former NFL quarterback Heath Shuler (D) hugs his 4-year-old son, Navy, after defeating Rep. Charles H. Taylor (R-N.C.) in a Republican-friendly district. (By Chuck Burton -- Associated Press)
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In the 8th District, Michael G. Fitzpatrick lost to Patrick Murphy (D), a 33-year-old Iraq veteran making his first run for public office.

Virginia


It could be weeks before a winner is declared in the Senate race between incumbent George Allen (R) and Democratic challenger James Webb. With a late-November recount all but certain, Webb led by about 7,000 votes out of more than 2 million cast. If the margin holds, Webb will have pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the election, defeating an incumbent and former governor whose campaign was supposed to be a shakedown cruise to a presidential bid in 2008.

Instead, Allen imploded. He called an Indian American campaign aide for Webb "macaca" in an incident caught on video and widely publicized. He was accused of routinely using racial epithets as a younger man. He reacted angrily when asked to acknowledge his Jewish heritage during a debate.

Webb, a former Republican who was a Vietnam War hero and Navy secretary under President Ronald Reagan, took advantage of the anti-Washington and anti-incumbent mood. Campaigning in combat boots as his son went to fight in Iraq, Webb criticized the war and struck populist themes, casting himself as a politician who was guided by the ethos of a warrior.

In House races, Rep. Thelma D. Drake (R) beat back a challenge to her 2nd District seat by Virginia Beach Revenue Commissioner Philip J. Kellam (D), holding on to a Republican Tidewater district. In Northern Virginia, Frank R. Wolf (R) easily bested Georgetown University dean Judy Feder (D) to retain his seat in the 10th District. James P. Moran Jr. (D) won another term in the 8th District, and Thomas M. Davis III (R) held his seat in the 11th District.

West Virginia


In the 1st District, Rep. Alan B. Mollohan (D) survived a year of congressional scandal, defeating state Del. Christopher Wakim (R) to earn a 13th term. Mollohan overcame his dismissal from the House ethics committee, investigations of his real estate dealings and allegations that he used his influence to shift millions of taxpayer dollars to friends and relatives. Mollohan will keep his Appropriations Committee seat.

Throughout the state, any sense of suspense ended for unnamed schools, bridges and dams: Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D) won a ninth term over John Raese (R), positioning Byrd to extend his record as longest-serving U.S. senator and top Democrat on the Appropriations Committee.

West Virginia


In the 1st District, Rep. Alan B. Mollohan (D) survived a year of congressional scandal, defeating state Del. Christopher Wakim (R) to earn a 13th term. Mollohan overcame his dismissal from the House ethics committee, investigations of his real estate dealings and allegations that he used his influence to shift millions of taxpayer dollars to friends and relatives. Mollohan will keep his Appropriations Committee seat.

Throughout the state, any sense of suspense ended for unnamed schools, bridges and dams: Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D) won a ninth term over John Raese (R), positioning Byrd to extend his record as longest-serving U.S. senator and top Democrat on the Appropriations Committee.


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