Former Arizona governor Evan Mecham (R) will not be returning to office -- at least, not this year. Mecham, who was impeached in 1988 after two tumultuous years as governor, lost the GOP nomination for governor Tuesday to Phoenix developer J. Fife Symington III.
Symington had 44 percent of the vote to Mecham's 24 percent with the rest divided among three other candidates. He will face Phoenix ex-mayor Terry Goddard (D).
"I'll support Fife," Mecham said. "Even he'll be better than Goddard. As I've said many times, Goddard will be a 100 percent disaster. Fife will only be an 80 percent disaster."
In Minnesota, Gov. Rudy Perpich (D) came from behind in the polls to defeat former commerce commissioner Mike Hatch, 55 to 42 percent. His Republican opponent will be conservative businessman Jon Grunseth, who upset state auditor Arne Carlson, 50 to 32 percent. A third candidate had 17 percent. Carlson, who, like Hatch, supports abortion rights, said abortion was a determining factor in Grunseth's and Perpich's victories.
Three GOP governors easily won renomination: Judd Gregg in New Hampshire, Edward D. DiPrete in Rhode Island and Tommy G. Thompson in Wisconsin. Former Vermont governor Richard A. Snelling easily won the GOP gubernatorial primary and will face Peter Welch (D).
In Rhode Island, Democrat Bruce Sundlun won 40.5 percent of the vote for the nomination to oppose DiPrete. He defeated Warwick Mayor Francis X. Flaherty, who had 32.5 percent, and Providence Mayor Joseph R. Paolino Jr., who had 27 percent. DiPrete defeated Sundlun in 1986 and 1988, but the governor's popularity has fallen with poor economic conditions, and Democrats believe he is vulnerable.
In the race for New Hampshire's Senate seat, opened by the retirement of Gordon J. Humphrey (R), Rep. Robert C. Smith (R) and former senator John A. Durkin (D) emerged victorious and will face each other in November.
Humphrey won the GOP primary for a state Senate seat.
Former New Hampshire Democratic Party chairman Joe Grandmaison narrowly defeated state Sen. Bob Preston for the nomination to face Gregg in the governor's race.
In Connecticut, Rep. Bruce A. Morrison won the Democratic gubernatorial primary. He will face Rep. John G. Rowland (R) and front-runner Lowell P. Weicker Jr. (R), running as an independent.
In Utah, John Harmer, a former California lieutenant governor, was defeated in his bid for a GOP House nomination. The winner, former state senator Karl Snow, faces newcomer Bill Orton (D) for the right to succeed retiring Rep. Howard C. Nielson (R). State geologist Genevieve Atwood (R) defeated ex-representative Dan Marriott to face Rep. Wayne Owens (D).