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 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.
Rep. Richard Burr, a conservative five-term House Republican, won the Senate seat that opened up when the state's junior senator, Edwards, ran on the national ticket instead of seeking reelection. Despite the state's heavy preference for Bush, Burr won a relatively narrow victory -- 52 percent -- over Erskine B. Bowles, a Charlotte banker and former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton.
It was a defeat that may have doomed Bowles's persistent Senate ambitions. Two years ago, he lost, 54 percent to 45 percent, the seat of retiring Republican Sen. Jesse Helms to Elizabeth Dole. Bowles trailed throughout the 2002 race, but this time he started out strongly against Burr. Before long, though, his early 10-point lead in the polls evaporated. Ultimately, he garnered 47 percent to Burr's 52 percent.
Burr staked his race on themes that have won him reelection in the past: support for tobacco farmers and the U.S. military and an appeal to religious conservatives. Bowles argued that he could offer economic leadership for textile and tobacco workers who have watched their jobs dry up or move overseas. But voters did not connect with his diffident style, and Burr's ads played up Bowles's ties to Clinton, who is not popular in rural North Carolina.
Burr's House seat went to Republican Virginia Foxx, who won 59 percent of the vote to Democrat Jim Harrell's 41 percent. A second House seat vacated by a retiring Republican in the state's 10th District will stay in GOP hands with the election of Patrick McHenry, who beat Democrat Anne Fischer.
In western North Carolina, Republican Rep. Charles H. Taylor, chairman of an Appropriations subcommittee, fought off a strong challenge from Democratic County Commissioner Patsy Keever, consolidating 55 percent of the vote by the time the counting was over.
New Jersey (15)
New Jersey, which was an easy win for Kerry, voted heavily Democratic, as it has in the two previous presidential elections. Though the state was deeply affected by the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, in which 700 of its residents were killed, Bush decided it was a losing proposition and chose not to devote much time or money there.
Statewide, the House incumbents won reelection.
Pennsylvania was supposed to be a cliffhanger in this election, a battleground state in which both candidates had invested heavily. Bush made more than 40 trips there during the campaign, but in the end the vote was not terribly close. A large voter-registration drive by Democrats helped Kerry hold the lead through Election Day, finally posting a solid 51 percent in the Keystone state to Bush's 49 percent.
Republican Sen. Arlen Specter narrowly survived an unexpectedly strong challenge by Rep. Joseph M. Hoeffel III, a suburban Philadelphia Democrat. It was the second tough battle this year for Specter, who staved off a primary challenge from well-financed Republican Rep. Pat Toomey.
Specter won that primary 51 percent to 49 percent, amid charges from Toomey and others in the GOP that Specter is too liberal. Specter is slated to take over the chairmanship of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Hoeffel's candidacy opened up a House seat that was snagged by Democratic state Sen. Allyson Y. Schwartz, who defeated Republican ophthalmologist Melissa M. Brown.
In a competitive House race in the Allentown-Bethlehem area, Republican state Sen. Charles Dent defeated Joe Driscoll, a redevelopment consultant, for the seat Toomey has held for three terms.
Democratic Rep. Tim Holden won reelection in a Harrisburg area district over Republican Scott Paterno, son of Penn State football coach Joe Paterno.
Republican Rep. Jim Gerlach appeared to have squeaked to victory despite a strong challenge by Democratic lawyer Lois Murphy in the 6th District.
In the Bucks County area, Democratic lawyer Virginia Schrader lost her uphill race against Republican County Commissioner Michael G. Fitzpatrick for the seat of retiring Republican James C. Greenwood. Greenwood, who spent much of the past year chairing hearings that probed the activities of researchers at the National Institutes of Health whose consulting arrangements with pharmaceutical companies raised conflict-of-interest issues, announced this past summer that he would leave his seat to become president of the Biotechnology Industry Organization, which represents drug and biotech companies.
Kerry made some last-minute efforts in the Democratic-leaning northern regions of this state, but Bush won Virginia easily, as expected, with 54 percent of the vote.
The biggest prize of election night went to Republican state Del. Thelma Drake, who bested Democratic lawyer David B. Ashe in the race for an open House seat in Norfolk vacated by Republican Edward L. Schrock. Drake won easily, gaining about the same 55 percent to 45 percent margin that the president achieved statewide over Kerry.
In other House races, Northern Virginia Reps. Frank R. Wolf, a Republican, and James P. Moran Jr., a Democrat, won reelection. In a race that had a more direct connection than usual for "NASCAR dads," Democratic Rep. Rick Boucher defeated Republican Kevin Triplett, a former NASCAR executive.
West Virginia (5)
In 2000, Bush became only the fourth Republican presidential candidate since the Depression era to win West Virginia on a first effort. This election he swamped his Democratic rival, winning by 13 percentage points even though polls late in the campaign suggested his race with Kerry had tightened up.
Democrat Joe Manchin III was elected governor over Republican Monty Warner. Manchin's victory offered a modicum of vindication to the 20-year veteran of West Virginia politics; he lost the Democratic primary in a 1996 bid for the same office.
His election caps a state electoral career that included two terms in West Virginia's House of Delegates, three terms in the state Senate and his election to the post of secretary of state in 2000.
Manchin will succeed Gov. Robert E. Wise Jr. (D), who decided not to seek a second term after acknowledging an extramarital affair.
In the state's 2nd District, Republican Rep. Shelley Moore Capito easily beat Democratic news anchor Erik Wells.