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ELECTIONS '94 / The West : ALASKA

November 09, 1994

The major races in the West: Senate races: 9 House races: 93 Governor: 8

Governor--Democrat Tony Knowles was battling Republican James Campbell for the seat held by Walter J. Hickel, but the winner was unknown by press time.

* House--GOP incumbent Don Young defeated Democrat Tony Smith in his race to retain control of the state's only seat.

ARIZONA

* Governor--GOP Incumbent Fife Symington fended off a strong challenge from Democratic businessman Eddie Basha.

* Senate--Republican U.S. Rep. Jon Kyl beat Democratic U.S. Rep. Sam Coppersmith in the race to succeed a retiring Democrat, Dennis DeConcini.

* House--Four of the state's six seats had been decided by press time. The split had been even, and the GOP now holds at least the three seats that it already had.

CALIFORNIA

* California returns are on A20-A21

COLORADO

* Governor--Incumbent Democrat Roy Romer breezed to his third term. Republican challenger Bruce Benson was troubled by a drunk-driving record and a messy divorce.

* House--The GOP had four of the state's six seats before the election, and held onto them all. Incumbent Democrat Patricia Schroeder turned back Republican William Eggert. One race remained to be decided, with the incumbent Democrat leading.

* Other--A ballot measure to limit the terms of elected officials was leading by 4 points with 88% of the vote counted.

HAWAII

* Governor--Democrat Ben Cayetano defeated the GOP's Patricia Saiki and two minor-party candidates in the race for an open seat that the Democrats already held.

* Senate--Incumbent Democrat Daniel K. Akaka crushed his Republican challenger, Maria Hustace.

* House--Democrats held onto both the state's seats. Incumbent Patsy T. Mink beat Republican challenger Robert Garner. Two-term Democratic Rep. Neil Abercrombie turned away Republican Orson Swindle, a former POW in Vietnam and spokesman for Ross Perot's 1992 presidential campaign.

IDAHO

* Governor--Republican Phil Batt defeated Democrat Larry EchoHawk, who was trying to become the nation's first Native American governor. The governorship had been held by Democrats.

* House--The two seats were evenly split, and one GOP candidate had been elected. The second winner of the second seat, held by a Democrat, had not been declared by press time.

* Other--A ballot measure that would limit government efforts to protect gays from discrimination was in a tight race with 84% of the vote counted. A ballot measure to limit the terms of elected politicians was adopted.

MONTANA

* Senate--Incumbent Republican Conrad Burns defeated Democrat Jack Mudd to win a second term.

* House--Incumbent Democrat Pat Williams survived a contest against Republican Cy Jamison to keep the state's only seat.

NEVADA

* Governor--Incumbent Democrat Robert Miller defeated Republican challenger Jim Gibbons.

* Senate--Incumbent Democrat Richard H. Bryan beat back Republican Hal Furman and several minor party candidates. The None of the Above option was drawing about 3% of the vote.

* House--Incumbent Republican Barbara F. Vucanovich defeated Democrat Janet Greeson. James H. Bilbray, an incumbent Democrat, lost to Republican John Ensign, who was backed by the casino industry.

* Other--A ballot measure to limit the terms of elected officials was approved, as was a measure requiring a two-thirds vote of the Legislature on any tax matters. Both measures must be approved again by voters in 1996 before becoming law.

NEW MEXICO

* Governor--Republican businessman Gary Johnson turned away incumbent Democrat Bruce King, 70, who was seeking a second consecutive term. King also had held the office once before.

* Senate--Incumbent Democrat Jeff Bingaman defeated GOP challenger Colin McMillan, who ran an anti-Clinton campaign.

* House--The balance here remained the same, with two of the state's three seats held by Republicans. All the winners were incumbents.

OREGON

* Governor--Democrat John Kitzhaber, a physician and former state Senate leader, overcame an onslaught of ads painting him as a tax-raising liberal to defeat millionaire businessman and former Rep. Denny Smith.

* House--Five seats were at issue, four of them held by Democrats. Two Democratic incumbents and one Republican had been reelected by press time.

* Other--A measure to bar prosecution of doctors who assist in suicides was 4 points ahead with about half the vote counted. A ballot measure that would limit government efforts to protect gays from discrimination was defeated.

UTAH

* Senate--Incumbent Republican Orrin G. Hatch easily turned back token opposition from Democrat Patrick Shea.

* House--Three seats were at stake. Two were held by Democrats before the election; two were held by Republicans afterward. Incumbent Democrat Karen Shepherd lost to the GOP's Enid Waldholtz.

* Other--A ballot measure to limit the terms of elected politicians was defeated.

WASHINGTON

* Senate--GOP incumbent Slade Gorton turned away a challenge from Democrat Ron Sims, a King County councilman trying to become Washington's first black statewide elected official.

* House--Nine seats were at stake, eight of them held by Democrats. Incumbent House Speaker Thomas S. Foley faced the challenge of his career against Republican lawyer George Nethercutt. With about half the vote counted, Foley was narrowly behind.

WYOMING

* Governor--Republican Jim Geringer won over Democrat Kathy Karpan, ending 20 years of Democratic control of the statehouse.

* Senate--U.S. Rep. Craig Thomas, a Republican, defeated Democratic Gov. Mike Sullivan in a race to succeed Republican Malcolm Wallop, who is retiring.

* House--Republican Barbara Cubin defeated Democrat Bob Schuster for the state's only House seat.

* Other--Initiative No. 1 was defeated. It would have made most doctors who offer abortions criminals, liable for penalties of up to 14 years in prison.

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