November 6, 1996
In Washington state, Gary Locke became the first Asian-American elected to a governorship in the mainland United States. Republicans generally did well in Senate races: Incumbents won easily in Idaho and New Mexico, and the party held on to open seats in Colorado and Wyoming. The race in Oregon for the seat given up by Republican Mark O. Hatfield was too close to call as of last night. Democrats lost Montana's only House seat.