Eight states hold primaries, provide few answers to public
Clues for the upcoming midterm elections were hard to come by in results.
Tom Kean Jr., the son of a popular former New Jersey governor, easily won the GOP nomination to challenge Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez in the fall as eight states held primaries Tuesday for governor, House or Senate.
In Alabama, Gov. Bob Riley defeated Ten Commandments judge Roy Moore to win the Republican gubernatorial nomination. In the Democratic primary, Lt. Gov. Lucy Baxley led former Gov. Don Siegelman, who spent election day on trial on corruption charges.
Alabama returns also showed overwhelming approval for a state constitutional ban on gay marriage.
Iowa, California, Mississippi, New Mexico and South Dakota also held primaries, as many states reported low turnout.
The biggest race was the special election in Southern California to fill the House seat of imprisoned former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, with the political world hoping for clues to the public mood ahead of this fall's midterm elections.
Money and attention from around the country poured into the San Diego-area election, with the Democrats seeing a rich opportunity to capture a solidly Republican district. Cunningham, a Republican, was sent to prison for eight years for taking bribes on a scale unparalleled in the history of Congress.
Another Washington corruption case figured in Montana's primary, where GOP Sen. Conrad Burns sought the nomination for a fourth term. After his ties to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff became known, Burns saw his popularity fall, and Democrats John Morrison, state auditor, and state Senate President Jon Tester jumped into the race.
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger faced no major competition for the GOP nomination, while state Treasurer Phil Angelides and Controller Steve Westly fought a close and nasty contest for the Democratic nomination that left many voters dismayed.
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