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Decision 2006: Sports Figures In Mid-Term Elections

Yesterday’s mid-term elections saw several sports figures running for office. The chart below shows the outcomes of those races.

STATE
CANDIDATE
SPORT
NOTES
RESULT
Running For Governor
California Arnold Schwarzenegger - R Bodybuilding Seven-time Mr. Olympia
Won
Florida Charlie Crist - R Football Wake Forest Univ.
Won
Georgia Sonny Perdue - R Football Univ. of Georgia
Won
Iowa Chet Culver - D Football Virginia Tech Univ.
Won
Maryland Bob Ehrlich - R Football Princeton Univ.
Lost
Ohio Ken Blackwell - R Football Xavier Univ.
Lost
Pennsylvania Lynn Swann - R Football USC; Steelers; Pro Football HOFer
Lost
Rhode Island Don Carcieri - R Football Brown Univ.
Won
Wisconsin Mark Green - R Swimming Univ. of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Lost
Running for Senate
Maryland Michael Steele - R Boxing Mike Tyson's former brother-in-law
Lost
Virginia George Allen - R Football Univ. of Virginia; son of Pro Football HOF coach George Allen
Undecided
Wisconsin Herb Kohl - D Baskeball Bucks Owner
Won
Running for Congress
Arizona District 1 Rick Renzi - R Football Northern Arizona Univ.
Won
Arizona District 8 Randy Graf - R Golfer PGA of America member
Lost
Colorado District 4 Angie Paccione - D Basketball Stanford Univ.
Lost
Hawaii District 2 Bob Hogue - R Writer Sports Columnist
Lost
Indiana District 9 Baron Hill - D Basketball Furman Univ.; member of Indiana Basketball HOF
Won
Kansas District 2 Jim Ryun - R Running Univ. of Kansas; three-time Olympian; '68 Silver Medalist
Lost
New York District 1 Italo Zanzi - R Baseball/
Handball/
Soccer
MLB VP/Int'l Broadcast Sales & Latin America/U.S. Hispanic Marketing; U.S. Handball Team member
Lost
North Carolina District 11 Heath Shuler - D Football Univ. of Tennessee; Redskins; Saints
Won
Ohio District 4 Jim Jordan - R Wrestling Univ. of Wisconsin; two-time NCAA champion
Won
Other Notables
Hawaii State Senate District 25 Fred Hemmings - R Surfing World Champion
Won
Massachusetts State Auditor Joe DeNucci - D Boxing Former middleweight boxer
Won
Nevada Secretary of State Danny Tarkanian - R Basketball Son of former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian
Lost
Texas 3rd Court of Appeals Mina Brees - D Football Mother of Saints QB Drew Brees
Lost

Swann Falls Short In
Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Bid
SWANN: In Pittsburgh, Karen Roebuck reports incumbent Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell defeated Pro Football HOFer Lynn Swann, the Republican challenger, “by the largest margin in Pennsylvania’s history.” With 71% of the vote counted, Rendell led 61%-39% (Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 11/8). Pittsburgh-based political consultant Michael O’Connell said of Swann, “It never got to be a serious campaign. Something was fundamentally missing” (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 11/8).

KOHL: In Milwaukee, Alan Borsuk reports Bucks Owner and U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI) won his fourth term in the Senate “by a huge margin” over Republican challenger Robert Gerald Lorge. The “only question going into the election was whether Kohl would get a higher percentage of the vote than the 61.5% he got in 2000.” Early returns showed that Kohl “might outpoll Lorge by better than 2 to 1” (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 11/8).

CONGRESS: Former NFLer Heath Shuler defeated U.S. Rep. Charles Taylor (R-NC) in the North Carolina District 11 congressional race. In Charlotte, Tim Funk notes Taylor’s loss is the “first in a decade for an incumbent N.C. member of Congress” (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 11/8)....Democratic challenger Nancy Boyda pulled “one of the biggest upsets in recent Kansas history,” defeating five-time incumbent U.S. Rep. Jim Ryun (R-KS), a three-time Olympian. With 95% of the vote counted, Boyda led 51%-47% (K.C. STAR, 11/8).

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