Election 2002: Winners and Losers

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The Bush gang's all here, except the President, to celebrate Jeb's victory in Florida


The Bush Family
Can you say "dynasty?" This family sure can. Jeb's latest victory — and the President's success stumping for Republican candidates in Texas, New Hampshire and Georgia — makes the Bushes of Kennebunkport look even more like the Kennedys of Hyannis Port.

Politicians named John Sununu
The son also rises: As a new generation of Bushes wins elections, so does a second generation of Sununus. The son (and namesake) of the former President Bush's chief of staff defeated Democrat Jeanne Shaheen to take New Hampshire's Senate seat.

Anti-smoking advocates
Smoke 'em if you got 'em; just not in this state: Voters approved measures to outlaw smoking in enclosed workplaces, including restaurants, in Florida and raise Arizona's cigarette tax from 58 cents to $1.18 per pack.

Bob Dole
At long last, the former Senate majority leader and consummate courtly politician is heading back to Washington — clinging firmly to his wife's coattails.

Compulsive gamblers in North Dakota
Voters overwhelmingly approved plans to launch a state lottery, in one of the 202 ballot propositions up for consideration in 40 states.


Sen. Tom Daschle
He tried desperately to put a happy spin on the evening, but as the Democrats' Senate seats slipped away, the erstwhile Majority Leader watched his power wane as well.

Terry McAuliffe
The Democratic Party chair — and number one fund-raiser — was shaking his head early last night as Republican-friendly returns started rolling in. We suspect he's still shaking his head Wednesday.

Sen. Mary Landrieu
She didn't lose anything Tuesday night, but she didn't win anything either. By failing to gain more than 50 percent of the vote Tuesday, the incumbent guaranteed a run-off, which means she gets to campaign right on into December. Lucky woman.

Gay-rights activists in Nevada
Just in case you didn't get the message the first time: Voters in the Sagebrush state voted Tuesday to reinforce an existing ban on gay marriages.

House v. Senate football games
If this Capitol Hill rivalry existed, this would mark its saddest day. Former pigskin greats Steve Largent and J.C. Watts are leaving; Largent after dropping out to run his unsuccessful bid for governor, and Watts for personal reasons.