Kentucky:Governor Steve Beshear was easily reelected despite high unemployment, budget shortfalls, and an onslaught of third-party attack ads. He became the second Democrat to win a governor’s race this year, after West Virginia’s Early Ray Tomblin.
Arizona:State Senator Russell Pearce, architect of the tough immigration law that put the state at the forefront of the national debate, faced a recall attempt led by a fellow Republican. Pearce held a 3-to-1 fund-raising advantage.
California:Interim Mayor Ed Lee could become San Francisco’s first elected AsianAmerican leader. A former city administrator, he was named to the interim job in January, when Mayor Gavin Newsom became lieutenant governor.
Pennsylvania:Mayor Michael Nutter, a Democrat, won reelection in Philadelphia, trouncing a little-known Republican challenger named Karen Brown, a former math teacher and Democrat who switched parties to challenge the incumbent.
Oregon:A special primary election was held to replace David Wu, who resigned his US House seat in August after being accused of an unwanted sexual encounter with an 18-year-old woman. Wu was the fourth member of Congress to quit this year in a sex scandal.