Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning barely won re-election to the
U.S. Senate on Tuesday, edging Democratic challenger Daniel
Mongiardo by about 2 percent of the vote in Kentucky.
Elsewhere, former college football coach Tom Osborne of Nebraska
held onto his seat in the House of Representatives, and track great
Jim Ryun won a tight race in Kansas.
Alan Page won re-election to the Minnesota Supreme Court,
defeating challenger Tim Tingelstad. The former Vikings star has
sat on the state's highest court for 12 years.
The Dallas Cowboys scored a $325 million victory at the polls
when voters in Arlington, Texas, approved increasing taxes to pay
for half of a 75,000-seat, retractable-roof stadium.
"This is a historic moment for America's Team and for the
economy of the region," said Rob Allyn, head of the public
relations firm that handled the stadium campaign for the Cowboys.
The decision means the team will move to Arlington when its
lease at Texas Stadium in Irving, where Dallas has played since
1971, expires in 2008.
The $650 million stadium will be built next to the Texas
Rangers' ballpark. Arlington is about 15 miles west of Dallas, but
the team will still be called the Dallas Cowboys.
Bunning's race garnered the most attention because the
Republican senator struggled to re-election, nearly letting a big
lead slip away. With all but four Kentucky precincts reporting,
Bunning beat Mongiardo by only about 18,000 votes out of more than
1.7 million cast, winning his second term in the Senate after a
dozen years in the House.
Bunning survived an error-filled campaign in a bitter race
filled with personal attacks. His big lead eroded amid gaffes and
editorials questioning his mental fitness at age 73, and Monday he
acknowledged that he had not run a perfect campaign.
"The only time I've ever been perfect was for about two hours
in 1964," he said in reference to the perfect game he pitched for
the Philadelphia Phillies against the New York Mets in 1964.
Osborne led the Nebraska Cornhuskers to AP national
championships in 1994 and '95. As expected, the Republican
incumbent kept his U.S. House seat in the state's Third District,
winning a third term in Congress by a landslide. With 38 percent of
the votes counted, Osborne had 86 percent of the ballots cast.
"It's always gratifying if people think you're representing
them well," he said.
In the Second District of eastern Kansas, Ryun, the Republican
incumbent, defeated Democrat Nancy Boyda. Ryun, a former world
record holder in the mile, won a silver medal in the 1,500 meters
at the 1968 Olympics.