Rep. Jon Runyan (R-N.J.), a one-time lineman for the Philadelphia Eagles who played in the NFL until 2009, protected his turf in New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District by defeating challenger Shelley Adler, the widow of the man he defeated in 2010.
“It is truly an honor that you have re-elected me to Congress,’’ Runyan told supporters. "Let's get back to work and turn this country around.''
Linda McMahon, the one-time WWE chief executive and wife of founder Vince McMahon, was bodyslammed in her second bid in two years to win a Senate seat in Connecticut, this time by three-time congressman Christopher Murphy. They were contesting for the seat held by Joseph Lieberman since 1989. McMahon spent a combined $100 million on her two unsuccessful Senate bids.
In Boise, Idaho, former Redskins wide receiver Jimmy Farris was defeated in his bid to unseat Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Id.) in the race for the state's 1st Congressional District. Farris, a Democrat, once raced Pro Bowl wide receiver Terrell Owens to a standstill in a 40-yard-dash match race, splitting the first two heats with the third ending in a photo-finish tie. His luck ran out Tuesday night.
First-term Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) survived a re-election bid in the state's 7th District by defeating Democrat Patrick Kreitlow. Duffy is a professional lumberjack who once appeared on MTV's "The Real World." Democrat Donna McAleer, West Point grad and former U.S. Olympic bobsledder, lost her race against incumbent Rob Bishop (R-Utah) in that state's 1st Congressional District. Incumbent Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who was a place-kicker during his college days at BYU, won his re-election bid against Democrat Soren Simonson in the 3rd Congressional District.
Ex-Oakland Raiders 2002 first-round draft pick and linebacker Napoleon Harris won an uncontested race for the Illinois State Senate in the 15th District as a Democrat, as did Democratic Sacramento, Calif., mayor and former NBA star Kevin Johnson.
Former Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy led a group that helped pass a property tax hike in Seminole County, Fla., to help fund the county's public schools.
At its height Tuesday, the election was the subject of 327,000 tweets per minute, and athletes tweeted their support and displeasure over Tuesday night's election results:
Congrats to President Obama for his re-election. Dust yourself off and do it again.
— Torii Hunter (@toriihunter48) November 7, 2012
Not sure how they feel about you in Ohio, though:
Ohio and Fla. My favorite states!
— LeBron James (@KingJames) November 7, 2012
Chris Paul broke the news once the networks called the Buckeye State for the president:
— Chris Paul (@CP3) November 7, 2012
Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe was a vocal opponent of a state constitutional amendment that would have banned same-sex marriage. That amendment failed:
And that'll do it. Thank you everyone for all your support. Still a long road ahead, but we're now the first state to beat this thing. #gj
— Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft) November 7, 2012
Baseball pitcher Brandon McCarthy asked this simple question:
.@toddakin any thoughts on where things might have gone wrong?
— Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) November 7, 2012
Now, it's time to move on:
Thomas Jefferson "I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend
— Jay Feely (@jayfeely) November 7, 2012