GOP and Dems Reach Milestones in Tuesday Elections

By Ben Anderson | July 7, 2008 | 8:25 PM EDT

( - Tuesday's election results have ended with a number of benchmarks for Republicans and Democrats in various gubernatorial, mayoral and state assembly campaigns across the nation.

The Mississippi gubernatorial race still remains in dead heat between Lt. Gov. Ronnie Musgrove (D) and former Rep. Mike Parker (R) with neither candidate able to reach the needed 50 percent vote mark. While election officials still have absentee ballots to count it appears as though the decision as to who will succeed the state's only Republican governor of the 20th century, will be decided by the state's Democratic-controlled House of Representatives in which case Musgrove has the edge.

In Kentucky's gubernatorial race, both Republican Peppy Martin and Reform candidate Gatewood Galbraith fell to Democrat Paul Patton, the first governor in the state to win a second consecutive term since 1800.

In Virginia, voters gave Republicans control of the state's House of Delegates for the first time in the Commonwealth's history. The GOP kept control of the Virginia Senate. The GOP capture of both Houses will have a significant impact on congressional redistricting after the next census. Virginia Republicans reportedly spent $25 million in statewide races.

San Francisco's Democrat Mayor Willie Brown will have to campaign even more in his attempt to seek a second term after an unprecedented write-in campaign by Board of Supervisors President Tom Ammiano forced election officials to hand-count otherwise computer tabulated ballots. Neither Brown or Ammiano were able to capture the required 50 percent of the vote to win the office outright. The run-off will be held in December.

Philadelphia voters chose Democrat City Councilman John Street who narrowly captured 50 percent of the vote to Republican businessman Sam Katz's 49 percent who would have been the city's first GOP mayor in 50 years.

In Baltimore, 36-year old Irish rock band singer, defense attorney and Democrat City Councilman Martin O'Malley took 90 percent of the vote over Republican David F. Tufaro, a 52-year old developer.

New Jersey Democrats gained two seats in the state's general assembly, drawing the Republicans' majority down to 48-32.

Indiana Republican Secretary of State Sue Anne Gilroy fell to Democrat developer Bart Peterson who became the city's first Democrat mayor in 30 years. Republicans, however, retained control of the City Council.

Voters in Columbus, Ohio chose Democrat City Council President Michael Coleman as the city's first black mayor.