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11/24/2008 update

We've fixed a few bugs, entered a couple more results, and added more information about current and prior endorsements.

The gubernatorial races proved to be a bit tricky, and may throw off our numbers a hair. See the about page for the details.

Following the resolution of the last six races, enviroVOTE will go on vacation until next year.

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Incoming wins

The latest results in
races we're watching:

Georgia, U.S. Senate

  1. Allen Buckley (L)
  2. Winner C. Saxby Chambliss (R)
  3. Most endorsed by environmental groups James Martin (D)

According to the Associated Press

Dec. 12, 2008 at 04:38 p.m.

California, U.S. House

4th District
  1. Charles Duane Brown (D)
  2. Winner Tom McClintock (R)

According to the Associated Press

Dec. 12, 2008 at 04:37 p.m.

Ohio, U.S. House

15th District
  1. Don Elijah Eckhart (I)
  2. Winner Most endorsed by environmental groups Mary Jo Kilroy (D)
  3. Mark Michael Noble (L)
  4. Steve Stivers (R)

According to the Associated Press

Dec. 12, 2008 at 04:36 p.m.

Louisiana, U.S. House

4th District
  1. Willie Banks Jr. (D)
  2. Gerard Bowen (I)
  3. Paul Carmouche (D)
  4. Winner John Fleming Jr. (R)
  5. Chris D. Gorman (R)

According to the Associated Press

Dec. 12, 2008 at 04:34 p.m.

Louisiana, U.S. House

2nd District
  1. Most endorsed by environmental groups William Jefferson (I)
  2. Helena Moreno (D)
  3. Winner Anh Cao (R)
  4. Malik Rahim (G)
  5. Gregory Kahn (L)

According to the Associated Press

Dec. 12, 2008 at 04:01 p.m.

Alaska, U.S. Senate

  1. Winner Most endorsed by environmental groups Mark Begich (D)
  2. Bob Bird (IP)
  3. Ted Gianoutsos (I)
  4. Frederick D. Haase (L)
  5. Ted Stevens (R)

According to the Associated Press

Nov. 24, 2008 at 10:47 a.m.

Alaska, U.S. House

At Large
  1. Ethan A. Berkowitz (D)
  2. Don R. Wright (IP)
  3. Winner Donald E. Young (R)

According to the Associated Press

Nov. 24, 2008 at 10:44 a.m.

Indiana, U.S. House

2nd District
  1. Winner Joe Donnelly Sr. (D)
  2. Luke Puckett (R)
  3. Mark Vogel (L)

According to the Associated Press

Nov. 13, 2008 at 12:23 a.m.

West Virginia Governor

  1. James Davis (I)
  2. Most endorsed by environmental groups Jesse Johnson (I)
  3. Winner Joe Manchin III (D)
  4. Butch Paugh (I)
  5. Russell E. Weeks Jr. (R)

According to the Associated Press

Nov. 12, 2008 at 10:53 p.m.

Vermont Governor

  1. Peter Diamondstone (I)
  2. Winner James H. Douglas (R)
  3. Cris Ericson (I)
  4. Anthony J. O'Connor (I)
  5. Anthony Pollina (I)
  6. Gaye R. Symington (D)
  7. Sam R. Young (I)

According to the Associated Press

Nov. 12, 2008 at 10:47 p.m.


260 out of 481 winners
in the 2008 elections were endorsed
by environmental groups
481 races decided, 1 race remains
That's
19%
more eco-friendly officeholders
than last election
(Learn how we calculate this)

Key Races

Green takes a back seat to legal issues

Portrait of Mark Begich Star Winner Mark Begich (D)
Most endorsed by environmental groups Endorsed by one organization Greenest
Portrait of Ted Stevens   Ted Stevens (R) (incumbent)
No endorsements

Stevens/Begich in Alaska - U.S. Senate, Alaska

Talk about pedigree: The main picture on Incumbent Ted Stevens’ Web site shows him as a young man with then-President Dwight Eisenhower. Stevens has been in the Senate for 40 years, almost as long as Alaska has been a state. But being convicted on seven of seven felony counts a week before the election takes the wind out of the sails of the SS Pedigree. Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich, the Democratic challenger, stands to benefit from Stevens’ legal woes. Begich calls Alaska “ground zero” for global warming but favors drilling in ANWR.

Friends or foes?

Portrait of Robert W. Schaffer   Robert W. Schaffer (R)
No endorsements
Portrait of Mark E. Udall Star Winner Mark E. Udall (D)
Most endorsed by environmental groups Endorsed by seven organizations Greenest

Udall/Schaffer in Colorado - U.S. Senate, Colorado

Both Democrat Mark Udall and Republican Rob Schaffer talk about their strong relationship with Colorado’s wondrous natural resources, but at least one environmental group accuses Schaffer of historically siding with polluters when it comes to keeping Colorado’s waterways clean. Udall is heavily favored to win this seat, which is being vacated by Republican Wayne Allard.

C is for conservative … and cantankerous

Portrait of James M. Inhofe Star Winner James M. Inhofe (R) (incumbent)
No endorsements
Portrait of Andrew Rice   Andrew Rice (D)
Most endorsed by environmental groups Endorsed by two organizations Greenest

Inhofe/Rice in Oklahoma - U.S. Senate, Oklahoma

Democratic challenger Andrew Rice acknowledges that Oklahoma’s voters are conservative, but he says that they also realize that global warming is real and that the state’s senator, “rather than standing as a stubborn obstacle to change … should help his state by taking a leadership role in Congress to advocate for reduced carbon emissions and development of alternative, clean-burning energy technology.”

Nice stance, but Republican incumbent James Inhofe, who first won the seat in a 1994 special election to succeed David Boren, is favored to win a third full term handily. Inhofe, generally viewed as no friend of the environment from his role on the Senate’s environment committee, highlights his advocacy of limited government, individual liberty and personal responsibility.

Clash of the titans

Portrait of Jeanne Shaheen Star Winner Jeanne Shaheen (D)
Most endorsed by environmental groups Endorsed by five organizations Greenest
Portrait of John E. Sununu   John E. Sununu (R) (incumbent)
No endorsements

Shaheen/Sununu in New Hampshire - U.S. Senate, New Hampshire

The state that brought us acid rain figures prominently in the battle for going green this year. Incumbent Sen. John Sununu, the Republican, is “too close to big oil” and “no friend of the environment,” according to environmental groups. His challenger, former Gov. Jeanne Shaheen, cites her solid record as governor as evidence of her support of green causes. Most polls show this race tilting toward Shaheen, although many are within the margin of error.

A clear choice for green voters

Portrait of Stevan E. Pearce   Stevan E. Pearce (R)
No endorsements
Portrait of Tom S. Udall Star Winner Tom S. Udall (D)
Most endorsed by environmental groups Endorsed by four organizations Greenest

Udall/Pearce in New Mexico - U.S. Senate, New Mexico

Some polls have had Democrat Tom Udall up by as much as 28 percent; all have shown him with a double-digit lead over Republican Steve Pearce. Both candidates gave up secure House seats for this race to succeed ailing GOP stalwart Pete Domenici, who retired. Googling Pearce brings up a litany of headlines slamming him on the environment and revealing him as one of the LCV’s “Dirty Dozen.”

Bluegrass greener on the other side of the fence?

Portrait of William Bruce Lunsford   William Bruce Lunsford (D)
No endorsements
Portrait of Mitch McConnell Star Winner Mitch McConnell (R) (incumbent)
No endorsements

McConnell/Lunsford in Kentucky - U.S. Senate, Kentucky

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is in a fight. Real Clear Politics rates the race a toss up, and McConnell’s Web site lists polling place locations across the state and urges people to “invite five friends to get out the vote for Mitch.” Dubiously drew a zero rating from the LCV in 2003. The counterbalance to McConnell’s consummate insider resume is non-politician Bruce Lunsford, who hopes to expand oil drilling to ANWR and work to make mountaintop removal in coal-rich Kentucky more environmentally friendly.

President of the United States

Portrait of John Sidney McCain III   John Sidney McCain III (R)
Endorsed by one organization
Portrait of Barack Hussein Obama Jr. Star Projected winner Barack Hussein Obama Jr. (D)
Most endorsed by environmental groups Endorsed by four organizations Greenest