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Romney, 11 other LDS win elections

Mitt Romney, a Republican Church member, will take office as Massachusetts governor in January, winning a close political race Nov. 5 in a state where Democratic voters outnumber Republicans nearly three to one.

The former chief of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games hosted by Salt Lake City, Governor-elect Romney defeated Democrat Shannon O'Brien, the state treasurer whose family has worked in Massachusetts politics for four generations.

While former U.S. Congressman Matt Salmon lost a bid for Arizona governor, one Latter-day Saint was re-elected to the U.S. Senate and 10 were elected or re-elected to the U.S. House of Representatives during the 2002 November general election.

Gordon Smith, R-Oregon, was re-elected to the Senate.

Incumbents Chris Cannon, R-Utah; John Doolittle, R-Calif.; Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.; Wally Herger, R-Calif.; Ernest Istook, R-Okla.; Jim Matheson, D-Utah; Buck McKeon, R-Calif.; Tom Udall, D-N.M; and Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, all won re-election.

Rob Bishop, a Republican Church member from Utah, was elected to the seat held for years by Rep. Jim Hansen, R-Utah, who will retire at the end of this year.

Rep. Eni Faleomavaega, American Samoa's non-voting Congressional delegate, won the majority vote during the election but still faces a runoff because he did not gain 50 percent of the vote.

And while not up for re-election this November, Latter-day Saint Senators Orrin Hatch, R-Utah; Bob Bennett, R-Utah; and Harry Reid, D-Nevada; will all be affected by the change in power in the U.S. Senate. With the Republicans again gaining control, Sen. Hatch will become chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which he headed from 1995-2001, and Sen. Bennett will chair the Joint Economic Committee. Sen. Reid was voted Senate majority whip — the highest-ranking position a Church members has held in Congress — following the dramatic shift of power during the 107th U.S. Congress. With the power again shifting to the Republicans, Sen. Reid will likely serve as minority whip.