November 1st, 2010
03:54 PM ET
3 years ago

Quirky facts about 2010 political candidates

Washington (CNN) - CNN has your guide to some oddball facts about this year's crop of candidates.

Are you ready for some football (metaphors)?

.. Former Washington Redskin and Tea Party activist Clint Didier, a Republican, ran for the U.S. Senate from Washington state. He lost the all-party primary to Democratic Sen. Patty Murray and Republican Dino Rossi.

.. Rep. Heath Shuler, D-North Carolina, is a former NFL quarterback who played for the Washington Redskins, New Orleans Saints and Oakland Raiders.

.. Former Houston Oilers and Philadelphia Eagles tackle Jon Runyan, a Republican, is running for the House against Rep. John Adler, D-New Jersey.

Former governors looking to drop the 'former'

.. Former Maryland Republican Gov. Bob Ehrlich is trying to oust the man who ousted him, Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat.

.. Former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, a Republican, is trying to make Democratic Gov. Chet Culver a former governor.

.. Really former California Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown hopes to reclaim the job he held almost 30 years ago.

.. Former Oregon Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber hopes to succeed the man who succeeded him, Democratic Gov. Ted Kulongoski.

.. Former Georgia Democratic Gov. Roy Barnes wants to replace the man who beat him in 2002, Gov. Sonny Perdue, a Republican.

Former senators itching to come back

.. Former Indiana GOP Sen. Dan Coats is running to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh.

.. Former New Hampshire GOP Sen. Bob Smith, who lost his primary in 2002, moved to Florida to take a crack at running for the U.S. Senate there. The result? He lost in the primary.

You've head of Javert and Jean Valjean?

The award for best ongoing House grudge match goes to former Republican Rep. Mike Sodrel and Democratic Rep. Baron Hill, both of Indiana.

Sodrel first ran against Hill in 2002, when Hill was a sophomore member. Hill beat back that challenge, but then Sodrel was back two years later in 2004. He ousted Hill that year by a razor-thin margin. Not to be outdone, Hill then challenged the incumbent Sodrel in 2006 and won. In 2008, Sodrel was back at it again, but he lost by 20 points.

For those keeping score, that's four head-to-head matchups in four elections. The score so far: Hill 3, Sodrel 1. But just when you thought it was safe to go back to Indiana's 9th District, Sodrel filed to run against Hill a fifth time. But this time, he failed to win the primary. That means that 2010 will mark the first time in 10 years that Baron Hill has run against someone other than Mike Sodrel in the general election. Stay tuned ...

Reality show stars

.. Former "Apprentice" contestant Surya Yalamanchili, a Democrat, is challenging Republican Rep. Jean Schmidt in Ohio.

.. In 2006, fired "Apprentice: Season 2" hopeful Raj Peter Bhakta, a Republican, ran unsuccessfully against Democratic Rep. Allyson Schwartz in Pennsylvania.

.. Former "Real World" star and lumberjack athlete/Republican Sean Duffy is running to replace retiring Democratic Rep. David Obey in Wisconsin.

.. Former "Real World" star Kevin Powell, a Democrat, tried unsuccessfully to defeat Democratic Rep. Edolphus Towns in New York's September primary.


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  1. stufthis

    In an earlier post, 'jules . . ." wrote of the importance of Floridians electing a republican governor. We have survived Jeb Bush and Charlie Crist, who brought to us an employment meltdown and a housing mess. With our high unemployment, I really doubt that the criminal who bilked medicare of billions, will save us. Republicans are not much into helping main street.

    November 1, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  2. diridi

    don't you ever worry about all this...just vote Dems....that's it...these facts are not truths...you and I know, what caused this mess in the nation....1. Reagan's Trickle Down Economic policies, 2. Bush's Iraq War....and GOP's Greed for Oil....that's it...they shipped jobs...overseas....now things are turning around....we passed Health Care, Fin. Reg. Reform, ESCHIP, etc....If GOP thugs elected they Abolish Social Security....you know, Sarah Palin does not have brain, no thinking capacity...nothing, she is a junk in Alaska...that's it...An Educated tells to the Americans....true, true, true...you can read truth...for 10000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000times....God bless, rest your karma....that's it...no color while voting....we are democratic.....just learn, know...God bless our nation, the USA!!!!!AMEN!!!

    November 1, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  3. TOTAL FACTS

    WAKE UP WHITE AMERICA. I don't care what political affiliation you call yourselves. But it is high time that you woke up to the fact of the flapping li[s of theAfrican Americans continual attacks on white people especially a person like Sarah Palin. In no way should she be subjected to this onslaught whether you are for her or against her. Take these insults as a matter of fact aimed at you because your white. There is not anyuone in American any more racist than these heathern African Americans. They don't even have sense to realize that they've gone too far. It is time for them to shut up. They have an illegal sitting in the Oval Office and I for one am going to do everything I can to get him out. peacefully of course. but if it comes down to a knock down and drag out you Obamanites need to understand that you have woke up a sleeping giant in yourinsults to white America. NowAmerica it is time to stand up, be patriotic, be proud of being American. REMEMBER THAT YOU HAVE NEVER DONE ANYTHING TO THESE CRAP MOUTHS. AND IF THEY DON'T LEARN TO SHUT UP LEAVE PALIN ALON THEN STAND TO TO GET THEIR FACES SLAPPED. THERE WAS NO BLASPHEMING OUT OF THE CAUCASIONS WHEN OBAMA RAN. HE WAS SHOWN RESPECT AND MANY A WHITE VOTED FOR HIM. BUT LET ME TELL YOU RIGHT NOW THERE WILL NOT BE THAT MANY WHITES TO DO IT AGAIN. THE LAST TIME I COUNTED YOU AND THE ILLEGALS ARE STILL THE MINORITY AS YOU WILL SEE TOMORROW. READ IT AND START WEEPING. YOUR CHANCE CAME AND YOU HAVE BLOWN IT.

    November 1, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  4. Marie MD

    Anyone who votes rethug or teabagger is voting for the next nazi group that wants to control the world by infringing on our first amendment rights our civil rights and just rights as human beings.
    @total facts – make sure you take your meds tonight. Anyone who thinks the half term is worth defending is just as racist, clueless and braindead as she is.
    Your little teabagging group are the ones who have a problem with a black president. AS LONG AS THE MEDIA CONTINUES TO THINK THAT 90% OF THE POPULATION IN THE UNITED STATES (AND MOST OF THE WORLD) IS REMOTELY INTERESTED IN THAT AK BIMBO I WILL NOT SHUT UP ABOUT HER AND HER TRASHY FAMILY AND HER (SINCE SHE CALLED REPORTERS BASTARDS YESTERDAY) HER BASTARD OF A GRANDCHILD. SHE IS TOO STUPID TO NOT CONTINUE TO FALL INTO HER OWN TRAP FROM THAT CRAPPY MOUTH OF HERS!

    November 1, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |