The candidate who was the winner of the general election is listed first in the entry for each state and district (where applicable). After that, the candidates are arranged by party affiliation.
Incumbent candidates facing re-election in 2002 are designated with an (I) to the left of the candidate’s name. The lack of an (I) in a particular Senate race or U.S. House district indicates an open seat race.
Because of redistricting, the Congressional District number of the Incumbent may be different when compared to 2000 election data.
Because of redistricting, more than one incumbent may be listed in a single Congressional District.
The party affiliation of the candidate is as listed on the ballot and has been abbreviated. A complete listing of party abbreviations appears at the end of this publication.
Total for write-in votes are shown as disclosed by the state. Some states list the names of candidates who received write-in votes, while others provide a write-in vote total without the names of the candidates who received the votes. Still other states combine these two variations and provide the names of some candidates who received write-in votes and a total of write-in votes for all the other candidates.
In some states, there were unopposed candidates whose names did not appear on a ballot and therefore received no votes.
“ Total Votes,” “Total State Votes,” “Party Votes,” and “District Votes” represent all the valid votes cast for the candidates in the election. State totals (and the totals for the territories and the District of Columbia) are found in the summary charts and at the end of each state/territory section.
“Combined Parties” represents all the valid votes cast for one candidate, regardless of party. (This method is used where a candidate may be listed on the ballot more than once, with different party designations; i.e., in Connecticut, New York and South Carolina.) These votes are then broken down and listed by party. The party votes are enclosed by brackets [ ].
The percentage of votes received by each general election candidate is based on the figure of total votes. The percentage of votes received by each candidate in a primary or runoff election is based on the figure of total votes cast in that specific primary or runoff election.
Due to the rounding of percentage numbers, some percentages may not total 100%.
Notes on Charts
* Runoff election vote totals have been included with the primary election totals. (For the U.S. Senate, runoff elections were held in Alabama, Oklahoma and Texas. For the U.S. House of Representatives, runoff elections were held in Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Texas.) For Louisiana, runoff election vote totals have been included with the general election totals.
The following three situations account for blank spaces in the charts and should be considered when making comparisons or drawing conclusions about the vote totals.
* In some states, i.e., Connecticut, Utah and Virginia, political parties may nominate general election candidates by party convention, rather than by primary election.
* In some states, there were unopposed candidates whose names did not appear on a ballot and therefore received no votes.
* 33 states had regularly scheduled U.S. Senate elections in 2002, and Missouri had a special U.S. Senate election to fill an unexpired term.
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