Chart: My favorite races of 2010

Every election contains a few great stories. Here are some of the best ones from 2010:

2010 Races to Remember

RACE

CANDIDATES

WILD STORY

RESULT

Rhode Island Gov

Frank Caprio, D vs. Lincoln Chafee, I vs. John Robitaille, R

President Obama refused to endorse Caprio, who responded by telling the Commander in Chief that he could “take his endorsement and shove it.”

Obama’s personal friend, former Sen. Lincoln Chafee, won. Caprio finished third.

Tennessee-4:

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Rep. Lincoln Davis, D vs. Scott DesJarlais, R

Davis ran one of the most scathing negative ads of the cycle, accusing his opponent of holding a gun to his own head for hours while threatening his ex-wife.

The ad backfired horribly on Davis, and DesJarlais crushed him on Tuesday.

Florida-8

Rep. Alan Grayson, D vs. Dan Webster, R

Grayson ran an ad mocking Webster's evangelical Christianity and calling him “Taliban Dan.”

Voters gave “Taliban Dan” a 19-point victory.

Idaho-1

Rep. Walt Minnick, D vs. Raul Labrador, R

Democrat Minnick ran a scorched-earth anti-immigration campaign against Labrador, trotting out law enforcement endorsements. But among the endorsers was a U.S. Marshall who had been involved in the 1992 Ruby Ridge massacre.

Labrador won by ten points despite failing to raise much money. He will be Idaho’s first-ever Puerto Rican congressman.

Minnesota-8

Rep. James Oberstar, D vs. Chip Cravaack, R

Oberstar controlled the House Transportation committee, but he failed to shore up his Duluth-based district. For example, only one of his constituents had given him money.

Cravaack’s victory might have been the biggest shock of the night.

North Carolina-2

Rep. Bob Etheridge, D vs. Renee Ellmers

Etheridge was caught on tape manhandling a student who had asked him a cheeky question.

The state’s other endangered House incumbents survived – surprisingly – but the voters manhandled Etheridge.

Louisiana Senate

Sen. David Vitter, R vs. Charlie Melancon, D

Vitter, a family-values conservative, was caught frequenting prostitutes in the same dragnet that caught Eliot Spitzer. Melancon even paid to air a long infomercial reminding voters of the fact.

Vitter won by only 20 points. Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Arizona-7

Rep. Raul Grijalva, D vs. Ruth McClung, R

Grijalva called for a boycott of his own state after its controversial immigration law passed.

He nearly lost his safe seat. But with unemployment at 30% in Yuma, people had lots of time to go out and vote for him. So it looks like the boycott worked.

Maine Gov

Paul LePage, R vs. Eliot Cutler, I, vs. Libby Mitchell, D

The conservative LePage promised he would tell President Obama to “go to hell.”

The voters delivered the message for him instead, electing LePage and flipping the state House and Senate to the GOP. Oh, yeah, and Mitchell finished third.

New York-13

Rep. Mike McMahon, D vs. Mike Grimm, R

When the two candidates debated, McMahon tried to unnerve his opponent by inviting Grimm's ex-wife to sit in the front row.

McMahon is now Grimm's ex-congressman.

Texas-17

Rep. Solomon Ortiz, D vs. Blake Farenthold

Ortiz was accused late in the campaign of earmarking funds for the security company he had helped found.

Despite chairing the Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, Ortiz wasn’t “ready” for Farenthold, who defeated him by 799 votes.

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