After a scandalous end to her opponent’s
campaign, Sonia Chang-Diaz declared victory in the Second Suffolk
District tonight. Incumbent state Sen.  Dianne Wilkerson was forced to drop out of the race
following an arrest on federal bribery charges.

On a less surprising note, incumbent
Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry beat his Republican challenger to keep
his seat for a fifth term. Counterterrorism expert Jeff Beatty posed
little threat to the Democrat throughout the campaign
season.

In New Hampshire, a long and bitter battle
ended with Democrat Jeanne Shaheen defeating  incumbent John Sununu for a seat in the U.S.
Senate. Sununu’s loss, in addition to Republican Elizabeth Dole’s
defeat in North Carolina, has resulted in a significant expansion for
the Democrats in the Senate.

  Maria Chutchian