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Lieberman wins Senate race

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Joseph Lieberman  

(CNN) -- Democrat vice presidential candidate Joe Lieberman is guaranteed a job no matter what the outcome of the very unusual and still undetermined race for the White House.

Lieberman won his third Senate term by beating out his Republican challenger, Waterbury, Connecticut, Mayor Phillip Giordano.

Connecticut law allowed Lieberman to run for vice president and senator at the same time. Similar dual races were previously run by Lyndon B. Johnson in 1960 and Lloyd Bentsen in 1988.

Few Republicans thought Waterbury Mayor Philip Giordano stood a chance of defeating Democrat Lieberman -- because the incumbent was highly regarded and because the GOP has not won a Senate race in Connecticut since 1982.

The native-born Lieberman won his first election in 1970 when he was elected to the state Senate, and spent six years as majority leader.

He served there until 1980 when he lost a bid for Congress during the first Reagan landslide. In 1982 when he was elected to the state attorney general post; he was reelected in 1986.

In 1988, Lieberman challenged three-term GOP U.S. Sen. Lowell Weicker, whom he defeated in a close race with conservative support. He was easily reelected in 1994.

If the Gore/Lieberman ticket wins, it falls to Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland to appoint a replacement to fill the Senate seat until a special election is held in 2002.

Rowland announced in an interview Tuesday that Rep. Nancy Johnson, R-Connecticut, is his top choice.

Johnson, a former teacher, served six years in the Connecticut Senate before winning a Congressional seat in 1982.



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