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Dianne Feinstein won a special election in 1992 to fill the seat of Governor Pete Wilson.
She faced wealthy Republican Congressman Michael Huffington in her race for a full term.
Huffington was called a hypocrite for supporting Proposition 187 and then breaking the law for employing illegal aliens, a story which came out in the race's final days.
A grand total of million was spent in the election.
Romney also performed inadequately in the debates between the two candidates, and made a number of poorly received statements that reduced his standing in the polls.
Longtime Congresswoman Olympia Snowe gained the seat in a landslide victory over Democratic Congressman Thomas Andrews, a stark contrast to retiring Senator Mitchell's landslide win six years prior. Romney defeated his closest competitor, John Lakian, to win the Republican primary with over 80% of the vote.
Democratic incumbent Paul Sarbanes won a third term by soundly defeating Republican Bill Brock, a former U. Senator from Tennessee (1971–77), RNC chairman (1977-81), U. He campaigned as a political moderate and Washington outsider, and posed the greatest challenge ever made against Kennedy for the Senate seat since he first took office in 1962.
In their first televised debate, held at Faneuil Hall on October 25, Kennedy came out charging with his aging but still booming voice; regarding the Ampad deal, he said to Romney, "I don't know why you wouldn't meet with the strikers with that flimflam deal of yours out there in Indiana." Romney charged that Kennedy had benefited from a real-estate deal that had been done on a no-bid basis, but Kennedy responded with a rehearsed line: "Mr.
Romney, the Kennedys are not in public service to make money.