In 2014, a political name isn’t necessarily enough

By Laurie Bennett

November 5, 2014 at 7:18am

The Republican wave carried over to presidential grandsons Tuesday night.

George P. Bush, grandson of former President George H.W. Bush and son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, won his race.

Jason Carter, grandson of President Jimmy Carter, lost his.

Bush was elected Texas land commissioner, which is a more powerful seat than it sounds. He also became the first member of the Bush family to win his first election.

Carter was defeated by Republican incumbent Nathan Deal in his bid to become Georgia governor.

Other outcomes of efforts to keep politics in the family:

  • Michelle Nunn, daughter of former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn, lost the Georgia U.S. Senate race, defeated by Republican David Perdue.
  • Democrat Gwen Graham, daughter of former U.S. Sen. and Florida Gov. Bob Graham, defeated Republican Rep. Steve Southerland in Florida’s 2nd Congressional District.
  • Republican Adam Laxalt, grandson of former U.S. senator and Nevada governor Paul D. Laxalt, won his bid to be Nevada attorney general. His opponent, incumbent Democrat Ross Miller, is the son of former Gov. Bob Miller.
  • In a critical contest for control of the U.S. Senate, Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Udall, son of former Morris K. Udall, lost his seat to Republican Cory Gardner.
  • Democratic incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu, daughter of former New Orleans Mayor Moon Landrieu, faces a runoff election with her Republican opponent, Rep. Bill Cassidy. Neither candidate captured at least 50 percent of the vote, as required by state law.
  • Ted Kennedy Jr., son of the former U.S. senator, won a seat in the Connecticut state Senate.
  • Bobby Shriver, son of Eunice Kennedy Shriver and nephew of President John F. Kennedy, lost his bid to become a Los Angeles County supervisor. He was defeated by Sheila Kuehl, a former California legislator who was an actress on the TV series “Dobie Gillis.”
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