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Several Former Professional Athletes Represented on US Election Night


Wife Loretta Runyan, second left, and their son Jon Runyan Jr., left, look on as Republican Jon Runyan gestures while celebrating at his victory party after being elected for New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District, 02 Nov 2010

Wife Loretta Runyan, second left, and their son Jon Runyan Jr., left, look on as Republican Jon Runyan gestures while celebrating at his victory party after being elected for New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District, 02 Nov 2010

Two former U.S. National Football League (NFL) players head a number of notable former professional athletes who ran for office during Tuesday's elections in the United States.

Republican Jon Runyan, a former offensive lineman for the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles, won a seat in the House of Representatives in New Jersey's 3rd District.

Former Washington Redskins quarterback Heath Shuler earned re-election to the House of Representatives from North Carolina in an important victory for the Democrats.

Republican Chris Dudley, a former National Basketball Association (NBA) center, is in a tight race with Democrat John Kitzhaber for Governor of Oregon that has yet to be decided (as of 3 p.m. Wednesday).

Shawn Bradley, a center for the NBA's Dallas Mavericks for nine years, fell short in a Republican bid for a seat in the Utah state legislature. Joining him on the losing side was Republican and former NFL wide receiver Damon Dunn, who was running for California's Secretary of State.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.

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