Matt Salmon

Women vie for governorships

WASHINGTON - While Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend fell short in her bid to become Maryland's first woman governor last night, woman gubernatorial candidates were battling to claim statehouses elsewhere throughout the country.

In a departure from past years when most women candidates for governor were long shots, women ran strong campaigns in all nine states where they ran, and were victorious in at least three races.

But many women's advocates, hoping for up to nine victories, were disappointed that 2002 didn't turn out to be the year of the woman governor.

As expected, Michigan's Democratic Attorney General Jennifer Granholm defeated Republican Lt. Gov. Dick...