Nightly News | November 07, 2012
>>> chuck todd , for those of us who love the game and love politics, there are so many race -- results from last night. i thought i would let you free associate, especially the names people might know, who won and lost in some of the big and small races.
>> reporter: well, you know there was a house and senate, a married couple, connie mack the fourth, from florida, the son of a former senator, mary bono mack , the widow of sonnybono, he lost to bill nelson , and mary bono lost a very close race, mostly thanks to re-districting. so they go from being one of washington's power couples, to now looking for work. but ben chandler , a long-time democratic member of congress. in fact, if you look at all of these, if you were an older white male house democrat, and you were running in a reddish district, sometimes a rural district , you likely lost last night. ben chandler , from lexington, kentucky. he is the great-grandson of happy chandler , the baseball player. and joe kennedy the third, would be the fourth generation away from the original joe kennedy , i hope i have my numbers right on this one, but the grandson, i believe of rob -- bobby kennedy . and i have had another kennedy family member say to me, this will be joe kennedy the third will be the next kennedy in the united states senate . what is interesting about this, lots of speculation that john kerry could be the next secretary of state. you know what that would lead to? within six months we could have a special election in massachusetts for another u.s. senate .
>> interesting how that happens sometimes. we showed the screen, what is that about?
>> very quickly, i know you love this thing, the most expensive electoral vote , we thought we would let you know what it was between the parties. in the state of iowa , maybe more money spent in virginia, but per electoral votes , $12 million for the electoral votes . i think people should know that the virginia senate race cost almost $80 million, the massachusetts senate race, just over $70 million, a little perspective here, 12 years ago. bush and gore, when they ran for president both spent less than that just on their general election budgets, that was for president, this is what senate races cost now.
>> all right, chuck todd with the good, the bad and the ugly and some of the damage from last night. chuck, thanks, we'll be talking about this for a long