Politics Is in Their Blood: Presidents' Relatives Run for Office across U.S

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Ballots around the country Tuesday bore the names of 10 relatives, by blood or marriage, of five U.S. presidents.

The kin of former President John F. Kennedy made up the largest campaign contingent, with five relatives - all Democrats - running in three states. Overall, they did resoundingly well at the polls.

In Massachusetts, Sen. Ted Kennedy, brother to President John Kennedy, and Rep. Joe Kennedy, nephew of Ted and John F., and son of former Sen. Robert Kennedy, won re-election. In the toughest race of his 32-year Senate career, Ted Kennedy handily beat Republican Mitt Romney, the son of former Michigan governor George Romney, by a nearly 2 to 1 margin. Joe Kennedy was unopposed.

In Rhode Island, state Rep. Patrick Kennedy, son of Ted and nephew of JFK and RFK, joined his cousin Joe in the U.S. House in an easy victoryo.

In Maryland, two Kennedys were contenders, with one winning and another not. Kntid

In Maryland, Mark Shriver, the 30-year-old nephew of JFK and Ted and cousin to Kathleen and Joe, won a seat in the state assembly from Montgomery County, in the suburbs of the capital. …