Two candidates with family ties to the NFL went before voters on Tuesday, and the results were mixed.
Republican George Allen, the brother of Washington Redskins general manager Bruce Allen and the son of former Redskins coach George Allen, was turned back by Democrat Tim Kaine in his attempt to win a U.S. Senate seat in Virginia.
Republican Tom Rooney, a nephew of Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney, easily won re-election to his U.S. House seat from Florida.
Four ex-NFL players were on the ballots in other races: Jon Runyan, a lineman who spent most of his 14 NFL seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, held his New Jersey seat in Congress as a Republican; Clint Didier, once a star tight end for the Redskins, lost his race to become public lands commissioner in the state of Washington; Phil Hansen, a defensive end who played on three Super Bowl teams for the Bills, was in a tight race running as a Republican for the Minnesota Legislature; and Jimmy Farris, a former wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons and the Redskins, ran for a U.S. House seat in Idaho as a Democrat and lost.
In a U.S. House race in Ohio, former Arena Football League owner Jim Renacci, a Republican, was re-elected.
Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press