Former Federal Communications Commission member Gloria Tristani, a Democrat
appointed by President Clinton, easily won her U.S. Senate primary Tuesday night
in New Mexico, earning the right to challenge incumbent Republican Sen. Pete
Domenici in the fall.
Elsewhere, former U.S. Sen. Larry Pressler, a South Dakota Republican, failed
in his attempt to return to Congress.
Pressler sought the GOP nomination for the state's lone House seat, but
Tuesday's five-way primary was won by incumbent Gov. William Janklow with 55
percent of the vote. Pressler finished second with 27 percent.
Tristani, who left the FCC last Sept. 7, faced one opponent in her primary --
Santa Fe lawyer Francesca Lobato -- and rode to victory with nearly 80 percent
of the vote. Domenici captured his primary in an unopposed contest.
In 1996, Pressler was a key player in passing the Telecommunications Act as
chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee. But in the fall, he lost his seat to
Democrat Tim Johnson.
Pressler served in the House for four years in the 1970s before winning his
Senate seat. Had his comeback been a success, Pressler would have become only
the second senator in U.S. history to return to the House after serving the
Sen. Claude Pepper (D-Fla.) lost his seat in 1950 but won election to the
House in 1962, where he served until his death in 1989 at age