States were starting to release partial insurance commissioner vote totals at 11 p.m. EST Tuesday.[@@]

- Delaware: With 390 or 435 districts reporting, Matthew Denn, a Democrat, had 53% of the votes counted and David Ennis, a Republican, had 47%.

Denn helped write a patients’ bill of rights bill while serving as legal counsel to Gov. Ruth Ann Minner, a Democrat, from 2001 to 2003.

Ennis, a state representative, spent 14 years as chairman of the Delaware House Banking and Insurance Committee.

Delaware is posting election results at http://www.state.de.us/election/results/election.html

- North Carolina: Jim Long, the Democratic incumbent, had 55% of the votes counted, and C. Robert Brawley, a Republican, had 46%.

Long has served 5 terms as North Carolina’s insurance commissioner.

Brawley served for 18 years in the North Carolina House and has had many years of experience as an insurance agent.

North Carolina is posting election results at http://www.sboe.state.nc.us/enrs/currentelection/

- North Dakota: Jim Poolman, the Republican incumbent, had 62% of the vote counted, and Terry Barnes, a Democrat, had 38%, but only 90 of 607 precincts had reported their results.

Poolman won his first term as commissioner in 2000 and now is known as an active member of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, Kansas City, Mo.

Barnes owns an auto glass repair shop.

North Dakota is posting election results at http://web.apps.state.nd.us/sec/emspublic/gp/electionresultssearch.htm?cmd=Search&searchType=STATE&electionDate=11022004&showMap=N#

- Washington: At press time, Washington state had not released any election results. The candidates are the incumbent, Mike Kreidler, a Democrat; John Adams, a Republican who owns his own insurance brokerage firm; and Stephen Steele, a Libertarian who has managed software development for a large regional health insurance company.

Washington is posting its election results at http://www.secstate.wa.gov/elections/vote.aspx