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(CNN) -- Along with the battle for control of Congress, the 2006 midterm election also features some odd connections and quirky tidbits of trivia. Check out a few of the lesser-known facts from the November 7 races.

Luckily The Donald doesn't vote in Pennsylvania

Fired by Donald Trump in "Apprentice: Season 2," Raj Peter Bhakta is running as a Republican for Congress against Rep. Allyson Schwartz in Pennsylvania's 13th district.

Incumbent governors who have appeared on 'The Dating Game'

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm

Foreign-born governors who can't become president

Schwarzenegger (born in Austria) and Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (born in Canada)

Foreign-born governors who become president in a fictional movie after Article II, Section I of the Constitution is amended

Schwarzenegger in the movie "Demolition Man;" (Sandra Bullock's character explains this fact to Sylvester Stallone's John Spartan in the film.)

Texas gubernatorial candidate endorsed by both Willie Nelson and Jesse Ventura

Singer and humorist Kinky Friedman (running as Independent)

U.S. Senate candidates who have boxed Oliver North

Jim Webb, a Democrat running in Virginia, boxed North in 1967 when they were both at the Naval Academy. North won in a decision.

Hoosier grudge match

Rep. Mike Sodrel, a Republican, and former Rep. Baron Hill, a Democrat, are facing off against each other again in Indiana's 9th District. This is the third consecutive campaign cycle that the two have run against each other for the same seat. The score so far: Hill 1, Sodrel 1.

House candidates who will start work immediately

The winners of vacant House seats in Florida's 16th, New Jersey's 13th and Texas' 22nd districts will be sworn into office shortly after Election Day in November, rather than being sworn in in January. These candidates are elected to serve not only in the next Congress, but also to fill the vacancy in the current Congress.

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  • Gubernatorial Republican candidate Lynn Swann in Pennsylvania is the former star wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • Democratic candidate Heath Shuler, running for North Carolina's 11th District, is a former NFL quarterback who played for the Washington Redskins, New Orleans Saints and Oakland Raiders.
  • Nebraska's Republican Rep. Tom Osborne, who lost his state's GOP gubernatorial primary this year, is the former head coach of the University of Nebraska football team and a former NFL player with the Washington Redskins and the San Francisco 49ers.
  • Wisconsin Secretary of State candidate Sandy Sullivan, a Republican, wrote a tell-all book in 2004 titled "Green Bay Love Stories and Other Affairs" detailing her sexual exploits with members of the 1960s-era Green Bay Packers.
  • Clintonian candidates

  • Democratic Sen. Hillary Clinton from New York is, of course, Bill Clinton's wife. She is seeking her second U.S. Senate term.
  • New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is running for a second term as governor. He was Clinton's energy secretary from 1998 to 2000 and was a U.N. ambassador before that.
  • Formerly a Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary under Clinton, Andrew Cuomo is running for New York attorney general.
  • Rep. Rahm Emanuel of Illinois' 5th District, who served as senior White House adviser to Clinton, is seeking his third term in the U.S. House.
  • Former senators and House members running again

  • Former Republican Sen. Rod Grams is running for a House seat in Minnesota.
  • Former Democratic Rep. Baron Hill is running for his old job representing Indiana's 9th District against the man who defeated him in 2004, Republican Rep. Mike Sodrel.
  • Former Republican Rep. Mac Collins is running against Democratic Rep. Jim Marshall in Georgia's 8th District.
  • In Georgia's 12th District, former Rep. Max Burns, a Republican, is running against Democratic Rep. John Barrow.
  • Kentucky's 4th District race is between former Democratic Rep. Ken Lucas and Rep. Geoff Davis.
  • Former Democratic Rep. Nick Lampson is running for former Republican Rep. Tom DeLay's old seat in Texas' 22nd District.
  • Former Democratic Rep. Ciro Rodriguez is one of many candidates running in Texas' 23rd District race against Republican Rep. Henry Bonilla.

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