The last time a Kean won a statewide election on the first try? Never. Thomas Kean, the father of ’06 U.S. Senate candidate Tom Kean, Jr., lost the 1977 GOP gubernatorial primary before winning election in 1981. Hamilton Kean, great-grandfather of Kean Jr., lost a 1924 Republican primary for U.S. Senate (to incumbent Walter Edge) and then won a U.S. Senate seat in 1928. Hamilton Kean’s brother, John Kean, was the unsuccessful Republican candidate for Governor in 1892 and then won a U.S. Senate seat in 1899. Kean Jr.’s grandfather, Robert Kean, lost the 1958 U.S. Senate race to Democrat Harrison Williams and did not seek public office again.