2006 United States Senate election in Texas

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2006 United States Senate election in Texas
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Nominee Kay Bailey Hutchison Barbara Ann Radnofsky
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote2,661,7891,555,202
Percentage61.7%36.0%

2006 United States Senate election in Texas results map by county.svg
County results
Hutchinson:     40–50%     50–60%     60–70%     70–80%     80–90%     90–100%
Radnofsky:     50–60%     60–70%     70–80%

U.S. senator before election

Kay Bailey Hutchison
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

Kay Bailey Hutchison
Republican

The 2006 United States Senate election in Texas was held November 7, 2006. Incumbent Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison won re-election to a third full term.

Contents

Major candidates

Democratic

Republican

General election

Campaign

The Democratic nominee had never run for public office and was expected to face an uphill battle in the general election, especially in a state that has not elected a Democrat statewide since 1994 and against a historically popular Hutchison. Since neither Radnofsky nor her main opponent, Gene Kelly, had received a majority of votes in the Democratic primary, a runoff was held April 11, 2006, which Radnofsky won. Radnofsky's campaign platform is available on her website. [1] Scott Lanier Jameson won the Libertarian Party nomination at the party's state convention on June 10, 2006, defeating Timothy Wade and Ray Salinas. Arthur W. Loux, a Roman Forest City Councilman and a member of the Minutemen, was running as an independent.

Hutchison co-sponsored legislation supporting the creation of a constitutional amendment that would limit terms for senators,[ citation needed ] but had been quoted saying that she would only leave after two terms if such a law applied to all senators.[ citation needed ] After deciding not to challenge Governor Rick Perry this year, as had been widely speculated,[ citation needed ] Hutchison was running for a third term.

She had no opposition in the 2006 Republican primary, and had approval ratings in the 60 percent range going into the election, [2] although they had been slipping rapidly.

Debates

Predictions

SourceRankingAs of
The Cook Political Report [3] Solid RNovember 6, 2006
Sabato's Crystal Ball [4] Safe RNovember 6, 2006
Rothenberg Political Report [5] Safe RNovember 6, 2006
Real Clear Politics [6] Safe RNovember 6, 2006

Polling

SourceDateHutchison (R)Radnofsky (D)
Polimetrix November 5, 200665%29%
Zogby October 25, 200661%27%
Rasmussen October 23, 200660%34%
Rasmussen August 31, 200658%32%
Rasmussen August 3, 200661%31%
Rasmussen July 13, 200658%31%
Rasmussen May 18, 200653%34%
Rasmussen January 8, 200664%25%

Results

United States Senate election in Texas, 2006 [7]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison (incumbent) 2,661,789 61.69 -4.65
Democratic Barbara Ann Radnofsky 1,555,20236.04+3.69
Libertarian Scott Jameson97,6722.26+1.10
Majority1,106,58725.7
Turnout 4,314,663
Republican hold Swing

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References

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  2. "2006 Senate Race Ratings for November 6, 2006" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 5, 2008. Retrieved September 30, 2021.
  3. "Election Eve 2006: THE FINAL PREDICTIONS". Sabato's Crystal Ball. Retrieved June 25, 2021.
  4. "2006 Senate Ratings". Senate Ratings. The Rothenberg Political Report. Retrieved June 25, 2021.
  5. "Election 2006". Real Clear Politics. Retrieved June 25, 2021.
  6. "2006 General Election". Texas Secretary of State. November 7, 2006.
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