Iowa gubernatorial election, 2006

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Iowa gubernatorial election, 2006
Iowa
2002 ←
November 7, 2006
→ 2010

  Chet Culver speaking.jpg Jim Nussle small.jpg
Nominee Chet Culver Jim Nussle
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 565,199 465,451
Percentage 54.02% 44.38%

2006 Iowa governor election results.png

County Results

Governor before election

Tom Vilsack
Democratic

Elected Governor

Chet Culver
Democratic

The Iowa gubernatorial election of 2006 took place November 7, 2006. The incumbent governor, Tom Vilsack, a Democrat, had served two terms and decided not to seek a third term. In the election, Culver defeated Nussle to win the governorship, by a margin of 54.4 percent to 44.1 percent.[1] Culver's upcoming four-year term marks the third consecutive term that Democrats have controlled the office.

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Chet Culver 58,131 39.08%
Democratic Mike Blouin 50,728 34.10%
Democratic Ed Fallon 38,253 25.72%
Democratic Sal Mohamed 1,545 1.04%
Democratic Write-ins 94 0.06%
Totals 148,751 100%

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Nussle 73,975 100.00%
Totals 73,975 100.00%

Independents[edit]

Green[edit]

  • Wendy Barth, Peace activist and software engineer from Cedar Rapids

Libertarian[edit]

  • Kevin Litten, Pharmacist from Cedar Rapids

General election[edit]

The Democratic nominee, Iowa Secretary of State Chet Culver, selected Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Patty Judge as his running mate. Judge had previously run for the Democratic nomination for Governor before dropping out to run for Lieutenant Governor. The Republican nominee, U.S. Congressman Jim Nussle, selected Sioux City businessman Bob Vander Plaats as his running mate. Vander Plaats, like Judge, had previously run for his party's nomination before dropping out to run for Lieutenant Governor.

Polling[edit]

Source Date Culver (D) Nussle (R)
Des Moines Register November 3, 2006 52% 43%
Rasmussen October 27, 2006 49% 45%
Research 2000 October 17, 2006 49% 44%
Des Moines Register October 14, 2006 46% 39%
Rasmussen October 5, 2006 42% 42%
Des Moines Register September 17, 2006 44% 44%
Research 2000 September 14, 2006 48% 43%
Zogby/WSJ September 11, 2006 43.2% 45.6%
Rasmussen September 1, 2006 42% 40%
Zogby/WSJ August 28, 2006 47.7% 44.8%
Rasmussen August 3, 2006 41% 38%
Zogby/WSJ July 24, 2006 44.8% 47.1%
Zogby/WSJ June 21, 2006 45.7% 47.0%
Research 2000 May 22–24, 2006 49% 41%
Rasmussen May 2, 2006 46% 40%
Rasmussen April 5, 2006 40% 38%
Rasmussen February 15, 2006 41% 40%
Rasmussen January 12, 2006 40% 40%
Rasmussen November 28, 2005 41% 38%

Results[edit]

Iowa gubernatorial election, 2006[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Chet Culver 569,021 54.02% +1.34%
Republican Jim Nussle 467,425 44.38% -0.13%
Green Wendy Barth 7,850 0.75% -0.68%
Libertarian Kevin Litten 5,735 0.54% -0.73%
Socialist Workers Mary Martin 1,974 0.19%
Write-ins 1,250 0.12%
Majority 101,596 9.65% +1.47%
Turnout 1,053,255
Democratic hold Swing

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Iowa Secretary of State[edit]