Maine gubernatorial election, 2006

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

  John Baldacci - 107th United States Congress.jpg
Nominee John Baldacci Chandler Woodcock
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 209,927 166,425
Percentage 38.11% 30.21%

 
Nominee Barbara Merrill Pat LaMarche
Party Independent Green
Popular vote 118,715 52,690
Percentage 21.55% 9.56%

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County Results

Governor before election

John Baldacci
Democratic

Elected Governor

John Baldacci
Democratic

The Maine gubernatorial election of 2006 took place on November 7, 2006. Incumbent Democrat John Baldacci was re-elected to his second term.

In the general election, Baldacci, Woodcock, Green Independent Party candidate Pat LaMarche, and independents Barbara Merrill and Phillip Morris Napier appeared on the ballot.

Woodcock never gained trust among the state's moderates and independents due to his socially conservative positions on a variety of issues[citation needed]. Woodcock struggled to focus on his plans for taxes and the economy such as combining the positions of registered nurse and dental hygienist[citation needed], and imposing punitive "tax flourishes" upon small business owners, which Republicans believed would resonate harder with voters[citation needed].

Baldacci, Merrill and LaMarche stressed economic development strategies rather than cutting taxes[citation needed]. Baldacci toasted the state's new and successful community college system, as well as DirigoChoice, his health care initiative[citation needed]. Merrill called for a rail link to Canada's Montreal which would be paid for by hosting slot machines on the trains which traveled on these rails[citation needed]. LaMarche boasted of universal health care as a long-term boon to the Maine economy.[1]

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Baldacci (inc.) 40,314 75.81%
Democratic Christopher Miller 12,861 24.19%
Totals 53,175 100.00%

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Chandler Woodcock 27,025 38.58%
Republican Peter Mills 24,631 35.17%
Republican Dave Emery 18,388 26.25%
Totals 70,044 100.00%

Green Independent Party[edit]

Independents[edit]

General election[edit]

Polling[edit]

Source Date Baldacci (D) Woodcock (R) LaMarche (G) Merrill (I) NaPier (I)
WSCH/Voice of the Voter November 5, 2006 36% 30% 11% 22% 1%
Sun Journal October, 2006 42% 25% 11% 11% --
Survey USA October 23, 2006 42% 34% 9% 12%
Rasmussen October 19, 2006 46% 38%
Rasmussen September 22, 2006 44% 39%
WCSH/Voice of the Voter September 14, 2006 42% 41%
Rasmussen August 22, 2006 43% 42%
Rasmussen August 2, 2006 43% 37%
Strategic Marketing Services August 1, 2006 42% 24%
Survey USA July 11, 2006 41% 43%
Rasmussen June 22, 2006 45% 43%
Rasmussen May 7, 2006 46% 33%
Rasmussen April 7, 2006 43% 36%
Rasmussen March 6, 2006 40% 35%
Rasmussen February 6, 2006 30% 36%

Results[edit]

Maine gubernatorial election, 2006[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic John Baldacci (inc.) 209,927 38.11% -9.04%
Republican Chandler Woodcock 166,425 30.21% -11.26%
Independent Barbara Merrill 118,715 21.55%
Green Pat LaMarche 52,690 9.56% +0.28%
Independent Phillip Morris Napier 3,108 0.56%
Majority 43,502 7.90% +2.22%
Turnout 550,865
Democratic hold Swing

References[edit]

See also[edit]