United States Senate election in Arizona, 2006

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United States Senate election in Arizona, 2006
Arizona
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November 7, 2006
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  Jon Kyl, official 109th Congress photo.jpg No image.svg Richard Mack by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Nominee Jon Kyl Jim Pederson Richard Mack
Party Republican Democratic Libertarian
Popular vote 814,398 664,141 48,231
Percentage 53.3% 43.5% 3.1%

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County results

U.S. Senator before election

Jon Kyl
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

Jon Kyl
Republican

The 2006 United States Senate election in Arizona was held on November 7, 2006. The primary elections were held on September 12. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Jon Kyl won re-election to a third term.

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Jim Pederson, real estate developer and former Chairman of State Democratic Party (2001–2005)

Results[edit]

Democratic Primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jim Pederson 214,455 100.00%
Totals 214,455 100.00%

Libertarian primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Libertarian primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Libertarian Richard Mack 3,311 100.00%
Totals 3,311 100.00%

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Jon Kyl, incumbent U.S. Senator (1995-Current)

Results[edit]

Republican Primary results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jon Kyl (inc.) 297,636 99.5%
Republican Write-ins 155 0.05%
Totals 297,791 100.00%

General election[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Campaign[edit]

The incumbent, Republican Jon Kyl, was elected to the Senate in 1994 and was re-elected to a second term in 2000; prior to that he spent eight years in the US House of Representatives. Kyl's Democratic opponent for the general election is wealthy real-estate developer Jim Pederson, who served as the Arizona Democratic Party Chairman from 2001 to 2005. During his tenure, Pederson spent millions of dollars of his own money to help Democrats modernize and to elect former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano. The deadline for signing petition signatures to appear on the September 12, 2006 primary ballot was June 14, 2006[citation needed].

Not long after the 2004 election, Pederson's name began being mentioned as a potential Senate candidate for the 2006 race. On July 28, 2005, Pederson formally stepped down as Chair of the Arizona Democratic Party, further fueling those speculations. In early September 2005, an e-mail was sent from the Arizona Democratic Party's website, inviting people to an announcement by Pederson on September 7. In an anticlimactic move, an e-mail was sent out shortly after the first saying that the announcement would be postponed due to Hurricane Katrina. It was requested that any money that would be donated to Pederson's campaign at the announcement be directed to relief efforts instead. Similarly, a meeting in Arizona of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) was scheduled for around the same time. It was also postponed and the same request was made involving donations. On September 7, 2005, Pederson filed to run for US Senate. On September 14, 2005, Pederson formally announced his intention to run, in his hometown of Casa Grande, Arizona.

Although Kyl started the campaign with a sizable lead in most polls, the gap quickly narrowed, especially after Pederson released his array of ads.

Debates[edit]

They agreed to three debates.[4]

Fundraising[edit]

The race might be one of the most expensive in Arizona history. As of May 7, 2006, Kyl's campaign had raised over $9 million, primarily from private donations from Oil and Energy companies and large fundraising dinners. Pederson's campaign had raised over $5 million, primarily through a dinner event with former President Clinton and a $2 million donation from Pederson.[5]

Polling[edit]

Source Date Kyl (R) Pederson (D) Mack (L)
Mason-Dixon/MSNBC-McClatchy November 5, 2006 49% 41% 3%
SurveyUSA November 3, 2006 53% 40% 4%
Zimmerman/Marketing Intelligence October 25–30, 2006 46% 41% 4%
Arizona State University/KAET-TV October 24, 2006 47% 41% 3%
Zogby/WSJ October 19, 2006 50% 44%
Rasmussen October 19, 2006 51% 42%
SurveyUSA October 17, 2006 48% 43% 4%
Northern Arizona University October 17, 2006 49% 33% 2%
Behavior Research Center October 4, 2006 40% 34%
Zogby/WSJ September 28, 2006 51% 44%
Arizona State University/KAET-TV September 26, 2006 49% 38% 2%
SurveyUSA September 19, 2006 48% 43% 2%
Rasmussen September 18, 2006 50% 39%
Zogby/WSJ September 11, 2006 50% 44%
Harstad Strategic Research (D) September 7, 2006 47% 41%
Rasmussen August 31, 2006 52% 35%
Arizona State University/KAET-TV August 29, 2006 46% 36%
Zogby/WSJ August 28, 2006 48% 44%
Rasmussen August 2, 2006 53% 34%
Behavior Research Center July 26, 2006 45% 27%
Zogby/WSJ July 24, 2006 50% 40%
SurveyUSA July 17, 2006 52% 40%
Zogby/WSJ June 21, 2006 48% 42%
Arizona State University/KAET-TV June 20, 2006 43% 29%
Rasmussen June 11, 2006 52% 35%
Behavior Research Center May 18, 2006 40% 33%
SurveyUSA May 8, 2006 52% 37%
Rasmussen April 30, 2006 51% 35%
Arizona State University/KAET-TV April 20–23, 2006 42% 31%
Rasmussen April 4, 2006 56% 33%
Zogby/WSJ March 30, 2006 47% 42%
SurveyUSA February 27, 2006 57% 33%
Behavior Research Center January 22, 2006 55% 26%
Rasmussen December 26, 2005 50% 30%
Arizona State University October 28, 2005 50% 28%

Results[edit]

United States Senate election in Arizona, 2006[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Jon Kyl (inc.) 814,398 53.34% -25.98%
Democratic Jim Pederson 664,141 43.50% +43.50
Libertarian Richard Mack 48,231 3.16% -1.90%
Write-ins 13 0.00%
Majority 150,257 9.84% 61.66%
Turnout 1,526,782
Republican hold Swing

References[edit]