United States Senate election in California, 2006

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United States Senate election in California, 2006
California
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  Dianne Feinstein, official Senate photo.jpg
Nominee Dianne Feinstein Richard Mountjoy
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 5,076,289 2,990,822
Percentage 59.43% 35.02%

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County results

U.S. Senator before election

Dianne Feinstein
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Dianne Feinstein
Democratic

The 2006 United States Senate election in California was held on November 7, 2006. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein won re-election to her third full term.

Background[edit]

Feinstein stood against Republican Dick Mountjoy, who had never held a statewide elected position, but had been a state senator for several years. Also running was Libertarian Michael Metti, Don Grundmann of the American Independent Party, Todd Chretien of the Green Party and Marsha Feinland of the Peace and Freedom Party.

Because California is a state that requires a large amount of money to wage a competitive statewide campaign, it is not unusual - as was the case for this race - for a popular incumbent to have no significant opponent. Several prominent Republicans, such as Bill Jones, Matt Fong, and others, declined to run, and a previous announced challenger, businessman Bill Mundell, withdrew his declaration after determining he would not be a self-funded candidate (like Michael Huffington was in the 1994 election).

Candidates[edit]

Democratic Party[edit]

Lost in primary

  • Martin Luther Church - retired program manager
  • Colleen Fernald - mother, artist, entrepreneur

Republican Party[edit]

American Independent Party[edit]

Green Party[edit]

Lost in primary

  • Tian Harter - green activist and a 1992 Congressional nominee
  • Kent Mesplay - environmental activist, air quality inspector, and 2004 candidate for Presidential nomination

Libertarian Party[edit]

  • Michael Metti - businessman and frequent candidate

Peace and Freedom Party[edit]

Primary results[edit]

Link to primary results

Democratic[edit]

2006 United States Senate Democratic primary, California
Candidate Votes Percentage
Dianne Feinstein 2,176,888 86.95%
Colleen Fernald 199,180 7.96%
Martin Luther Church 127,301 5.09%
Total votes 2,503,369 100.00%

Green[edit]

2006 United States Senate Green primary, California
Candidate Votes Percentage
Todd Chretien 12,821 46.14%
Tian Harter 10,318 37.13%
Kent Mesplay 4,649 16.73%
Total votes 27,788 100.00%

Others[edit]

2006 United States Senate primary, California (Others)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dick Mountjoy 1,560,472 100.00%
American Independent Don J. Grundmann 30,787 100.00%
Libertarian Michael S. Metti 16,742 100.00%
Peace and Freedom Marsha Feinland 4,109 100.00%

General election[edit]

Controversy[edit]

On September 22, the Los Angeles Times reported that Mountjoy's official biography, as found on his campaign website, falsely asserted that he had served aboard the battleship USS Missouri during the Korean War -- he'd actually served aboard the heavy cruiser USS Bremerton. A review of the ships' logs corroborated this and the website was quickly changed to reflect his service aboard the Bremerton rather than the Missouri.

I think it was just something that somebody picked up, it didn't come from me.
 
— Richard Mountjoy, [1]

Polling[edit]

Source Date Feinstein (D) Mountjoy (R)
SurveyUSA November 5, 2006
60%
31%
Field Poll November 1, 2006
55%
33%
SurveyUSA October 26, 2006
59%
33%
Field Poll October 3, 2006
57%
29%
Mason-Dixon October 2, 2006
53%
23%
Los Angeles Times Poll September 29, 2006
54%
36%
SurveyUSA September 27, 2006
55%
35%
Datamar September 18, 2006
49%
38%
Rasmussen September 12, 2006
58%
35%
Rasmussen August 31, 2006
56%
34%
SurveyUSA August 28, 2006
56%
34%
Field Poll August 3, 2006
56%
34%
Public Policy July 26, 2006
42%
21%
Rasmussen July 13, 2006
60%
33%
Field Poll June 4, 2006
54%
28%
Los Angeles Times Poll May 28, 2006
59%
30%
Field Poll April 19, 2006
59%
31%

Results[edit]

United States Senate election in California, 2006[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Dianne Feinstein (incumbent) 5,076,289 59.43%
Republican Dick Mountjoy 2,990,822 35.02%
Green Todd Chretien 147,074 1.72%
Libertarian Michael S. Metti 133,851 1.57%
Peace and Freedom Marsha Feinland 117,764 1.38%
American Independent Don Grundmann 75,350 0.88%
Green Kent Mesplay (write-in) 160 0.00%
Independent Jeffrey Mackler (write-in) 108 0.00%
Independent Lea Sherman (write-in) 47 0.00%
Independent Connor Vlakancic (write-in) 11 0.00%
Invalid or blank votes 357,583 4.19%
Totals 8,899,059 100.00%
Voter turnout 53.93%
Democratic hold

Results breakdown[edit]

Final results from the Secretary of State of California.

County Feinstein Votes Mountjoy Votes Others Votes
San Francisco 80.54% 187,692 8.31% 19,374 11.15% 25,979
Marin 77.56% 82,025 16.82% 17,788 5.62% 5,946
Alameda 76.07% 307,495 16.46% 66,550 7.46% 30,173
San Mateo 74.80% 152,082 20.19% 41,043 5.02% 10,200
Santa Cruz 72.96% 65,214 19.33% 17,279 7.71% 6,891
Santa Clara 69.84% 298,451 24.89% 106,383 5.27% 22,521
Sonoma 69.50% 119,672 23.01% 39,619 7.49% 12,906
Contra Costa 68.48% 205,516 26.91% 80,764 4.60% 13,818
Los Angeles 67.13% 1,298,820 27.72% 536,200 5.15% 99,646
Monterey 65.28% 56,887 29.15% 25,400 5.57% 4,852
Mendocino 64.50% 19,645 25.16% 7,662 10.34% 3,149
Yolo 64.25% 34,548 30.10% 16,187 5.65% 3,036
Napa 64.05% 27,144 30.58% 12,958 5.37% 2,277
Solano 63.06% 64,828 32.06% 32,956 4.89% 5,025
San Benito 60.74% 8,626 33.58% 4,768 5.68% 807
Imperial 60.02% 13,182 33.41% 7,338 6.57% 1,442
Humboldt 58.07% 27,652 31.51% 15,003 10.42% 4,964
Alpine 57.17% 303 35.47% 188 7.36% 39
Santa Barbara 57.00% 68,970 37.08% 44,864 5.92% 7,157
Sacramento 56.59% 201,221 37.94% 134,887 5.47% 19,447
Lake 56.41% 10,830 34.85% 6,691 8.74% 1,678
San Joaquin 54.71% 75,011 40.02% 54,874 5.27% 7,224
Merced 53.84% 22,081 41.24% 16,914 4.93% 2,021
Ventura 53.22% 115,471 42.12% 91,374 4.66% 10,110
San Diego 53.03% 403,711 42.39% 322,760 4.58% 34,875
Fresno 51.45% 89,331 43.94% 76,286 4.60% 7,993
San Luis Obispo 50.09% 47,891 44.70% 42,742 5.21% 4,977
Nevada 49.98% 21,204 43.88% 18,618 6.14% 2,606
San Bernardino 49.40% 167,821 45.17% 153,430 5.43% 18,442
Trinity 49.39% 2,824 41.20% 2,356 9.41% 538
Stanislaus 49.30% 50,656 46.24% 47,513 4.47% 4,589
Mono 48.98% 1,829 44.38% 1,657 6.64% 248
Riverside 48.54% 183,532 46.43% 175,543 5.03% 19,006
Del Norte 48.11% 3,207 44.33% 2,955 7.56% 504
Butte 47.02% 32,131 45.82% 31,316 7.16% 4,892
Kings 47.02% 10,660 48.59% 11,016 4.40% 997
Tuolumne 45.52% 9,535 48.83% 10,228 5.65% 1,184
Orange 45.13% 321,646 49.66% 353,924 5.21% 37,096
Placer 44.53% 53,956 50.85% 61,615 4.62% 5,594
Plumas 44.36% 3,881 49.66% 4,345 5.98% 523
Amador 44.35% 6,534 50.10% 7,382 5.55% 818
Calaveras 44.33% 7,860 48.74% 8,642 6.92% 1,227
El Dorado 43.25% 28,915 50.99% 34,091 5.76% 3,853
Mariposa 42.98% 3,249 50.83% 3,842 6.19% 468
Madera 42.39% 12,658 52.27% 15,609 5.34% 1,596
Tulare 42.09% 28,694 53.58% 36,526 4.34% 2,956
Inyo 41.41% 2,641 51.44% 3,281 7.15% 456
Siskiyou 41.20% 6,752 51.46% 8,433 7.34% 1,203
Colusa 41.08% 1,994 54.53% 2,647 4.39% 213
Sierra 40.67% 641 51.65% 814 7.68% 121
Yuba 39.94% 5,487 52.82% 7,257 7.24% 994
Sutter 39.48% 9,297 55.69% 13,113 4.83% 1,138
Kern 39.29% 58,330 55.19% 81,944 5.53% 8,205
Tehama 38.70% 6,914 55.22% 9,865 6.08% 1,086
Shasta 37.94% 22,097 56.45% 32,876 5.61% 3,267
Glenn 37.84% 2,813 56.76% 4,219 5.39% 401
Lassen 35.06% 2,968 56.93% 4,820 8.01% 678
Modoc 34.44% 1,264 57.03% 2,093 8.53% 313

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Senate candidate admits wrong info on bio". MSNBC. September 22, 2006. Retrieved 2006-11-09. 
  2. ^ "United States Senate" (PDF). Secretary of State of California. 2006-12-16. Retrieved 2008-07-14. 
  3. ^ "Registration and Participation" (PDF). Secretary of State of California. 2006-12-18. Retrieved 2008-07-14. 

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