United States Senate election in Florida, 2006

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United States Senate election in Florida, 2006
Florida
2000 ←
November 7, 2006 → 2012

  Bill Nelson.jpg Katherine Harris (R–FL).jpg
Nominee Bill Nelson Katherine Harris
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 2,890,548 1,826,127
Percentage 60.3% 38.1%

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County results

U.S. Senator before election

Bill Nelson
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Bill Nelson
Democratic

The 2006 United States Senate election in Florida was held on November 7, 2006. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Bill Nelson won re-election to a second term.

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll Source Date Collins Harris McBride Monroe
Primary Results September 5, 2006 15% 49% 30% 5%
Mason-Dixon September 2, 2006 17% 38% 21% 2%
SurveyUSA August 31, 2006 12% 45% 22% 5%
Quinnipiac August 31, 2006 11% 38% 22% 3%
Strategic Vision August 30, 2006 19% 38% 21% 5%
SurveyUSA August 24, 2006 20% 43% 15% 7%
Scroth Eldon & Associates August 11, 2006 9% 28% 11% 5%
Quinnipiac July 27, 2006 6% 40% 21% 3%
Mason-Dixon July 26, 2006 8% 36% 11% 2%
Strategic Vision July 26, 2006 9% 45% 22% 7%

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Katherine Harris 474,871 49.4%
Republican Will McBride 287,741 30.0%
Republican LeRoy Collins Jr. 146,712 15.3%
Republican Peter Monroe 51,330 5.3%
Voter turnout 100.00%

General election[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Democrat[edit]

Republican[edit]

Independents[edit]

Write-ins[edit]

Campaign[edit]

The organization Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), which monitors political corruption, complained to the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) in October 2006 that the Bacardi beverage company had illegally used corporate resources in support of a fundraising event for Nelson in 2005. CREW had previously filed a similar complaint concerning a Bacardi fundraising event for Republican Senator Mel Martinez, an event that raised as much as $60,000 for Martinez's campaign. The amended complaint alleged that, on both occasions, Bacardi violated the Federal Election Campaign Act and FEC regulations by soliciting contributions from a list of the corporation’s vendors.[7]

Endorsements[edit]

In a rare move, all twenty-two of Florida's daily newspapers supported Nelson, while none supported Harris in the general election.[8]

Polling[edit]

Poll Source Date Nelson (D) Harris (R)
SurveyUSA November 5, 2006 59% 36%
Mason-Dixon November 3, 2006 58% 34%
Strategic Vision (R) November 2, 2006 59% 33%
St. Petersburg Times October 28, 2006 56% 30%
Quinnipiac October 25, 2006 64% 29%
Strategic Vision (R) October 25, 2006 58% 35%
Mason-Dixon October 16-17, 2006 57% 31%
Quinnipiac October 11, 2006 61% 33%
SurveyUSA October 10, 2006 55% 37%
Rasmussen October 4, 2006 54% 37%
Rasmussen September 27, 2006 56% 33%
Strategic Vision (R) September 27, 2006 59% 31%
Mason-Dixon September 20-22, 2006 53% 35%
SurveyUSA September 14, 2006 53% 38%
Zogby/WSJ September 11, 2006 51% 33%
Rasmussen September 5, 2006 57% 34%
Strategic Vision (R) August 30, 2006 63% 20%
Zogby/WSJ August 28, 2006 52% 32%
St. Petersburg Times August 11, 2006 60% 25%
Rasmussen July 28, 2006 61% 33%
Quinnipiac July 27, 2006 61% 24%
Mason-Dixon July 26, 2006 57% 29%
Strategic Vision (R) July 26, 2006 60% 22%
Zogby/WSJ July 24, 2006 55% 34%
Quinnipiac June 30, 2006 59% 26%
Strategic Vision (R) June 28, 2006 61% 26%
Zogby/WSJ June 21, 2006 51% 33%
Quinnipiac May 25, 2006 58% 25%
Strategic Vision (R) May 25, 2006 56% 26%
Rasmussen May 22, 2006 60% 33%
Strategic Vision (R) April 26, 2006 56% 24%
Quinnipiac April 20, 2006 56% 27%
Rasmussen April 14, 2006 57% 27%
Zogby/WSJ March 31, 2006 50% 37%
Strategic Vision (R) March 30, 2006 56% 28%
Mason-Dixon March 29, 2006 51% 35%
University of North Florida March 15, 2006 48% 28%
Quinnipiac February 24, 2006 53% 31%
Strategic Vision (R) February 22, 2006 49% 34%
Rasmussen February 14, 2006 49% 40%
Rasmussen January 5, 2006 54% 31%
Strategic Vision (R) November 30, 2005 48% 32%
Quinnipiac November 15, 2005 55% 31%
Rasmussen November 14, 2005 53% 36%
Strategic Vision (R) September 22, 2005 48% 36%
Quinnipiac August 31, 2005 57% 33%
Strategic Vision (R) August 21, 2005 47% 38%
Strategic Vision (R) July 20, 2005 48% 40%

Results[edit]

General election results
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Bill Nelson (incumbent) 2,890,548 60.3 +9.8
Republican Katherine Harris 1,826,127 38.1 -8.1
Independent Belinda Noah 24,880 0.5 n/a
Independent Brian Moore 19,695 0.4 n/a
Independent Floyd Ray Frazier 16,628 0.3 n/a
Independent Roy Tanner 15,562 0.3 n/a
Write-ins 94 0.0 n/a
Majority 1,064,421 22.2 +17.4
Turnout 4,793,534
Democratic hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.bradenton.com/mld/bradenton/news/opinion/15363709.htm
  2. ^ U.S. SENATE: It's a toss up | Jacksonville.com
  3. ^ a b c d e f http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/content/nation/epaper/2006/08/25/a9a_endorse_0825.html
  4. ^ 404 | MiamiHerald.com
  5. ^ Topic Galleries - OrlandoSentinel.com
  6. ^ https://doe.dos.state.fl.us/elections/resultsarchive/Index.asp?ElectionDate=9/5/2006&DATAMODE=
  7. ^ CREW FILES AMENDED FEC COMPLAINT AGAINST BACARDI USA AND MARTINEZ FOR SENATE | Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington
  8. ^ Harris, Nelson tout testimonials
  9. ^ a b c d Bill Nelson For Senate
  10. ^ Bill Nelson For Senate
  11. ^ U.S. SENATE: Nelson the best choice | Jacksonville.com
  12. ^ The News Press Endorsement Recap
  13. ^ Bill Nelson For Senate
  14. ^ Bill Nelson For Senate
  15. ^ Bill Nelson For Senate
  16. ^ Bill Nelson For Senate
  17. ^ Bill Nelson For Senate
  18. ^ Nelson for U.S. Senate
  19. ^ Bill Nelson For Senate
  20. ^ Bill Nelson For Senate
  21. ^ Bill Nelson For Senate
  22. ^ Tallahassee Democrat - www.tallahassee.com - Tallahassee, FL
  23. ^ Bill Nelson For Senate

See also[edit]

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