United States Senate election in Texas, 2006

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United States Senate election in Texas, 2006
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November 7, 2006 → 2012

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Nominee Kay Bailey Hutchison Barbara Ann Radnofsky
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 2,661,789 1,555,202
Percentage 61.7% 36.0%


County results

U.S> Senator before election

Kay Bailey Hutchison

Elected U.S> Senator

Kay Bailey Hutchison

The 2006 United States Senate election in Texas was held on November 7, 2006. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison won re-election to a third term.

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The Democrat nominee who had never run for public office and was expected to face an uphill battle in the general election, especially in a state that has not elected a Democrat statewide since 1994 and against a historically popular Hutchison. Since neither Radnofsky nor her main opponent, Gene Kelly, had received a majority of votes in the Democratic primary, a runoff was held on April 11, 2006, which Radnofsky won. Radnofsky's campaign platform is available on her website. [1] Scott Lanier Jameson won the Libertarian Party nomination at the party's state convention on June 10, 2006, defeating Timothy Wade and Ray Salinas. Arthur W. Loux, a Roman Forest City Councilman and a member of the Minutemen, was running as an independent.

Hutchison co-sponsored legislation supporting the creation of a constitutional amendment that would limit terms for senators[citation needed], but had been quoted saying that she would only leave after two terms if such a law applied to all senators[citation needed]. After deciding not to challenge Governor Rick Perry this year, as had been widely speculated[citation needed], Hutchison was running for a third term.

She had no opposition in the 2006 Republican primary, and had approval ratings in the 60 percent range going into the General Election [2], although they have been slipping rapidly.


Source Date Hutchison (R) Radnofsky (D) Jameson (L)
Polimetrix November 5, 2006 65% 29%
Zogby October 25, 2006 61% 27%
Rasmussen October 23, 2006 60% 34%
Rasmussen August 31, 2006 58% 32%
Rasmussen August 3, 2006 61% 31%
Rasmussen July 13, 2006 58% 31%
Rasmussen May 18, 2006 53% 34%
Rasmussen January 8, 2006 64% 25%


2006 United States Senate election, Texas
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison (inc.) 2,661,789 61.7 -3.3
Democratic Barbara Ann Radnofsky 1,555,202 36.0 +3.6
Libertarian Scott Jameson 97,672 2.3 +1.1
Majority 1,106,587 25.7
Turnout 4,314,663
Republican hold Swing

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Preceded by
John Cornyn
Texas U.S. Senate elections
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