2006 United States Senate election in Maine

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2006 United States Senate election in Maine

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Nominee Olympia Snowe Jean Hay Bright Bill Slavick
Party Republican Democratic Independent
Popular vote 402,598 111,984 29,220
Percentage 74.0% 20.6% 5.4%

2006 United States Senate election in Maine results map by county.svg
County results
Snowe:      60–70%      70–80%

U.S. senator before election

Olympia Snowe

Elected U.S. Senator

Olympia Snowe

The 2006 United States Senate election in Maine was held November 7, 2006. Incumbent Republican Olympia Snowe won re-election to a third term. As of 2022, this was the last time Republicans won the Class 1 U.S. Senate seat in Maine.



  • Jean Hay Bright, activist


  • Bill Slavick, activist



Snowe, who had been elected to both of her previous terms by approximately 2 to 1 margins, had never lost an election. Her success is accredited to her centrist Republican ideology, which resulted in high approval ratings. Meanwhile, her Democratic opponent in the 2006 election, Jean Hay Bright, had never been elected to political office.

Democrats' best hope for taking the seat was that Snowe would retire rather than run in 2006, but there was never any indication that Snowe seriously considered not running for re-election.[1]

The filing deadline for major party candidates was March 15, 2006. The primary was held June 13, 2006. Olympia Snowe was unopposed for the Republican nomination; Jean Hay Bright narrowly won the Democratic nod with 50.7% of the vote against Eric Mehnert.

Hay Bright announced her candidacy in May 2005. Hay Bright was previously an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination to the House in 1994 and the Senate in 1996.

The race had been called by FOX News for the Republican incumbent Olympia Snowe 23 minutes after the polls had closed. Snowe won re-election by a greater margin than any U.S. Senator that cycle except Indiana's Richard Lugar, who faced only a Libertarian opponent.


Source Date Snowe (R) Bright (D) Slavick (I)
Rasmussen June 22, 2006 66% 26%
Rasmussen Archived October 21, 2006, at the Wayback Machine August 2, 2006 69% 22%
Rasmussen August 21, 2006 68% 20%
Rasmussen October 17, 2006 70% 24%
Critical Insights October 27, 2006 74% 14% 6%


Source Ranking As of
The Cook Political Report[2] Solid R November 6, 2006
Sabato's Crystal Ball[3] Safe R November 6, 2006
Rothenberg Political Report[4] Safe R November 6, 2006
Real Clear Politics[5] Safe R November 6, 2006


General election results[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Olympia Snowe (incumbent) 402,598 74.01 +5.5
Democratic Jean Hay Bright 111,984 20.59 -10.6
Independent Bill Slavick 29,220 5.37 n/a
Majority 290,614 53.42
Turnout 543,802
Republican hold Swing

Snowe won in all of Maine's counties, taking at least 60% of the vote in each region.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1][permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "2006 Senate Race Ratings for November 6, 2006" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 5, 2008. Retrieved September 30, 2021.
  3. ^ "Election Eve 2006: THE FINAL PREDICTIONS". Sabato's Crystal Ball. Retrieved June 25, 2021.
  4. ^ "2006 Senate Ratings". Senate Ratings. The Rothenberg Political Report. Retrieved June 25, 2021.
  5. ^ "Election 2006". Real Clear Politics. Retrieved June 25, 2021.
  6. ^ Bureau of Corporations, Elections & Commissions, Elections Division

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