Minnesota gubernatorial election, 2006

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Minnesota gubernatorial election, 2006

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Nominee Tim Pawlenty Mike Hatch Peter Hutchinson
Party Republican DFL Independence
Running mate Carol Molnau Judi Dutcher Maureen Reed
Popular vote 1,028,568 1,007,460 141,735
Percentage 46.7% 45.7% 6.4%

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County Results

Pawlenty:      40-50%      50-60%

Hatch:      40-50%      50-60%      60-70%

Governor before election

Tim Pawlenty
Republican

Elected Governor

Tim Pawlenty
Republican

The 2006 Minnesota gubernatorial election took place on November 7, 2006. Incumbent Tim Pawlenty was endorsed by the state Republican convention on June 2, 2006, while the state Democratic–Farmer–Labor convention endorsed Mike Hatch on June 10, 2006. The party primaries took place on September 12, 2006, with Hatch defeating DFL challengers Becky Lourey and Ole Savior and incumbent Pawlenty defeating Sue Jeffers. In the November 7 general election Pawlenty received a plurality of the votes, defeating Hatch by a margin of one percent. It was the most recent time a Republican was elected governor of Minnesota.

It is widely believed that Hatch's lead in the polls quickly evaporated just days before the election after his running mate's response to a question about ethanol posed by a KSAX-TV reporter.

Democratic–Farmer–Labor primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Withdrawn[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic–Farmer–Labor gubernatorial primary election, 2006 [1]
Party Candidate Votes %
DFL Mike Hatch 231,643 73.20
DFL Becky Lourey 77,430 24.47
DFL Ole Savior 7,397 2.34
Total votes 316,470 100.00

Independence primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Independence gubernatorial primary election, 2006 [1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Independence Peter Hutchinson 7,725 66.09
Independence Pam Ellison 3,964 33.91
Total votes 11,689 100.00

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican gubernatorial primary election, 2006 [1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tim Pawlenty (Incumbent) 147,622 88.87
Republican Sue Jeffers 18,490 11.13
Total votes 166,112 100.00

Other candidates[edit]

Nominated by petition[edit]

  • Walt E. Brown (Independent; used the ballot designation "Quit Raising Taxes"). Brown's running mate was Wesley C. Nelson.
  • Leslie Davis (American). Davis's running mate was Gregory K. Soderberg.
  • Ken Pentel (Green). Pentel's running mate was Danene Provencher.

Former candidates[edit]

  • Jonathon "The Impaler" Sharkey (VWP) – Self-proclaimed vampire. Sharkey's campaign was jeopardized on January 30, 2006, when he was arrested in Princeton, Minnesota on felony charges stemming from allegations of stalking and flight, in Indiana.[2] Sharkey's campaign website was taken down. It was discovered that the stalking charge had been dismissed on September 29, 2003,[3] when Sharkey pleaded guilty to two counts of invasion of privacy and was ordered to submit to mental health treatment.[4] At his trial on July 18, 2006, he was found not guilty of the felony escape charge. Nevertheless, Sharkey's arrest and jailing effectively terminated his campaign.

General election[edit]

On November 7, 2006, Tim Pawlenty narrowly won the general election, 46.7% to 45.7%, in a four-way race between himself, DFL candidate Mike Hatch, Independence Party candidate Peter Hutchinson, and Green Party candidate Ken Pentel. After Pawlenty opted out of spending limits, Hatch followed suit. Outspending Hatch by $1 million, Pawlenty's campaign set a new spending record for a Minnesota gubernatorial campaign. The race was also affected by negative advertising by 527 groups, as well as issue-oriented groups opposing liberal causes in the state.

A major issue in the campaign that was considered to have hurt the DFL nominees was lieutenant gubernatorial candidate Judi Dutcher's response to a question about E-85. When asked about the impact of the gasoline alternative on the economies of rural Minnesota by then KSAX-TV anchor Corey Poppe, Dutcher was unable to comment, asking Poppe to define E-85.[5] In the subsequent questioning about her response, gubernatorial candidate Mike Hatch reportedly called a Forum Communications reporter "a Republican whore" and promptly hung up the phone.[6][7] Hatch claimed he had said "hack", not "whore", but the incident, occurring only three days before the last poll listed in this article, is believed to have swung the race. It put Hatch on the defensive in the campaign's last week.

Additionally, Pawlenty made illegal immigration an issue, running ads accusing Hatch of trying to give illegal immigrants college tuition. Hatch responded with an ad saying that illegal immigration laws had not been enforced under Pawlenty's tenure. Pawlenty also ran ads accusing Hatch of being responsible for raising health care costs, a claim Hatch disputed. Pawlenty campaigned on a record of leading the state through hard times, balancing record budget deficits without raising major state tax rates or diminishing the state's "nation-leading" status on most socioeconomic indicators.

Pawlenty won by piling up large margins in suburban counties as well as in central and southern Minnesota regions anchored by St. Cloud and Rochester. In his victory speech, noting that he would have to deal with a DFL House and Senate, Pawlenty said it was "a time tonight to be humble and time to be grateful." He promised that "the next four years are going to be different than the last four years" and that he would build "a common agenda" with DFLers who swept legislative and constitutional offices.

Hatch ran ahead in Minneapolis, St. Paul and their inner-ring suburbs, and won by large margins around Duluth and the Iron Range. In his concession speech, Hatch advocated that legislators get back to "sitting down and getting to know each other in private" in order to establish common ground for bipartisan legislation, and called for an end to partisan rancor. Had the Hatch/Dutcher ticket been successful, he stated that this would have been one of his administration's first goals.[8]

Polling[edit]

Two-way[edit]

Source Date Hatch (DFL) Pawlenty (R) Undecided
University of Minnesota October 28, 2006 45% 39% 7%
Mason-Dixon October 27, 2006 44% 43% 7%
St. Cloud State University October 27, 2006 46% 36% 7%
Rasmussen October 25, 2006 45% 44% 2%
Zogby/WSJ October 19, 2006 45% 45%
Rasmussen October 4, 2006 50% 46% 2%
Zogby/WSJ September 11, 2006 42% 41%
Gallup September 5, 2006 44% 43%
Zogby/WSJ July 24, 2006 43% 43%
Star Tribune Minnesota Poll July 15, 2006 41% 43%
Rasmussen June 30, 2006 47% 42%
Zogby/WSJ June 21, 2006 40% 45%
Rasmussen May 10, 2006 49% 39%
Rasmussen February 28, 2006 45% 40%
Rasmussen January 29, 2006 44% 47%

Three-way[edit]

Source Date Hatch (DFL) Pawlenty (R) Hutchinson (IP) Undecided
Star Tribune Minnesota Poll November 4, 2006 45% 40% 7% 7%
Star Tribune Minnesota Poll October 14, 2006 46% 37% 7% 6%
Survey USA September 28, 2006 44% 45% 6% 3%
Pioneer Press/MPR Poll September 22, 2006 39% 42% 5% 11%
The Humphrey Institute September 21, 2006 44% 42% 6% 5%
Star Tribune Minnesota Poll[permanent dead link] September 16, 2006 42% 42% 7% 5%
Rasmussen[permanent dead link] September 1, 2006 39% 45% 7%
Zogby/WSJ August 28, 2006 43% 41% 5-9%
Rasmussen August 7, 2006 36% 46% 6%
Survey USA July 24, 2006 36% 50% 8%

Results[edit]

Minnesota gubernatorial election, 2006[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tim Pawlenty (Incumbent) 1,028,568 46.69
DFL Mike Hatch 1,007,460 45.73
Independence Peter Hutchinson 141,735 6.43
Green Ken Pentel 10,800 0.49
Independent Walt E. Brown 9,649 0.44
American

Leslie Davis 3,776 0.17
Other Write-ins 949 0.04
Total votes 2,202,937 100.00
Republican hold

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "MN Election Results". electionresults.sos.state.mn.us. Retrieved 6 April 2018. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-07-16. Retrieved 2006-06-18. 
  3. ^ Scanned copy of Prosecutor's Motion to Dismiss Archived 2009-03-24 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Sharkey v. Indiana, Ind. App. (2006)" (PDF). in.gov. Retrieved 6 April 2018. 
  5. ^ "GOP jumps on Dutcher's E85 misstep". archive.org. 14 November 2006. Retrieved 6 April 2018. 
  6. ^ http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/articles/index.cfm?id=27509&freebie_check&CFID=4612252&CFTOKEN=43846502&jsessionid=8830d400afe52687c441[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ http://www.startribune.com/blogs/kersten/?p=37[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2006-11-08. 
  9. ^ "MN Election Results". electionresults.sos.state.mn.us. Retrieved 6 April 2018. 

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