Oklahoma gubernatorial election, 2006

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Oklahoma gubernatorial election, 2006
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  BradhenryDEA.jpg ErnestIstook.jpg
Nominee Brad Henry Ernest Istook
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 616,135 310,327
Percentage 66.5% 33.5%

Oklahoma 2006 gubernatorial election map.svg
County Results

Governor before election

Brad Henry

Elected Governor

Brad Henry

The Oklahoma gubernatorial election of 2006 was held on November 7, 2006, and was a race for the Governor of Oklahoma. The incumbent Governor, Democrat Brad Henry, was re-elected with more than 60 percent of the vote, beating Republican Ernest Istook, a member of the United States House of Representatives (Congressional district 5).[1]


Though Democrats had dominated state politics for most of Oklahoma's history, the Oklahoma Republican Party had recently gained control of the Oklahoma House of Representatives and held five of the state's six Congressional seats.[2] Henry's opponent, Republican Ernest Istook, was a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Oklahoma's 5th congressional district.

As in many Southern states, Oklahoma has favored conservative Democrats to the more liberal members of the party. In his first term, Henry had supported some tax cuts and took centrist positions on many political hot button issues.

Democratic primary[edit]



Democratic primary results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Brad Henry (Incumbent) 226,957 85.82
Democratic Andrew W. Marr, Jr. 37,510 14.18
Total votes 264,467 100.00

Republican primary[edit]



Istook's strongest opponent in the primary was Sullivan, who positioned himself as the only "non-career politician" in the race.[4] He ran ads featuring Gailard Sartain that attacked his opponents' "career politician" background. The Sartain ads were seen as over the top and may have hurt his chances. Sullivan said education was a top priority and had led an effort to place an initiative petition on the November 2006 ballot that would have required 65 percent of money earmarked for education be spent in the classroom.[5]


Republican primary results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ernest Istook 99,650 54.71
Republican Bob Sullivan 56,347 30.94
Republican James A. Williamson 17,769 9.76
Republican Jim Evanoff 8,370 4.60
Total votes 182,136 100.00

General election[edit]

The incumbent Democratic Governor Brad Henry won the election with more than 60 percent of the vote, beating Republican U.S. Representative Ernest Istook.[1]

Native American voters reportedly helped elect Democrat Brad Henry in the general election.[6]


Source Date Henry (D) Istook (R)
Survey USA November 4, 2006 65% 29%
Rasmussen October 23, 2006 64% 32%
Sooner Poll October 7, 2006 60% 33%
Rasmussen September 29, 2006 59% 34%
Survey USA September 26, 2006 64% 33%
Rasmussen September 6, 2006 54% 33%
Survey USA August 28, 2006 60% 34%
Sooner Poll July 17, 2006 57% 29%
Rasmussen May 7, 2006 50% 39%


2006 gubernatorial election, Oklahoma
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Brad Henry (incumbent) 616,135[1] 66.5 +23.2
Republican Ernest Istook 310,327[1] 33.5 –9.1
Majority 305,808 33.0
Turnout 926,462
Democratic hold Swing

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