United States Senate election in Connecticut, 2004

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United States Senate election in Connecticut, 2004
1998 ←
November 2, 2004 → 2010

  Christopher Dodd official portrait 2-cropped.jpg Jack Orchulli cropped.jpg
Nominee Christopher Dodd Jack Orchulli
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 945,347 457,749
Percentage 66.4% 32.1%

Connecticut Election Results by County, all Democratic.svg

County results

U.S. Senator before election

Chris Dodd

Elected U.S. Senator

Chris Dodd

The 2004 United States Senate election in Connecticut took place on November 2, 2004, alongside other elections to the United States Senate in other states as well as elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections. Incumbent Democrat U.S. Senator Chris Dodd won re-election for a fifth term.

Major candidates[edit]




Incumbent Chris Dodd was one of the most powerful senators in congress. In the election cycle, Dodd raised over $7 million. His top five contributors were Bear Stearns, Citigroup, National Westminster Bank, Lehman Brothers, and Goldman Sachs.[2]

Republican nominee, Jack Orchulli, ran as fiscal conservative and social moderate[citation needed]. He broke ranks with his party on gay marriage and abortion[citation needed]. That put him on the same side as most voters in the blue state of Connecticut[citation needed]. He often talked about a "broken education system." He argued that Dodd hasn't done anything in his 30 years in congress to fix such issues as traffic problems in Fairfield County.[3]

Orchulli launched a statewide TV ad campaign in September, as he spent over $1.1 million and pledged to spend "whatever it takes" if polls show he is gaining ground on Dodd.[4]


General election results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Chris Dodd 945,347 66.4
Republican Jack Orchulli 457,749 32.1
Concerned Citizens Timothy Knibbs 12,442 0.9
Libertarian Leonard Rasch 9,188 0.6


Dodd won every county in the state with at least 60% of the vote[citation needed], except conservative Litchfield County[citation needed]. Just 4 towns in the state voted for Orchulli[citation needed].