United States Senate election in Florida, 2006

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United States Senate election in Florida, 2006

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  Bill Nelson.jpg Katherine Harris (R–FL).jpg
Nominee Bill Nelson Katherine Harris
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 2,890,548 1,826,127
Percentage 60.3% 38.1%

Florida Senate Election Results by County, 2006.svg
County Results

Nelson:      40-50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%

Harris:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%

U.S. Senator before election

Bill Nelson
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Bill Nelson
Democratic

The 2006 United States Senate election in Florida was held November 7, 2006. Incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson won re-election to a second term.

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll Source Date Collins Harris McBride Monroe
Strategic Vision July 26, 2006 9% 45% 22% 7%
Mason-Dixon July 26, 2006 8% 36% 11% 2%
Quinnipiac July 27, 2006 6% 40% 21% 3%
Scroth Eldon & Associates August 11, 2006 9% 28% 11% 5%
SurveyUSA August 24, 2006 20% 43% 15% 7%
Strategic Vision August 30, 2006 19% 38% 21% 5%
Quinnipiac August 31, 2006 11% 38% 22% 3%
SurveyUSA August 31, 2006 12% 45% 22% 5%
Mason-Dixon September 2, 2006 17% 38% 21% 2%
Primary Results September 5, 2006 15% 49% 30% 5%

Results[edit]

2006 United States Senate Republican Primary Election[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Katherine Harris 474,871 49.4
Republican Will McBride 287,741 30.0
Republican LeRoy Collins Jr. 146,712 15.3
Republican Peter Monroe 51,330 5.3
Turnout 960,654 100.00

General election[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Democrat[edit]

Republican[edit]

  • Katherine Harris, former Florida Secretary of State and former U.S. Representative

Independents[edit]

  • Floyd Ray Frazier
  • Brian Moore, retired health care executive and former congressional candidate
  • Belinda Noah
  • Roy Tanner

Write-ins[edit]

Campaign[edit]

The organization Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), which monitors political corruption, complained to the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) in October 2006 that the Bacardi beverage company had illegally used corporate resources in support of a fundraising event for Nelson in 2005. CREW had previously filed a similar complaint concerning a Bacardi fundraising event for Republican Senator Mel Martinez, an event that raised as much as $60,000 for Martinez's campaign. The amended complaint alleged that, on both occasions, Bacardi violated the Federal Election Campaign Act and FEC regulations by soliciting contributions from a list of the corporation’s vendors.[7]

Endorsements[edit]

In a rare move, all twenty-two of Florida's daily newspapers supported Nelson, while none supported Harris in the general election.[8]

Polling[edit]

Poll Source Date Nelson (D) Harris (R)
Strategic Vision (R) July 20, 2005 48% 40%
Strategic Vision (R) August 21, 2005 47% 38%
Quinnipiac August 31, 2005 57% 33%
Strategic Vision (R) September 22, 2005 48% 36%
Rasmussen November 14, 2005 53% 36%
Quinnipiac November 15, 2005 55% 31%
Strategic Vision (R) November 30, 2005 48% 32%
Rasmussen January 5, 2006 54% 31%
Rasmussen February 14, 2006 49% 40%
Strategic Vision (R) February 22, 2006 49% 34%
Quinnipiac February 24, 2006 53% 31%
University of North Florida March 15, 2006 48% 28%
Mason-Dixon March 29, 2006 51% 35%
Strategic Vision (R) March 30, 2006 56% 28%
Zogby/WSJ March 31, 2006 50% 37%
Rasmussen April 14, 2006 57% 27%
Quinnipiac April 20, 2006 56% 27%
Strategic Vision (R) April 26, 2006 56% 24%
Rasmussen May 22, 2006 60% 33%
Strategic Vision (R) May 25, 2006 56% 26%
Quinnipiac May 25, 2006 58% 25%
Zogby/WSJ June 21, 2006 51% 33%
Strategic Vision (R) June 28, 2006 61% 26%
Quinnipiac June 30, 2006 59% 26%
Zogby/WSJ July 24, 2006 55% 34%
Strategic Vision (R) July 26, 2006 60% 22%
Mason-Dixon July 26, 2006 57% 29%
Quinnipiac July 27, 2006 61% 24%
Rasmussen July 28, 2006 61% 33%
St. Petersburg Times August 11, 2006 60% 25%
Zogby/WSJ August 28, 2006 52% 32%
Strategic Vision (R) August 30, 2006 63% 20%
Rasmussen September 5, 2006 57% 34%
Zogby/WSJ September 11, 2006 51% 33%
SurveyUSA September 14, 2006 53% 38%
Mason-Dixon September 20–22, 2006 53% 35%
Strategic Vision (R) September 27, 2006 59% 31%
Rasmussen September 27, 2006 56% 33%
Rasmussen October 4, 2006 54% 37%
SurveyUSA October 10, 2006 55% 37%
Quinnipiac October 11, 2006 61% 33%
Mason-Dixon October 16–17, 2006 57% 31%
Strategic Vision (R) October 25, 2006 58% 35%
Quinnipiac October 25, 2006 64% 29%
St. Petersburg Times October 28, 2006 56% 30%
Strategic Vision (R) November 2, 2006 59% 33%
Mason-Dixon November 3, 2006 58% 34%
SurveyUSA November 5, 2006 59% 36%

Results[edit]

Nelson was easily reelected as expected. Nelson won all but 10 of Florida's 67 counties. Nelson won with 60.3% of the vote winning by 1,064,421 votes or 22.2%. Nelson was projected the winner right when the polls closed at 7 P.M. EST.

General election results
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Bill Nelson (Incumbent) 2,890,548 60.3 +9.8
Republican Katherine Harris 1,826,127 38.1 -8.1
Independent Belinda Noah 24,880 0.5 n/a
Independent Brian Moore 19,695 0.4 n/a
Independent Floyd Ray Frazier 16,628 0.3 n/a
Independent Roy Tanner 15,562 0.3 n/a
Write-ins 94 0.0 n/a
Majority 1,064,421 22.2 +17.4
Turnout 4,793,534
Democratic hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.bradenton.com/mld/bradenton/news/opinion/15363709.htm
  2. ^ U.S. SENATE: It's a toss up | Jacksonville.com
  3. ^ a b c d e f http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/content/nation/epaper/2006/08/25/a9a_endorse_0825.html
  4. ^ 404 | MiamiHerald.com
  5. ^ Topic Galleries - OrlandoSentinel.com
  6. ^ "Official Results September 5, 2006 Republican Primary Election". Florida Department of State. September 5, 2006. Retrieved December 1, 2017.
  7. ^ "CREW FILES AMENDED FEC COMPLAINT AGAINST BACARDI USA AND MARTINEZ FOR SENATE". Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
  8. ^ Harris, Nelson tout testimonials
  9. ^ a b c d Bill Nelson For Senate
  10. ^ Bill Nelson For Senate
  11. ^ U.S. SENATE: Nelson the best choice | Jacksonville.com
  12. ^ The News Press Endorsement Recap
  13. ^ Bill Nelson For Senate
  14. ^ Bill Nelson For Senate
  15. ^ Bill Nelson For Senate
  16. ^ Bill Nelson For Senate
  17. ^ Bill Nelson For Senate
  18. ^ Nelson for U.S. Senate
  19. ^ Bill Nelson For Senate
  20. ^ Bill Nelson For Senate
  21. ^ Bill Nelson For Senate
  22. ^ Tallahassee Democrat - www.tallahassee.com - Tallahassee, FL
  23. ^ Bill Nelson For Senate

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Debates
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