2006 United States Senate election in Hawaii

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United States Senate election in Hawaii, 2006

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  Daniel Akaka official photo.jpg Cynthia thielen (cropped).jpg
Nominee Daniel Akaka Cynthia Thielen
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 210,330 126,097
Percentage 61.4% 36.8%

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

U.S. Senator before election

Daniel Akaka

Elected U.S. Senator

Daniel Akaka

The 2006 United States Senate election in Hawaii was held November 7, 2006. Incumbent Democrat Daniel Akaka won re-election to his third full term.

Democratic primary[edit]



Case had stated that although he has the deepest respect for Daniel Akaka, Hawaii is in a time of transition with regard to the state's representation in Congress which requires that the state phase in the next generation to provide continuity in that service. He had warned the state would lose all clout in Washington if the state's two US Senators, both of whom are over 80 years old, leave office within a short time of each other. If a Senator were to die, Hawaii election law requires that the governor appoint a replacement of the same party.[1]

Hawaii's other Representative, Neil Abercrombie, and other Senator, Daniel Inouye, pledged their support to Sen. Akaka.[2]


Source Date Akaka Case
QMark Research & Polling May 15, 2006 40% 38%
Honolulu Advertiser/Ward Research July 2, 2006 51% 40%
Rasmussen August 11, 2006 47% 45%
Honolulu Advertiser/Ward Research September 17, 2006 51% 38%


Democratic Primary results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Daniel K. Akaka (Incumbent) 129,158 55%
Democratic Ed Case 107,163 45%
Total votes 236,321 100%

Republican primary[edit]


  • Mark Beatty, attorney and businessman
  • Jerry Coffee, retired Navy captain, Vietnam War POW, and motivational speaker (withdrew from the race before the Republican primary but his name still appeared on the ballot)
  • Charles "Akacase" Collins
  • Jay Friedheim, attorney and candidate for the U.S. Senate in 1998 and 2004
  • Eddie Pirkowski, businessman
  • Steve Tataii, conflict resolution teacher and author


Republican Primary results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jerry Coffee 10,139 41.01
Republican Mark Beatty 6,057 24.50
Republican Akacase Collins 3,146 12.72
Republican Jay Friedheim 2,299 9.30
Republican Steve Tataii 1,601 6.48
Republican Eddie Pirkowski 1,482 5.99
Total votes 24,724 100

Hawaii State Representative Cynthia Thielen was selected to be the Republican nominee after Jerry Coffee, who had previously withdrawn his candidacy, won the primary.

General election[edit]



Source Date Akaka (D) Thielen(R)
Rasmussen August 11, 2006 58% 30%


General election results
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Daniel Akaka (Incumbent) 210,330 61.4% -11.5%
Republican Cynthia Thielen 126,097 36.8% +12.3%
Libertarian Lloyd Mallan 6,415 1.9% +1.0%
Majority 84,233 24.6%
Turnout 342,842
Democratic hold Swing

Akaka won in all 4 Hawaii counties, taking at least 60% of the vote in each area.


External links[edit]

Official campaign websites (Archived)