2006 United States Senate election in New Mexico

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United States Senate election in New Mexico, 2006

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  Official Photo of Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) 2008.jpg 3x4.svg
Nominee Jeff Bingaman Allen McCulloch
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 394,365 163,826
Percentage 70.6% 29.3%

United States Senate election in New Mexico, 2006 results by county.svg
Results by county



U.S. Senator before election

Jeff Bingaman

Elected U.S. Senator

Jeff Bingaman

The 2006 United States Senate election in New Mexico took place on November 7, 2006. The primares were held June 6, 2006. Incumbent Democrat Jeff Bingaman won re-election to a fifth term.

Democratic primary[edit]



Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jeff Bingaman (Incumbent) 115,198 100.00
Total votes 115,198 100.00

Republican primary[edit]



Pfeffer announced on August 23, 2005, that he would be entering the primary. A former Democrat, he supported George W. Bush in 2004 and became a Republican in 2005. In his campaign announcement, Pfeffer focused mainly on border controls with Mexico. He criticised Bingaman in comparison to his own support for reform of the Social Security system and the Iraq War as well as U.S. relations with China, saying "With all due respect, I do not believe the present occupier of the junior seat from New Mexico is doing all that can and should be done on these fronts," he said of Bingaman. "I believe I can do a better job..." Pfeffer also commented that he would have a hard time raising an amount equivalent to Senator Bingaman, a problem faced by any of the latter's potential challengers.


Republican primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Allen McCulloch 29,592 51.04
Republican Joseph J. Carraro 18,312 31.59
Republican David Pfeffer 10,070 17.37
Total votes 57,974 100.00

General election[edit]


  • Jeff Bingaman (D), incumbent U.S. Senator
  • Allen McCulloch (R), physician


Bingaman had a 60% approval rating in one poll.[3] He faced no primary opposition. There had been speculation that Bingaman would give up the chance to run for another term to pursue a lobbyists' job in Washington.



Source Date Bingaman (D) McCulloch (R)
Rasmussen June 30, 2006 59% 33%
Albuquerque Journal/Research & Polling October 3, 2006 65% 19%


United States Senate election in New Mexico, 2006[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Jeff Bingaman (Incumbent) 394,365 70.61% +8.90%
Republican Allen McCulloch 163,826 29.33% -8.92%
Write-ins 376 0.06%
Majority 230,539 41.27% +17.83%
Turnout 558,567
Democratic hold Swing

Bingaman won every county in the state with at least 56% of the vote.


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