United States Senate election in Ohio, 2006
|Turnout||53.25% (Registered Voters)|
|Elections in Ohio|
The incumbent Republican Senator, R. Michael DeWine had approval ratings at 38%, making him the second most unpopular U.S. Senator, behind Pennsylvania Republican Rick Santorum, who was also up for reelection in 2006. Pre-election stories in the U.S. media suggested that the national Republican Party may have given up on saving Senator DeWine's senate seat before election date. Sherrod Brown, former Ohio Secretary of State and U.S. Representative from Ohio's 13th district was the Democratic candidate, and the eventual winner.
- Sherrod Brown, U.S. Representative
- Paul Hackett, Iraq War veteran
- Merrill Keiser Jr., trucking business owner/operator and Vietnam veteran
Hackett announced on February 13, 2006 that he would withdraw from the race, because national party leaders had decided that Sherrod Brown had a better chance against DeWine. The Plain Dealer (2/18/06) also reported that there had been concerns that Hackett might not have had enough money after the primary to run the statewide advertising customary for a Senate camapaign.
|Democratic||Merrill Kesier Jr.||163,628||21.89%|
Both candidates campaigned as conservative alternatives to DeWine, citing DeWine's support for legal abortion and his role as one of the Republican members of the Gang of 14 who compromised with Democrats in a dispute about judicial appointments.
DeWine won 71.82% of the votes.
- Sherrod Brown (D), U.S. congressman
- Mike DeWine (R), incumbent U.S. Senator
- Richard Duncan (I) - 2004 write-in candidate for President 
Because this race was targeted by Democrats, it made it all the more important to the GOP, who desired to retain Senate control. John McClelland, a spokesman for the Ohio Republican Party said, "It's vitally important to the Republican Party as a whole, so I think that's why you see the president coming to Ohio to support Mike DeWine. Phil Singer, a spokesman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee said, "Mike DeWine Senior is in for the fight of his life, make no mistake about it".
On July 14, 2006, DeWine's campaign began airing TV commercials depicting a smoking World Trade Center. "The senator was notified... by a reporter at U.S. News & World Report that the image of the burning Twin Towers could not have depicted the actual event because the smoke was blowing the wrong way." DeWine's campaign admitted that the video was actually a still photo of the World Trade Center with smoke digitally added. He also was criticized for using an emotionally charged image to attack his challenger.
Another of DeWine's ads suggested that opponent Sherrod Brown didn't pay his taxes for thirteen years. This claim led to the Associated Press reporting on October 19 that, "Several Ohio television stations have stopped airing a Republican ad because state documents contradict the ad's accusation that Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Sherrod Brown didn't pay an unemployment tax bill for 13 years." Brown produced a commercial citing these facts. DeWine's ads were changed to state only that he had failed to pay his unemployment taxes until legal action was taken against him.
According to an article in the October 16, 2006, edition of The New York Times, top Republican party officials on the national level determined that DeWine would probably be defeated and were moving financial support from his race to other Republican senatorial candidates they felt were more likely to win.
|Source||Date||Brown (D)||DeWine (R)|
|Zogby||October 31, 2005||40%||37%|
|Rasmussen||December 2, 2005||41%||43%|
|Rasmussen||January 7, 2006||40%||45%|
|Rasmussen||February 18, 2006||37%||46%|
|Rasmussen||March 31, 2006||42%||45%|
|Zogby/WSJ||March 31, 2006||46%||37%|
|Rasmussen||April 24, 2006||41%||43%|
|Rasmussen||May 15, 2006||44%||41%|
|University of Cincinnati||May 25, 2006||42%||52%|
|Survey USA||June 13, 2006||48%||39%|
|Zogby/WSJ||June 21, 2006||47%||34%|
|Rasmussen||June 27, 2006||39%||46%|
|Columbus Dispatch||July 23, 2006||45%||37%|
|Zogby/WSJ||July 24, 2006||45%||37%|
|Rasmussen||August 1, 2006||44%||42%|
|SurveyUSA||August 5, 2006||49%||41%|
|Rasmussen||August 26, 2006||45%||42%|
|Zogby/WSJ||August 28, 2006||47%||39%|
|Gallup||September 5, 2006||46%||40%|
|Zogby/WSJ||September 11, 2006||45%||41%|
|Rasmussen||September 13, 2006||47%||41%|
|Quinnipiac||September 20, 2006||45%||44%|
|University of Cincinnati||September 20, 2006||51%||47%|
|SurveyUSA||September 21, 2006||52%||42%|
|Columbus Dispatch||September 24, 2006||47%||42%|
|Zogby/WSJ||September 28, 2006||45%||41%|
|University of Akron||September 29, 2006||42%||42%|
|Mason-Dixon||October 1, 2006||45%||43%|
|Reuters/Zogby||October 5, 2006||41%||41%|
|Rasmussen||October 5, 2006||49%||41%|
|SurveyUSA||October 12, 2006||54%||40%|
|Rasmussen||October 13, 2006||48%||42%|
|Quinnipiac||October 17, 2006||53%||41%|
|University of Cincinnati||October 17, 2006||52%||45%|
|CBS News/New York Times||October 17, 2006||49%||35%|
|Mason-Dixon/MSNBC||October 24, 2006||48%||40%|
|Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg||October 24, 2006||47%||39%|
|Rasmussen||October 26, 2006||53%||41%|
|SurveyUSA||October 26, 2006||57%||37%|
|Opinion Consultants||October 22–30, 2006||51%||44%|
|CNN/Opinion Research Corporation||October 31, 2006||54%||43%|
|Reuters/Zogby International||November 2, 2006||56%||42%|
|Rasmussen||November 4, 2006||54%||43%|
|Mason-Dixon/MSNBC-McClatchy||November 5, 2006||50%||44%|
|Columbus Dispatch||November 5, 2006||62%||38%|
|University of Cincinnati Ohio Poll||November 6, 2006||56%||44%|
|SurveyUSA||November 6, 2006||54%||42%|
Brown was called the winner right when the polls closed in Ohio at 7:30. DeWine had the second worst performance of a Republican incumbent in 2006. Only Rick Santorum in Pennsylvania had a worse performance. While DeWine was able to win rural counties in western Ohio, Brown managed to win most eastern Ohio counties, especially in heavily populated areas. DeWine's narrow 2,000 vote victory in Hamilton County which is home to Cincinnati, came nowhere close to making a dent in Brown's lead. Brown would go on to be re elected in 2012.
|Democratic||Sherrod Campbell Brown||2,257,369||56.16%||+20.0|
|Republican||Richard Michael DeWine (Incumbent)||1,761,037||43.82%||-15.8|
|Democratic gain from Republican||Swing||-17.9|
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- "Rep. Sherrod Brown: Campaign Finance/Money - Summary - Representative 2006 | OpenSecrets". www.opensecrets.org. Retrieved September 27, 2016.
- Mike DeWine for Senate
- Sherrod Brown for Senate
- 2006 Ohio Senate race profile, analysis of campaign finances by the Center for Responsive Politics.
- Senator Mike DeWine, positions and voting record, an analysis by Project Vote Smart.
- Representative Sherrod Brown positions and voting record, an analysis by Project Vote Smart.