United States Senate election in Texas, 2006

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United States Senate election in Texas, 2006
Texas
← 2000 November 7, 2006 2012 →
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Nominee Kay Bailey Hutchison Barbara Ann Radnofsky
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 2,661,789 1,555,202
Percentage 61.7% 36.0%

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County results

U.S. Senator before election

Kay Bailey Hutchison
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

Kay Bailey Hutchison
Republican

The 2006 United States Senate election in Texas was held on November 7, 2006. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison won re-election to a third term.

Major candidates[edit]

Democratic[edit]

Republican[edit]

Campaign[edit]

The Democrat nominee who had never run for public office and was expected to face an uphill battle in the general election, especially in a state that has not elected a Democrat statewide since 1994 and against a historically popular Hutchison. Since neither Radnofsky nor her main opponent, Gene Kelly, had received a majority of votes in the Democratic primary, a runoff was held on April 11, 2006, which Radnofsky won. Radnofsky's campaign platform is available on her website. [1] Scott Lanier Jameson won the Libertarian Party nomination at the party's state convention on June 10, 2006, defeating Timothy Wade and Ray Salinas. Arthur W. Loux, a Roman Forest City Councilman and a member of the Minutemen, was running as an independent.

Hutchison co-sponsored legislation supporting the creation of a constitutional amendment that would limit terms for senators[citation needed], but had been quoted saying that she would only leave after two terms if such a law applied to all senators[citation needed]. After deciding not to challenge Governor Rick Perry this year, as had been widely speculated[citation needed], Hutchison was running for a third term.

She had no opposition in the 2006 Republican primary, and had approval ratings in the 60 percent range going into the General Election [2], although they had been slipping rapidly.

Polling[edit]

Source Date Hutchison (R) Radnofsky (D) Jameson (L)
Polimetrix November 5, 2006 65% 29%
Zogby October 25, 2006 61% 27%
Rasmussen October 23, 2006 60% 34%
Rasmussen August 31, 2006 58% 32%
Rasmussen August 3, 2006 61% 31%
Rasmussen July 13, 2006 58% 31%
Rasmussen May 18, 2006 53% 34%
Rasmussen January 8, 2006 64% 25%

Results[edit]

2006 United States Senate election, Texas
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison (inc.) 2,661,789 61.7 -3.3
Democratic Barbara Ann Radnofsky 1,555,202 36.0 +3.6
Libertarian Scott Jameson 97,672 2.3 +1.1
Majority 1,106,587 25.7
Turnout 4,314,663
Republican hold Swing

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Preceded by
2002
John Cornyn
Texas U.S. Senate elections
2006
Succeeded by
2008