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2006 Pennsylvania state elections

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Pennsylvania's state elections were held November 7, 2006.[1] Necessary primary elections were held on May 16, 2006.[2]


Pennsylvania gubernatorial election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Lynn Swann
Running mate:Jim Matthews
1,622,135 39.6
Democratic Ed Rendell
Running mate:Catherine Baker Knoll
2,470,517 60.4

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United States Senate primary election in Pennsylvania, 2006
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bob Casey, Jr. 629,271 84.6
Democratic Chuck Pennacchio 66,364 8.9
Democratic Alan Sandals 48,113 6.5
United States Senate election in Pennsylvania, 2006
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Rick Santorum 1,684,778 41.3
Democratic Bob Casey, Jr. 2,392,984 58.7
Democratic gain from Republican

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Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum

Richard John Santorum is an American politician, attorney, author, and political commentator who represented Pennsylvania in the United States Senate from 1995 to 2007 and was the Senate's third-ranking Republican during the final six years of his tenure. He also ran unsuccessfully for President of the United States in the 2012 Republican primaries, finishing second to Mitt Romney.

Democratic Party (United States)

Democratic Party (United States)

The Democratic Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States. Founded in 1828, it was predominantly built by Martin Van Buren, who assembled politicians in every state behind war hero Andrew Jackson, making it the world's oldest active political party. Its main political rival has been the Republican Party since the 1850s, with both parties being big tents of competing and often opposing viewpoints. Modern American liberalism — a variant of social liberalism — is the party's majority ideology. The party also has notable centrist, social democratic, and left-libertarian factions.

Republican Party (United States)

Republican Party (United States)

The Republican Party, also referred to as the GOP, is one of the two major contemporary political parties in the United States. The GOP was founded in 1854 by anti-slavery activists who opposed the Kansas–Nebraska Act, which allowed for the potential expansion of chattel slavery into the western territories. It has been the main political rival of the Democratic Party since the mid-1850s. Like them, the Republican Party is a big tent of competing and often opposing ideologies. Presently, the Republican Party contains prominent conservative, centrist, populist, and right-libertarian factions.

State Senate

Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Ballot Question

Persian Gulf Conflict Veteran's Compensation Fund Referendum
Candidate Votes %
Yes 2,074,692 61.2
No 1,317,051 38.8

Source: "2006 Pennsylvania state elections", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2022, April 30th),

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