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2006 United States Senate election in Wisconsin

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2006 United States Senate election in Wisconsin

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  Herbert Kohl, official photo.jpg No image.svg
Nominee Herb Kohl Robert Lorge
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 1,439,214 630,299
Percentage 67.3% 29.5%

2006 United States Senate election in Wisconsin results map by county.svg
WI Senate 2006.svg
Kohl:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%      >90%
Lorge:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%
Tie:      40–50%      50%
     No data

U.S. senator before election

Herb Kohl
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Herb Kohl
Democratic

The 2006 United States Senate election in Wisconsin was held November 7, 2006. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Herb Kohl won re-election to his fourth and final term in a landslide.[1] As of 2022, this is the most recent election where a candidate of any party won every county in Wisconsin.

Democratic primary

Candidates

Results

Democratic primary results [1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Herb Kohl (incumbent) 308,178 85.66%
Democratic Ben Masel 51,245 14.24%
Democratic Write ins 335 0.09%
Total votes 359,758 100%

Republican primary

Candidates

  • Robert Lorge, attorney

Results

Republican primary results [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Robert Lorge 194,633 99.73%
Republican Write ins 530 0.27%
Total votes 195,163 100%

General election

Candidates

  • Robert Lorge (R), attorney
  • Herbert Kohl (D), incumbent U.S. Senator
  • Rae Vogeler (G), community organizer

Predictions

Source Ranking As of
The Cook Political Report[2] Solid D November 6, 2006
Sabato's Crystal Ball[3] Safe D November 6, 2006
Rothenberg Political Report[4] Safe D November 6, 2006
Real Clear Politics[5] Safe D November 6, 2006

Polling

Source Date Herb
Kohl (D)
Robert
Lorge (R)
Strategic Vision (R) March 8, 2006 59% 27%
Strategic Vision (R) April 12, 2006 61% 25%
Strategic Vision (R) May 3, 2006 63% 25%
Strategic Vision (R) June 8, 2006 65% 25%
University of Wisconsin July 5, 2006 63% 14%
Rasmussen July 20, 2006 60% 27%
Rasmussen August 20, 2006 59% 31%
Zogby/WSJ August 28, 2006 51% 33%
Zogby/WSJ September 11, 2006 50% 35%
Rasmussen September 25, 2006 60% 33%
Rasmussen October 29, 2006 64% 25%
University of Wisconsin October 30, 2006 73% 16%

Results

2006 United States Senate election, Wisconsin [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Herb Kohl (incumbent) 1,439,214 67.31 +5.8
Republican Robert Lorge 630,299 29.48 -7.5
Green Rae Vogeler 42,434 1.98 n/a
Independent Ben Glatzel 25,096 1.17 n/a
Other Scattered 1,254 0.06 n/a
Majority 808,915 37.83
Turnout 2,138,297 50.86
Democratic hold Swing

Analysis

Kohl won every county in the state. Kohl's weakest performance in the state was suburban Washington County, Wisconsin, which Kohl won with just 49.6%. Kohl's strongest performance was in rural Menominee County, where he won with over 90% of the vote. Vogeler's best performance was in Dane County, where she came in third place with over 5%, a county where Lorge had his second weakest performance.[6]

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Herb Kohl

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Washington County, Wisconsin

Washington County, Wisconsin

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Menominee County, Wisconsin

Menominee County, Wisconsin

Menominee County is a county in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. As of the 2020 census, the population was 4,255, making it the least populous county in Wisconsin. Its county seat is in the community of Keshena.

Source: "2006 United States Senate election in Wisconsin", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2023, March 5th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2006_United_States_Senate_election_in_Wisconsin.

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References
  1. ^ "WI US Senate". Archived from the original on November 20, 2020. Retrieved July 6, 2021.
  2. ^ "2006 Senate Race Ratings for November 6, 2006" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 5, 2008. Retrieved September 30, 2021.
  3. ^ "Election Eve 2006: THE FINAL PREDICTIONS". Sabato's Crystal Ball. Retrieved June 25, 2021.
  4. ^ "2006 Senate Ratings". Senate Ratings. The Rothenberg Political Report. Retrieved June 25, 2021.
  5. ^ "Election 2006". Real Clear Politics. Retrieved June 25, 2021.
  6. ^ Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections
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