United States Senate election in Maine, 2006

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United States Senate election in Maine, 2006

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Nominee Olympia Snowe Jean Hay Bright
Party Republican Democratic Independent
Popular vote 402,598 111,984 29,220
Percentage 74.01% 20.59% 5.37%

County Results

U.S. senator before election

Olympia Snowe

Elected U.S. Senator

Olympia Snowe

The 2006 United States Senate election in Maine was held on November 2, 2006. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe won re-election to a third term.






Snowe, who had been elected to both of her previous terms by approximately 2 to 1 margins, had never lost an election. The reason why Snowe won by a landslide even when Democrats were winning across the country is because she is a centrist Republican and thus has a very high approval rating in Maine. Meanwhile, her Democratic opponent in the 2006 election, Jean Hay Bright, had never been elected to political office.

Democrats' best hope for taking the seat was that Snowe would retire rather than run in 2006, but there was never any indication that Snowe seriously considered not running for re-election.[1]

The filing deadline for major party candidates was March 15, 2006. The primary was held on June 13, 2006. Olympia Snowe was unopposed for the Republican nomination; Jean Hay Bright narrowly won the Democratic nod with 50.7% of the vote against Eric Mehnert.

Hay Bright announced her candidacy in May 2005. Hay Bright was previously an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination to the House in 1994 and the Senate in 1996.

The race had been called by FOX News for the Republican incumbent Olympia Snowe 23 minutes after the polls had closed. Snowe won re-election by a greater margin than any U.S. Senator that cycle except Indiana's Richard Lugar, who faced only a Libertarian opponent.


Source Date Snowe (R) Bright (D) Slavick (I)
Critical Insights October 27, 2006 74% 14% 6%
Rasmussen October 17, 2006 70% 24%
Rasmussen August 21, 2006 68% 20%
Rasmussen August 2, 2006 69% 22%
Rasmussen June 22, 2006 66% 26%


General election results [2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Olympia Snowe (incumbent) 402,598 74.01 +5.5
Democratic Jean Hay Bright 111,984 20.59 -10.6
Independent Bill Slavick 29,220 5.37 n/a
Majority 290,614 53.42
Turnout 543,981
Republican hold Swing

Snowe won in all of Maine's counties, taking at least 60% of the vote in each region.


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Preceded by
Susan Collins
Maine U.S. Senate elections
Succeeded by

de:Bill Slavick