Florida U.S. Senate election, 2006

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Senator Bill Nelson (D)


  • Senator: Bill Nelson (D)
  • State: Florida
  • Age in 2006: 64
  • Prognosis: Likely Democratic (11/04)



  • Nelson won 60-38%

Previous Elections

Florida Presidential Results

  • 2004: Bush 52%/ Kerry 47%
  • 2000: Bush 49% / Gore 49%


As the only southern Democrat facing re-election, Nelson will draw major regional attention to this race. Florida also will elect a new governor in 2006, and the cost of two major campaigns in a large state could require that one of the Republican candidates have a high profile. Rep. Katherine Harris, who served as Secretary of State during the 2000 election, won the Republican primary in spite of a shambolic campaign, and the open opposition of most of the state's senior Republican officeholders. This seat is safely Democratic.

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Sen. Melquiades Rafael Martinez (R-FL)


  • faces reelection in 2010.

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