Washington U.S. Senate election, 2006

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Sen. Maria Cantwell (D)

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Important Dates

  • Filing Deadline: July 28, 2006
  • Primary: September 19, 2006


Challengers

  • Mike McGavick (R) (cw)
  • Aaron Dixon (G) (cw)
  • Bruce Guthrie (Libertarian)


Results

  • Cantwell won 57-40%

Previous elections

  • 2000: 49% / 49% over Slade Gorton (R) (incumbent). Cantwell won by 2,229 votes.


Washington presidential election results

  • 2004: Kerry 53 / Bush 46
  • 2000: Gore 50 / Bush 45
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Narrative

Cantwell is drawing fire from liberals in Washington for many of her votes during President Bush's first term, including her vote for the Iraq War Resolution and the confirmation of Condoleezza Rice. 2004 gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi, widely considered the strongest possible GOP candidate, has so far declined to run against Cantwell, making her re-election fairly likely despite her close victory in 2000. Cantwell's apparent unpopularity among Democrats and Washington's adoption of a run-off primary [1] could potentially complicate her chances. Republicans have found it difficult to find 'first-tier' candidates. Former insurance executive Mike McGavick (R) is taking the plunge. Businessman and veteran Mark Wilson (D) has announced a primary challenge to Cantwell, but withdrew in July. Cantwell won in '00 in a real squeaker. With the benefit of incumbency she should do better in '06. The FEC found that Cantwell illegally failed to disclose large loans to her campaign just prior to her '00 election and this may become an issue in '06. Currently, the Cantwell campaign is over $2 Million in debt.

External Links

  • Maria Cantwell senate website
  • Maria Cantwell (Project Vote Smart)
  • Maria Cantwell on the Issues (On the Issues)
  • Biography of Senator Maria Cantwell (Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee)
  • Mundy, Alicia. Stevens drops oil-tanker bill to give Cantwell's GOP foe an edge in race The Seattle Times, March 3, 2006.
  • Kellogg, Aaron. Cantwell, McGavick Debate Solutions To Crime, Drugs In Yakima KIMA 29, October 18, 2006.
  • Endorsement -- U.S. Senate: Re-elect Cantwell Tri-City Herald, October 20, 2006.
  • Ammons, David. As ballots arrive, McGavick distances himself from D.C. GOP Examiner, October 21, 2006.
  • Fryer, Alex. Where they stand: Cantwell vs. McGavick on the issues The Seattle Times, October 22, 2006.





Patty Murray (D-WA)

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  • Sen. Patty Murray (D)
  • next election not until 2010.

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