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  • 2006 Senate Candidates
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    (Primary June 6, runoff June 27)
    No Senate race in 2006 -- click here for AL incumbent Senators.

    (Primary August 22)
    No Senate race in 2006 -- click here for AK incumbent Senators or click here for Alaska Senate debate from Oct. 20, 2004

    (Primary Sept. 12)
    Jon KylRepublican incumbent
    Jim PedersonDemocratic challenger, state party chair
    Click here for the Arizona 2006 Senate debate (Kyl vs. Pederson, Oct. 15, 2006)
    or click here for last election cycle's Arizona 2004 Senate debate Oct. 16, 2004

    (Primary May 23, runoff June 13)
    No Senate race in 2006 -- click here for AR incumbent Senators or click here for Arkansas Senate debate Oct. 28, 2004

    (Primary June 6)
    Dianne FeinsteinDemocratic incumbent
    Dick MountjoyRepublican challenger
    Other possible challengers:George Gladius (R), Bill Mundell (R)

    (Caucuses March 21, primary Aug. 8)
    No Senate race in 2006 -- click here for CO incumbent Senators or click here for Colorado Senate debate Oct. 10, 2004

    (Primary Aug. 8)
    Joe LiebermanDemocratic incumbent (lost Aug. 8 primary; running as Independent)
    Ned LamontDemocratic challenger (won Aug. 8 primary)
    Alan SchlesingerRepulican challenger
    Other possible challengers:U.S. Attorney Kevin J. O'Connor (R)?, U.S. Rep. Nancy L. Johnson (R)?, ex-St. Rep. / Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton (R)?, ex-Gov. / ex-U.S. Sen. Lowell P. Weicker, Jr. (I)?, '04 congressional nominee / Artist / Truck Driver Ralph Ferrucci (G),
    Click here for the CT Democratic Primary debate (Lamont vs. Lieberman, July 6 2006)
    or click here for the CT general election Senate debate (Lamont vs. Lieberman vs. Schlesinger, Oct. 23 2006)
    or click here for last election cycle's Connecticut Senate debate Oct. 11, 2004

    (Primary Sept. 12)
    Tom CarperDemocratic incumbent
    Jan TingRepublican challenger
    Mike ProtackRepublican challenger (lost primary)
    Christine O`DonnellRepublican challenger (lost primary)
    Click here for the Delaware Senate debate (Carper vs. Ting, Oct. 20, 2006)

    (Primary Sept. 5)
    Bill NelsonDemocratic incumbent
    Katherine HarrisRepublican challenger; US Representative
    Brian MooreSocialist challenger
    Click here for the Florida Senate debate (Harris vs. Nelson, Oct. 23, 2006)
    or click here for last election cycle's Florida Senate debate Oct. 18, 2004

    (Primary July 18, primary runoff Aug. 8, runoff Nov. 28)
    No Senate race in 2006 -- click here for GA incumbent Senators or click here for Georgia Senate debate Oct. 12 & 20, 2004

    (Primary Sept. 23)
    Daniel AkakaDemocratic incumbent
    Rep. Ed CaseDemocratic challenger (lost Sept. 23 primary)
    State Rep. Cynthia ThielenRepublican challenger
    Click here for the Akaka-Case Senate debates Aug. 2006

    (Primary May 23)
    No Senate race in 2006 -- click here for ID incumbent Senators

    (Primary March 21)
    No Senate race in 2006 -- click here for IL incumbent Senators or click here for Illinois Senate debate Oct. 12 & 26, 2004

    (Primary May 2)
    Richard G. LugarRepublican incumbent
    Steve OsbornLibertarian Challenger
    Possible challengers:former Lieutenant Governor Kathy Davis (D)?, Mayor Graham Richard (D)?, Evansville Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel (D)?, St. Clerk of Court David C. Lewis (D)?

    (Primary June 6)
    No Senate race in 2006 -- click here for IA incumbent Senators

    (Primary August 1)
    No Senate race in 2006 -- click here for KS incumbent Senators

    (Primary May 16)
    No Senate race in 2006 -- click here for KY incumbent Senators or click here for Kentucky Senate debate Oct. 11, 2004

    (Primary Sept. 30, run off Dec. 9)
    No Senate race in 2006 -- click here for LA incumbent Senators or click here for Louisiana Senate debate Oct. 19, 2004

    (Primary June 13)
    Olympia J. SnoweRepublican incumbent
    Jean Hay BrightDemocratic challenger
    Eric MehnertDemocratic challenger (lost June 13 primary)

    (Primary Sept. 12)
    Paul S. SarbanesDemocratic incumbent, retiring
    Benjamin L. CardinDemocratic challenger, U.S. Rep.
    Michael SteeleRepublican challenger, Lt. Gov.
    Kevin ZeeseGreen/Libertarian/Populist challenger
    Kweisi MfumeDemocratic challenger, former U.S. Rep. (lost primary)
    Daniel "The Wig Man" VovakRepublican challenger (lost primary)
    Click here for the 2006 Maryland Senate debate (Cardin, Steele, Zeese, Oct. 25, 2006)
    or click here for last election cycle's 2004 Maryland Senate debate Oct. 19, 2004

    (Primary Sept. 19)
    Edward M. Kennedy Democratic incumbent
    Kenneth ChaseRepublican challenger, school administrator / '04 congressional candidate
    Kevin ScottRepublican challenger, former Wakefield Selectman (lost primary)
    Brian MacdonaldRepublican challenger (lost primary)

    (Primary August 8)
    Debbie StabenowDemocratic incumbent
    Michael BouchardRepublican challenger, Oakland County Sheriff
    Leonard SchwartzLibertarian challenger
    Bret McAteeConstitution Party challenger
    Rev. Keith A. ButlerRepublican challenger, former Detroit councilor (lost Aug. 8 primary)
    Rev. Gerald "Jerry" ZandstraRepublican challenger (withdrew, spring 2006)
    Nick H. SmithRepublican challenger, former U.S. Rep (no candidacy)
    Click here for the Michigan Senate debate (Bouchard vs. Stabenow)

    (Primary Sept. 12)
    Mark DaytonDFL incumbent, retiring
    Mark R. KennedyRepublican challenger, U.S. Rep
    Ford W. BellDFL challenger (withdrew July 2006)
    Amy KlobucharDFL challenger, Hennepin County Attorney
    Patty WetterlingDFL challenger (withdrew Jan. 2006)
    Robert FitzgeraldIndependence Party challenger
    Michael CavlanGreen challenger
    Click here for the Minnesota Senate debate (Kennedy vs. Klobuchar)
    or click here for the Minnesota primary debates (Klobuchar vs. Bell vs. Kennedy vs. Cavlan)

    (Primary June 6, primary runoff June 27, runoff Nov. 26)
    Trent LottRepublican incumbent, dispelling retirement rumors
    Erik R. FlemingDemocratic challenger
    Bill BowlinDemocratic challenger (lost June 27 primary runoff)
    Several other candidates withdrew after Trentt Lott's decision against retirement:
    Chip Pickering, Jr.Republican challenger, U.S. Rep.
    Roger F. WickerRepublican challenger, U.S. Rep.
    Haley BarbourRepublican challenger (withdrew Jan. 2006 to run for re-election as Governor)
    Ronnie MusgroveDemocratic challenger, former Governor
    Gene TaylorDemocratic challenger, U.S. Rep.

    (Primary August 8)
    Jim TalentRepublican incumbent
    Claire McCaskillDemocratic challenger; state Auditor
    Click here for the Missouri Senate debate (Talent vs. McCaskill)

    (Primary June 6)
    Conrad BurnsRepublican incumbent
    Jon TesterDemocratic challenger; state Senator
    Bob KeenanRepublican challenger (lost June 6 primary)
    John MorrisonDemocratic challenger; state Auditor (lost June 6 primary)
    Stan JonesLibertarian challenger
    Click here for the Montana 2-way Senate debate (Burns vs. Tester)
    or click here for the Montana 3-way Senate debate (Burns vs. Tester vs. Jones)

    (Primary May 9)
    Ben NelsonDemocratic incumbent
    Peter RickettsRepublican challenger
    David J. KramerRepublican challenger, state party chair (lost May 9 primary)
    Don StenbergRepublican challenger, former Attorney General (lost May 9 primary)

    (Primary August 15)
    John Eric EnsignRepublican incumbent
    Jack CarterDemocratic challenger, former First Son
    Click here for the Nevada Senate debate (Ensign vs. Carter, Oct. 15, 2006)

    New Hampshire
    (Primary Sept. 12)
    No Senate race in 2006 -- click here for N.H. incumbent Senators or click here for new Hampshire Senate debate Oct. 21, 2004

    New Jersey
    (Primary June 6)
    Jon CorzineDemocratic incumbent, elected as Governor (retiring Jan. 2006)
    Robert MenendezDemocratic challenger; U.S. Rep.; appointed Senator by Gov. Corzine
    St. Sen. Thomas H. Kean Jr.Republican challenger; State Senator
    Click here for the New Jersey Senate debate (Kean vs. Menendez)

    New Mexico
    (Primary June 6)
    Jeff BingamanDemocratic incumbent
    Allen McCullochRepublican challenger
    David PfefferRepublican challenger (lost June 6 primary)
    Francesca LobatoRepublican challenger (lost June 6 primary)
    Joe CarraroRepublican challenger, state senator (lost June 6 primary)

    New York
    (Primary Sept. 12)
    Hillary Rodham ClintonDemocratic incumbent
    John SpencerRepublican challenger; former Mayor of Yonkers
    KT McFarlandRepublican challenger (lost primary)
    Howie HawkinsGreen challenger
    Ed CoxRepublican challenger (withdrew Jan. 2006)
    Jeanine F. PirroRepublican challenger (withdrew Dec. 2005; now running for state Attorney General); District Attorney
    Click here for the New York Senate debate (Spencer vs. Clinton, Oct. 22, 2006)
    The 2006 debates will be posted when they occur -- click here for past election cycle's 2004 New York Senate debate Oct. 17, 2004 (Schumer vs. Mills vs. O'Grady)
    2000 New York Senate debate Oct. 27, 2000 (Lazio vs. Clinton)

    North Carolina
    (Primary May 2, runoff May 30)
    No Senate race in 2006 -- click here for N.C. incumbent Senators or click here for N.C. Senate debate Sept. 28, 2004

    North Dakota
    (Primary June 13)
    Kent ConradDNL incumbent
    Dwight GrotbergRepublican challenger
    Other possible challengers:St. Rep. Eugene Nicholas (R)?, '92 nominee / Lt. Gov. Jack Dalrymple (R)?

    (Primary May 2)
    Mike DeWineRepublican incumbent
    Sherrod BrownDemocratic challenger, U.S. Rep.
    Paul L. Hackett, IIIDemocratic challenger (lost May 2 2006 primary)
    Click here for the Ohio Senate debate (DeWine vs. Brown)

    (Primary July 25, runoff Aug. 22)
    No Senate race in 2006 -- click here for Oklahoma incumbent Senators or click here for OK Senate debate Oct. 3, 2004

    (Primary May 16)
    No Senate race in 2006 -- click here for Oregon incumbent Senators

    (Primary May 16)
    Rick SantorumRepublican incumbent
    Bob Casey Jr.Democratic challenger, state treasurer
    Carl RomanelliGreen challenger
    Tom MartinLibertarian challenger
    John FeathermanLibertarian challenger (withdrew March 2006)
    Chuck PennacchioDemocratic challenger (lost May 16 primary)
    Alan SandalsDemocratic challenger (lost May 16 primary)
    Click here for the Santorum-Casey Senate debates Sept. 2006 -- click here for past election cycle's Pennsylvania Senate debates Oct., 2004

    Rhode Island
    (Primary Sept. 12)
    Linc ChafeeRepublican incumbent
    Sheldon WhitehouseDemocratic challenger, former attorney general
    Carl Lloyd SheelerDemocratic challenger (lost primary)
    Stephen P. LaffeyRepublican challenger (lost primary)
    Matt BrownDemocratic challenger, secretary of state (withdrew, spring 2006)
    Click here for the Republican Primary debate (Chafee vs. Laffey)

    South Carolina
    (Primary June 13, runoff June 27)
    No Senate race in 2006 -- click here for S.C. incumbent Senators or click here for past election cycle's S.C. Senate debates Oct. 17, 2004

    South Dakota
    (Primary June 6, runoff June 20)
    No Senate race in 2006 -- click here for S.D. incumbent Senators or click here for past election cycle's S.D. Senate debates Sept. 19, 2004

    (Primary August 3)
    Bill FristRepublican incumbent, retiring
    Bob CorkerRepublican challenger
    Harold E. Ford, JrDemocratic challenger, U.S. Rep
    Ed BryantRepublican challenger, former U.S. Rep (lost primary)
    Van HillearyRepublican challenger, former U.S. Rep(lost primary)
    Rosalind KuritaDemocratic challenger; state senator (withdrew, spring 2006)
    Bo HeywardIndependent challenger
    Chris LugoGreen challenger
    Click here for the Tennessee Senate debate (Corker vs. Ford)

    (Primary March 7)
    Kay Bailey HutchisonRepublican incumbent
    Barbara Ann RadnofskyDemocratic challenger
    Scott JamesonLibertarian challenger
    Kenneth E. Bentsen, Jr.Democratic challenger, former U.S. Rep. (withdrew)
    Gene KellyDemocratic challenger, 2000 Senate challenger (lost primary, March 2006)
    Darrel HunterDemocratic challenger (lost primary, March 2006)
    Click here for the Texas Senate debate (Jameson, Hutchison, Radnofsky, Oct. 19, 2006)

    (Primary June 27)
    Orrin G. HatchRepublican incumbent
    Pete AshdownDemocratic challenger
    The 2006 debates will be posted when they occur -- click here for last election cycle's Utah Senate debate Oct. 14, 2004

    (Primary Sept. 12)
    Jim JeffordsIndependent incumbent, retiring
    Bernie SandersIndependent challenger, U.S. Rep
    Richard TarrantRepublican challenger
    Gregory ParkeRepublican challenger (lost primary)
    Larry DrownDemocratic challenger (withdrew, summer 2006)

    (Primary June 13)
    George AllenRepublican incumbent
    James H. Webb, Jr.Democratic challenger
    Harris MillerDemocratic challenger (lost June 13 primary)
    Click here for the Sept. 2006 Senate debate (Allen v. Webb)

    (Primary Sept. 19)
    Maria CantwellDemocratic incumbent
    Mike McGavickRepublican challenger
    Bruce GuthrieLibertarian challenger
    Brad KlippertRepublican challenger (lost primary)
    Click here for the Washington 2006 Senate debate (Cantwell, McGavick, Guthrie, Oct. 17, 2006)
    or click here for last election cycle's Washington 2004 Senate debate Oct. 20, 2004

    West Virginia
    (Primary May 9)
    Robert C. ByrdDemocratic incumbent
    John RaeseRepublican challenger
    Hiram Bucky Lewis, IVRepublican challenger (lost May 9 primary)
    Rick SnufferRepublican challenger (lost May 9 primary)
    Zane LawhornRepublican challenger (lost May 9 primary)

    (Primary Sept. 12)
    Herb KohlDemocratic incumbent
    Rae VogelerGreen challenger
    David RedickLibertarian challenger
    Robert Gerald LorgeRepublican challenger
    Tommy ThompsonRepublican challenger, former HHS Secretary (no candidacy)
    Tim MichelsRepublican challenger (no candidacy)
    The 2006 debates will be posted when they occur -- click here for last election cycle's Wisconsin Senate debate Oct. 1 to 20, 2004

    (Primary August 22)
    Craig ThomasRepublican incumbent (deceased 2007)
    Dale GroutageDemocratic challenger
    John BarrassoRepublican Appointee, 2007


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