There were scattered reports of problems at polling places across the country as new electronic voting systems were introduced in many states. The Democrats gained six Senate seats by defeating Republican Senators in the states of Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Virginia. Despite the district's tendency to vote for Republicans at the national level, Peterson had been able to hold on to his seat with ease, and this year proved no different.
Millions of allegedly harassing and deceptive "robo-calls" were reported or placed in at least 53 house districts.
Democrats gained or retained control of the state legislatures and governorships of 15 states, thus creating unified government in Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Washington and West Virginia, although the governorship of Louisiana reverted to the Republicans with the October 2007 election of Bobby Jindal. For the first time since the creation of the Republican party in 1854, no Republican captured any House, Senate, or Gubernatorial seat previously held by a Democrat. Senators Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania and Mike DeWine of Ohio, and Representatives Charlie Bass of New Hampshire, John Hostettler of Indiana, Gil Gutknecht of Minnesota, and J. D. Hayworth of Arizona all won previously Democratic seats in 1994 elections and were defeated in 2006.
Result. Congress's unprecedented and unpopular involvement in the Terri Schiavo controversy is often pointed to as the catalyst for this drop. RCP Election 2006. Florida Representative Mark Foley, who ironically headed the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children, was found to have been making sexually lewd and highly inappropriate contacts online with male congressional pages, and it was soon found that members of the Republican leadership knew in some capacity of Foley's advances, yet took little action. Twenty two of those contested seats were held by Republicans, and the remaining 14 were held by Democrats. In the Vermont House of Representatives, the Vermont Progressive Party successfully maintained its six seats within the chamber. Officials and experts reported electronic voting machine malfunctions in Indiana, Ohio, New Jersey, Colorado and Florida.
Voting-machine problems kept polls open until 9:00 PM, an hour later than scheduled, in. The result was that on election day, many congressional seats had been touched by Republican scandals and were easier to pick up for Democrats than under normal conditions. To read the full-text of this research, you can request a copy directly from the authors. The 2006 congressional elections in Michigan was held on November 4, 2006 to determine who would represent the state of Michigan in the United States House of Representatives.Michigan had fifteen seats in the House, apportioned according to the 2000 United States Census.Representatives are elected for two-year terms. This conservative, rural district based in western Minnesota had been represented by DFL Congressman Collin Peterson since 1991, and this year, Peterson sought a ninth term in Congress. Arizona. Wade..  Negative perceptions of Bush following the slow governmental response to Hurricane Katrina further weighed on his popularity. Democrats gained control of the Oregon Legislative Assembly, the Minnesota Legislature, the Iowa General Assembly and the New Hampshire General Court. Many political analysts concluded that the results of the election were based around President George W. Bush's policies in the War in Iraq and corruption in Congress. Incumbent Democratic Congressman Al Wynn survived a tough primary challenge from lawyer Donna Edwards, and since the Democratic primary is tantamount to election, Wynn was the heavy favorite to win the general election, which he ultimately did.
Nearly all state legislatures were up for election. In Illinois, out of seemingly dissatisfaction of both the candidacies of Democratic Governor Rod Blagojevich and Republican candidate Judy Baar Topinka resulted in 10% of the electorate voting for the Green Party candidate Rich Whitney, an accomplishment by all means considering Whitney did not campaign on television or radio. Van Hollen faced no serious threat to his bid for a third term from Republican Jeffrey Stein or Green Party candidate Gerard Giblin, and he crushed both of them in the general election. George's Misidentify Candidates", "Other states have dirty tricks; we have flooding", "Ballot shortage forces desperate measure", "Elections Bring New Landscape to Capitol", "Pelosi ready for House helm, battle over issues", "Removal of Rumsfeld Dates Back to Summer", "Republicans find themselves increasingly confined to the Sun Belt", "Why Republicans got shellacked in the midterms", "China to come under tighter scrutiny by new US Congress", "World contemplates fallout for Iraq of U.S. election", "European Reaction- "End of a Six Year Nightmare, "Khamenei calls elections a victory for Iran", "U.S. governs by 'coercion,' Iran leader writes", "Text of Iran president's letter to the U.S.", E-voting state by state: What you need to know, BSRS Newsservice Coverage of US Midterm Elections, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=2006_United_States_elections&oldid=987115568, November 2006 events in the United States, Articles with dead external links from November 2019, Articles with dead external links from September 2010, Articles with dead external links from September 2017, Articles with permanently dead external links, Articles with dead external links from January 2009, Articles with dead external links from April 2018, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, In a hotly contested referendum that inspired a widely publicized feud between conservative radio talk show host.