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Len Britton on the Vermont Senate Race
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Bernie Sanders Debates 5 Major and Minor Party Candidates in 2012 Senate Race
Bernie Sanders Debates 5 Major and Minor Party Candidates in 2012 Senate Race
Published: 2015/08/21
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"Out Here" - Jon Tester for US Senate 2006
"Out Here" - Jon Tester for US Senate 2006
Published: 2008/02/12
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Thank You, Vermont | Bernie Sanders
Thank You, Vermont | Bernie Sanders
Published: 2016/03/03
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Published: 2015/11/17
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Ohio Wanted to Suppress your Vote. We Said No, and We Won.
Published: 2016/03/13
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Senator Sanders hears from the people of Flint, Michigan
Published: 2016/02/28
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Our Home | Bernie Sanders [4K Edition]
Published: 2016/02/20
Channel: Bernie 2016
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Published: 2016/02/09
Channel: Bernie 2016
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Published: 2016/05/18
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Rigged Economy | Bernie Sanders
Published: 2015/11/13
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Communications Workers of America Endorsement | Bernie Sanders
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Published: 2015/11/20
Channel: Bernie 2016
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Published: 2015/11/15
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Published: 2016/05/24
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Published: 2016/04/27
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Poverty in America | Bernie Sanders
Published: 2016/05/06
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Published: 2015/12/10
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Published: 2016/06/04
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What did Bernie and Biden Talk About?
Published: 2015/11/01
Channel: Bernie 2016
Nina Turner: Bernie Sanders is a Champion for Civil Rights
Nina Turner: Bernie Sanders is a Champion for Civil Rights
Published: 2016/02/25
Channel: Bernie 2016
Get Out and Vote in New Jersey | Bernie Sanders
Get Out and Vote in New Jersey | Bernie Sanders
Published: 2016/06/04
Channel: Bernie 2016
Voter Suppression Lawsuit in Ohio | Bernie Sanders
Voter Suppression Lawsuit in Ohio | Bernie Sanders
Published: 2016/03/09
Channel: Bernie 2016
Cowards Suppress Voters - We Want Participation | Bernie Sanders
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Published: 2016/03/10
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Published: 2016/03/22
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Real Change #2 | Bernie Sanders
Real Change #2 | Bernie Sanders
Published: 2015/11/06
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Published: 2016/03/24
Channel: Bernie 2016
My Declaration of War | Bernie Sanders
My Declaration of War | Bernie Sanders
Published: 2016/03/31
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American Horizon | Bernie Sanders
Published: 2016/01/25
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Idaho: Go Caucus! | Bernie Sanders
Published: 2016/03/22
Channel: Bernie 2016
Our Path Forward to Defeat Trump | Bernie Sanders
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Published: 2016/05/09
Channel: Bernie 2016
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Published: 2016/02/20
Channel: Bernie 2016
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Published: 2016/02/05
Channel: Bernie 2016
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Published: 2016/02/22
Channel: Bernie 2016
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Published: 2016/04/05
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United States Senate election in Vermont, 2006
Vermont
← 2000 November 7, 2006 (2006-11-07) 2012 →
  Bernie Sanders.jpg No image.svg
Nominee Bernie Sanders Richard Tarrant
Party Independent Republican
Popular vote 171,638 84,924
Percentage 65.4% 32.3%

United States Senate election in Vermont, 2006 results by county.svg
Results by county

Sanders

  50-59%
  60-69%
  70-79%

Senator before election

Jim Jeffords
Independent

Elected Senator

Bernie Sanders
Independent

Results by town. Blue indicates a win by Sanders, red a win by Tarrant, and purple a tie.

The 2006 United States Senate election in Vermont was held on November 7, 2006. Incumbent independent Senator Jim Jeffords decided to retire rather than seek re-election to a fourth term in office and Bernie Sanders was elected to succeed him.

Sanders represented Vermont's at-large House district as an independent, won the Democratic primary and then dropped out to run as an independent. Many Democratic politicians across the country endorsed Sanders, and no Democrat was on the ballot. The state committee of the Vermont Democratic Party voted unanimously to endorse Sanders.[1]

Sanders won the open seat with 65% of the vote.

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Four candidates ran in the primary:[1][2]

Results[edit]

Sanders won the Democratic primary, but declined the nomination, leaving no Democratic nominee on the ballot. This victory ensured that no Democrat would appear on the general election ballot to split the vote with Sanders, an ally of the Democrats, who has been supported by leaders in the Democratic Party.

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Cris Ericson, perennial candidate
  • Greg Parke, retired lieutenant colonel
  • Richard Tarrant, businessman

Results[edit]

Tarrant won.

General election[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Campaign[edit]

In mid-August 2006, the campaign heated up considerably, with Tarrant fully engaged in heavy media advertising, most of which criticized Sanders' public stances. Tarrant ran several ads accusing Sanders of representing himself differently from his voting record in the House of Representatives, citing such examples as Sanders' votes against Amber Alert and against increased penalties for child pornography. Sanders responded with an ad stating that Tarrant's claims are "dishonest" and "distort my record" and presented what he viewed as more accurate explanations of his voting record.

Endorsements[edit]

Since Sanders was allied with the Democrats in the House of Representatives, Democratic leadership successfully dissuaded any serious challengers from their party. Sanders was endorsed by prominent Democrats such as DNC Chairman and former Vermont Governor Howard Dean, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, and Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. On February 13, 2005 Sanders received an endorsement from Democracy for America, the political action committee that was founded by Dean after he withdrew from the 2004 Presidential race.[4]

Fundraising[edit]

The election was the most expensive political campaign in Vermont history.[5]

Tarrant was a self-funded candidate, with 98% of all his campaign expenditures coming from personal sources. He spent $7,315,854 total.[6] Sanders' top contributors include the plaintiffs' law firm Baron & Budd; the International Union of Operating Engineers; the Laborers' International Union of North America; and the Communication Workers of America. Sanders raised $5,554,466 total.[7] In total, Tarrant and Sanders spent $13,771,060.[6] Tarrant spent $85 per vote, the largest cost per vote of any race in the country during 2006, while Sanders spent $34 per vote.[8]

Polling[edit]

Source Date Sanders (I) Tarrant (R)
Research 2000 October 23–24, 2006 57% 36%
Research 2000 September 18–19, 2006 58% 33%
American Research Group September 15, 2006 55% 40%
Rasmussen August 3, 2006 62% 34%
American Research Group July 27, 2006 56% 35%
Rasmussen June 16, 2006 67% 29%
Research 2000 May 11, 2006 61% 24%
Doyle Poll March 7, 2006 62% 26%
Rasmussen January 5, 2006 70% 25%
Research 2000 November 1, 2005 64% 16%

Results[edit]

Official results from the Vermont United States Senate.[9]

Vermont United States Senate election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Bernie Sanders 171,638 65.4% n/a
Republican Richard Tarrant 84,924 32.3 -33.2
Independent Cris Ericson 1,735 0.66 n/a
Green Craig Hill 1,536 0.59 n/a
Independent Peter D. Moss 1,518 0.58 n/a
Liberty Union Peter Diamondstone 801 0.31 -0.2
Write-ins 267 0.10 0
Majority 86,741 33.1
Turnout 262,419 100
Independent hold Swing

Sanders won a majority of the votes in every county in the state, with 57% as his lowest county total.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Democratic primary is far from ordinary (September 11, 2006). Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus.
  2. ^ M.D. Drysdale, Primary Election Is Next Tuesday (September 7, 2009). Herald.
  3. ^ Klein, Rick (July 13, 2006). "Party shuns Vermont Democrats in race: Seeks to clear way for independent in US Senate bid". Boston Globe. 
  4. ^ "DFA Backs Sanders and Welch". WCAX. 2006-02-13. Retrieved 2007-02-03. 
  5. ^ Wilson Ring, Sanders, Welch win in Vermont races (November 8, 2006). Associated Press.
  6. ^ a b "Congressional Races - 2006 Vermont Senate". Opensecrets.org. Center for Responsive Politics. 2007-02-02. Retrieved 2007-02-03. 
  7. ^ "Vermont Senate: 2006 Race Profile - Top Contributors". Opensecrets.org. Center for Responsive Politics. 2006-12-11. Retrieved 2007-02-03. 
  8. ^ Ottenhoff, Patrick (2007-01-31). "What's the value of a vote". MSNBC. 
  9. ^ "Our Campaigns - VT US Senate Race - Nov 07, 2006". ourcampaigns.com. 2008. Retrieved 2015-08-25. 

External links[edit]


Preceded by
2004
Patrick Leahy (D)
Vermont U.S. Senate elections
2006
Bernie Sanders (I)
Succeeded by
2010
Patrick Leahy (D)

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