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Open Governor's Chairs, Senate and House Seats
at the time of the 2005 General Election

Governor's Chairs, Senate and House Seats...
Open (incumbent not running for re-election)
No incumbent running
Uncontested (one candidate running)
Multiple incumbents running

IncumbentPartyOfficeReason for not seeking re-election
Congressman Randy "Duke" CunninghamRepublicanHouse CD 50Vacant Office. 28 November 2005: Republican Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham (CA-CD 50) resigned resigned from the U.S. House after pleading guilty to Federal charges involving bribes, mail fraud, wire fraud, and tax evasion.
14 July 2005: Congressman Cunningham, who is under investigation for his activities with a defense contractor, announced that he will not seek re-election.
Congressman Bob BeauprezRepublicanHouse CD 7Open Seat
Congressman Katherine HarrisRepublicanHouse CD 13Open Seat. 7 June 2005: Running for the Senate Class 1 seat in 2006.
Congressman C.L. "Butch" OtterRepublicanHouse CD 1Open Seat. Candidate for Governor in 2006
Congressman Henry J. HydeRepublicanHouse CD 6Open Seat. 18 April 2005: Announced retirement at the end of the current term.
Congressman Jim NussleRepublicanHouse CD 1Open Seat. Candidate for Governor in 2006
Senator Paul SarbanesDemocraticSenate Class 1Open Seat. 11 March 2005: Announced that he is retiring and is not a candidate for re-election in 2006
Congressman Benjamin L. CardinDemocraticHouse CD 3Open Seat. Running for the Class 1 Senate seat in 2006.
Senator Mark DaytonDemocraticSenate Class 1Open Seat. 9 February 2005: Senator Dayton announces that he will not seek re-election.
Congressman Mark R. KennedyRepublicanHouse CD 6Open Seat. 2005 February 11: Congressman Kennedy announced that he would seek the Senate seat being vacated by Democrat Mark Dayton.
Congressman Tom OsborneRepublicanHouse CD 3Open Seat. Candidate for Governor in 2006
Congressman Jim GibbonsRepublicanHouse CD 2Open Seat. 31 August 2005: Running for Governor in 2006
New Jersey
Senator Jon CorzineDemocraticSenate Class 1Open Seat. Elected Governor of New Jersey, 8 November 2005
Governor Richard James CodeyDemocraticGovernorOpen Chair. Acting Governor Codey announced on 31 January 2005 that he will not be a candidate for the full 4-year term resulting from the Gubernatorial Election in November 2005
New York
Governor George E. PatakiRepublicanGovernorOpen Chair. on 27 July 2005, Gov. Pataki announced he will not be seeking re-election to a fourth term in 2006.
Congressman Michael G. OxleyRepublicanHouse CD 4Open Seat. On 1 November 2005 Congressman Oxley announced that after 25 years of service he is retiring will not seek re-election in 2006.
Congressman Ted StricklandDemocraticHouse CD 6Open Seat. Running for Governor in 2006
Congressman Sherrod BrownDemocraticHouse CD 13Open Seat. Possible candidate for Senate
Congressman Ernest IstookRepublicanHouse CD 5Open Seat. 3 October 2005: Announced his candidacy for Governor
Senator Bill FristRepublicanSenate Class 1Open Seat. 9 March 2005: Media reports state that Senator Frist will announce that he is not a candidate for re-election in 2006.
Congressman Harold E. Ford, Jr.DemocraticHouse CD 9Open Seat. 9 March 2005: Congressman Ford announces his intentions to run for Senator Bill Frist's Class 1 seat in 2006.
Senator Jim JeffordsIndependentSenate Class 1Open Seat. 20 April 2005: Announced retirement effective at the end of his current term.
OfficeReason for Open Chair or Seat

Parties appear in parenthesis and italics when a candidate receives the endorsement of a given Party and/or official sources indicate a candidate's association with a particular Party but only where the Party in question does not appear on the actual ballot as such.


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