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2006 Gubernatorial Primaries at a Glance


This "at a glance" look at the primary in each State simply lists the winner (and, in many cases, the candidate who came in second) in each Primary in chronological order.

boldface followed by (inc) indicates the incumbent

2006 Gubernatorial Primaries at a Glance
Date State Democrat
     Winner % Second %      Winner % Second %
Tuesday 7 March 2006 Texas   Bell L Gammage     Perry (inc)      
Tuesday 21 March 2006 Illinois   Blagojevich (inc) L Eisendrath     Topinka 37 Oberweis 31
Tuesday 11 April 2006 Texas R         R        
Tuesday 2 May 2006 Ohio   Strickland         Blackwell D Petro  
Tuesday 9 May 2006 Nebraska   Hahn         Heineman (inc) N Osborne  
Tuesday 16 May 2006 Oregon   Kulongoski (inc) D Hill     Saxton 41 Mannix 30
Pennsylvania   Rendell (inc) U       Swann U    
Tuesday 23 May 2006 Arkansas   Beebe U       Hutchinson U    
Idaho   Brady         Otter L Adamson  
Tuesday 6 June 2006 Alabama   Baxley D Siegelman     Riley (inc) L Moore  
California   Angelides 48 Westly 43   Schwarzenegger (inc)      
Iowa   Culver 39 Blouin 34   Nussle U    
New Mexico   Richardson (inc) U       Damron U    
South Dakota   Billion L Wiese     Rounds (inc) U    
Tuesday 13 June 2006 Arkansas R         R        
Maine   Baldacci (inc)         Woodcock 39 Mills 35
South Carolina   Moore L Willis     Sanford (inc) L Lovelace  
Tuesday 20 June 2006 South Dakota R         R        
Tuesday 27 June 2006 Alabama R         R        
South Carolina                    
Tuesday 18 July 2006 Alabama R         R        
Georgia   Taylor N Cox     Perdue (inc)      
Tuesday 25 July 2006 Oklahoma   Henry (inc)         Istook D Sullivan  
Tuesday 1 August 2006 Kansas   Sebelius (inc) U       Barnett 36 Canfield 27
Thursday 3 August 2006 Tennessee   Bredesen (inc)         Bryson N Farmer  
Tuesday 8 August 2006 Colorado   Ritter U       Beauprez U    
Connecticut   DeStefano N Malloy     Rell (inc) C    
Georgia R         R        
Michigan   Granholm (inc) U       DeVos U    
Tuesday 15 August 2006 Nevada   Titus D Gibson     Gibbons 40 Beers 36
Tuesday 22 August 2006 Alaska   Knowles L Croft     Palin N Binkley  
Wyoming   Freudenthal (inc)         Hunkins L Self  
Tuesday 5 September 2006 Florida   Davis 48 Smith 41   Crist L Gallagher  
Tuesday 12 September 2006 Arizona   Napolitano (inc) U       Munsil 49 Goldwater 41
Maryland   O'Malley U       Ehrlich (inc) U    
Minnesota   Hatch L Lourey     Pawlenty      
New Hampshire   Lynch (inc) P       Coburn P    
New York   Spitzer         Faso C    
Rhode Island   Fogarty U       Carcieri (inc) U    
Vermont   Parker U       Douglas (inc) U    
Wisconsin   Doyle (inc) U       Green U    
Tuesday 19 September 2006 Massachusetts   Patrick N Gabrieli     Healey U    
Saturday 23 September 2006 Hawaii   Iwase L Aila     Lingle (inc)      


  • If a candidate wins 75.5% or more of the primary vote, the second place finisher is not listed.
  • U means that this candidate ran in the primary unopposed (that is, with no other candidates appearing on the ballot but him/her). Please note that write-ins do NOT count as such "other candidates on the ballot" but the appearance of "Uncommitted" (or equivalent, such as "None of the Above") on a ballot DOES.
  • L indicates a landslide majority [60.5 to 75.4% of the primary vote] for the winner.
  • D indicates a decisive majority [52.5 to 60.4% of the primary vote] for the winner.
  • N indicates a narrow majority [50.0(+1 vote) to 52.4% of the primary vote] for the winner.
  • Where a winning (or, in a runoff State, leading) candidate has failed to gain at least a majority of the primary vote, the winner(leader) of the primary and the candidate who came in second are both listed with their respective percentages of the primary vote rounded up or down to the nearest whole integer.
  • C indicates the Party's nominee was chosen by a Party-run process other than the Primary (State Convention, Party Central Committee or equivalent).
  • P indicates Primary cancelled / nomination by default because nominee was the only candidate to have filed for this Party's Primary for this office. P also applies to nominees-to-be by apparent Party consensus (i.e. no opposition at an ensuing Convention).
  • R indicates any Runoff which has been scheduled for this date.

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