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Elections for the United States Senate will be held on November 7, 2006, with 33 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate being contested. Since Senators are elected for six-year terms, those elected will serve from January 3, 2007 until January 3, 2013. Those Senators who were elected in 2000 will be seeking reelection or retiring in 2006. The Seante Elections will be conducted using the first past the post voting system.

The House of Representatives election is scheduled for the same date as the Senate election, as well as many state and local elections, including those for 36 state governors.

Major PartiesEdit

Of the seats being contested, 17 are held by Democrats, 15 are held by Republicans, and 1 by an independent who votes with the Democratic caucus.

The Senate is currently composed of 55 Republicans, who have been in the majority since 2003, 44 Democrats, and 1 independent. (The independent, former Republican Jim Jeffords of Vermont, began voting with the Democratic caucus in 2001, but will not seek re-election.)

To gain a majority in the Senate, Democrats will need 51 seats, holding their 17 seats at risk and acquiring a gain of 6 or 7 seats depending on whether the open Vermont seat is won by a Republican. With only 50 seats, the Democrats would remain in the minority as Vice President Dick Cheney as President of the Senate, breaks all tie votes.

To gain a "working majority" of 60 members, the number of votes required to break a filibuster, Republicans will need to gain five seats and hold their 15 seats at risk.

Legend: D = Democratic, R = Republican, I = Independent, G = Green, C = Constitution, DFL = Democratic-Farmer-Labor

Senate contests in 2006Edit

State Incumbent Main Article Party Status Possible candidates
Arizona Jon Kyl Main Article Republican Running for 3rd term Jim Pederson (D), Leonard Clark (D)
California Dianne Feinstein Main Article Democratic Running for 3rd full term Darrell Issa (R), Bill Mundell (R)
Connecticut Joe Lieberman Main Article Democratic Running for 4th term Kevin O'Connor (R), Ralph Ferrucci (G)
Delaware Tom Carper Main Article Democratic Running for 2nd term Colin Bonini (R), Mike Protack (R), Jim Ursomarso (R)
Florida Bill Nelson Main Article Democratic Running for 2nd term Katherine Harris (R), Mark Foley (R), Belinda Noah (R), Floyd Ray Frazier (I)
Hawaii Daniel Akaka Main Article Democratic Running for 3rd full term James "Duke" Aiona Jr. (R)
Indiana Dick Lugar Main Article Republican Running for 6th term Kathy Davis (D), David Lewis (D), Graham Richard (D), Jonathan Weinzapfel (D)
Maine Olympia Snowe Main Article Republican Running for 3rd term Jean Hay Bright (D), Tom Allen (D), Steven Rowe (D)
Maryland Paul Sarbanes Main Article Democratic Retiring Ben Cardin (D), Anthony Brown (D), A. Robert Kaufman (D), Allan Lichtman (D), Kweisi Mfume (D), Josh Rales (D), Dennis Rasmussen (D), Lise Van Susteren (D), Tom Hampton (R), John Kimble (R), Dan Muffoletto (R), Michael Steele (R), Corrogan Vaughn (R), Kevin Zeese (G)
Massachusetts Ted Kennedy Main Article Democratic Running for 8th full term Wayne Budd (R), Gloria Larson (R), Kevin Scott (R)
Michigan Debbie Stabenow Main Article Democratic Running for 2nd term Keith Butler (R), Jerry Zandstra (R), Bret McAtee (C)
Minnesota Mark Dayton Main Article Democratic-Farmer-Labor Retiring Ford Bell (DFL), Amy Klobuchar (DFL), Patty Wetterling (DFL), Mark Kennedy (R), Harold Shudlick (R), Michael Cavlan (G), Robert Fitzgerald (I)
Mississippi Trent Lott Main Article Republican Considering Options Erik Fleming (D)
Missouri Jim Talent Main Article Republican Running for 1st full term Claire McCaskill (D)
Montana Conrad Burns Main Article Republican Running for 4th term John Morrison (D), Jon Tester (D), Paul Richards (D), Clint Wilkes (D)
Nebraska Ben Nelson Main Article Democratic Running for 2nd term Don Stenberg (R), David Kramer (R), Pete Ricketts (R)
Nevada John Ensign Main Article Republican Running for 2nd term
New Jersey Robert Menendez Main Article Democratic Running for first full senate term Thomas Kean, Jr. (R)
New Mexico Jeff Bingaman Main Article Democratic Running for 5th term
New York Hillary Rodham Clinton Main Article Democratic Running for 2nd term Ed Cox (R/Conservative), Jeanine Pirro (R), Bill Brenner (R/Conservative), John Spencer (R/Conservative)
North Dakota Kent Conrad Main Article Democratic Running for 4th full term
Ohio Mike DeWine Main Article Republican Running for 3rd term John Mitchel (R), Paul Hackett (D)
Pennsylvania Rick Santorum Main Article Republican Running for 3rd term Bob Casey, Jr. (D), Chuck Pennacchio (D), Alan Sandals (D), John Featherman (R), Dave Baker (G)
Rhode Island Lincoln Chafee Main Article Republican Running for 2nd full term Sheldon Whitehouse (D), Matt Brown (D), Carl Sheeler (D), Steve Laffey (R)
Tennessee Bill Frist Main Article Republican Retiring Ed Bryant (R), Van Hilleary (R), Bob Corker (R), Harold Ford, Jr. (D), Rosalind Kurita (D), John Jay Hooker (I)
Texas Kay Bailey Hutchison Main Article Republican Running for 3rd full term Barbara Ann Radnofsky (D), C. Vince Couch (I)
Utah Orrin Hatch Main Article Republican Running for 6th term Steve Urquhart (R), Pete Ashdown (D)
Vermont Jim Jeffords Main Article Independent Retiring Bernie Sanders (I), Greg Parke (R), Brian Dubie (R), Mark Shepard (R), Craig Hill (G), Cris Ericson (Marijuana)
Virginia George Allen Main Article Republican Running for 2nd term
Washington Maria Cantwell Main Article Democratic Running for 2nd term Mike McGavick (R), Mark Wilson (D)
West Virginia Robert Byrd Main Article Democratic Running for 9th term Hiram Lewis (R), Zane Lawhorn (R), Rick Snuffer (R)
Wisconsin Herb Kohl Main Article Democratic Running for 4th term Robert Gerald Lorge (R), Rae Vogeler (G)
Wyoming Craig Thomas Main Article Republican Running for 3rd term

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