2006 United States Senate election in Arizona
Pederson: 50–60% 60–70%
|Elections in Arizona|
The 2006 United States Senate election in Arizona was held November 7, 2006. The primary elections were held September 12. Incumbent Republican Jon Kyl won re-election to a third term.
- Jon Kyl, incumbent U.S. Senator since 1995
|Republican||Jon Kyl (Incumbent)||297,636||99.5%|
- Jon Kyl (R), incumbent U.S. Senator
- Jim Pederson (D), real estate developer and former Chairman of the Arizona Democratic Party
- Richard Mack (L), former Graham County Sheriff
The incumbent, Republican Jon Kyl, was elected to the Senate in 1994 and was re-elected to a second term in 2000; prior to that he spent eight years in the US House of Representatives. Kyl's Democratic opponent for the general election was wealthy real-estate developer Jim Pederson, who served as the Arizona Democratic Party Chairman from 2001 to 2005. During his tenure, Pederson spent millions of dollars of his own money to help Democrats modernize and to elect Janet Napolitano as Governor of Arizona. The deadline for signing petition signatures to appear on the September 12, 2006 primary ballot was June 14, 2006.
Not long after the 2004 election, Pederson's name began being mentioned as a potential Senate candidate for the 2006 race. On July 28, 2005, Pederson formally stepped down as Chairman of the Arizona Democratic Party, further fueling those speculations. In early September 2005, an e-mail was sent from the Arizona Democratic Party's website, inviting people to an announcement by Pederson on September 7. In an anticlimactic move, an e-mail was sent out shortly after the first saying that the announcement would be postponed due to Hurricane Katrina. It was requested that any money that would be donated to Pederson's campaign at the announcement be directed to relief efforts instead. Similarly, a meeting in Arizona of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) was scheduled for around the same time. It was also postponed and the same request was made involving donations. On September 7, 2005, Pederson filed to run for the U.S. Senate. On September 14, 2005, Pederson formally announced his intention to run, in his hometown of Casa Grande, Arizona.
Although Kyl started the campaign with a sizable lead in most polls, the gap quickly narrowed, especially after Pederson released his array of ads.
Pederson and Kyl took part in three debates. Where the two went over various problems in Arizona.
The race was one of the most expensive in Arizona history. As of May 7, 2006, Kyl's campaign had raised over $9 million, primarily from private donations from Oil and Energy companies and large fundraising dinners. Pederson's campaign had raised over $5 million, primarily through a dinner event with former President Clinton and a $2 million donation from Pederson.
|Source||Date||Kyl (R)||Pederson (D)||Mack (L)|
|Arizona State University||October 28, 2005||50%||28%|
|Rasmussen||December 26, 2005||50%||30%|
|Behavior Research Center||January 22, 2006||55%||26%|
|SurveyUSA||February 27, 2006||57%||33%|
|Zogby/WSJ||March 30, 2006||47%||42%|
|Rasmussen||April 4, 2006||56%||33%|
|Arizona State University/KAET-TV||April 20–23, 2006||42%||31%|
|Rasmussen||April 30, 2006||51%||35%|
|SurveyUSA||May 8, 2006||52%||37%|
|Behavior Research Center||May 18, 2006||40%||33%|
|Rasmussen||June 11, 2006||52%||35%|
|Arizona State University/KAET-TV||June 20, 2006||43%||29%|
|Zogby/WSJ||June 21, 2006||48%||42%|
|SurveyUSA||July 17, 2006||52%||40%|
|Zogby/WSJ||July 24, 2006||50%||40%|
|Behavior Research Center||July 26, 2006||45%||27%|
|Rasmussen||August 2, 2006||53%||34%|
|Zogby/WSJ||August 28, 2006||48%||44%|
|Arizona State University/KAET-TV||August 29, 2006||46%||36%|
|Rasmussen||August 31, 2006||52%||35%|
|Harstad Strategic Research (D)||September 7, 2006||47%||41%|
|Zogby/WSJ||September 11, 2006||50%||44%|
|Rasmussen||September 18, 2006||50%||39%|
|SurveyUSA||September 19, 2006||48%||43%||2%|
|Arizona State University/KAET-TV||September 26, 2006||49%||38%||2%|
|Zogby/WSJ||September 28, 2006||51%||44%|
|Behavior Research Center||October 4, 2006||40%||34%|
|Northern Arizona University||October 17, 2006||49%||33%||2%|
|SurveyUSA||October 17, 2006||48%||43%||4%|
|Rasmussen||October 19, 2006||51%||42%|
|Zogby/WSJ||October 19, 2006||50%||44%|
|Arizona State University/KAET-TV||October 24, 2006||47%||41%||3%|
|Zimmerman/Marketing Intelligence||October 25–30, 2006||46%||41%||4%|
|SurveyUSA||November 3, 2006||53%||40%||4%|
|Mason-Dixon/MSNBC-McClatchy||November 5, 2006||49%||41%||3%|
Pederson lost the election by 9.84% or 150,257 votes, despite Democratic Incumbent Governor Janet Napolitano easily being re-elected and winning every county statewide. While Pederson lost it was still notable, as it was the worst performance of Senator Kyl's career. Kyl did well as Republicans usually do in Maricopa County home of Phoenix. Pederson did well in Pima County home of Tucson which tends to support Democrats. Kyl was called the winner by CNN at around 8 P.M. local time, 11 P.M. EST. Pederson called Senator Kyl and conceded defeat at 9:02 P.M. local time, 12:02 A.M. EST.
|Republican||Jon Kyl (Incumbent)||814,398||53.34%||-25.98%|
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- Our Campaigns - News - Pederson, Kyl agree to three debates - Aug 21, 2006
- Our Campaigns - News - Kyl may seek an exemption to add cash to his war chest - Aug 23, 2006