2006 Maryland Attorney General election

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Maryland Attorney General election, 2006

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  AG Gansler at his desk.jpg
Nominee Doug Gansler Scott Rolle
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 1,043,458 665,433
Percentage 60.99% 38.90%

Attorney General before election

J. Joseph Curran Jr.

Elected Attorney General

Doug Gansler

The 2006 Maryland Attorney General election was held on November 7, 2006. Incumbent Democratic Attorney General of Maryland J. Joseph Curran Jr. declined to seek a sixth term in office, prompted by the fact that his son-in-law, Martin O'Malley was running for Governor and wanted to avoid a conflict of interest.[1] Montgomery County State's Attorney Doug Gansler won the Democratic primary to succeed Curran and faced off against Scott Rolle, the Frederick County State's Attorney who was unopposed in the Republican primary. Ultimately, Gansler defeated Rolle in a landslide and became the Attorney General of Maryland.

Democratic primary[edit]



As Gansler and Simms rolled out campaigns for attorney general, they were joined by Montgomery County Councilman Thomas Perez, who raised hundreds of thousands of dollars, rolled out endorsements from unions, and aired television ads before the Maryland Court of Appeals ruled that he did not meet the requirements to appear on the ballot as a candidate.[2] Glenn Ivey, the Prince George's County State's Attorney, was rumored to be a possible candidate[3] but ultimately declined to run. The Baltimore Sun announced its endorsement of Simms, declaring, "Mr. Gansler lacks Mr. Simms' breadth of experience and moderate temperament that is better suited for this critical role."[4] In the end, Gansler was able to comfortably defeat Simms and was able to win every county in the state except for Baltimore County and Baltimore City.


Democratic Primary results[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Doug Gansler 286,016 55.68
Democratic Stuart O. Simms 227,699 44.32
Total votes 513,715 100.00

Republican primary[edit]



Republican Primary results[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Scott Rolle 179,054 100.00
Total votes 179,054 100.00

General election[edit]


Source Date Gansler (D) Rolle (R)
Baltimore Sun/Potomac Inc. September 27, 2006 54% 26%


Maryland Attorney General election, 2006[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Doug Gansler 1,043,458 60.99% -4.18%
Republican Scott Rolle 665,433 38.90% +4.14%
Write-ins 1,948 0.11%
Majority 378,025 22.10% -8.31%
Turnout 1,710,839
Democratic hold Swing