2006 United States Senate election in Mississippi

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United States Senate election in Mississippi, 2006

← 2000 November 7, 2006 2008 (special) →
  Trent Lott official portrait (cropped).jpg Erik Fleming cropped.jpg
Nominee Trent Lott Erik R. Fleming
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 388,399 213,000
Percentage 63.6% 34.9%

Mississippi Special Special Senate Election Results by County, 2006.svg
County Results
Lott:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%
Fleming:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%

U.S. Senator before election

Trent Lott

Elected U.S. Senator

Trent Lott

The 2006 United States Senate election in Mississippi was held November 7, 2006. Incumbent Republican Trent Lott won re-election to a fourth term.

Democratic primary[edit]



Democratic primary county results
Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Erik R. Fleming 46,185 44.07
Democratic Bill Bowlin 23,175 22.11
Democratic James O'Keefe 20,815 19.86
Democratic Catherine Starr 14,629 13.96
Total votes 104,804 100
Democratic primary runoff results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Erik R. Fleming 19,477 64.99
Democratic Bill Bowlin 10,490 35.01
Total votes 29,967 100

General election[edit]



Lott ran for re-election without facing any opposition in his party's primary. While it had been speculated that Lott might retire after his home was destroyed in Hurricane Katrina, he instead chose to run for re-election. Fleming is an African American, which represents 37% of the state's population. However, no African American has ever been elected to statewide office. The last black U.S. Senator was Hiram Revels, who was appointed and took office in 1870. Fleming got little help from the DSCC, which only donated $15,000 to his campaign.[3]


General election results
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Trent Lott (Incumbent) 388,399 63.58
Democratic Erik R. Fleming 213,000 34.87
Libertarian Harold Taylor 9,522 1.56
Majority 175,399 28.71
Total votes 610,921
Republican hold Swing


Further reading[edit]

  • Orey, Byron D'Andra. "Racial Threat, Republicanism, and the Rebel Flag: Trent Lott and the 2006 Mississippi Senate Race," National Political Science Review July 2009, Vol. 12, pp. 83-96