United States House of Representatives elections in Utah, 2006


United States House of Representatives elections in Utah, 2006

The Utah congressional elections of 2006 were held on 7 November 2006, as part of the United States general elections of 2006 with all three House seats up for election. The winners will serve from 3 January 2007 to 3 January 2009.

First District

General election results

Election box candidate with party link
party = Libertarian Party (US)
candidate = Lynn Badler
votes = 2,362
percentage = 1.37%
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Election box candidate with party link
party = Republican Party (US)
candidate = Rob Bishop (incumbent)
votes = 109,037
percentage = 63.42%
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Election box candidate with party link
party = Constitution Party (US)
candidate = Mark Hudson
votes = 5,281
percentage = 3.07%
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Election box candidate with party link
party = Democratic Party (US)
candidate = Steven Olson
votes = 55,249
percentage = 32.13%
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Second District

Although incumbent Jim Matheson (D) won re-election in 2004 by a margin of 13%, his district is in a heavily Republican state. The district includes the most Democratic areas in Utah, such as the liberal communities of Grand County, the large Greek communities of Carbon County, the Navajos of San Juan County, and heavily Democratic Salt Lake City. Matheson is a regular target of the GOP every election. State Representative LaVar Christensen (R) of Draper, a small affluent suburb of Salt Lake City, is running in the district. However, the most circulated daily newspaper in Utah, "The Salt Lake Tribune", has characterized him as too extreme for the area.Fact|date=February 2007 For example, Christensen was one of two major sponsors of a bill that amended Utah's Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. The amendment was rejected by two-thirds of Summit County, half of Grand County, and only passed by 4% in Salt Lake County, while the state as a whole averaged 66%, with the most supportive areas to banning such marriages being located in the first and third districts, not the second. Matheson has approval ratings in the high 70s, the highest for any elected official in Utah.

General election results

Election box candidate with party link
party = Green Party (US)
candidate = Bob Brister
votes = 3,073
percentage = 1.43%
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Election box candidate with party link
party = Republican Party (US)
candidate = LaVar Christensen
votes = 80,286
percentage = 37.37%
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Election box candidate with party link
party = Democratic Party (US)
candidate = Jim Matheson (incumbent)
votes = 126,763
percentage = 59.01%
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Election box candidate with party link
party = Constitution Party (US)
candidate = W. David Perry
votes = 3,188
percentage = 1.48%
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party = Libertarian Party (US)
candidate = Austin Sherwood Lett
votes = 1,509
percentage = 0.70%
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Third District

Congressman Chris Cannon (R) has represented this district for ten years, but found himself in a competitive primary, just as he had in 2004. In a campaign that focused almost exclusively on the immigration issue, Businessman John Jacob repeatedly attacked Cannon for his support for a guest worker program. In May 2006, at the state GOP convention, Jacob surprised Cannon by winning 52 percent of the delegate ballots. "Cannon’s 48 percent showing was especially poor, given that the ballots were cast mainly by the party insiders who dominate such conventions. (A Jacob victory with 60 percent would have denied Cannon the opportunity to wage a primary campaign.)" [http://www.cqpolitics.com/2006/06/ut_3_immigration_gops_thornies.html] . The Republican primary was held on June 27, 2006. While polls showed a close race [http://www.washtimes.com/national/20060626-124024-2948r.htm] , in the June Republican primary, Cannon received 32,306 votes (55.8%) and Jacob received 25,589 votes (44.2%).

General election results

Election box candidate with party link
party = Democratic Party (US)
candidate = Christian Burridge
votes = 50,989
percentage = 32.11%
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Election box candidate with party link
party = Republican Party (US)
candidate = Chris Cannon (incumbent)
votes = 91,852
percentage = 57.84%
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Election box candidate with party link
party = Libertarian Party (US)
candidate = Philip Lear Hallman
votes = 1,978
percentage = 1.25%
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Election box candidate with party link
party = Constitution Party (US)
candidate = Jim Noorlander
votes = 13,982
percentage = 8.80%
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See also

*United States House of Representatives elections, 2006
*United States House of Representatives elections, 2006 - complete list

References

* [http://electionresults.utah.gov/xmlData/main.html Utah Election Results, 2006 General Elections]


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