Pennsylvania U.S. Senate election, 2006

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Sen. Rick Santorum (R)

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  • Senator: Rick Santorum
  • State: PA
  • Age in '06: 48 (Retirement unlikely)
  • Prognosis: Toss-Up (3/05)


Candidates


Results

  • Casey won 59-41%

Important Dates

  • Filing Filing Deadline (D/R): March 7, 2006
  • Filing Deadline (Third Parties): August 1, 2006
  • Primary: May 16, 2006


Previous Elections


Pennsylvania presidential election results

  • 2004: Kerry 51% / Bush 49%
  • 2000: Gore 51% / Bush 47%


Narrative

Santorum is a very conservative member of the Senate in a state that went for John Kerry in 2004 by 2.5%. Democrats believe that Santorum's seat is extremely vulnerable, and are making it a priority for a pick-up in 2006. Santorum has gotten himself into some hot water with comments about women in the workforce and the sex scandals in the Catholic Church. Democrat Bob Casey, Jr, son of popular governor Bob Casey, Sr., who is Pennsylvania's state treasurer, announced his candidacy on March 5, 2005. Currently, his only primary opponents are college professor Chuck Pennacchio and Alan Sandals [1]. Polls pitting Casey against Santorum have generally indicated greater support for Casey.
Green Party candidate Carl Romanelli, got onto the ballot via a petition drive which was largely paid for by Republican donors. [2]
Rasmussen Reports (Oct. 10, 2006): Leans Democrat to Democrat.

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Sen. Arlen Specter (R)

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  • Senator Arlen Specter (R)
  • Specter is up for election in 2010

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