2006 United States Senate election in North Dakota

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Nominee Kent Conrad Dwight Grotberg
Party Democratic–NPL Republican
Popular vote 150,146 64,417
Percentage 68.8% 29.5%

2006 United States Senate election in North Dakota results map by county.svg
County results
Conrad:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%

U.S. senator before election

Kent Conrad

Elected U.S. Senator

Kent Conrad

The 2006 United States Senate election in North Dakota was held November 7, 2006. Incumbent Democratic-NPL U.S. Senator Kent Conrad won re-election to a fourth term.

Major candidates




Popular Republican governor John Hoeven was heavily recruited by prominent national Republicans, including Karl Rove and Dick Cheney to run against Conrad. SurveyUSA polls showed that both Conrad and Hoeven had among the highest approval ratings of any Senators and governors in the nation. A poll conducted by PMR (8/26-9/3 MoE 3.9) for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead had as result for a hypothetical matchup: Hoeven-35%, Conrad-27%, Uncommitted-38%. This poll showed voter conflict between two very popular politicians in a small state where party loyalty is often trumped by personality. In late September 2005, Hoeven formally declined.[1] Hoeven ran for the Senate in 2010 and was elected by a landslide, in that year's Republican midterm wave.



Source Ranking As of
The Cook Political Report[2] Solid D November 6, 2006
Sabato's Crystal Ball[3] Safe D November 6, 2006
Rothenberg Political Report[4] Safe D November 6, 2006
Real Clear Politics[5] Safe D November 6, 2006


Source Date Kent
Conrad (D)
Grotberg (R)
Rasmussen January 30, 2006 59% 31%


General election results
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic–NPL Kent Conrad (incumbent) 150,146 68.8% +7.4
Republican Dwight Grotberg 64,417 29.5% -9.1
Independent Roland Riemers 2,194 1.0% n/a
Independent James Germalic 1,395 0.6% n/a
Majority 85,729 39.3%
Turnout 218,154 44.5%
Democratic–NPL hold Swing +8.3

Conrad won at least 53% of the vote in every county in the state.

See also


  1. ^ Wetzel, Dave (September 30, 2005). "North Dakota governor not running for U.S. Senate". Grand Forks Herald. Associated Press. Archived from the original on December 11, 2005. Retrieved January 25, 2016.
  2. ^ "2006 Senate Race Ratings for November 6, 2006" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 5, 2008. Retrieved September 30, 2021.
  3. ^ "Election Eve 2006: THE FINAL PREDICTIONS". Sabato's Crystal Ball. Retrieved June 25, 2021.
  4. ^ "2006 Senate Ratings". Senate Ratings. The Rothenberg Political Report. Retrieved June 25, 2021.
  5. ^ "Election 2006". Real Clear Politics. Retrieved June 25, 2021.
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