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Indiana's 7th congressional district election, 2006

The 2006 congressional elections in Indiana were elections for Indiana's delegation to the United States House of Representatives, which occurred along with congressional elections nationwide on November 7, 2006. Indiana played a key role in helping Democrats sweep Congress, when three Republican incumbents were defeated; (Chris Chocola, John Hostettler and Mike Sodrel), giving the Democrats a majority of the delegation again.[1] Republicans held a majority of Indiana's delegation, 7-2, before the elections.

Overview

United States House of Representatives elections in Indiana, 2006[2]
Party Votes Percentage Seats +/–
Republican 831,785 49.90% 4 -3
Democratic 812,496 48.74% 5 +3
Libertarian 17,324 1.04% 0 -
Independents 5,317 0.32% 0 -
Totals 1,666,922 100.00% 9 -

District 1

This district is located in Northwest Indiana and borders Chicago. The district has been one of the most Democratic in Indiana.

Indiana's 1st congressional district election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Pete Visclosky (inc.) 104,195 69.65%
Republican Mark Leyva 40,146 26.83%
Independent Charles E. Barman 5,266 3.52%
Totals 149,607 100.00%
Democratic hold

District 2

This district is centered on South Bend, Indiana and the Indiana portion of the Michiana region.

Indiana's 2nd congressional district election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Joe Donnelly 103,561 53.98%
Republican Chris Chocola (inc.) 88,300 46.02%
Totals 191,861 100.00%
Democratic gain from Republican

District 3

This district is located in the northeast corner of Indiana and has a large population center in Fort Wayne.

Indiana's 3rd congressional district election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Mark Souder (inc.) 95,421 54.28%
Democratic Tom Hayhurst 80,357 45.72%
Totals 175,778 100.00%
Republican hold

District 4

This district is located in west-central Indiana. Located within the district is the city of West Lafayette and many suburban towns.

Indiana's 4th congressional district election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Steve Buyer (inc.) 111,057 62.38%
Democratic David Sanders 66,986 37.62%
Totals 178,043 100.00%
Republican hold

District 5

This district located mostly north of Indianapolis, including the largest suburbs of Indianapolis in Hamilton County.

Indiana's 5th congressional district election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Dan Burton (inc.) 133,118 64.96%
Democratic Katherine Fox Carr 64,362 31.41%
Libertarian Sheri Conover Sharlow 7,431 3.63%
Write-ins 18 0.01%
Totals 204,929 100.00%
Republican hold

District 6

This district takes in a large portion of eastern Indiana, including the cities of Muncie, Anderson, and Richmond.

Indiana's 6th congressional district election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Mike Pence (inc.) 115,266 60.01%
Democratic Barry A. Welsh 76,812 39.99%
Totals 192,078 100.00%
Republican hold

District 7

This election pitted five-term incumbent Democrat Julia Carson against Republican Eric Dickerson.

Automobile dealer Eric Dickerson[3] is a native of Detroit, Michigan and a graduate of Western Michigan University where he received his B.S. in engineering. Dickerson is a former U.S. Marine Corps officer and served with the HMA 269 Attack Squadron in Jacksonville, North Carolina. He later served in the Indiana National Guard.

Julia Carson had held this Congressional seat based in urban Indianapolis since 1997, and had always won by comfortable margins. Republicans hoped to take the seat in the 2006 elections after redistricting made the 7th slightly more Republican, though Democrats still held the advantage.

Dickerson ran an aggressive grass-roots campaign, defeating the party-endorsed candidate, Ronald Franklin, and two other candidates in the Republican primary on May 2, 2006. He gained further support as the campaign progressed, with an October poll shocking observers of both parties when it showed Dickerson narrowly leading Carson 45% to 42%. Carson dismissed the poll, saying that she always polled more strongly than expected on election day. She was proven correct, winning her sixth term on November 7, 2006.

Republican primary
Eric Dickerson 54%
Ronald Franklin 22%
John Bauer 18%
Michael Simpson 6%
Democratic primary
Julia Carson 81.2%
Kris Kiser 11%
Bob Hidalgo 4.6%
Joseph 'Hippie Joe' Stockett 2.0%
Pierre Quincy Pullins 0.8%

This district is in the heart of Central Indiana and encompasses most of Marion County/Indianapolis.

Indiana's 7th congressional district election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Julia Carson (inc.) 74,750 53.76%
Republican Eric Dickerson 64,304 46.24%
Totals 139,054 100.00%
Democratic hold

District 8

Population centers of Evansville and Terre Haute are located within its limits along with numerous other small towns.

Indiana's 8th congressional district election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Brad Ellsworth 131,019 61.02%
Republican John Hostettler (inc.) 83,704 38.98%
Totals 214,723 100.00%
Democratic gain from Republican

District 9

This district is located in southeast Indiana. Suburbs of Cincinnati and Louisville are located within the district. The largest city is Bloomington followed by; Columbus, New Albany, Jeffersonville, and Clarksville.

Indiana's 9th congressional district election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Baron Hill 110,454 50.01%
Republican Mike Sodrel (inc.) 100,469 45.49%
Libertarian D. Eric Schansberg 9,893 4.48%
Write-ins 33 0.01%
Totals 220,849 100.00%
Democratic gain from Republican

See also

References


Preceded by
2004 elections
United States House elections in Indiana
2006
Succeeded by
2008 elections
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