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2006 United States House of Representatives elections in Colorado

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2006 United States House of Representatives elections in Colorado

← 2004 November 7, 2006 2008 →

All 7 Colorado seats to the United States House of Representatives
  Majority party Minority party
Party Democratic Republican
Last election 3 4
Seats won 4 3
Seat change Increase 1 Decrease 1
Popular vote 832,888 623,784
Percentage 54.12% 40.53%
Swing Increase 5.31% Decrease 8.11%

The 2006 United States House of Representatives elections in Colorado were held on November 7, 2006, with all seven House seats up for election. The winners served from January 3, 2007 to January 3, 2009.


United States House of Representatives elections in Colorado,


Party Votes Percentage Seats +/–
Democratic 832,888 54.12% 4 +1
Republican 623,784 40.53% 3 -1
Green 38,849 2.52% 0 -
Reform 27,133 1.76% 0 -
Libertarian 13,535 0.88% 0 -
American Constitution 2,605 0.17% 0 -
Totals 1,538,908 100.00% 7 -

District 1


Opposed by no Republican candidate, incumbent Democratic Congresswoman Diana DeGette easily won a fifth term over Green Party candidate Thomas D. Kelly.

Colorado's 1st congressional district election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Diana DeGette (incumbent) 129,446 79.77
Green Thomas D. Kelly 32,825 20.23
Total votes 162,271 100.00
Democratic hold

District 2


Incumbent Democratic Congressman Mark Udall dispatched with Republican nominee Rich Mancuso, Libertarian nominee Norm Olsen, and Green candidate J. A. Calhoun to win a fifth term in this Boulder-based district.

Colorado's 2nd congressional district election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mark Udall (incumbent) 157,850 68.24
Republican Rich Mancuso 65,481 28.31
Libertarian Norm Olsen 5,025 2.17
Green J. A. Calhoun 2,951 1.28
Total votes 231,307 100.00
Democratic hold

District 3


Incumbent Democratic Congressman John Salazar, the brother of Senator Ken Salazar, won a second term in this conservative, west Colorado district over Republican nominee and Colorado State Representative Scott Tipton and Libertarian nomine Bert Sargent.

Colorado's 3rd congressional district election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Salazar (incumbent) 146,488 61.59
Republican Scott Tipton 86,930 36.55
Libertarian Bert L. Sargent 4,417 1.86
Write-ins 23 0.01
Total votes 237,858 100.00
Democratic hold

District 4


Emerging from surprisingly narrow wins in this conservative, east Colorado-based district, incumbent Republican Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave thinly edged out the Democratic nominee, Colorado State Representative Angie Paccione and Reform Party candidate Eric Eidsness, who garnered an impressive 11.28% of the vote.

Colorado's 4th congressional district election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Marilyn Musgrave (incumbent) 109,732 45.61
Democratic Angie Paccione 103,748 43.12
Reform Eric Eidsness 27,133 11.28
Total votes 240,613 100.00
Republican hold

District 5


Incumbent Republican Congressman Joel Hefley declined to seek an eleventh term, creating an open seat in this conservative district based in Colorado Springs and its suburbs. Emerging from a particularly nasty and bitterly fought primary, Republican nominee Doug Lamborn, a Colorado State Senator, was not endorsed by the retiring Hefley.[2]

On August 29, 2006, Hefley expressed anger that his successor was not his top aide, Jeff Crank. Commenting on the primary campaign, Hefley said, "I spent eight years trying to get rid of the sleaze factor in Congress. [...] It's not something I can do to help put more sleaze factor in Congress."[3] Hefley was incensed at tactics such as a mailed brochure from the Christian Coalition of Colorado associating Crank with "public support for members and efforts of the homosexual agenda." Hefley said that he "suspected, but couldn't prove, collusion between Lamborn's campaign, which is managed by Jon Hotaling, and the Christian Coalition of Colorado, which is run by Hotaling's brother, Mark."[4] Hefley called it "one of the sleaziest, most dishonest campaigns I've seen in a long time,"[4] and refused to endorse Lamborn.

Despite this setback, Lamborn ultimately defeated Democratic nominee Jay Fawcett, a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel.

Colorado's 5th congressional district election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Doug Lamborn 123,264 59.62
Democratic Jay Fawcett 83,431 40.35
Write-ins 61 0.03
Total votes 206,756 100.00
Republican hold

District 6


Incumbent Republican Congressman Tom Tancredo, well known for his staunchly conservative, anti-illegal immigration views, faced off against Democratic nominee Bill Winter, a lawyer and former legislative aide to Senator John McCain, albeit by a smaller margin than Tancredo is used to in this solidly conservative district based in the Denver suburbs.

Colorado's 6th congressional district election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom Tancredo (incumbent) 158,806 58.61
Democratic Bill Winter 108,007 39.87
Libertarian Jack J. Woehr 4,093 1.51
Write-ins 25 0.01
Total votes 270,931 100.00
Republican hold

District 7


When incumbent Republican Congressman Bob Beauprez declined to seek a third term so that he could run for Governor, this district emerged as a top pick-up opportunity for House Democrats. Former Colorado State Senator Ed Perlmutter, the Democratic nominee, defeated the Republican nominee, Rick O'Donnell, Green Party nominee Dave Chandler, and Constitution Party nominee Roger McCarville by a solid margin.

Colorado's 7th congressional district election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ed Perlmutter 103,918 54.93
Republican Rick O'Donnell 79,571 42.06
Green Dave Chandler 3,073 1.62
Constitution Roger McCarville 2,605 1.38
Write-ins 5 0.00
Total votes 189,172 100.00
Democratic gain from Republican


  1. ^ "Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives".
  2. ^ Anne C. Mulkern and Erin Emery (2006-09-06). "Hefley slams 5th District GOP hopeful". Denver Post.
  3. ^ Anne C. Mulkern and Erin Emery (2006-09-06). "Hefley slams 5th District GOP hopeful". Denver Post.
  4. ^ a b Foster, Dick (2006-09-08). "Hefley denies damage: Refusal to support Lamborn won't hurt GOP, he says". Rocky Mountain News. Archived from the original on 2006-10-12. Retrieved 2006-10-03.
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