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Nebraska's 3rd congressional district election, 2006

Nebraska's 3rd congressional district covers most of western Nebraska, comprises 69 counties and is considered to be a traditional Republican stronghold. In the 2006 midterm elections, Republican incumbent Tom Osborne did not seek re-election, instead making a failed bid for the Nebraska gubernatorial nomination. In his stead, Republican Adrian Smith who won the Republican primary with 39% of the vote in a field of five candidates defeated Democratic nominee Scott Kleeb 55% to 45%. This ten-point margin was the closest election in the 3rd District since 1990, prompting both candidates to receive a variety of endorsements during the race.

Approximately one-third of the funding of his campaign came from members of the Club for Growth, a fiscally conservative group that supports tax cuts, limited government, and school choice, and advocates eliminating all agricultural subsidies and the elimination of the US Department of Agriculture.[1]

For a time, Smith was presumed to be a prohibitive favorite in this overwhelmingly Republican district. The 3rd is one of the most Republican districts in the nation; presidential and statewide candidates routinely win it with 70 percent or more of the vote. The 3rd is extremely difficult to campaign in and has few unifying influences. It covers nearly 65,000 square miles (170,000 km2), two time zones, and 68.5 of Nebraska’s 93 counties (one of which, Cherry County, is larger than the entire state of Connecticut). Both Smith and Kleeb raised and spend more money than any prior third district race.

As the race become more competitive than expected, it received late national attention from the House campaign committees. [2] [3]


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  • Scott Kleeb's campaign site
  • Adrian Smith's Campaign site
  • - Smith and Kleeb Contributions by ZIP Code campaign contributions
  • - Smith and Kleeb Contributions by In-State vs. Out-of-State campaign contributions

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Since the 2006 election, Adrian Smith has won re-election in the 3rd District with at least 70% of the vote each time. He was elected with 77% of the vote in 2008, 70% in 2010, and 74% in 2012.[13]

[12] claimed "sabotaged" Kleeb's campaign. After thorough investigation by the Nebraska Public Service Commission the complaint file has been closed with no wrongdoing found either by the Kleeb vendor of robocalls, political candidates or their committees. The New York Times Toward the end of the campaign, controversy surrounded a series of automated telephone calls to voters. These calls used an unauthorized recording of Kleeb's voice which allegedly distorted his views, and were often made in the middle of the night. Investigations were made to determine the source of these calls, which [11] This was the closest a Democrat had come to winning the district in 18 years; in 1990, Republican [5] In the end, Smith won by 10 percentage points, taking 55 percent of the vote to Kleeb's 45 percent.


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