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United States House of Representatives election in Vermont, 2006


United States House of Representatives election in Vermont, 2006

The United States House of Representatives election in Vermont, 2006 was held on November 7, 2006 for representation of Vermont's at-large congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from January 3, 2007 to January 3, 2009.

Incumbent Congressman Bernie Sanders, an independent member of Congress who caucused with the Democrats, did not seek a ninth term in the House, instead embarking on a successful run for the United States Senate.

To replace Congressman Sanders, Democrat Peter Welch defeated Republican Martha Rainville by a surpisingly narrow margin in staunchly-liberal Vermont.


  • Democratic Primary 1
    • Candidates 1.1
    • Results 1.2
  • Republican Primary 2
    • Candidates 2.1
    • Results 2.2
  • General election 3
    • Polling 3.1
    • Results 3.2
  • References 4

Democratic Primary



Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Peter Welch 34,706 97.11%
Democratic Write-ins 1,033 2.89%
Totals 35,739 100.00%

Republican Primary



Republican primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Martha Rainville 26,199 71.31%
Republican Mark Shepard 10,285 27.99%
Republican Write-ins 258 0.70%
Totals 36,742 100.00%

General election


Source Date Welch (D) Rainville (R) Newton (LU)
Research 2000 October 23–24, 2006 51% 41%
Greenburg Quinlan October 8–9, 2006 52% 41%
Research 2000 September 18–19, 2006 45% 39%
American Research Group September 14, 2006 48% 45% 2%
American Research Group July 27, 2006 41% 42%


Vermont's At-large congressional district election, 2006[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Peter Welch 139,815 53.22%
Republican Martha Rainville 117,023 44.54%
Independent Dennis Morrisseau 1,390 0.53%
Independent Jerry Trudell 1,013 0.39%
Green Bruce R. Marshall 994 0.38%
Independent Keith Stern 963 0.37%
Liberty Union Jane Newton 721 0.27%
Independent Chris Karr 599 0.23%
Write-ins 208 0.08%
Totals 262,726 100.00%
Democratic gain from Independent


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Preceded by
U.S. House of Representatives elections (Vermont's at-large congressional district)
Succeeded by
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