Alaska gubernatorial election, 2006

Alaska gubernatorial election, 2006

Infobox Election
election_name = Alaska gubernatorial election, 2006
country = Alaska
type = presidential
ongoing = no
previous_election = Alaska gubernatorial election, 2002
previous_year = 2002
next_election = Alaska gubernatorial election, 2010
next_year = 2010
election_date = November 7 2006


nominee1 = Sarah Palin
party1 = Republican Party (United States)
popular_vote1 = 114,697
percentage1 = 48.3%


nominee2 = Tony Knowles
party2 = Democratic Party (United States)
popular_vote2 = 97,238
percentage2 = 40.9%
map_



map_size = 300px
map_caption = Election results by boroughs
title = Governor
before_election = Frank Murkowski
before_party = Republican Party (United States)
after_election = Sarah Palin
after_party = Republican Party (United States)

The 2006 Alaska gubernatorial general election took place on November 7, 2006.

Primary election

Incumbent Frank Murkowski (R), first elected governor in 2002, ran for reelection but was defeated in a landslide in the Republican primary by former Wasilla mayor Sarah Palin on August 22, 2006. Murkowski's approval rating at the time of the election was [http://www.surveyusa.com/50State2006/50StateGovernor060822State.htm 19%] . Murkowski also faced opposition from former state lawmaker and Fairbanks businessman John Binkley.

Former two-term Governor Tony Knowles and state lawmaker Eric Croft competed for the Democratic ticket for governor. Knowles had a substantial lead over Croft, both at the polls and with fundraising.

Anchorage businessman Andrew Halcro ran as an Independent in the race for governor. Halcro has served in the Alaska State legislature in the past, and is known as a fiscal hawk. Halcro collected about 4,000 signatures to be placed on the general election ballot without party affiliation.

General Election

Republican candidate Sarah Palin, Democratic candidate Tony Knowles, and independent candidate Andrew Halcro faced each other in the general election.

Opinion polling

Election results

Election box candidate with party link
party = Republican Party (United States)
candidate = Sarah Palin
votes = 114,697
percentage = 48.3
change = -7.6
Election box candidate with party link
party = Democratic Party (United States)
candidate = Tony Knowles
votes = 97,238
percentage = 40.9
change = +0.3
Election box candidate with party link
party = Independent (politician)
candidate = Andrew Halcro
votes = 22,443
percentage = 9.5
change = "n/a"
Election box candidate with party link
party = Alaskan Independence Party
candidate = Don Wright
votes = 1,285
percentage = 0.5
change = -0.4
Election box candidate with party link
party = Libertarian Party (United States)
candidate = Billy Tolen
votes = 682
percentage = 0.3
change = -0.2
Election box candidate with party link
party = Green Party (United States)
candidate = David Massie
votes = 593
percentage = 0.3
change = -1.0
Election box candidate
party = Write-ins
candidate =
votes = 384
percentage = 0.2
change = +0.1
Election box majority
votes = 17,459
percentage = 7.3
change =
Election box turnout
votes = 238,307
percentage = 51.1
change =
Election box hold with party link
winner = Republican Party (United States)
swing =

ee also

*U.S. gubernatorial elections, 2006

External links

* [http://gov.state.ak.us/ Office of the Governor of Alaska]
* [http://www.palinforgovernor.com/ Sarah Palin for Governor]
* [http://www.ericcroft.com Eric Croft for Governor]
* [http://www.ethanberkowitz.com Ethan Berkowitz for Lt. Governor]
* [http://www.tonyknowles.com Tony Knowles for Governor]


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