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August 8, 2006

Vermont Senate: Sanders Sailing Away with Comfortable Lead

Vermont Governor Jim Douglas and Congressman Bernie Sanders remain comfortably in control of their respective gubernatorial and senate races.

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August 8, 2006

Alabama Governor: Incumbent's Advantage Increases

Incumbent Republican Governor Bob Riley has expanded his already comfortable lead over his opponent—and fellow Alabama state executive—in his re-election bid.

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August 8, 2006

Alaska Governor: Incumbent Murkowski (R), Trailing Badly, May Also Lose Primary

Democratic Senator Joseph Lieberman is not the only statewide incumbent who could lose his primary. Alaska's Republican Governor Frank Murkowski is also swept up in a blizzard of low poll numbers—to the extent that he has published full-page ads to admit that maybe he should "consider a personality transplant."

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August 7, 2006

Minnesota Governor: Pawlenty on the Rebound

In an eye-catching rebound, Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty has overtaken DFL Attorney General Mike Hatch in his bid for reelection.

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August 7, 2006

MN Seante: Klobuchar's Numbers Continue to Climb

Amy Klobuchar (DFL) has opened her biggest lead of the season over Republican Mark Kennedy in the race for Minnesota’s open Senate seat. The latest Rasmussen Reports election survey shows Klobuchar ahead 50% to 38%.

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August 7, 2006

Nevada: Carter (D) Catching Ensign (R) in Senate Race?

Incumbent Republican Senator John Ensign (R) is facing an increasingly competitive race in his bid for re-election to a second term in the U.S. Senate.

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August 5, 2006

West Virginia Senate: Byrd Still Gliding to Ninth Term

At 88, Robert Byrd recently became the longest-serving member of the U.S. Senate, and it looks like the Democrat will have no trouble extending his tenure into 2007. Senator Byrd now leads Republican businessman John Raese 56% to 31%. Not long before Raese won the GOP primary, conducted in May, the Rasmussen Reports election poll was showing Byrd with a 57% to 34% lead.

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August 5, 2006

New York Governor: Spitzer by 41

The exit of former Massachusetts Governor William Weld from the field of battle for the GOP nomination in New York doesn't seem to be helping Republican chances of holding onto the governor's mansion.

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August 5, 2006

New York Senate: Hillary Clinton Maintaining Big Lead

Former Pentagon official Kathleen Troia McFarland and Yonkers Mayor John Spencer have emerged as the leading contenders for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate, but neither is making headway.

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August 4, 2006

Georgia Governor: Perdue With 14-Point Lead Over Taylor

Lt. Governor Mark Taylor (D) spent the first half of 2006 winning the right to be challenge Governor Sonny Perdue (R) in this November’s election. The second half of the year may be a bit tougher.

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August 4, 2006

New Jersey Senate: Menendez Maintains Lead

For the second straight Rasmussen Reports election poll, Democratic Senator Robert Menendez leads his challenger, New Jersey State Senator Tom Kean, Jr.

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August 4, 2006

South Carolina Governor

The South Carolina governor’s race is becoming even more competitive with Republican Governor Mark Sanford leading his Democratic challenger, State Senator Tommy Moore, 47% to 38% (see crosstabs). Sanford’s lead in last month’s survey was 51% to 39% .

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August 3, 2006

Iowa Governor: Culver, Nussle in Toss-Up

Secretary of State Chet Culver (D) continues to edge out Congressman Jim Nussle (R) in Iowa's race for Governor. In the previous Rasmussen Reports election poll, Culver was six percentage points ahead. Now, as the nominee, Culver leads Nussle by just three points, 41% to 38%

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August 3, 2006

Oregon Governor

Results of the latest Rasmussen Reports election survey of 500 likely voters show Democratic incumbent Governor Ted Kulongoski widening his lead in his bid for re-election.

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August 3, 2006

Pennsylvania Governor: Rendell (D) Sustains Double-Digit Lead

For the third survey in a row, Democratic Governor Ed Rendell is enjoying a double-digit lead over Republican challenger Lynn Swann in Pennsylvania's gubernatorial race.

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August 3, 2006

Pennsylvania Senate: Santorum Still Below 40%

Democratic challenger Bob Casey, Jr. is maintaining a double-digit advantage over Senator Rick Santorum, leading 50% to 39% (see crosstabs).

August 2, 2006

Most Americans Supportive of Minimum Wage Increase & Estate Tax Proposal

Proposed legislation to raise the minimum wage to $7.25 per hour and increase exemptions on the estate tax was blocked in the Senate on Thursday night, August 3. The action taken prevented the bill from being brought to the Senate floor for a vote.

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August 2, 2006

Arizona Governor: Napolitano Still Way Ahead

Although the gap has narrowed since late May, Democratic Governor Janet Napolitano still maintains a double-digit lead over the Republicans who want her job.

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August 2, 2006

Arizona Senate: Kyl Still In Command

There’s no big change in the Arizona race for U.S. Senate. That’s good news for the incumbent Republican, who continues an apparent glide to reelection.

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August 2, 2006

Maine Governor: At 43%, Baldacci Is Six Points Ahead

Democratic Governor John Baldacci's thin advantage in our mid-June poll, which showed him leading Republican challenger Chandler Woodcock 45% to 43%, has grown by four points. In the latest Rasmussen Reports election poll, Baldacci now leads Woodcock 43% to 37%.