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U.S. General Election 2006: Overview for the Great Lakes
Great Lakes Commission
Published November 17, 2006

The Great Lakes region delivered results on Election Day that were very similar to the rest of the country. For example, the Great Lakes turned out 45 percent of the voting-eligible population compared to nearly 40 percent nationwide.

Democratic gubernatorial candidates gained in two states previously under GOP gubernatorial control OH and NY.

Prior to Nov. 7, 2006, Republicans held majorities in both chambers of five state legislatures: IN, MI, OH, PA, WI and Democrats controlled both chambers in one: IL. The statehouses were split between the parties in MN and NY. The 2006 election saw party control switch from Republican to Democrat in the House chamber of three states: IN, MI, MN and in the Senate chamber of one state: WI.

The Senate races contributed two seats to the six-seat majority pickup for the Democrats nationwide. In Minnesota, Amy Klobuchar (D) will be replacing Mark Dayton (D) who is retiring. Senator Mike DeWine (R-OH) lost his re-election bid to Sherrod Brown (D). The Senate delegation from Great Lakes states will now have a large majority of 12 Democrats to four Republicans which contrasts significantly with the near balance of 51 (including two independents) to 49 for the entire Senate.



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