2006 United States Senate election in Wyoming

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United States Senate election in Wyoming, 2006

← 2000 November 7, 2006 2008
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Nominee Craig L. Thomas Dale Groutage
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 135,174 57,761
Percentage 70.0% 29.9%

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County Results
Thomas:      50-60%      60-70%      70-80%      80-90%

U.S. Senator before election

Craig L. Thomas

Elected U.S. Senator

Craig L. Thomas

The 2006 United States Senate election in Wyoming was held November 7, 2006. The primaries were on August 22, 2006, in which both candidates were unopposed. Incumbent Republican Craig Thomas won re-election to a third term. Thomas died 5 months into his term on June 4, 2007 after battling leukemia.

Democratic primary


  • Dale Groutage, engineer


Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Dale Groutage 24,924 100.00
Total votes 24,924 100.00

Republican primary



Republican primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Craig Thomas (Incumbent) 78,211 100.00
Total votes 78,211 100.00

General election


  • Dale Groutage (D), engineer
  • Craig Thomas (R), incumbent U.S. Senator


Thomas was a very popular two term incumbent, having a 68% approval rating.[3] Despite doing very well in the polls, Thomas agreed to a debate. An October debate was sponsored by the Casper Star-Tribune and KCWY in Casper. Thomas said the nation has made progress in its energy policy, while Groutage said the nation's energy policy has failed because Congress has done more for special interests than the people.[4]


Source Date Thomas (R) Groutage (D)
Rasmussen May 8, 2006 64% 25%
Rasmussen July 20, 2006 59% 32%
Mason-Dixon October 16, 2006 67% 26%
Aspen Media & Market Research October 18, 2006 70% 22%


General election results[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Craig L. Thomas (Incumbent) 135,174 69.99% -3.78%
Democratic Dale Groutage 57,671 29.86% +7.82%
Write-ins 291 0.15%
Majority 77,503 40.13% -11.61%
Turnout 193,136
Republican hold Swing

Thomas won at least 56% of the vote in every county in Wyoming.


  1. ^ http://soswy.state.wy.us/Elections/Docs/2006/06Results/D_Statewide_Candidate_Summary.pdf
  2. ^ http://soswy.state.wy.us/Elections/Docs/2006/06Results/R_Statewide_Candidate_Summary.pdf
  3. ^ http://legacy.rasmussenreports.com/MembersOnly/2006%20State%20Polls/July%202006/WY_070606%20Toplines.htm
  4. ^ Candidates face off for first time - Wyoming Tribune Eagle Online
  5. ^ http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/2006/2006Stat.htm
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