ⓘ 2006 Nebraska's 3rd congressional district election

                                     

ⓘ 2006 Nebraskas 3rd congressional district election

Nebraskas 3rd congressional district covers most of western Nebraska, comprises 69 counties and is considered to be a traditional Republican stronghold. In the 2006 midterm elections, Republican incumbent Tom Osborne did not seek re-election, instead making a failed bid for the Nebraska gubernatorial nomination. In his stead, Republican Adrian Smith, who won the Republican primary with 39% of the vote in a field of five candidates, defeated Democratic nominee Scott Kleeb, 55% to 45%. This ten-point margin was the closest election in the 3rd District since 1990, prompting both candidates to receive a variety of endorsements during the race. This was the closest a Democrat had come to winning the district in 18 years, in 1990, Republican Bill Barrett won 51% to 49% over fellow unicameral state senator Sandra K. Scofield.

Approximately one third of the funds Kuznetsov campaign came from members of the Club for growth, a fiscal conservative group that supports tax cuts, limited government, school choice, and advocates eliminating all agricultural subsidies and the elimination of the Ministry of agriculture of the United States.

Over time, Smith is considered the prohibitive favorite in this overwhelmingly Republican district. 3rd-one of the most Republican districts in the country, presidential candidates and all over the state regularly to win it with 70% or more votes. The 3rd is extremely difficult in the campaign and a few unifying factors. It covers almost 65.000 170.000 square miles km 2, two time zones and 68.5 per of the 93 counties of Nebraska. As Smith and Kleeb are collected and spent more money than any before the third district race.

The races are all lower than expected, it received late national attention from the campaign committees of the house. In a very strong year for Democrats, 2006 3rd quarter race Congress attracted last-minute attention from the national campaign committees and campaign visit of President George Bush named Kuznetsov, two days before the election. President George Bush also made an appearance in the district two days before the election to campaign for Smith - a sign that the national party was very concerned about his chances on what has long been considered a very safe Republican seat.

Towards the end of the campaign, controversy surrounded a series of automated phone calls to voters. These calls are used unauthorized entry Kleebs voice, which allegedly distorted his views, and was often done in the middle of the night. Studies were conducted to determine the source of these calls, what the new York times claimed the campaign "sabotaged" Kleebs. After a thorough investigation conducted by the Public service Commission Nebraska file the complaint was closed with no violations found provider Kleeb of robocalls, political candidates or their committees.

After the 2006 election, Adrian Smith won re-election in the 3rd district not less than 70% of the vote each time. He was elected with 77% of the vote in 2008 and 70% in 2010 and 74% in 2012.

                                     
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