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Democrats currently hold 26 of 49 seats in the state Senate. In November, 2006, 24 seats will be up for election. Of those, 12 are held by Republicans and 12 are held by Democrats. The following districts have Senators on the ballot in 2006.
Republican Sen. Brad Benson, who served eight years in the state House of Representatives, won the Senate seat in 2004 after Jim West (R.) resigned to become Spokane's mayor. He defeated West's handpicked replacement, Brian Murray, in the GOP primary and defeated Democrat Laurie Dolan, a former administrator for Spokane Public Schools who now serves as an adviser to Gov. Christine Gregoire, in the general election.
- Brad Benson (R): 51.26% (21175)
- Laurie Dolan (D): 48.73% (20128)
This is the first time that Bob Morton has been challenged by anyone since he first won the seat in 1994. The 7th District's Senate seat has been in Republican hands since 1982.
James Honeyford was unchallenged in 2002.
Paull Shin was challenged by Cheryl Potebnya in 2002, and received 62.07% of the vote.
This year's contest could be a rematch of a 2004 House race. Lois McMahan was previously a representative in the State House of Representatives, until she was unseated by Derek Kilmer that year. Kilmer won by 555 votes (with 49.67% of the vote).
Rosa Franklin was unchallenged in 2002.
Tracey Eide was challenged by William Moore in 2002, and received 54.05% of the vote.
Pam Roach was challenged by Yvonne Ward in 2002, and received 51.69% of the vote.
- Darlene Fairley (D) - Incumbent
- Information: SDCC
- Chris Eggen (D) - Primary challenger
- David Baker (R) - Challenger
Darlene Fairley was challenged by Michael Plunkett in 2002, and received 61.74% of the vote.
Karen Keiser was challenged by James Russell in 2002, and received 63.37% of the vote.
Erik Poulsen was unchallenged in 2002.
Sen. Tim Sheldon was challenged by Marilou Rickert of the Green Party in 2002, and received 78.28% of the vote. Sheldon is also a Mason County Commissioner. He is unpopular within the Democratic Party due to his voting record.
Jeanne Kohl-Welles was unchallenged in 2002.
Adam Kline was unchallenged in 2002.
Jean Berkey was elected in 2002 into House Seat #2, and took the Senator position when Aaron Reardon took the position of Snohomish County Executive. Aaron was challenged by Glenn Coggeshell in 2002, and received 65.34% of the vote.
Ed Murray has served the 43rd district since 1995 in the Washington State House of Representatives.
Pat Thibaudeau (D) announced her retirement from the Senate in May 2006, after Murray had declared his intention to challenge her for the Democratic nomination. She was challenged by Linde Knighton (G) in 2002, and received 79.04% of the vote.
- Dave Schmidt (R) - Incumbent (cw)
- Steve Hobbs (D) - Challenger (cw)
- Lillian Kaufer (D) - Challenger (cw)
David Schmidt was challenged by Phil Doerflein (D) in 2002 and received 53.09% of the vote.
Incumbent Sen. Bill Finkbeiner has decided to step down, citing personal reasons. Rep. Toby Nixon has declared for the seat, leaving his House seat open.
Senator Jacobsen is unchallenged in 2006.
Steve Reichert was previously running for the Republican nomination, but withdrew. .
Ed Crawford recently retired as chief of the City of Kent Police Department.
Rodney Tom is a 2 term Republican from the House in the 48th. On March 14th, he announced that he would be seeking the Senate seat as a Democrat, asking challenger Debi Golden () to step aside to avoid a primary election.