The 2006 election results confirmed pre-election speculation
that a national sense of disappointment with Republicans, referred
to as a political "wave," would remove GOP officeholders on
Capitol Hill in competitive "swing" districts. Compounding this
were races in districts that normally vote heavily Republican but
where GOP incumbents were so flawed ethically that neither they nor
replacements on the ballot could hold the seats.
Other Republicans who lost were public servants with high
ethical standards who simply were dragged down by the political
undertow. For example, former Ohio Sen. Mike DeWine (R) had the
misfortune of running in a state where the GOP governor had been
convicted of wrongdoing. And in Missouri, former Sen. James Talent
(R) ran a good campaign that was affected by controversial state
ballot initiatives. NRCA's political action committee, ROOFPAC,
supported DeWine and Talent, as well as former Sen. George Allen
(R-Va.) who had an error-plagued campaign that led to his
Overall, Republicans lost 29 House seats and six Senate seats.
This is in line with the post-World War II precedent where the
average loss for members of the president's party in the sixth year
of his term was 32 House seats and six Senate seats. The net result
is that for the first time since 1994, Democrats control the
legislative branch, and NRCA must consider the new political
paradigm and its effect on roofing issues.
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