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Election 2006: No to Staying the Course on Trade



SUMMARY

Net fair trade gain of 2006 Mid-Term Election:

House races where fair traders replaced anti-fair traders: 18
Senate races where fair traders replaced anti-fair traders: 6
House races where fair traders took open seats vacated by anti-fair traders: 11
Senate races where fair traders took open seats vacated by anti-fair traders: 1
House races where anti-fair traders replaced fair traders: 0
Senate races where anti-fair traders replaced fair traders: 0

From New England to Ohio to Hawaii and all parts in-between, the midterm election results reveal a growing trend of candidates winning by advocating positive alternatives for American workers, farmers and the environment and actively rejecting expansion of the status quo NAFTA-WTO model.

Trade and off-shoring was a top issue in dozens of key campaigns nationwide that determined the outcome of the 2006 midterm congressional elections, showing that fair trade is not only good policy, but also good politics. As of press time, the midterm election resulted in a net gain of 36 congressional seats: 7 in the Senate, and 29 in the House for the fair trade movement. As soon as the outcome of pending races is determined, there could be as many as 37 House seats, and a total of 44 congressional seats that could move into the fair trade column. (For a full list of monitored races and the candidates positions on trade, please see our Appendix.) This report will be updated as word on still pending election results filters in – check www.tradewatch.org for the latest updates.

This report will be updated as word on still pending election results filters in – check www.tradewatch.org for the latest updates.