2004 United States Senate election in Connecticut

United States Senate election in Connecticut, 2004

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Nominee Chris Dodd Jack Orchulli
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 945,347 457,749
Percentage 66.4% 32.1%

Connecticut Senate Election Results by County, 2004.svg
County results

Dodd:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%

U.S. Senator before election

Chris Dodd


Elected U.S. Senator

Chris Dodd


The 2004 United States Senate election in Connecticut took place on November 2, 2004, alongside other elections to the United States Senate in other states as well as elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections. Incumbent Democrat U.S. Senator Chris Dodd won re-election for a fifth term.

Major candidates [ edit ]

Democratic [ edit ]

Republican [ edit ]

Campaign [ edit ]

Incumbent Chris Dodd was one of the most powerful senators in congress. In the election cycle, Dodd raised over $7 million. His top five contributors were Bear Stearns, Citigroup, National Westminster Bank, Lehman Brothers, and Goldman Sachs.[2]

Republican nominee, Jack Orchulli, ran as fiscal conservative and social moderate[citation needed]. He broke ranks with his party on gay marriage and abortion[citation needed]. That put him on the same side as most voters in the blue state of Connecticut[citation needed]. He often talked about a "broken education system." He argued that Dodd hasn't done anything in his 30 years in congress to fix such issues as traffic problems in Fairfield County.[3]

Orchulli launched a statewide TV ad campaign in September, as he spent over $1.1 million and pledged to spend "whatever it takes" if polls show he is gaining ground on Dodd.[4]

Results [ edit ]

General election results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Chris Dodd (Incumbent) 945,347 66.4%
Republican Jack Orchulli 457,749 32.1%
Concerned Citizens Timothy Knibbs 12,442 0.9%
Libertarian Leonard Rasch 9,188 0.6%
Democratic hold

References [ edit ]

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