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Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Preview Articles: Connecticut Congressional Seats

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October 29, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team

Connecticut's Congressional Elections in 2012
U.S. Senate Election? U.S. House seats Possible competitive races?
Yes 5 2

HARTFORD: Connecticut: Connecticut has one U.S. Senate seat and five U.S. House seats on the ballot in 2012. Four of five house incumbents are seeking re-election, and all four face at least one challenger in the general election (100%).

Currently, the Democratic Party holds all five Congressional seats from Connecticut. According to race ratings, no districts are likely to flip from Democratic to Republican control. However, the 5th District will likely produce the closest race, in an open seat contest between Elizabeth Esty (D) and Andrew Roraback (R).

In Connecticut, all polling places will be open from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Eastern Time on election day.[1]

See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times (2012)

U.S. Senate

Connecticut has one U.S. Senate seat on the ballot in 2012. The seat is open following incumbent Joe Lieberman's decision not to seek re-election. Polls have shown a tight race between Democrat Chris Murphy and Republican Linda McMahon. McMahon has contributed more than $42 million of her own money to her campaign. Two years ago she was defeated by Richard Blumenthal, 52-43 percent.

State General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
Connecticut Class 1 Senate seat Democratic Party Chris Murphy
Republican Party Linda McMahon
Libertarian Party Paul Passarelli
Joe Lieberman Pending Pending

U.S. House

One of Connecticut's five districts is considered to be competitive in 2012 according to the New York Times race ratings, District 5.[2][3]

Connecticut's 5th Congressional District is considered to be a toss-up. Democratic candidate Elizabeth Esty -- who defeated the Party endorsed candidate, Chris Donovan, in the Democratic primary -- faces Republican Andrew Roraback in a battle for the open seat left by Christopher S. Murphy's decision to run for U.S. Senate.

Here is a complete list of U.S. House candidates appearing on the general election ballot in Connecticut:

Members of the U.S. House from Connecticut -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 5 5
     Republican Party 0 0
Total 5 5
 Congressional Redistricting Map approved February 2012 

For more information, view Redistricting in Connecticut.


See also