Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Preview Articles: Georgia State Legislature

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October 30, 2012

By Ballotpedia's State legislative team

Georgia's State Legislative Elections in 2012
Senate seats Contested senate seats House seats Contested house seats
56 12 (21.4%) 180 41 (22.8%)

Atlanta: Georgia: There are 236 total legislative seats with 2012 elections in Georgia, where polling places are open from 7:00 AM until 7:00 PM Eastern Time on Election Day. Any voter who is waiting in line to vote at 7:00 PM will be allowed to vote.[1]

The Senate is solidly Republican with a 36-20 majority and in all likelihood will not change hands. Of the 180 seats in the House, Republicans hold 115, Democrats hold 63, one is vacant, and one is held by an Independent.

In Georgia, there are five state senate districts where the partisan registration of Democratic and Republican voters is less than 10 percentage points apart. These districts are considered "competitive" when looked at strictly with respect to vote party affiliation. The five districts in Georgia are District 5, 7, 13, 20 and 23.

Of the 236 incumbents up for election in 2012, 210 (88.98%) of them are running for re-election. A total of 53 of 236 (22.5%) districts will see more than one major party candidate in the general election.

Here are a few races to watch:


  • District 26: Democrat David E. Lucas, Sr. faces Republican Bobby Gale. Lucas defeated incumbent Miriam Paris after both advanced to a runoff primary on August 28, 2012.[2] The race was initially too close to call, but eventually Paris conceded the race to Lucas.[2]
  • District 30: Incumbent Bill Hamrick resigned from his seat after the primary election in order to serve as a Superior Court Judge. A special primary election will be held on November 6, 2012 for the district seat.


Georgia State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 20 18
     Republican Party 36 38
Total 56 56

Georgia House of Representatives
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 63 60
     Republican Party 114 119
     Independent 1 1
     Vacancy 2 0
Total 180 180


See also