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October 31, 2012

By Ballotpedia's State legislative team

Indiana's State Legislative Elections in 2012
Senate seats Contested senate seats House seats Contested house seats
25 15 (60.0%) 100 68 (68.0%)

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana: There are 125 total legislative seats with 2012 elections in Indiana, where polling places are open from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM local time.[1] The state is divided between the Central time zone and the Eastern time zone.

The Republican Party holds a significant membership edge in the State Senate, outnumbering Democrats 37 to 13. In the 2012 elections, half of the Senate is up for re-election (25 of the 50 seats). The State House is more competitive, with Democrats holding 40 seats to the Republicans' 60 seats. Every seat in the House of Representatives is up for re-election in 2012.

If Republicans increased their majority to 67 seats in the House, they would have a super-majority and would no longer need Democrats present to have a quorum for voting procedures.[2]

Of the 125 incumbents up for election in 2012, 104 (83.2%) of them are running for re-election. A total of 83 of 125 (66.4%) districts will see more than one major party candidate in the general election.

Here are a few races to watch:



Indiana State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 13 13
     Republican Party 37 37
Total 50 50

Indiana House of Representatives
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 40 31
     Republican Party 60 69
Total 100 100


See also