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

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October 29, 2012

By Ballotpedia's State legislative team

Pennsylvania's State Legislative Elections in 2012
Senate seats Contested senate seats House seats Contested house seats
25 12 (48.0%) 203 96 (47.3%)

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania: There are 228 total legislative seats with 2012 elections in Pennsylvania, where polling places are open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Eastern Time.

Both the House and the Senate are in Republican hands currently, and the appear to be leaning to the right again for 2012. However, the majorities are slim enough that it is possible that one or both of the chambers could flip to Democratic control, particularly the House.

Of the 228 incumbents up for election in 2012, 202 (88.6%) of them are running for re-election. A total of 108 of 228 (47.7%) districts will see more than one major party candidate in the general election.

Here are a few races to watch:



Pennsylvania State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 20 23
     Republican Party 29 27
     Vacancy 1 0
Total 50 50

Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 91 93
     Republican Party 110 110
     Vacancy 2 0
Total 203 203


See also