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

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November 2, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team

Washington’s Congressional Elections in 2012
U.S. Senate Election? U.S. House seats Possible competitive races?
Yes 10 1

OLYMPIA: Washington: There are 10 U.S. House seats and 1 U.S. Senate seat on the ballot in Washington this year. Heading into general election on November 6, 2012, 100% of the congressional races are contested, meaning there are at least two candidates running in each of the 10 races. 7 incumbents are running for re-election to the House.

U.S. Senate

Incumbent U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D) is running for re-election in 2012. She faces Republican Michael Baumgartner on November 6, 2012.[1] The race is considered competitive and is listed as Solid Democrat according to a Cook Political Report Race Rating from October 4, 2012.[2]

U.S. House

Heading into the November 6 election, the Democratic Party holds 5 seats, while the Republican Party holds 4 in Washington. One district is currently vacant as it was created by redistricting. Of the 20 possible major party primaries (2 parties, 10 seats), 14 (70%) were contested, well above the national average. Washington uses the top-2 primary system, which means there can only be a maximum of two candidates on the general election ballot for each race.

Here are some highlights for the races on November 6:

Washington is a mail in ballot state and does not have polling places. County election officials provide information about voting centers/election offices.[4] See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times (2012)

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



State General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
Washington Class 1 Senate seat Democratic Party Maria Cantwell
Republican Party Michael Baumgartner
Maria Cantwell Pending Pending


District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party Suzan DelBene
Republican Party John Koster
Jay Inslee Pending Pending
2nd Democratic Party Rick Larsen
Republican Party Dan Matthews
Rick Larsen Pending Pending
3rd Democratic Party Jon T. Haugen
Republican Party Jaime Herrera Beutler
Jaime Herrera Beutler Pending Pending
4th Democratic Party Mary Baechler
Republican Party Doc Hastings
Doc Hastings Pending Pending
5th Democratic Party Rich Cowan
Republican Party Cathy McMorris Rodgers
Cathy McMorris Rodgers Pending Pending
6th Democratic Party Derek Kilmer
Republican Party Bill Driscoll
Norm Dicks Pending Pending
7th Democratic Party Jim McDermott
Republican Party Ron Bemis
Jim McDermott Pending Pending
8th Democratic Party Karen Porterfield
Republican Party Dave Reichert
Dave Reichert Pending Pending
9th Democratic Party Adam Smith
Republican Party James Postma
Adam Smith Pending Pending
10th Democratic Party Denny Heck
Republican Party Richard Muri
N/A Pending Pending
Members of the U.S. House from Washington -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 5 6
     Republican Party 4 4
Total 9 10
This is a map of the congressional districts of Washington before and after the 2010 redistricting. The image also includes the partisan breakdown of the districts that are close in registration figures.


See also