Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Review Articles: Arkansas Congressional Seats

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December 3, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team


MADISON, Wisconsin: Arkansas had four U.S. House seats on the ballot in 2012. In three of the four seats, incumbents sought re-election on November 6, 2012. All three incumbents won their district seats again. The Fourth district was held by Democrat Mike Ross, and he chose not run for re-election. As a result, Republican Tom Cotton won the seat instead of the Democratic challenger leading to Republicans controlling all four districts.

Here are the candidates who won election in Arkansas.

District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party Scott Ellington
Republican Party Rick Crawford
Green Party Jacob Holloway
Libertarian Party Jessica Paxton
Rick Crawford Republican Party Rick Crawford No
2nd Democratic PartyHerb Rule
Republican Party Tim Griffin
Green Party Barbara Ward
Libertarian Party Chris Hayes
Tim Griffin Republican Party Tim Griffin No
3rd Republican Party Steve Womack
Green Party Rebekah Kennedy
Libertarian Party David Pangrac
Steve Womack Republican Party Steve Womack No
4th Democratic Party Gene Jeffress
Republican Party Tom Cotton
Green Party Joshua Drake
Libertarian Party Bobby Tullis
Mike Ross Republican Party Tom Cotton Yes

Members of the U.S. House from Arkansas -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 1 0
     Republican Party 3 4
Total 4 4

Margin of victory for winners

There were a total of 4 seats up for election in 2012 in Arkansas. The following table shows the margin of victory for each district winner, which is calculated by examining the percentage difference between the top-two vote getters. If the race was uncontested, the margin of victory is listed as 100%.
DistrictWinnerMargin of VictoryTotal VoteTop Opponent
U.S. House, Arkansas District 1 General Election Republican Party Rick Crawford17.1%246,843Scott Ellington
U.S. House, Arkansas District 2 General Election Republican Party Tim Griffin15.7%286,598Herb Rule
U.S. House, Arkansas District 3 General Election Republican Party Steve Womack59.9%245,660Rebekah Kennedy
U.S. House, Arkansas District 4 General Election Republican Party Tom Cotton22.8%258,953Gene Jeffress

National picture

Both chambers of the United States Congress remain split after the November 6, 2012 election. Democrats increased their majority in the U.S. Senate while cutting into the Republicans majority in the U.S. House. Of the 435 candidates who won election to the U.S. House, 85 of them were challengers, which represents 19.5 percent of U.S. House members. Of those 85, 50 are Democratic and 35 are Republican. A total of 27 incumbents were defeated -- 10 Democratic and 17 Republican.

2012 United States House General Election Results
Party Total Winners Incumbent Winners Defeated Incumbents Incumbent Re-Election Rate** Non-Incumbent Winners
Democratic 201 151 10 93.8% 50
Republican 234 198 17 92.1% 35
TOTALS 435 349 27 92.8% 85
**Note: The incumbent re-election rate is calculated by dividing the total incumbents winners by the total incumbents who appeared on the general election ballot.
U.S. Senate Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 51 53
     Republican Party 47 45
     Independent 2 2
Total 100 100
U.S. House Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 193 201
     Republican Party 242 234
Total 435 435

See also