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

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December 5, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team


MADISON, Wisconsin: Indiana had nine U.S. House seats on the ballot in 2012. Six total incumbents sought re-election on November 6, 2012.

Indiana's 2nd Congressional District switched partisan control in the general election. This was not unexpected, as redistricting made the district more Republican in terms of voter registrations. This race was also the closest one, with Jackie Walorski (R) winning narrowly by a little over 1% of the vote.

Here are the candidates who won election from Indiana.

District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party Peter Visclosky
Republican Party Joel Phelps
Peter J. Visclosky Democratic Party Peter Visclosky No
2nd Democratic Party Brendan Mullen
Republican Party Jackie Walorski
Libertarian PartyJoe Ruiz
Independent Kenneth R. Lunce, Jr.
Joe Donnelly Republican Party Jackie Walorski Yes
3rd Democratic Party Kevin Boyd
Republican Party Marlin Stutzman
Marlin A. Stutzman Republican Party Marlin Stutzman 'No
4th Democratic Party Tara Nelson
Republican Party Todd Rokita
Libertarian Party Benjamin J. Gehlhausen
Todd Rokita Republican Party Todd Rokita No
5th Democratic Party Scott Reske
Republican Party Susan Brooks
Libertarian Party Chard Reid
Dan Burton Republican Party Susan Brooks No
6th Democratic Party Brad Bookout
Republican Party Luke Messer
Libertarian Party Rex Bell
Mike Pence Republican Party Luke Messer No
7th Democratic Party Andre Carson
Republican Party Carlos May
Independent Tim Frye
Andre Carson Democratic Party Andre Carson No
8th Democratic Party Dave Crooks
Republican Party Larry Bucshon
Libertarian Party Bart Gadau
Larry Bucshon Republican Party Larry Bucshon No
9th Democratic Party Shelli Yoder
Republican Party Todd Young
Todd Young Republican Party Todd Young No

Members of the U.S. House from Indiana -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 3 2
     Republican Party 6 7
Total 9 9

Margin of victory for winners

There were a total of 9 seats up for election in 2012 in Indiana. 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, Indiana District 1 General Election Democratic Party Peter J. Visclosky34.6%279,034Joel Phelps
U.S. House, Indiana District 2 General Election Republican Party Jackie Walorski1.4%273,475Brendan Mullen
U.S. House, Indiana District 3 General Election Republican Party Marlin Stutzman34.1%280,235Kevin Boyd
U.S. House, Indiana District 4 General Election Republican Party Todd Rokita27.8%272,268Tara Nelson
U.S. House, Indiana District 5 General Election Republican Party Susan Brooks20.8%333,359Scott Reske
U.S. House, Indiana District 6 General Election Republican Party Luke Messer24%275,253Brad Bookout
U.S. House, Indiana District 7 General Election Democratic Party Andre Carson25.7%257,950Carlos May
U.S. House, Indiana District 8 General Election Republican Party Larry Bucshon10.3%283,992Dave Crooks
U.S. House, Indiana District 9 General Election Republican Party Todd Young10.9%298,180Shelli Yoder

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