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

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December 3, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team


MADISON, Wisconsin: Kentucky had six U.S. House seats on the ballot in 2012. There were five incumbents who sought re-election on November 6, 2012. Of those five, four won re-election. In the 6th District, Democratic incumbent Ben Chandler was defeated by Republican nominee Andy Barr leading to Republicans controlling five of the six districts in the state. The incumbent from the 4th District did not run for re-election.

Here are the candidates who won election in Kentucky.

District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party Charles Kendall Hatchett
Republican Party Ed Whitfield
Ed Whitfield Republican Party Ed Whitfield No
2nd Democratic Party David Lynn Williams
Republican Party Brett Guthrie
Libertarian Party Craig Astor
Independent Andrew R. Beacham
Brett Guthrie Republican Party Brett Guthrie No
3rd Democratic Party John Yarmuth
Republican Party Brooks Wicker
Independent Robert DeVore Jr.
John Yarmuth Democratic Party John Yarmuth No
4th Democratic Party Bill Adkins
Republican Party Thomas Massie
Independent David Lewis
Geoff Davis Republican Party Thomas Massie No
5th Democratic Party Kenneth Stepp
Republican Party Hal Rogers
Hal Rogers Republican Party Hal Rogers No
6th Democratic Party Ben Chandler
Republican Party Andy Barr
Independent Randolph Vance
Ben Chandler Republican Party Andy Barr Yes

Members of the U.S. House from Kentucky -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 2 1
     Republican Party 4 5
Total 6 6

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