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Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Review Articles: North Carolina Congressional Seats

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November 30, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team


MADISON, Wisconsin: North Carolina had 13 U.S. House seats on the ballot in 2012. Ten of the 13 incumbents sought re-election on November 6, 2012. One incumbent Larry Kissell (D) was defeated.

After the 2010 legislative elections, Republicans gained control of the North Carolina Legislature. This granted them the ability to draw favorable congressional maps, which helped flip three districts in their favor. The three districts that changed were:

In the closest race in the country, incumbent Mike McIntyre (D) defended his seat against state senator David Rouzer (R). The district was drawn more Republican and was considered a tossup heading into the election. Ultimately a recount was required and Rouzer conceded defeat toward the end of November.

Here are the candidates who won election from North Carolina.

District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party G.K. Butterfield
Republican Party Pete DiLauro
Libertarian Party Darryl Holloman
G.K. Butterfield Democratic Party G.K. Butterfield No
2nd Democratic Party Steve Wilkins
Republican Party Renee Ellmers
Libertarian Party Brian Irving
Renee Ellmers Republican Party Renee Ellmers No
3rd Democratic Party Erik Anderson
Republican Party Walter B. Jones
Walter B. Jones Republican Party Walter B. Jones No
4th Democratic Party David E. Price
Republican Party Tim D'Annunzio
David Price Democratic Party David E. Price No
5th Democratic Party Elisabeth Motsinger
Republican Party Virginia Foxx
Virginia Foxx Republican Party Virginia Foxx No
6th Democratic Party Tony Foriest
Republican Party Howard Coble
Howard Coble Republican Party Howard Coble No
7th Democratic Party Mike McIntyre
Republican Party David Rouzer
Mike McIntyre Democratic Party Mike McIntyre No
8th Democratic Party Larry Kissell
Republican Party Richard Hudson
Larry Kissell Republican Party Richard Hudson Yes
9th Democratic Party Jennifer Roberts
Republican Party Robert Pittenger
Libertarian Party Curtis Campbell
Sue Wilkins Myrick Republican Party Robert Pittenger No
10th Democratic Party Patricia Keever
Republican Party Patrick McHenry
Patrick T. McHenry Republican Party Patrick McHenry No
11th Democratic Party Hayden Rogers
Republican Party Mark Meadows
Heath Shuler Republican Party Mark Meadows Yes
12th Democratic Party Melvin L. Watt
Republican Party Jack Brosch
Melvin L. Watt Democratic Party Melvin L. Watt No
13th Democratic Party Charles Malone
Republican Party George E.B. Holding
Brad Miller Republican Party George E.B. Holding Yes

Members of the U.S. House from North Carolina -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 7 4
     Republican Party 6 9
Total 13 13

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