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

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December 6, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team


MADISON, Wisconsin: Oregon had five U.S. House seats on the ballot in 2012. All five incumbents ran and won re-election on November 6, 2012.

Here are the candidates who won election.

District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party Suzanne Bonamici
Republican Party Delinda Morgan
Libertarian Party Steven Reynolds
Constitution Party Robert Ekstrom
Suzanne Bonamici Democratic Party Suzanne Bonamici No
2nd Democratic Party Joyce Segers
Republican Party Greg Walden
Libertarian Party Joe Tabor
Greg Walden Republican Party Greg Walden No
3rd Democratic Party Earl Blumenauer
Republican Party Ronald Green
Libertarian Party Michael Cline
Progressive Party Woodrow Broadnax
Earl Blumenauer Democratic Party Earl Blumenauer No
4th Democratic Party Peter DeFazio
Republican Party Art Robinson
Libertarian Party Chuck Huntting
Peter DeFazio Democratic Party Peter DeFazio No
5th Democratic Party Kurt Schrader
Republican Party Fred Thompson
Constitution Party Raymond Baldwin
Green Party Christina Jean Lugo
Kurt Schrader Democratic Party Kurt Schrader No

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

Margin of victory for winners

There were a total of 5 seats up for election in 2012 in Oregon. 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, Oregon District 1 General Election Democratic Party Suzanne Bonamici26.6%331,980Delinda Morgan
U.S. House, Oregon District 2 General Election Republican Party Greg Walden39.5%332,255Joyce Segers
U.S. House, Oregon District 3 General Election Democratic Party Earl Blumenauer54.7%355,875Ronald Green
U.S. House, Oregon District 4 General Election Democratic Party Peter DeFazio20.1%360,088Art Robinson
U.S. House, Oregon District 5 General Election Democratic Party Kurt Schrader11.6%327,970Fred Thompson

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