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

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December 5, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team


MADISON, Wisconsin: Virginia had 11 U.S. House seats 1 US. Senate seat on the ballot in 2012. Eleven house incumbents sought re-election and all were victorious on November 6, 2012. Tim Kaine won election to the Senate, defeating George Allen. This was the most competitive race in Virginia. Here are the candidates who won election from Virginia.

District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party Adam Cook
Republican Party Robert J. Wittman
Independent Gail Parker
Rob Wittman Republican Party Robert J. Wittman No
2nd Democratic Party Paul Hirschbiel
Republican Party Scott Rigell
Scott Rigell Republican Party Scott Rigell No
3rd Democratic Party Robert C. Scott
Republican Party Dean Longo
Bobby Scott Democratic Party Robert C. Scott No
4th Democratic Party Ella Ward
Republican Party Randy Forbes
Randy Forbes Republican Party Randy Forbes No
5th Democratic Party John Douglass
Republican Party Robert Hurt
Green Party Kenneth Hildebrandt
Robert Hurt Republican Party Robert Hurt No
6th Democratic Party Andy Schmookler
Republican Party Bob Goodlatte
Bob Goodlatte Republican Party Bob Goodlatte No
7th Democratic Party E. Wayne Powell
Republican PartyEric Cantor
Eric Cantor Republican PartyEric Cantor No
8th Democratic Party Jim Moran
Republican Party Patrick Murray
Green Party Janet Murphy
Independent Jason Howell
Jim Moran Democratic Party Jim Moran No
9th Democratic Party Anthony Flaccavento
Republican Party Morgan Griffith
Morgan Griffith Republican Party Morgan Griffith No
10th Democratic Party Kristin Cabral
Republican Party Frank Wolf
Independent Kevin Chisholm
Frank Wolf Republican Party Frank Wolf No
11th Democratic Party Gerald Connolly
Republican Party Chris Perkins
Green Party Joe Galdo
Independent Peter Marchetti
Independent Chris DeCarlo
Independent Mark Gibson
Gerry Connolly Democratic Party Gerald Connolly No

Members of the U.S. House from Virginia -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 3 3
     Republican Party 8 8
Total 11 11

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