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

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December 4, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team


MADISON, Wisconsin: Washington had 10 U.S. House seats on the ballot in 2012. Seven total incumbents sought re-election on November 6, 2012, and all of them were successfully re-elected.

As a result of the election, Democrats gained one seat in Washington, the newly created 10th District. None of the original nine seats saw a party switch occur.

Here are the candidates who won election from Washington.

District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party Suzan DelBene
Republican Party John Koster
Jay Inslee Democratic Party Suzan DelBene No
2nd Democratic Party Rick Larsen
Republican Party Dan Matthews
Rick Larsen Democratic Party Rick Larsen No
3rd Democratic Party Jon T. Haugen
Republican Party Jaime Herrera Beutler
Jaime Herrera Beutler Republican Party Jaime Herrera Beutler No
4th Democratic Party Mary Baechler
Republican Party Doc Hastings
Doc Hastings Republican Party Doc Hastings No
5th Democratic Party Rich Cowan
Republican Party Cathy McMorris Rodgers
Cathy McMorris Rodgers Republican Party Cathy McMorris Rodgers No
6th Democratic Party Derek Kilmer
Republican Party Bill Driscoll
Norm Dicks Democratic Party Derek Kilmer No
7th Democratic Party Jim McDermott
Republican Party Ron Bemis
Jim McDermott Democratic Party Jim McDermott No
8th Democratic Party Karen Porterfield
Republican Party Dave Reichert
Dave Reichert Republican Party Dave Reichert No
9th Democratic Party Adam Smith
Republican Party James Postma
Adam Smith Democratic Party Adam Smith No
10th Democratic Party Denny Heck
Republican Party Richard Muri
N/A Democratic Party Denny Heck N/A

Members of the U.S. House from Washington -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 5 6
     Republican Party 4 4
Total 9 10

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