Ballotpedia's update on 2012 congressional elections
By Geoff Pallay
MADISON, Wisconsin: The election is over, and people are returning to their regular lives. But there's still a few unanswered questions in the congressional elections. Here's a quick recap of what happened, and what's still undecided.
- See also: United States Senate elections, 2012
There were 33 seats up for election. Of those races:
- 28 seats stayed with same party
There are seven races yet to be called in the U.S. House. They are:
- Arizona's 2nd
- Arizona's 9th
- California's 7th
- California's 36th
- California's 52nd
- Florida's 18th
- North Carolina's 7th
Additionally, one race goes to a runoff. In Louisina's 3rd, incumbent Republicans Charles Boustany and Jeff Landry will face-off in a December 8 runoff. Neither candidate received the required 50 percent in Louisiana's blanket primary system.
|2012 United States House General Election Results|
|Party||Total Winners||Incumbent Winners||Defeated Incumbents||Incumbent Re-Election Rate**||Non-Incumbent Winners|
|**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.|
- So far, 22 incumbents have been defeated. That is a huge decrease from 2010, when 53 incumbents fell. Democrats performed better in races not won by incumbents.
- Republicans won both incumbent-vs-incumbent cross-party battles, in Iowa and Ohio.
- 18 elected officials of other offices (State Senate, executive, etc) successfully made the leap to Congress
- Of the 24 races where a challenger outraised an incumbent in the third quarter, the challenger was victorious in 11 of those races
- Prior to the election, the website RealClearPolitics highlighted 50 races that were most likely to flip. Of the 20 seats held by the Democrats, 9 flipped. Of the 30 seats held by the GOP, 14 flipped. Of the 50 seats listed, they are now controlled 24 D, 22 R with 4 races still to be called.