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

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December 6, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team

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ATLANTA, Georgia: Georgia had fourteen U.S. House seats on the ballot in 2012, with one new district after redistricting following the 2010 census. Thirteen total incumbents sought re-election on November 6, 2012, and all were re-elected. The new 14th District elected the republican incumbent from the 9th District, Tom Graves. The 9th District also elected a Republican, so the state as a whole added one Republican seat.

Here are the candidates who won election from Georgia.

District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party Lesli Rae Messinger
Republican Party Jack Kingston
Jack Kingston Republican Party Jack Kingston No
2nd Democratic Party Sanford D. Bishop, Jr.
Republican Party John House
Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. Democratic Party Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. No
3rd Republican Party Lynn A. Westmoreland Lynn A. Westmoreland Republican Party Lynn A. Westmoreland No
4th Democratic Party Henry C. Johnson, Jr.
Republican Party Chris Vaughn
Henry C. Johnson, Jr. Democratic Party Henry C. Johnson, Jr. No
5th Democratic Party John Lewis
Republican Party Howard Stopeck
John Lewis Democratic Party John Lewis No
6th Democratic Party Jeff Kazanow
Republican Party Tom Price
Tom Price Republican Party Tom Price No
7th Democratic Party Steve Reilly
Republican Party Rob Woodall
Rob Woodall Republican Party Rob Woodall No
8th Republican Party Austin Scott Austin Scott Republican Party Austin Scott no
9th Democratic Party Jody Cooley
Republican Party Doug Collins
Tom Graves Republican Party Doug Collins No
10th Republican Party Paul Broun Paul Broun Republican Party Paul Broun No
11th Democratic Party Patrick Thompson
Republican Party Phil Gingrey
Phil Gingrey Republican Party Phil Gingrey No
12th Democratic Party John Barrow
Republican Party Lee Anderson
John Barrow Democratic Party John Barrow No
13th Democratic Party David Scott
Republican Party S. Malik
David Scott Democratic Party David Scott No
14th Democratic Party Daniel Grant
Republican Party Tom Graves
N/A Republican Party Tom Graves
N/A


Members of the U.S. House from Georgia -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 5 5
     Republican Party 8 9
Total 13 14


There were a total of 14 seats up for election in 2012 in Georgia. 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, Georgia District 10 General Election Republican Party Paul Broun100%211,065Unopposed
U.S. House, Georgia District 11 General Election Republican Party Phil Gingrey37.1%287,321Patrick Thompson
U.S. House, Georgia District 12 General Election Democratic Party John Barrow7.4%259,121Lee Anderson
U.S. House, Georgia District 13 General Election Democratic Party David Scott43.5%281,538S. Malik
U.S. House, Georgia District 14 General Election Republican Party Tom Graves45.9%219,192Daniel Grant
U.S. House, Georgia District 1 General Election Republican Party Jack Kingston26%249,580Lesli Messinger
U.S. House, Georgia District 2 General Election Democratic Party Sanford Bishop27.6%255,161John House
U.S. House, Georgia District 3 General Election Republican Party Lynn Westmoreland100%232,380Unopposed
U.S. House, Georgia District 4 General Election Democratic Party Henry C. Johnson47.1%283,902J. Chris Vaughn
U.S. House, Georgia District 5 General Election Democratic Party John Lewis68.8%277,665Howard Stopeck
U.S. House, Georgia District 6 General Election Republican Party Tom Price29%294,034Jeff Kazanow
U.S. House, Georgia District 7 General Election Republican Party Rob Woodall24.3%252,066Steve Reilly
U.S. House, Georgia District 8 General Election Republican Party Austin Scott100%197,789Unopposed
U.S. House, Georgia District 9 General Election Republican Party Doug Collins52.4%252,153Jody Cooley

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

Alabama