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

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December 6, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team


PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania had eighteen U.S. House seats on the ballot in 2012. Seventeen total incumbents sought re-election on November 6, 2012. After redistricting, two of the incumbents, Jason Altmire and Mark Critz, chose to run in the same district and faced off in a Democratic primary. Critz won the primary, but lost the general election to Republican Keith Rothfus. Altmire's former district also elected a Republican, challenger Scott Perry.

Here are the candidates who won election from Pennsylvania.

District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party Robert Brady
Republican Party John Featherman
Robert Brady Democratic Party Robert Brady No
2nd Democratic Party Chaka Fattah
Republican Party Robert Mansfield
Independent Robert Ogborn
Independent James Foster (PHP)
Chaka Fattah Democratic Party Chaka Fattah No
3rd Democratic Party Missa Eaton
Republican Party Mike Kelly
IndependentSteven Porter
Mike Kelly Republican Party Mike Kelly No
4th Democratic Party Harry Perkinson
Republican Party Scott Perry
Libertarian Party Mike Koffenberger
IndependentWayne Wolff
Jason Altmire Republican Party Scott Perry Yes
5th Democratic PartyCharles Dumas
Republican PartyGlenn Thompson
Glenn Thompson Republican Party Glenn Thompson No
6th Democratic Party Manan Trivedi
Republican Party Jim Gerlach
Jim Gerlach Republican Party Jim Gerlach No
7th Democratic Party George Badey
Republican PartyPatrick Meehan
Patrick Meehan Republican Party Patrick Meehan No
8th Democratic Party Kathryn Boockvar
Republican Party Michael G. Fitzpatrick
Michael G. Fitzpatrick Republican Party Michael G. Fitzpatrick No
9th Democratic Party Karen Ramsburg
Republican Party Bill Shuster
Bill Shuster Republican Party Bill Shuster No
10th Democratic Party Philip Scollo
Republican Party Tom Marino
Tom Marino Republican Party Tom Marino No
11th Democratic Party Gene Stilp
Republican Party Lou Barletta
Lou Barletta Republican Party Lou Barletta No
12th Democratic Party Mark Critz
Republican Party Keith Rothfus
Mark Critz Republican Party Keith Rothfus Yes
13th Democratic Party Allyson Schwartz
Republican Party Joe Rooney
Allyson Schwartz Democratic Party Allyson Schwartz No
14th Democratic Party Michael F. Doyle
Republican Party Hans Lessmann
Michael F. Doyle Democratic Party Michael F. Doyle No
15th Democratic Party Rick Daugherty
Republican Party Charlie Dent
Charlie Dent Republican Party Charlie Dent No
16th Democratic Party Aryanna Strader
Republican PartyJoseph R. Pitts
IndependentJohn Murphy
IndependentJames Bednarski
Joseph R. Pitts Republican Party Joseph R. Pitts No
17th Democratic Party Matt Cartwright
Republican Party Laureen Cummings
Tim Holden Democratic Party Matt Cartwright No
18th Democratic Party Larry Maggi
Republican Party Tim Murphy
Tim Murphy Republican Party Tim Murphy No

Members of the U.S. House from Pennsylvania-- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 6 5
     Republican Party 13 13
Total 19 18

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