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

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December 6, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team


MADISON, Wisconsin: Wisconsin had eight U.S. House seats on the ballot in 2012. Seven total incumbents sought re-election on November 6, 2012, and all seven won their seats back. The only incumbent not to run for re-election, Tammy Baldwin, was elected to the US Senate.

Here are the candidates who won election from Wisconsin.

District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party Rob Zerban
Republican Party Paul Ryan
Libertarian Party Keith Deschler
Paul Ryan Republican Party Paul Ryan No
2nd Democratic Party Mark Pocan
Republican Party Chad Lee
Tammy Baldwin Democratic Party Mark Pocan No
3rd Democratic Party Ron Kind
Republican Party Ray Boland
Ron Kind Democratic Party Ron Kind No
4th Democratic Party Gwen Moore
Republican Party Dan Sebring
Independent Robert Raymond
Gwen Moore Democratic Party Gwen Moore No
5th Democratic Party Dave Heaster
Republican Party Jim Sensenbrenner
Jim Sensenbrenner Republican Party Jim Sensenbrenner No
6th Democratic Party Joe Kallas
Republican Party Tom Petri
Tom Petri Republican Party Tom Petri No
7th Democratic Party Pat Kreitlow
Republican Party Sean Duffy
Sean Duffy Republican Party Sean Duffy No
8th Democratic Party Jamie Wall
Republican Party Reid Ribble
Reid Ribble Republican Party Reid Ribble No

Members of the U.S. House from Wisconsin -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 3 3
     Republican Party 5 5
Total 8 8
There were a total of 8 seats up for election in 2012 in Wisconsin. 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, Wisconsin District 1 General Election Republican Party Paul Ryan11.5%365,058Rob Zerban
U.S. House, Wisconsin District 2 General Election Democratic Party Mark Pocan36%390,898Chad Lee
U.S. House, Wisconsin District 3 General Election Democratic Party Ron Kind28.3%339,764Ray Boland
U.S. House, Wisconsin District 4 General Election Democratic Party Gwen Moore47.4%325,788Dan Sebring
U.S. House, Wisconsin District 5 General Election Republican Party Jim Sensenbrenner35.7%369,664Dave Heaster
U.S. House, Wisconsin District 6 General Election Republican Party Tom Petri24.3%359,745Joe Kallas
U.S. House, Wisconsin District 7 General Election Republican Party Sean Duffy12.3%359,669Pat Kreitlow
U.S. House, Wisconsin District 8 General Election Republican Party Reid Ribble12%355,464Jamie Wall

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