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State legislative special elections, 2012

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2012 State Legislative
Special Elections

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January 3, 2012January 10, 2012
February 7, 2012February 14, 2012
February 21, 2012February 28, 2012
March 6, 2012March 20, 2012
April 3, 2012April 10, 2012
April 24, 2012July 17, 2012
July 24, 2012August 7, 2012
September 4, 2012November 6, 2012
December 4, 2012December 11, 2012
December 18, 2012

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Across the nation, special elections are frequently conducted to fill vacancies in state legislatures. 27 states use special elections to fill legislative vacancies. In two states, Illinois and Indiana, special elections are used in limited circumstances. In total, 45 special elections (not including runoffs) were scheduled in 19 states.

Breakdown of 2012 special elections

The reasons for special elections were as follows:

  • 1 due to recall
  • 1 due to an invalid election
  • 2 due to criminal prosecution
  • 6 due to political appointments
  • 8 due to legislator's passing
  • 13 due to retirement
  • 14 due to a legislator's election to or candidacy for another office

The partisan breakdown for vacancies was as follows:

The breakdown of partisan pickups was as follows:

Legend

These symbols denote the status of each special election:

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RunoffArrow.jpg : This election has proceeded to a runoff.
UncheckedBox.jpg : This election has not yet occurred.
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Results

The following candidates won a special election in 2012:

  1. AJ Griffin (R) Oklahoma State Senate District 20
  2. Al McAffrey (D) Oklahoma State Senate District 46
  3. BettyLou DeCroce (R) New Jersey General Assembly District 26
  4. Bill Kinkade (R) Mississippi House of Representatives, District 52
  5. Charles Schneider (R) Iowa State Senate District 22
  6. Chris Johnson (D) Maine State Senate, District 20
  7. Curtis McDaniel (D) Oklahoma House of Representatives District 1
  8. Daun Sessoms Hester (D) Virginia House of Delegates District 89
  9. David Curson (D) U.S. House, Michigan, District 11
  10. David Parker (R) Mississippi State Senate, District 19
  11. David Standridge (R) Alabama House of Representatives, District 34
  12. David Storobin (R) New York Senate District 27
  13. Didi Barrett (D) New York State Assembly District 106
  14. Donna Simon (R) New Jersey General Assembly District 16
  15. Edward Neilson (D) Pennsylvania House of Representatives District 169
  16. Frank Skartados (D) New York State Assembly District 104
  17. Gabriela Mosquera (D) New Jersey General Assembly District 4
  18. Gary Williams (D) Pennsylvania House of Representatives District 197
  19. Harold James (D) Pennsylvania House of Representatives District 186
  20. Heather Ammons Crawford (R) South Carolina House of Representatives District 68
  21. Joseph Graves (R) Michigan House of Representatives, District 51
  22. Kari Dziedzic (D) Minnesota State Senate, District 60
  23. Keisha Sean Waites (D) Georgia House of Representatives District 60
  24. Kenny Alexander (D) Virginia State Senate District 5
  25. Lyle Koenen (D) Minnesota State Senate, District 17
  26. Mack Butler (R) Alabama House of Representatives District 30
  27. Madeleine Dean (D) Pennsylvania House of Representatives District 153
  28. Martin Schmotzer (D) Pennsylvania House of Representatives District 22
  29. Michael Kearns (D) New York State Assembly District 142
  30. Paul Farrow (R) Wisconsin State Senate District 33
  31. Peter Sullivan (D) New Hampshire House of Representatives, Hillsborough 10
  32. Randy Vulakovich (R) Pennsylvania State Senate District 40
  33. Rob Krupicka (D) Virginia House of Delegates District 45
  34. Ryan Mackenzie (R) Pennsylvania House of Representatives District 134
  35. Sara Beth Gregory (R) Kentucky State Senate District 16
  36. Shelley Mayer (D) New York State Assembly District 90
  37. Susan Allen (D) Minnesota House of Representatives, District 62B
  38. Tim Greimel (D) Michigan House of Representatives, District 29
  39. Tom Kirby (R) Georgia House of Representatives District 114
  40. Walter Hundley (R) South Carolina State Senate District 41
  41. William Brownsberger (D) Massachusetts State Senate, Second Suffolk and Middlesex

January 3, 2012

Georgia

See also: Georgia state legislative special elections, 2011


January 10, 2012

Massachusetts

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Minnesota

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Connecticut

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February 7, 2012

Georgia

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Kentucky

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February 14, 2012

Oklahoma

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Maine

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February 21, 2012

New Hampshire

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February 28, 2012

Michigan

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March 6, 2012

Georgia

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March 20, 2012

New York

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April 3, 2012

Oklahoma

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April 10, 2012

Minnesota

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April 24, 2012

Pennsylvania

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July 17, 2012

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July 24, 2012

South Carolina

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August 7, 2012

See also: Pennsylvania state legislative special elections, 2012


September 4, 2012

Virginia

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November 6, 2012

Kentucky

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Mississippi

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New Jersey

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Texas

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December 4, 2012

Wisconsin

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December 11, 2012

Alabama

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Iowa

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December 18, 2012

Virginia

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Kentucky

See also: Kentucky state legislative special elections, 2012


See also

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