Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Preview Articles: Connecticut Congressional Seats
By Ballotpedia's Congressional team
|Connecticut's Congressional Elections in 2012|
|U.S. Senate Election?||U.S. House seats||Possible competitive races?|
HARTFORD: Connecticut: Connecticut has one U.S. Senate seat and five U.S. House seats on the ballot in 2012. Four of five house incumbents are seeking re-election, and all four face at least one challenger in the general election (100%).
Currently, the Democratic Party holds all five Congressional seats from Connecticut. According to race ratings, no districts are likely to flip from Democratic to Republican control. However, the 5th district will likely produce the closest race, in an open seat contest between Elizabeth Esty (D) and Andrew Roraback (R).
Connecticut has one U.S. Senate seat on the ballot in 2012. The seat is open following incumbent Joe Lieberman's decision not to seek re-election. Polls have shown a tight race between Democrat Chris Murphy and Republican Linda McMahon. McMahon has contributed more than $42 million of her own money to her campaign. Two years ago she was defeated by Richard Blumenthal, 52-43 percent.
|State||General Election Candidates||Incumbent||2012 Winner||Partisan Switch?|
|Connecticut Class 1 Senate seat|| Chris Murphy
Connecticut's 5th congressional district is considered to be a toss-up. Democratic candidate Elizabeth Esty -- who defeated the Party endorsed candidate, Chris Donovan, in the Democratic primary -- faces Republican Andrew Roraback in a battle for the open seat left by Christopher S. Murphy's decision to run for U.S. Senate.
Here is a complete list of U.S. House candidates appearing on the general election ballot in Connecticut:
- Candidates running by District
- Partisan breakdown by district
- Comparison of new and old redistricting maps
|District||General Election Candidates||Incumbent||2012 Winner||Partisan Switch?|
|1st|| John B. Larson
John Henry Decker
S. Michael DeRosa
|2nd|| Joe Courtney
Paul M Formica
Colin D. Bennet
|3rd|| Rosa L. DeLauro
|4th|| Jim Himes
|5th|| Elizabeth Esty
|Christopher S. Murphy||Pending||Pending|
|Members of the U.S. House from Connecticut -- Partisan Breakdown|
|Party||As of November 2012||After the 2012 Election|
| Congressional Redistricting Map approved February 2012
For more information, view Redistricting in Connecticut.
- 2012 elections review: Several incumbents defeated in Connecticut primaries August 15
- 2012 elections preview: Connecticut voters to select winners in congressional, legislative primaries August 13
- Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Preview Articles: Connecticut State Legislature
- Ballotpedia:2012 general election preview articles
- November 6, 2012 election results
- United States Congressional election results, 2012
- United States Senate elections in Connecticut, 2012
- United States House of Representatives elections in Connecticut, 2012
- Connecticut elections, 2012
- National contested primary average during the 2012 U.S. congressional elections