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Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Review Articles: Arkansas Congressional Seats
By Ballotpedia's Congressional team
MADISON, Wisconsin: Arkansas had four U.S. House seats on the ballot in 2012. In three of the four seats, incumbents sought re-election on November 6, 2012. All three incumbents won their district seats again. The Fourth district was held by Democrat Mike Ross, and he chose not run for re-election. As a result, Republican Tom Cotton won the seat instead of the Democratic challenger leading to Republicans controlling all four districts.
Here are the candidates who won election in Arkansas.
|District||General Election Candidates||Incumbent||2012 Winner||Partisan Switch?|
|1st|| Scott Ellington
|Rick Crawford||Rick Crawford||No|
|Tim Griffin||Tim Griffin||No|
|3rd|| Steve Womack
|Steve Womack||Steve Womack||No|
|4th|| Gene Jeffress
|Mike Ross||Tom Cotton||Yes|
|Members of the U.S. House from Arkansas -- Partisan Breakdown|
|Party||As of November 2012||After the 2012 Election|
Margin of victory for winnersThere were a total of 4 seats up for election in 2012 in Arkansas. 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%.
|District||Winner||Margin of Victory||Total Vote||Top Opponent|
|U.S. House, Arkansas District 1 General Election||Rick Crawford||17.1%||246,843||Scott Ellington|
|U.S. House, Arkansas District 2 General Election||Tim Griffin||15.7%||286,598||Herb Rule|
|U.S. House, Arkansas District 3 General Election||Steve Womack||59.9%||245,660||Rebekah Kennedy|
|U.S. House, Arkansas District 4 General Election||Tom Cotton||22.8%||258,953||Gene Jeffress|
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|
|**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.|
- Ballotpedia:2012 general election preview articles
- November 6, 2012 election results
- Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Preview Articles: Southeast Regional State Executive Officials
- United States Congressional election results, 2012
- United States House of Representatives elections in Arkansas, 2012
- Arkansas elections, 2012
- National contested primary average during the 2012 U.S. congressional elections