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

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December 6, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team


DENVER, Colorado: Colorado had seven U.S. House seats on the ballot in 2012. Seven total incumbents sought re-election on November 6, 2012, and all seven won their races. None of the races were particularly competitive. Here are the candidates who won election from Colorado.

District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party Diana DeGette
Republican Party Danny Stroud
Libertarian Party Frank Atwood
Green Party Gary Swing
Independent Thomas Henry Juniel
Diana DeGette Democratic Party Diana DeGette No
2nd Democratic Party Jared Polis
Republican Party Kevin Lundberg
Libertarian Party Randy Luallin
Green Party Susan Hall
Jared Polis Democratic Party Jared Polis No
3rd Democratic Party Sal Pace
Republican Party Scott Tipton
Libertarian Party Gregory Gilman
Independent Tisha Casida
Independent Morgan West
Independent Jaime McMillan
Scott Tipton Republican Party Scott Tipton No
4th Democratic Party Brandon Shaffer
Republican Party Cory Gardner
Libertarian Party Josh Gilliland
Constitution Party Doug Aden
Cory Gardner Republican Party Cory Gardner No
5th Republican Party Doug Lamborn
Republican Party George Allen Cantrell (write-in)
Libertarian Party Jim Pirtle
Independent Dave Anderson
Constitution Party Kenneth R. Harvell
Green Party Misha Luzov
Doug Lamborn Republican Party Doug Lamborn No
6th Democratic Party Joe Miklosi
Republican Party Mike Coffman
Libertarian Party Patrick Provost
Independent Kathy Polhemus
Mike Coffman Republican Party Mike Coffman No
7th Democratic Party Ed Perlmutter
Republican Party Joe Coors, Jr.
Libertarian Party Buck Bailey
Constitution Party Douglas Campbell
Ed Perlmutter Democratic Party Ed Perlmutter No

Members of the U.S. House from Colorado -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 3 3
     Republican Party 4 4
Total 7 7

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