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

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December 5, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team


MADISON, Wisconsin: Connecticut had five U.S. House seats and one US. Senate seat on the ballot in 2012. Four incumbents sought re-election and were victorious on November 6, 2012. Christopher S. Murphy declined to run for the House and instead ran for the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by Joe Lieberman. He was victorious over Linda McMahon in the tossup Senate race. Elizabeth Esty won election to Murphy’s District 5 House seat. Here are the candidates who won election from Connecticut.

District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party Working Families Party John B. Larson
Republican Party John Henry Decker
Green Party S. Michael DeRosa
Independent Matthew Corey
John Larson Democratic Party John Larson No
2nd Democratic Party Working Families Party Joe Courtney
Republican Party Paul M Formica
Libertarian Party Dan Reale
Green Party Colin D. Bennet
Joe Courtney Democratic Party Joe Courtney No
3rd Democratic Party Working Families Party Rosa L. DeLauro
Republican Party Wayne Winsley
Rosa DeLauro Democratic Party Rosa DeLauro No
4th Democratic Party Working Families Party Jim Himes
Republican Party Steve Obsitnik
James Himes Democratic Party James Himes No
5th Democratic Party Working Families Party Elizabeth Esty
Republican Party Independent Andrew Roraback
Independent John Pistone
Christopher S. Murphy Democratic Party Elizabeth Esty No

Members of the U.S. House from Connecticut -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 5 5
     Republican Party 0 0
Total 5 5

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