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

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December 5, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team


MADISON, Wisconsin: Florida had 27 U.S. House seats and 1 U.S. Senate seat on the ballot in 2012. A total of 24 of the 25 U.S. House incumbents sought re-election and were victorious on November 6, 2012. Bill Nelson retained his U.S. Senate seat. Florida gained two new seats in the 2012 election. Republicans still hold the majority with 17 seats while Democrats hold 10 seats, up from the 6 they previously held. Perhaps the most interesting race was for the 18th congressional district, where Democrat Patrick Murphy defeated incumbent Allen West in a race that took over a week to officially call. Here are the candidates who won election from Florida.

District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party James Bryan
Republican Party Jeff Miller
Libertarian Party Calen Fretts
Independent William Drummond II (write-in)
Jeff Miller Republican Party Jeff Miller No
2nd Democratic Party Alfred Lawson
Republican Party Steve Southerland II
Independent Floyd Patrick Miller
Steve Southerland II Republican Party Steve Southerland II No
3rd Democratic Party Jacques Rene Gaillot, Jr.
Republican Party Ted Yoho
Independent Philip Dodds
Independent Michael Ricks
Corrine Brown Republican Party Ted Yoho Yes
4th Republican Party Ander Crenshaw
Independent Gary Koniz
Independent James Klauder
Ander Crenshaw Republican Party Ander Crenshaw No
5th Democratic Party Corrine Brown
Republican Party LeAnne Kolb
Independent Eileen Fleming
Independent Bruce Ray Riggs
Richard B. Nugent Democratic Party Corrine Brown Yes
6th Democratic Party Heather Beaven
Republican Party Ron DeSantis
Cliff Stearns Republican Party Ron DeSantis No
7th Democratic Party Jason Kendall
Republican PartyJohn L. Mica
Independent Fred Marra
John L. Mica Republican PartyJohn L. Mica No
8th Democratic Party Shannon Roberts
Republican Party Bill Posey
Independent Richard Gillmor
Daniel Webster Republican Party Bill Posey No
9th Democratic Party Alan Grayson
Republican Party Todd Long
Gus M. Bilirakis Democratic Party Alan Grayson Yes
10th Democratic Party Val Demings
Republican Party Daniel Webster
Independent Naipaul Seegolam
C.W. Bill Young Republican Party Daniel Webster No'
11th Democratic Party David Werder
Republican Party Richard B. Nugent
Kathy Castor Republican Party Richard B. Nugent Yes
12th Democratic Party Jonathan Michael Snow
Republican Party Gus Bilirakis
Independent Paul Sidney Elliott
Independent John Russell
Dennis A. Ross Republican Party Gus Bilirakis No
13th Democratic Party Jessica Ehrlich
Republican Party C.W. Bill Young
Vern Buchanan Republican Party C.W. Bill Young No
14th Democratic Party Kathy Castor
Republican Party Evelio Otero Jr.
Connie Mack Democratic Party Kathy Castor Yes
15th Republican Party Dennis A. Ross Bill Posey Republican Party Dennis A. Ross No
16th Democratic Party Keith Fitzgerald
Republican Party Vern Buchanan
Thomas J. Rooney Republican Party Vern Buchanan No
17th Democratic Party William Bronson
Republican Party Thomas J. Rooney
Independent Tom Baumann (write-in)
Frederica S. Wilson Republican Party Thomas J. Rooney Yes
18th Democratic Party Patrick Murphy
Democratic Party Marilyn Davis Holloman (write-in)
Republican Party Allen West
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Democratic Party Patrick Murphy Yes
19th Democratic Party Jim Roach
Republican Party Trey Radel
Independent Brandon Smith
Theodore E. Deutch Republican Party Trey Radel Yes
20th Democratic Party Alcee L. Hastings
Independent Randall Terry
Independent Anthony Dutrow
Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic Party Alcee L. Hastings No
21st Democratic Party Theodore E. Deutch
Independent Cesear Henao
Independent W. Michael Trout
Mario Diaz-Balart Democratic Party Theodore E. Deutch Yes
22nd Democratic Party Lois Frankel
Republican Party Adam Hasner
Allen B. West Democratic Party Lois Frankel Yes
23rd Democratic Party Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Republican Party Karen Harrington
Independent Ilya Katz
Alcee L. Hastings Democratic Party Debbie Wasserman Schultz No
24th Democratic Party Frederica S. Wilson Sandy Adams Democratic Party Frederica S. Wilson Yes
25th Republican PartyMario Diaz-Balart
Independent VoteforEddie.Com
Independent Stanley Blumenthal
David Rivera Republican PartyMario Diaz-Balart No
26th Democratic Party Joe Garcia
Republican Party David Rivera
Independent Angel Fernandez
Independent Jose Peixoto
N/A Democratic Party Joe Garcia N/A
27th Democratic Party Manny Yevancey
Republican PartyIleana Ros-Lehtinen
Independent Thomas Joe Cruz-Wiggins
N/A Republican PartyIleana Ros-Lehtinen N/A

Members of the U.S. House from Florida -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 6 10
     Republican Party 19 17
Total 25 27

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