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December 5, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team


MADISON, Wisconsin: Kansas had four U.S. House seats on the ballot in 2012. Four total incumbents sought re-election on November 6, 2012.

None of the incumbents faced any serious opposition in the general election, with the closest race separated by over 18 percentage points. Going into the election, these four seats were considered safe for their Republican incumbents.

Here are the candidates who won election from Kansas.

District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Republican Party Tim Huelskamp Tim Huelskamp Republican Party Tim Huelskamp No
2nd Democratic Party Tobias Schlingensiepen
Republican Party Lynn Jenkins
Libertarian PartyDennis Hawver
Lynn Jenkins Republican Party Lynn Jenkins No
3rd Republican Party Kevin Yoder
Libertarian PartyJoel Balam
Kevin Yoder Republican Party Kevin Yoder No
4th Democratic Party Robert Leon Tillman
Republican Party Mike Pompeo
Libertarian PartyThomas Jefferson
Mike Pompeo Republican Party Mike Pompeo No

Members of the U.S. House from Kansas -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 0 0
     Republican Party 4 4
Total 4 4

Margin of victory for winners

There were a total of 4 seats up for election in 2012 in Kansas. 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%.
DistrictWinnerMargin of VictoryTotal VoteTop Opponent
U.S. House, Kansas District 1 General Election Republican Party Tim Huelskamp100%211,337Unopposed
U.S. House, Kansas District 2 General Election Republican Party Lynn Jenkins18.3%293,718Tobias Schlingensiepen
U.S. House, Kansas District 3 General Election Republican Party Kevin Yoder36.9%293,762Joel Balam
U.S. House, Kansas District 4 General Election Republican Party Mike Pompeo30.6%258,922Robert Leo Tillman

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