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

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December 6, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team


BATON ROUGE, Louisiana: Louisiana had six U.S. House seats on the ballot in 2012, with the seventh district removed in redistricting following the 2010 census. Seven total incumbents sought re-election on November 6, 2012, and five were re-elected. The sixth and seventh, Jeff Landry of the 3rd district and Charles Boustany Jr. of the removed 7th district, ran against each other in the 3rd district, but neither won a majority of the votes. In Louisiana's blanket primary system, this necessitates a run-off election between Landry and Boustany, which will be held on December 8th, 2012.

Here are the candidates who won election from Louisiana.

District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party M.V. Mendoza
Republican Party Steve Scalise
Republican Party Gary King
Independent David Turknett
Independent Arden Wells
Steve Scalise Republican Party Steve Scalise No
2nd Democratic Party Cedric Richmond
Democratic Party Gary Landrieu
Republican Party Dwayne Bailey
Republican Party Josue Larose
Libertarian Party Caleb Trotter
Cedric Richmond Democratic Party Cedric Richmond No
3rd Democratic Party Ron Richard
Republican Party Jeff Landry
Republican Party Charles Boustany Jr.
Republican Party Bryan Barrilleaux
Libertarian Party Jim Stark
Jeff Landry Republican Party Charles Boustany Jr. No
4th Republican Party John Fleming
Libertarian Party Randall Lord
John Fleming Republican Party John Fleming No
5th Republican Party Rodney Alexander
Libertarian Party Clay Steven Grant
Independent Ron Ceasar
Rodney Alexander Republican Party Rodney Alexander No
6th Republican Party Bill Cassidy
Libertarian Party Rufus Holt Craig Jr.
Independent Richard Torregano
Bill Cassidy Republican Party Bill Cassidy No
7th District Removed in Redistricting Charles Boustany Jr. N/A N/A

Members of the U.S. House from Louisiana -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 1 1
     Republican Party 6 5
Total 7 6
There were a total of 7 seats up for election in 2012 in South Carolina. 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, South Carolina District 1 General Election Republican Party Timothy Scott26.3%290,013Bobbie Rose
U.S. House, South Carolina District 2 General Election Republican Party Joe Wilson92.5%203,718Write-In
U.S. House, South Carolina District 3 General Election Republican Party Jeff Duncan33.3%254,763Brian Doyle
U.S. House, South Carolina District 4 General Election Republican Party Trey Gowdy31.2%266,884Deb Morrow
U.S. House, South Carolina District 5 General Election Republican Party Mick Mulvaney11.1%278,003Joyce Knott
U.S. House, South Carolina District 6 General Election Democratic Party James Clyburn88.1%233,615Nammu Y Muhammad
U.S. House, South Carolina District 7 General Election Republican Party Tom Rice11.1%275,738Gloria Bromell Tinubu

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