Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Review Articles: Maine Congressional Seats
By Ballotpedia's Congressional team
Neither of the incumbents faced any serious opposition in the general election, with the closest of the two races being separated by over 15 percentage points. Going into the election, both of these seats were considered safe for their Democratic incumbents.
Here are the candidates who won election from Maine.
|District||General Election Candidates||Incumbent||2012 Winner||Partisan Switch?|
|1st|| Chellie Pingree
|Chellie Pingree||Chellie Pingree||No|
|2nd|| Mike Michaud
|Mike Michaud||Mike Michaud||No|
|Members of the U.S. House from Maine -- Partisan Breakdown|
|Party||As of November 2012||After the 2012 Election|
Margin of victory for winnersThere were a total of 2 seats up for election in 2012 in Maine. 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%.
|District||Winner||Margin of Victory||Total Vote||Top Opponent|
|U.S. House, Maine District 1 General Election||Chellie Pingree||28.3%||380,715||Jonathan Courtney|
|U.S. House, Maine District 2 General Election||Mike Michaud||15.7%||343,908||Kevin Raye|
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|
|**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.|
- Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Preview Articles: Maine Congressional Seats
- November 6, 2012 election results
- United States Congressional election results, 2012
- United States House of Representatives elections in Maine, 2012
- Maine elections, 2012
- National contested primary average during the 2012 U.S. congressional elections