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December 5, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team


MADISON, Wisconsin: Maine had two U.S. House seats on the ballot in 2012. Two total incumbents sought re-election on November 6, 2012.

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 Democratic Party Chellie Pingree
Republican Party Jonathan Courtney
Chellie Pingree Democratic Party Chellie Pingree No
2nd Democratic Party Mike Michaud
Republican Party Kevin Raye
Mike Michaud Democratic Party Mike Michaud No

Members of the U.S. House from Maine -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 2 2
     Republican Party 0 0
Total 2 2

Margin of victory for winners

There 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%.
DistrictWinnerMargin of VictoryTotal VoteTop Opponent
U.S. House, Maine District 1 General Election Democratic Party Chellie Pingree28.3%380,715Jonathan Courtney
U.S. House, Maine District 2 General Election Democratic Party Mike Michaud15.7%343,908Kevin Raye

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