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

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December 3, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team


MADISON, Wisconsin: Mississippi had four U.S. House seats on the ballot in 2012. Four total incumbents sought re-election on November 6, 2012. All four of those incumbents won re-election in their districts.

Here are the candidates who won election in Mississippi.

District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party Brad Morris
Republican Party Alan Nunnelee
Constitution Party Jim R. Bourland
Libertarian Party Danny Bedwell
Reform Party Chris Potts
Alan Nunnelee Republican Party Alan Nunnelee No
2nd Democratic Party Bennie Thompson
Republican Party Bill Marcy
Independent Cobby Williams
Reform Party Lajena Williams
Bennie Thompson Democratic Party Bennie Thompson No
3rd Democratic Party Vicki Slater
Republican Party Gregg Harper
Reform Party John Luke Pannell
Gregg Harper Republican Party Gregg Harper No
4th Democratic Party Matthew Moore
Republican Party Steven Palazzo
Libertarian Party Ron Williams
Reform Party Robert W. Claunch
Steven Palazzo Republican Party Steven Palazzo No

Members of the U.S. House from Mississippi -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 1 1
     Republican Party 3 3
Total 4 4

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