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

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December 6, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team


MADISON, Wisconsin: Missouri had eight U.S. House seats and one U.S. Senate seat on the ballot in 2012. Missouri lost a seat during redistricting. All eight house incumbents sought re-election and all were victorious on November 6, 2012. Claire McCaskill won election to the Senate, defeating Todd Akin, A U.S. Representative that ran for Senate instead of re-election to the House. This was one of the most watched races in the nation, following Akin’s controversial remarks about abortion and rape.

Here are the candidates who won election from Missouri.

District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party Lacy Clay
Republican Party Robyn Hamlin
Libertarian Party Robb E. Cunningham
William Lacy Clay Democratic Party Lacy Clay No
2nd Democratic Party Glenn Koenen
Republican Party Ann Wagner
Libertarian Party Bill Slantz
Constitution Party Anatol Zorikova
W. Todd Akin Republican Party Ann Wagner No
3rd Democratic Party Eric C. Mayer
Republican Party Blaine Luetkemeyer
Libertarian Party Steven Wilson
Russ Carnahan Republican Party Blaine Luetkemeyer Yes
4th Democratic Party Teresa Hensley
Republican Party Vicky Hartzler
Libertarian Party Thomas Holbrook
Constitution Party Greg Cowan
Vicky Hartzler Republican Party Vicky Hartzler No
5th Democratic Party Emanuel Cleaver
Republican Party Jacob Turk
Libertarian Party Randy Langkraehr
Emanuel Cleaver Democratic Party Emanuel Cleaver No
6th Democratic Party Kyle Yarber
Republican Party Sam Graves
Libertarian Party Russ Lee Monchil
Sam Graves Republican Party Sam Graves No
7th Democratic Party Jim Evans
Republican PartyBilly Long
Libertarian Party Kevin Craig
Billy Long Republican PartyBilly Long No
8th Democratic Party Jack Rushin
Republican Party Jo Ann Emerson
Libertarian Party Rick Vandeven
Jo Ann Emerson Republican Party Jo Ann Emerson No
9th District Removed in Redistricting Blaine Luetkemeyer N/A N/A

Members of the U.S. House from Missouri -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 3 2
     Republican Party 6 6
Total 9 8

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