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

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December 5, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team


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

The closest race in the general election was in Nevada's 3rd congressional district with Republican incumbent Joe Heck winning by a little over seven percentage points. The newly created 4th congressional district was won by Steven Horsford (D) with eight percentage points over Danny Tarkanian (R) in the general election.

Here are the candidates who won election from Nevada.

District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party Dina Titus
Republican Party Chris Edwards
Libertarian PartyWilliam Pojunis
Constitution_Party#Independent_American_Party_of_NevadaStan Vaughan
Shelley Berkley Democratic Party Dina Titus No
2nd Democratic Party Samuel Koepnick
Republican Party Mark Amodei
Independent Michael L. Haines
Constitution_Party#Independent_American_Party_of_Nevada Russell Best
Mark Amodei Republican Party Mark Amodei No
3rd Democratic Party John Oceguera
Republican Party Joe Heck
Constitution_Party#Independent_American_Party_of_Nevada Tom Jones
Independent Jim Murphy
Joe Heck Republican Party Joe Heck No
4th Democratic Party Steven Horsford
Republican Party Danny Tarkanian
Libertarian Party Joseph P. Silvestri
Constitution_Party#Independent_American_Party_of_Nevada Floyd Fitzgibbons
N/A Democratic Party Steven Horsford N/A

Members of the U.S. House from Nevada -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 1 2
     Republican Party 2 2
Total 3 4

Margin of victory for winners

There were a total of 4 seats up for election in 2012 in Nevada. 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, Nevada District 1 General Election Democratic Party Dina Titus32%179,278Chris Edwards
U.S. House, Nevada District 2 General Election Republican Party Mark Amodei21.4%281,449Samuel Koepnick
U.S. House, Nevada District 3 General Election Republican Party Joe Heck7.5%272,523John Oceguera
U.S. House, Nevada District 4 General Election Democratic Party Steven Horsford8%240,492Danny Tarkanian

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