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Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Review Articles: Rhode Island Congressional Seats

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December 3, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team


MADISON, Wisconsin: Rhode Island had two U.S. House seats on the ballot in 2012. Both incumbents from the two districts sought re-election on November 6, 2012, and won re-election. Though David Cicilline faced strong opposition from Republican candidate Brendan Doherty, he was still able to win and keep control of both seats in the Democrats' hands.

Here are the candidates who won election in Rhode Island.

District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party David Cicilline
Republican Party Brendan Doherty
IndependentC. Michael Blake
IndependentKenneth A. Capalbo
IndependentDavid S. Vogel
David N. Cicilline Democratic Party David Cicilline No
2nd Democratic Party James R. Langevin
Republican Party Michael G. Riley
Independent Abel G. Collins
James R. Langevin Democratic Party James R. Langevin No

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

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

Rhode Island