Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Review Articles: South Dakota Congressional Seats

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December 3, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team


MADISON, Wisconsin: South Dakota had one U.S. House seat on the ballot in 2012, an at-large district which encompasses the entire state. The incumbent for the district sought re-election on November 6, 2012 and was re-elected to the office. The seat is a strong Republican one and did not have any strong opposition from other parties.

Here is the candidate who won election in South Dakota.

District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
At-large Democratic Party Matt Varilek
Republican Party Kristi Noem
Kristi Noem Republican Party Kristi Noem No

Members of the U.S. House from South Dakota -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 0 0
     Republican Party 1 1
Total 1 1

Margin of victory for winners

There were a total of 1 seats up for election in 2012 in South Dakota. 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, South Dakota At-Large District General Election Republican Party Kristi Noem14.9%361,429Matt Varilek

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

South Dakota