Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Review Articles: Utah Congressional Seats
By Ballotpedia's Congressional team
MADISON, Wisconsin: Utah had four U.S. House seats on the ballot in 2012. Due to population increases the state received an additional congressional seat in this year's election. The three prior incumbents all ran for and won re-election on November 6, 2012.
- District 2 incumbent Jim Matheson (D) decided to run for re-election in the newly created 4th congressional district. He won the race, becoming the district's first representative.
- Matheson's district 2 seat, meanwhile, will be taken over by Republican Chris Stewart, who defeated four challengers to score the open seat in the general election.
Here are the candidates who won election.
|District||General Election Candidates||Incumbent||2012 Winner||Partisan Switch?|
|1st|| Donna McAleer
|Rob Bishop||Rob Bishop||No|
|2nd|| Jay Seegmiller
|Jim Matheson||Chris Stewart||Yes|
|3rd|| Soren Simonsen
|Jason Chaffetz||Jason Chaffetz||No|
|4th|| Jim Matheson
|Members of the U.S. House from Utah -- Partisan Breakdown|
|Party||As of November 2012||After the 2012 Election|
Margin of victory for winnersThere were a total of 4 seats up for election in 2012 in Utah. 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%.
|District||Winner||Margin of Victory||Total Vote||Top Opponent|
|U.S. House, Utah District 1 General Election||Rob Bishop||46.8%||245,528||Donna M. McAleer|
|U.S. House, Utah District 2 General Election||Chris Stewart||28.7%||248,545||Jay Seegmiller|
|U.S. House, Utah District 3 General Election||Jason Chaffetz||53.2%||259,547||Soren D. Simonsen|
|U.S. House, Utah District 4 General Election||Jim Matheson||0.3%||245,277||Mia B. Love|
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|
|**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.|
- Ballotpedia:2012 general election preview articles
- November 6, 2012 election results
- Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Preview Articles: Utah State Executive Officials
- United States Congressional election results, 2012
- United States House of Representatives elections in Utah, 2012
- Utah elections, 2012
- National contested primary average during the 2012 U.S. congressional elections