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

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December 6, 2012

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.

  • 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 Democratic Party Donna McAleer
Republican Party Rob Bishop
Constitution Party Sherry Phipps
Rob Bishop Republican Party Rob Bishop No
2nd Democratic Party Jay Seegmiller
Republican Party Chris Stewart
Constitution Party Jonathan Garrard
Independent Joseph Andrade
Independent Charles Kimball
Jim Matheson Republican Party Chris Stewart Yes
3rd Democratic Party Soren Simonsen
Republican Party Jason Chaffetz
Jason Chaffetz Republican Party Jason Chaffetz No
4th Democratic Party Jim Matheson
Republican Party Mia Love
Libertarian Party Jim Vein
N/A Democratic Party Jim Matheson No

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

Margin of victory for winners

There 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%.
DistrictWinnerMargin of VictoryTotal VoteTop Opponent
U.S. House, Utah District 1 General Election Republican Party Rob Bishop46.8%245,528Donna M. McAleer
U.S. House, Utah District 2 General Election Republican Party Chris Stewart28.7%248,545Jay Seegmiller
U.S. House, Utah District 3 General Election Republican Party Jason Chaffetz53.2%259,547Soren D. Simonsen
U.S. House, Utah District 4 General Election Democratic Party Jim Matheson0.3%245,277Mia B. Love

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