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

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December 6, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team

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MADISON, Wisconsin: Vermont had one U.S. House seat and one U.S. Senate seat on the ballot in 2012. Both incumbents sought re-election and were victorious on November 6, 2012. Democrat Bernie Sanders was re-elected to the Senate, defeating Republican John MacGovern.

Here are the candidates who won election from Vermont.

District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
At-large Democratic Party Peter Welch
Republican Party Mark Donka
Independent James Desrochers
Independent Andre LaFramboise
Independent Jane Newton
Peter Welch Democratic Party Peter Welch No


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

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

Vermont