Ballotpedia's update on 2012 congressional elections

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November 9, 2012


By Geoff Pallay

MADISON, Wisconsin: The election is over, and people are returning to their regular lives. But there's still a few unanswered questions in the congressional elections. Here's a quick recap of what happened, and what's still undecided.

Democrats and Republicans held serve in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House, respectively.

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

U.S. Senate

See also: United States Senate elections, 2012

There were 33 seats up for election. Of those races:

U.S. House

See also: United States House of Representatives elections, 2012

There are seven races yet to be called in the U.S. House. They are:

Additionally, one race goes to a runoff. In Louisina's 3rd, incumbent Republicans Charles Boustany and Jeff Landry will face-off in a December 8 runoff. Neither candidate received the required 50 percent in Louisiana's blanket primary system.

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.

Other results:

  • So far, 22 incumbents have been defeated. That is a huge decrease from 2010, when 53 incumbents fell. Democrats performed better in races not won by incumbents.
  • Republicans won both incumbent-vs-incumbent cross-party battles, in Iowa and Ohio.
  • 18 elected officials of other offices (State Senate, executive, etc) successfully made the leap to Congress
  • Of the 24 races where a challenger out-raised an incumbent in the third quarter, the challenger was victorious in 11 of those races
    • Democratic Party 8 Democratic
    • Republican Party 3 Republican
  • Prior to the election, the website RealClearPolitics highlighted 50 races that were most likely to flip. Of the 20 seats held by the Democrats, 9 flipped. Of the 30 seats held by the GOP, 14 flipped. Of the 50 seats listed, they are now controlled 24 D, 22 R with 4 races still to be called.

See also

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