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In the 50 states, there are [[state senators|1,971 state senators]].  The seven state senates that did not hold a general election in 2012 are [[Alabama State Senate|Alabama]], [[Louisiana State Senate|Louisiana]], [[Maryland State Senate|Maryland]], [[Michigan State Senate|Michigan]], [[Mississippi State Senate|Mississippi]], [[New Jersey State Senate|New Jersey]], [[Virginia State Senate|Virginia]]
 
In the 50 states, there are [[state senators|1,971 state senators]].  The seven state senates that did not hold a general election in 2012 are [[Alabama State Senate|Alabama]], [[Louisiana State Senate|Louisiana]], [[Maryland State Senate|Maryland]], [[Michigan State Senate|Michigan]], [[Mississippi State Senate|Mississippi]], [[New Jersey State Senate|New Jersey]], [[Virginia State Senate|Virginia]]
  
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==By the numbers==
 
==By the numbers==

Revision as of 15:10, 10 June 2013

43 state senates held general elections in November, 2012.

In the 50 states, there are 1,971 state senators. The seven state senates that did not hold a general election in 2012 are Alabama, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, Virginia

See also: State legislative elections and State house elections

By the numbers

Number of seats in all 50 senates: 1,972
Number of seats up for election in the 43 senates with November 2012 elections: 1,301
 % of total (all 50 states) senate seats up for election in 2012: 65.97%


Alaska State Senate elections, 2012

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the majority was split in the Alaska State Senate:

Alaska State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 10 7
     Republican Party 10 13
Total 20 20


Game-changers

Alaska State Senate: The State Senate was in the unique position of being equally split between Democrats and Republicans, with each party holding 10 seats. Republicans controlled the redistricting process, increasing the likelihood that they would gain control of the Upper Chamber in 2012.[1] Republicans did ultimately take the majority after the 2012 election with a 13-7 split in the senate.

Primaries

Senate

House

General election

Senate

House


Arizona State Senate elections, 2012

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the Arizona State Senate:

Arizona State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 9 13
     Republican Party 21 17
Total 30 30

Arkansas State Senate elections, 2012

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Democratic Party held the majority in the Arkansas State Senate:

Arkansas State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 20 14
     Republican Party 15 21
Total 35 35

California State Senate elections, 2012

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Democratic Party held the majority in the California State Senate:

California State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 25 26
     Republican Party 15 12
Total 40 40

Colorado State Senate elections, 2012

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Democratic Party held the majority in the Colorado State Senate:

Colorado State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 20 19
     Republican Party 15 16
Total 35 35

Connecticut State Senate elections, 2012

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Democratic Party held the majority in the Connecticut State Senate:

Connecticut State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 22 22
     Republican Party 14 14
Total 36 36

Delaware State Senate elections, 2012

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Democratic Party held the majority in the Delaware State Senate:

Delaware State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 14 13
     Republican Party 7 8
Total 21 21

Florida State Senate elections, 2012

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the Florida State Senate:

Florida State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 12 14
     Republican Party 28 26
Total 40 40

Georgia State Senate elections, 2012

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the Georgia State Senate:

Georgia State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 20 18
     Republican Party 36 38
Total 56 56

Hawaii State Senate elections, 2012

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Democratic Party held the majority in the Hawaii State Senate:

Hawaii State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 24 24
     Republican Party 1 1
Total 25 25

Idaho State Senate elections, 2012

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the Idaho State Senate:

Idaho State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 7 6
     Republican Party 28 29
Total 35 35

Illinois State Senate elections, 2012

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Democratic Party held the majority in the Illinois State Senate:

Illinois State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 35 40
     Republican Party 24 19
Total 59 59

Indiana State Senate elections, 2012

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the Indiana State Senate:

Indiana State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 13 13
     Republican Party 37 37
Total 50 50

Iowa State Senate elections, 2012

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Democratic Party held the majority in the Iowa State Senate:

Iowa State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election'
     Democratic Party 26 26
     Republican Party 24 23
     Vacancy 1
Total 50 50
See also: Ballotpedia:"Game-changers" in the 2012 state legislative elections

Kansas State Senate elections, 2012

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the Kansas State Senate:

Kansas State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 8 9
     Republican Party 32 31
Total 40 40

Kentucky State Senate elections, 2012

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the Kentucky State Senate:

Kentucky State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 14 14
     Republican Party 21 22
     Independent 1 1
     Vacancy 2 1
Total 38 38

Maine State Senate elections, 2012

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the Maine State Senate:

Maine State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 15 21
     Republican Party 19 13
     Independent 1 1
Total 35 35

Massachusetts State Senate elections, 2012

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Democratic Party held the majority in the Massachusetts State Senate:

Massachusetts State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 35 36
     Republican Party 4 4
     Vacancy 1 0
Total 40 40

Minnesota State Senate elections, 2012

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the Minnesota State Senate:

Minnesota State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 30 39
     Republican Party 37 28
Total 67 67

Missouri State Senate elections, 2012

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the Missouri State Senate:

Missouri State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 8 10
     Republican Party 26 24
Total 34 34

Montana State Senate elections, 2012

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the Montana State Senate:

Montana State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 22 23
     Republican Party 27 27
     Vacancy 1 0
Total 50 50

Nebraska State Senate elections, 2012

Nevada State Senate elections, 2012

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Democratic Party held the majority in the Nevada State Senate:

Nevada State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 10 11
     Republican Party 9 10
     Vacancy 2 0
Total 21 21

New Hampshire State Senate elections, 2012

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the New Hampshire State Senate:

New Hampshire State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 5 11
     Republican Party 19 13
Total 24 24

New Mexico State Senate elections, 2012

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Democratic Party held the majority in the New Mexico State Senate:

New Mexico State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 28 24
     Republican Party 14 17
Total 42 42

New York State Senate elections, 2012

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the New York State Senate:

New York State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 29 33
     Republican Party 33 30
Total 62 63

North Carolina State Senate elections, 2012

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the North Carolina State Senate:

North Carolina State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 19 18
     Republican Party 31 32
Total 50 50

North Dakota State Senate elections, 2012

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the North Dakota State Senate:

North Dakota State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 12 13
     Republican Party 35 33
     Vacancy 1
Total 47 47

Ohio State Senate elections, 2012

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the Ohio State Senate:

Ohio State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 10 10
     Republican Party 23 23
Total 33 33

Oklahoma State Senate elections, 2012

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the Oklahoma State Senate:

Oklahoma State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 16 12
     Republican Party 32 36
Total 48 48

Oregon State Senate elections, 2012

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Democratic Party held the majority in the Oregon State Senate:

Oregon State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 16 16
     Republican Party 14 14
Total 30 30

Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2012

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the Pennsylvania State Senate:

Pennsylvania State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 20 23
     Republican Party 29 27
     Vacancy 1 0
Total 50 50

Rhode Island State Senate elections, 2012

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Democratic Party held the majority in the Rhode Island State Senate:

Rhode Island State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 29 32
     Republican Party 8 5
     Independent 1 1
Total 38 38

South Carolina State Senate elections, 2012

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the South Carolina State Senate:

South Carolina State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 19 18
     Republican Party 27 28
Total 46 46

South Dakota State Senate elections, 2012

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the South Dakota State Senate:

South Dakota State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 5 7
     Republican Party 30 28
Total 35 35

Tennessee State Senate elections, 2012

See also: Partisan composition of state senates and Tennessee Game Changers

Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the Tennessee State Senate:

Tennessee State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 13 7
     Republican Party 20 26
Total 33 33

Game-changers

See also: Ballotpedia:"Game-changers" in the 2012 state legislative elections

Tennessee State Senate: Heading into the election, Republicans held a 20-13 majority in the Senate. Out of a total of four retirements, three were Democrats and one was a Republican.

Tennessee House of Representatives: Of the 99 seats in the House, Republicans held 64, Democrats held 34, and one was vacant. Seven Democrats retired, as did four Republicans.

Primaries

Senate

  • District 10 is open due to the retirement of Democrat Andy Berke. The primary contest featured three Democrats and two Republicans. Andrae McGary won the Democratic primary.
  • District 16 is open, as incumbent Jim Tracy (R) ran in District 14. Six Democrats and four Republicans sought their parties' nomination. Janice Bowling won the Republican nomination.
  • The only primary contest between two incumbents is in District 30. Veteran Democrat Jim Kyle, who assumed office in 1983, faced a challenge from Beverly Marrero. Kyle won.

House

  • District 12: Incumbent Richard Montgomery (R) faced primary challenger Dale Carr. Carr moved into the district after the new redistricting map placed his home in another House district. In May, Gov. Bill Haslam stated his support for Montgomery.[2][3]Despite this endorsement, Carr emerged victorious.
  • District 28: Incumbent Tommie F. Brown faced a challenge from current District 29 incumbent JoAnne Favors in the Democratic primary. Favors upset Brown, who had been in the House since 1993.
  • District 58: Mary Pruitt, a member of the House since 1985, faced primary challengers Harold M. Love and Steven Turner in the Democratic primary. Love defeated both of his opponents, in another upset that sent an incumbent packing.
  • In District 93, incumbent Goffrey A. Hardaway (D) faced Mike Kernell, a veteran lawmaker who has been a member of the House since 1975. In perhaps the biggest shock of the primary, Kernell, in office for nearly 40 years, was defeated by Hardaway.

General election

Senate

House


Texas State Senate elections, 2012

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the Texas State Senate:

Texas State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 12 12
     Republican Party 19 19
Total 31 31

Utah State Senate elections, 2012

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the Utah State Senate:

Utah State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 7 5
     Republican Party 22 24
Total 29 29

Vermont State Senate elections, 2012

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Democratic Party held the majority in the Vermont State Senate:

Vermont State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 20 21
     Republican Party 8 7
     Vermont Progressive Party 2 2
Total 30 30

Washington State Senate elections, 2012

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Democratic Party held the majority in the Washington State Senate:

Washington State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 27 26
     Republican Party 22 23
Total 49 49

West Virginia State Senate elections, 2012

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Democratic Party held the majority in the West Virginia State Senate:

West Virginia State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 28 24
     Republican Party 6 10
Total 34 34

Wisconsin State Senate elections, 2012

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Democratic Party held the majority in the Wisconsin State Senate. The party took control of the chamber after the successful recall of Van Wanggaard on June 5, 2012:

Wisconsin State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 17 15
     Republican Party 15 18
     Vacancy 1 0
Total 33 33

Wyoming State Senate elections, 2012

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the Wyoming State Senate:

Wyoming State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 4 4
     Republican Party 26 26
Total 30 30


See also

References