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November 6, 2012 election results

Officials on the ballot:

U.S. Congress: U.S. Senators, U.S. Representatives
State Executive Officials: Governors, Lt. Governors, Secretaries of State, Attorneys General, State Treasurers, Auditors, Superintendents of Schools, Public Services Commissioners, Commissioners of Insurance, Commissioner of Agriculture, Natural Resources Commissioner, Labor Commissioner
State Legislators: State Senators and State Representatives
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Topics on the ballot:

AbortionAdmin of gov'tAffirmative actionBondsCivil rightsEducationElectionsEnvironmentGamblingHealth careHuntingImmigrationJudicial reformLabor and unionsLaw enforcementMarriageNatural resourcesReligionState budgetsTaxesTerm limitsTobaccoTransportation

Election dates:

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A total of 103 statewide elections were scheduled for 2012. (Note: this does not include special elections or local ballot measure elections).

Signature requirements and deadlines:

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See: United States Congress elections, 2012

A total of 468 seats in the U.S. Congress will be up for election on November 6, 2012.

Heading into the election, Democrats control the U.S. Senate while Republicans are the majority in the U.S. House. During this presidential election season, partisan dominance of both chambers of the U.S. Congress will be at stake.

U.S. Senate

See also: United States Senate elections, 2012

The 33 Class 1 U.S. Senate seats were up for election. Of those 33 seats, 23 were held by Democrats and 10 by Republican senators. Democrats needed to win 21 seats to retain their majority while the GOP needed to win 14 seats to win back the chamber.

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

Defeated incumbents

No officials have been added to this category yet.

US Senate Margin of victory

There were a total of 33 seats up for election in 2012. The following table shows the margin of victory for each race 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%. Some general facts:

  • The fewest votes were in Wyoming, with only 244,445 total votes.
  • The most votes were in California, with 12,578,511
  • The smallest margin of victory, where Democrat Heidi Heitkamp defeated Rick Berg (R) by 0.9 percent.
  • The largest margin of victory was in Wyoming, where Republican John Barrasso defeated Tim Chesnut (D) by 54.1%
  • 11 races had a margin of victory of less than 10 percent. Of those 11 races, 9 were Democratic winners while 2 were Republican.

Ballotpedia staff counted 10 total U.S. Senate incumbents who did not run for re-election in the 2012 elections.

  • Democratic Party 5 Democrats
  • Republican Party 4 Republicans
  • Independent 1 Independent
Name:Party:Current office:
Ben NelsonElectiondot.png Democratic Nebraska
Daniel AkakaElectiondot.png Democratic Hawaii
Herb KohlElectiondot.png Democratic Wisconsin
Jeff BingamanElectiondot.png Democratic New Mexico
Jim WebbElectiondot.png Democratic Virginia
Joe LiebermanGrey.png Nonpartisan Connecticut
Jon KylEnds.png Republican Arizona
Kay Bailey HutchisonEnds.png Republican Texas
Kent ConradElectiondot.png Democratic North Dakota
Olympia SnoweEnds.png Republican Maine

U.S. House

See also: United States House of Representatives elections, 2012

All 435 seats of the U.S. House were up for election.

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

Defeated incumbents

No officials have been added to this category yet.

US House Margin of victory

There were a total of 435 seats up for election in 2012. The following table shows the margin of victory for each race 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%. Some general facts:

  • 30 races (6.9 percent) had a margin of victory of less than 5 percent. Of those 30 races, 18 were Democratic winners while 12 were Republican.
  • 33 races (7.6 percent) had a margin of victory between 5 and 10 percent. Of those 33 races, 15 were Democratic winners while 18 were Republican.
  • 87 races (20 percent) had a margin of victory between 10 and 20 percent. Of those 87 races, 23 were Democratic winners while 64 were Republican.
  • 285 races (65.5 percent) had a margin of victory of greater than 20 percent. Of those 285 races, 145 were Democratic winners while 140 were Republican.
  • The fewest votes were in Texas' 29th District, with only 95,611 total votes. Incumbent Gene Green (D) faced two third-party candidates in the general election.
  • The most votes were in Montana, with 479,740 votes cast. Montana has a total population of 998,199 -- which is roughly 250,000 above the average district size in states without single districts. Because Montana has only one district for the whole state, its voters per district is higher than the rest of the country. The average size of each district is 709,000. The second-most votes cast came in Colorado's 2nd District, with 421,580 total votes.
  • The smallest margin of victory, was North Carolina's 7th District, where incumbent Democrat Mike McIntyre defeated David Rouzer (R) by 0.2 percent (654 votes).
  • The largest margin of victory where both major parties fielded a general election candidate was in New York's 15th District, where incumbent Democrat Jose Serrano defeated Frank Della Valle (R) by 83%.
  • The average margin of victory of all congressional districts was 31.85%, meaning that on average the winner of each race received nearly twice as many votes as the top opponent. Average MOV for Democratic winners was 35.7%, while the average for Republicans was 28.6%.
  • The average number of votes cast per district was 281,917, yielding an average voter turnout of 39.76%.

Ballotpedia staff counted 41 total U.S. House incumbents who did not run for re-election in the 2012 elections.

  • Democratic Party 23 Democrats
  • Republican Party 18 Republicans
Name:Party:Current office:
Barney FrankElectiondot.png Democratic Massachusetts, District 4
Bob FilnerElectiondot.png Democratic Mayor of San Diego
Bob TurnerEnds.png Republican New York, District 9
Brad MillerElectiondot.png Democratic North Carolina, District 13
Charles A. "Charlie" GonzalezElectiondot.png Democratic Texas, District 20
Christopher S. MurphyElectiondot.png Democratic Connecticut
Connie MackEnds.png Republican Florida, District 14
Dale E. KildeeElectiondot.png Democratic Michigan, District 5
Dan BorenElectiondot.png Democratic Oklahoma, District 2
Dan BurtonEnds.png Republican Indiana, District 5
David DreierEnds.png Republican California, District 26
Dennis CardozaElectiondot.png Democratic California, District 18
Denny RehbergEnds.png Republican U.S. House, Montana, At-large
Ed TownsElectiondot.png Democratic New York, District 10
Elton GalleglyEnds.png Republican California, District 24
Gary AckermanElectiondot.png Democratic New York, District 5
Geoff DavisEnds.png Republican Kentucky, District 4
Heath ShulerElectiondot.png Democratic North Carolina, District 11
Jay InsleeElectiondot.png Democratic Governor of Washington
Jeff FlakeEnds.png Republican Arizona
Jerry F. CostelloElectiondot.png Democratic Illinois, District 12
Jerry LewisEnds.png Republican California, District 41
Joe DonnellyElectiondot.png Democratic Indiana
John OlverElectiondot.png Democratic Massachusetts, District 1
Lynn WoolseyElectiondot.png Democratic California, District 6
Martin HeinrichElectiondot.png Democratic New Mexico
Maurice HincheyElectiondot.png Democratic New York, District 22
Mazie K. HironoElectiondot.png Democratic Hawaii
Mike PenceEnds.png Republican Governor of Indiana
Mike RossElectiondot.png Democratic Governor of Arkansas
Norm DicksElectiondot.png Democratic Washington, District 6
Rick BergEnds.png Republican North Dakota, At-Large, District
Ron PaulEnds.png Republican Texas, District 14
Shelley BerkleyElectiondot.png Democratic Nevada, District 1
Steve AustriaEnds.png Republican Ohio, District 7
Steven C. LaTouretteEnds.png Republican Ohio, District 14
Sue Wilkins MyrickEnds.png Republican North Carolina, District 9
Tammy BaldwinElectiondot.png Democratic Wisconsin
Timothy V. JohnsonEnds.png Republican Illinois, District 15
W. Todd AkinEnds.png Republican Missouri, District 2
Wally HergerEnds.png Republican California, District 2

See: State executive official elections, 2012

Twenty-two states are scheduled to hold state executive official elections in 2012. In those elections, a total of 37 state executive seats and 57 down ballot seats are up for election. Wisconsin also held two special recall elections for Gov. Scott Walker and Lt. Gov Rebecca Kleefisch on June 5, 2012.

Positions up for election this year include governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, treasurer, auditor, superintendent of schools, insurance commissioner, natural resources commissioner, agriculture commissioner, labor commissioner, public services commissioner and railroad commissioner.

See also: State legislative elections, 2012

In the 50 states, there are 99 state legislative chambers altogether, and 86 of the 99 chambers will hold state legislative elections on November 6, 2012.

1,301 (65.97%) of the country's 1,972 state senate seats are up for re-election in November 2012, and 4,714 (87.12%) of the country's 5,411 state house seats are up for re-election. Altogether, 6,015 (81.47%) of the country's 7,383 state legislative seats will be up for re-election during the presidential election year.

The 6,015 seats up for election is 111 fewer than the 6,125 that were contested in 2010.

See also

State legislative elections (2012)Election Results (2012)Primary dates and filing requirements2012 Session DatesImpact of term limits on 2012 electionsOfficial Lists of CandidatesList of candidates on 2012 ballot
See also: 2012 ballot measures and Local ballot measure elections in 2012

State measures


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This page features election results for all 176 ballot questions that were on the November 6, 2012 general election ballot in 38 states. Additionally, results are listed below for some of the most notable local measures on the November 6 ballot.

For election results regarding state legislative, state executive official and congressional races, click here.
2012 ballot measures

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188 ballot questions were certified for spots on 39 statewide ballots in 2012.

Also, 176 of those ballot questions were on the November 6, 2012 ballot in 38 states. A total of 8 elections on statewide ballot measures were scheduled for 2012.

Historically, even-numbered election years feature significantly higher measures than odd-numbered years. In 2010 alone, 184 ballot questions were certified for spots on 38 statewide ballots. In comparison, only 34 ballot measures were on the ballot in 9 states in 2011.

In 2012, veto referendums exploded on the scene. In 2008, 6 veto referendums were on the ballot for voters to decide on. Two years later in the next even-numbered election year, in 2010, only 4 made the ballot. 13 veto referendums appeared on the ballot for 2012. 11 of those measures appeared on the fall election ballot. Referendums in 2012 challenged a variety of legislation including same-sex marriage, medical marijuana and redistricting.

With Legislative referrals, there was a decrease in 2012, with 119 on the ballot, not including advisory questions and automatic ballot referrals. In 2010, there were 134 legislative referrals that were sent to the ballot, leaving 2012 with 15 less referrals. However, in the previous presidential election in 2008, there were only 100 legislative referrals on the ballot, 19 less than 2012.

Ballot initiatives saw a slight increase from 2010, with 50 citizen-initiatives on the ballot, four more than in 2010. However, compared to 2008, 2012's total fell short of that year's by 18.

Also on the ballot were three constitutional convention questions that were automatically referred to the ballot due to provisions in those respective states' constitutions.

The top five political topics included: taxes, administration of government, bond issues, state judiciary, and law enforcement.

May 8

Approveda North Carolina Same-Sex Marriage, Amendment 1 (May 2012)

June 5

Approveda California Proposition 28, Change in Term Limits (June 2012)
Defeatedd California Proposition 29, Tobacco Tax for Cancer Research Act (June 2012)

June 12

Approveda North Dakota State Office Appointment Amendment, Measure 1 (June 2012)
Defeatedd North Dakota Property Tax Amendment, Measure 2 (June 2012)
Defeatedd North Dakota Religious Freedom Amendment, Measure 3 (June 2012)
Approveda North Dakota University "Fighting Sioux" Referendum, Measure 4 (June 2012)

July 31

ApprovedaDefeatedd Georgia Sales Tax Increase to Fund Transportation Projects (July 2012)[1]

August 7

Approveda Missouri Public Prayer Amendment (August 2012)

August 28

Approveda Alaska Property Tax Exemption Act (August 2012)
Defeatedd Alaska Coastal Management Question (August 2012)

September 18

Approveda Alabama Medicaid Amendment (September 2012)

November 6

2012 Local Ballot Measures
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As of the September 2012 election there have been 19 elections held for the year and 2,347 local ballot questions have appeared on ballots in 11 states in 2012. There are 20 elections scheduled throughout the year.

  • 1,792 measures were approved.
  • 546 measures were defeated.

Ballotpedia currently tracks a total of 11 states at the local level, based on the availability of comprehensive online election information. A county election website evaluation study can be seen here.

See: Judicial elections, 2012 on Judgepedia.

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  1. Though the measure was statewide it was voted on by each 12 regions separately, resulting in the referendum being passed in 3 and defeated in 9