2012 년 미국 상원 선거 - 2012 United States Senate elections

2012 년 미국 상원 선거

2010 년 2012 년 11 월 6 일 2014 년

미국 상원 100 석 중 33
석 과반수에 필요한 51 석
Majority party Minority party
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리더 해리 리드 미치 맥코넬
파티 민주주의 공화주의자
리더의 자리 네바다 켄터키
이전 좌석 51 47
이후 좌석 53 45
좌석 변경 Increase 2 Decrease 2
인기 투표 49,988,282 [1] 39,128,301 [1]
백분율 53.4 % 41.8 %
그네 Increase 8.3 % Decrease 6.4 %
좌석 21 10
우승 한 레이스 23 8

Third party
파티 독립적 인
이전 좌석 2 [a]
이후 좌석 2 [b]
좌석 변경 Steady
인기 투표 961,284 [1]
백분율 1.0 %
그네 Increase 0.8 %
좌석 2
우승 한 레이스 2

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선거 결과 :
민주당 이득 공화당 이득 독립 이득
민주당 보류 공화당 보류 독립 보류
선거 없음

선거 전 다수 지도자

해리 리드
민주당

선출 된 다수 지도자

해리 리드
민주당

2012 미국 상원 선거는 에서 100 석 중 33 년 11 월 6 일, 2012에서 개최 된 상원은 누구의 수상자로 1 월 3 일, 2013 년부터 6 년 기간 봉사 할 것입니다 일반 선거에서 경쟁하고 113 의회 . 민주당 은 선거를 위해 21 석, 독립 1 명, 독립 민주당 1 석을 확보 한 반면 공화당은선거를 위해 자리가 10 석 밖에 없었습니다. 민주당은 매사추세츠와 인디애나에서 공화당 의석을, 코네티컷의 독립 민주당에서 1 석을 확보하여 총 53 석을 확보했습니다. 또한 그들은 하와이, 뉴 멕시코, 노스 다코타, 버지니아 및 위스콘신에서 열린 자리를 가졌습니다. 공화당은 두 자리를 잃었지만 네브래스카에서 열린 자리를 차지하고 애리조나와 텍사스에서 열린 자리를 유지하여 총 45 석으로 끝났습니다. Independents는 버몬트에 자리를 유지했고 Maine의 공화당 원으로부터 추가 자리를 확보하여 총 2 석을 확보했습니다. 두 무소속 당원은 민주당 원과 협의하여 총 55 석을 차지하는 과반수 전당 대회를 구성했습니다.

2020 년 현재 민주당 원이 상원을 장악 한 것은 마지막 이고, 플로리다 , 인디애나 , 미주리 , 노스 다코타 에서 마지막으로 의석을 차지한 것은 이번이 마지막이며, 공화당이 네바다 에서 의석을 차지한 것은 마지막 입니다.

대통령 선거 , 하원에 선거 , 14 개 주와 지역에서 총재 선거 , 많은 주 및 지방 선거도 같은 날에 개최되었다.

마일스톤

  • 이것은 민주당이 의석을 확보 한 3 회 연속 1 급 상원 의원 선거였습니다 .
  • 대통령 선거 연도에 열린 세 번째 상원 선거에서 당첨 된 대선 후보에 속한 정당이 의석을 확보했습니다.
  • 이것은 1936 년 이후 처음으로 두 번째 임기에서 승리 한 민주당 대선 후보가 두 차례 모두 상원 의원을 차지한 것입니다 (프랭클린 루즈 벨트가 각각 1940 년과 1944 년에 3 위와 4 위를 차지했지만 두 차례 모두 상원 의석을 잃었습니다).
  • 양당이 상원 의석 3 분의 2 이상을 방어해야했지만 순이익을 달성 한 것은 1964 년 이후 처음 이다. [2] [3]
  • 2020 년 현재 현직자가 재 지명을 잃은 마지막 선거였습니다.

결과 요약

53 2 45
민주주의 독립적 인 공화주의자

음영은 해당 라인의 가장 큰 점유율을 가진 당사자를 나타냅니다.

당사자 합계
민주주의 공화주의자 독립적 인 자유 주의자 독립 초록 기타
이 선거 전에 51 47 2 100
안됨 30 37 67
2 급 ( 2008 년2014 년 ) 20 13 33
3 교시 ( 2010 년2016 년 ) 10 24 34
쪽으로 21 10 2 33
클래스 1 21 10 2 33
퇴직자 6 1 10
같은 당사자가 개최 5 2 7
다른 당사자에 의해 대체 됨 Decrease 1 독립 대체 Increase 1 민주당 원
Decrease 1 공화당 원 교체 Increase 1 독립
Decrease 1 민주당 원으로 대체 Increase 1 공화당 원
결과 6 1 10
현직 실행 15 7 1 23
재선에서 승리 15 5 1 21
재선에서 패배 Decrease 1 공화당 원 교체 Increase 1 민주당 원 1
재 지명을 잃었
지만 같은 당사자가 보유
Steady
재 지명
을 잃고 파티를 잃었습니다.
Decrease 1 공화당 원 교체 Increase 1 민주당 원 1
결과 17 5 1 23
총 선출 23 8 2 33
순이익 / 손실 Increase 2 Decrease 2 Steady 2
전국 투표 49,988,282 39,128,301 961,284 956,745 211,794 195,200 2,119,714 93,561,320 [1]
공유 53.43 % 41.82 % 1.03 % 1.02 % 0.23 % 0.21 % 2.27 % 100 %
결과 53 45 2 100
이 회의의 51 47 2 100

구성 변경

선거 전

D 1 D 2 D 3 D 4 D 5 D 6 D 7 D 8 D 9 D 10
D 20 D 19 D 18 D 17 D 16 D 15 D 14 D 13 D 12 D 11
D 21 D 22 D 23 D 24 D 25 D 26 D 27 D 28 D 29 D 30
D 40
Neb.
은퇴
D 39
Mont.
D (38)
미주리의
D 37
Minn.
Ran
D 36
Mich.
Ran
D 35
Md.
Ran
D 34
하와이
은퇴
D 33
Fla.
Ran
D 32
Del.
Ran
D 31
캘리포니아
D 41
N.J.
D 42
N.M.
은퇴
D 43
N.Y.
Ran
D 44
N.D.
은퇴
D 45
오하이오
D 46
Pa.
Ran
D 47
R.I.
D 48
Va.
은퇴
D 49
워시
D 50
W.Va.
Ran
대다수 → D 51
Wis.
은퇴
R 41
질량
R 42
미스
R 43
Nev.
Ran
R 44
테넌트
R 45
텍사스
은퇴
R 46
유타
R 47
와이오밍 주.
나는 2
Vt.
Ran
I 1
Conn.
은퇴
R 40
Maine
은퇴
R 39
공업
R 38
Ariz.
은퇴
R 37 R 36 R 35 R 34 R 33 R 32 R 31
R 21 R 22 R 23 R 24 R 25 R 26 R 27 R 28 R 29 R 30
R 20 R 19 R 18 R 17 R 16 R 15 R 14 R 13 R 12 R 11
R 1 R 2 R 3 R 4 R 5 R 6 R 7 R 8 R 9 R 10

선거 후

D 1 D 2 D 3 D 4 D 5 D 6 D 7 D 8 D 9 D 10
D 20 D 19 D 18 D 17 D 16 D 15 D 14 D 13 D 12 D 11
D 21 D 22 D 23 D 24 D 25 D 26 D 27 D 28 D 29 D 30
D 40
N.J.
재선
D 39
Mont.
재선
D (38)

재 선출
D (37)
미네소타.
재 선출
D 36
Mich.
재선
D 35
Md.
재선
D 34
하와이
홀드
D 33
Fla.
재선
D 32
Del.
재선
D 31
캘리포니아
재선
D 41
N.M.
보류
D 42
N.Y.
재선
D 43
N.D.
보류
D 44
오하이오
재선
D 45
Pa.
재선
D 46
R.I.
재선
D 47
Va.
보류
D 48
워시
재선
D 49
W.Va.
재선
D 50
Wis.
홀드
대다수 → D 51
연결
이득
R 41
Tenn.
재선
R 42
텍사스
홀드
R 43
유타
재선
R 44
Wyo.
재선
R 45
Neb.
이득
나는 2
메인
이득
I 1
Vt.
재선
D 53
질량
이득
D 52
산업
이득
R 40
Nev.
선출 됨 [c]
R 39
미스
재선
R 38
애리조나
홀드
R 37 R 36 R 35 R 34 R 33 R 32 R 31
R 21 R 22 R 23 R 24 R 25 R 26 R 27 R 28 R 29 R 30
R 20 R 19 R 18 R 17 R 16 R 15 R 14 R 13 R 12 R 11
R 1 R 2 R 3 R 4 R 5 R 6 R 7 R 8 R 9 R 10
키:
D # 민주주의
나는 # 독립적 인
R # 공화주의자

레이스 요약

112 차 총회 특별 선거

112 차 총회 중에는 특별 선거가 없었습니다.

차기 의회로 이어지는 선거

이 선거에서 우승자는 2013 년 1 월 3 일에 시작되는 임기에 선출되었습니다. 주별로 주문했습니다.

모든 선거에는 클래스 1 의석이 포함되었습니다.

출처 :

  • "미국 선거-세부 결과" . 월스트리트 저널 . 11 월 25 일에서 2012 년 보관 원래 2012년 11월 24일에 . 만회 년 11 월 (26), 2012 .
  • "상원지도-2012 년 선거" . 뉴욕 타임즈 . 2012 년 11 월 25 일 . 만회 년 11 월 (26), 2012 .
  • "Dave Leip의 미국 대통령 선거지도 책" .

(아래 요약에 링크 됨)
쑥 내민 결과 후보자
평의원 파티 선거 역사
애리조나 존 킬 공화주의자 1994
2000
2006
은퇴 한 재직자. [4]
새로운 상원 의원 선출 .
공화당 보류.
캘리포니아 다이앤 파인 슈타인 민주주의 1992 (특별)
1994
2000
2006
재선 된 재선 .
코네티컷 조 리버만 독립 민주당 1988
1994
2000
2006
은퇴 한 재직자. [9]
새로운 상원 의원 선출 .
민주적 이득 .
델라웨어 톰 카퍼 민주주의 2000
2006
재선 된 재선 .
플로리다 빌 넬슨 민주주의 2000
2006
재선 된 재선 .
하와이 다니엘 아카카 민주주의 1990 (임명)
1990 (특별)
1994
2000
2006
은퇴 한 재직자. [19]
새로운 상원 의원 선출 .
민주적 보유.
인디애나 리처드 루가 공화주의자 1976
1982
1988
1994
2000
2006
현직 재 지명 상실 [20]
새로운 상원 의원 선출 .
민주적 이득 .
메인 올림피아 스노우 공화주의자 1994
2000
2006
은퇴 한 재직자. [22]
새로운 상원 의원 선출 .
독립적 인 이득 .
메릴랜드 벤 카르 딘 민주주의 2006 년 재선 된 재선 .
매사추세츠 주 스콧 브라운 공화주의자 2010 (특별) 재선에서 패배.
새로운 상원 의원 선출 .
민주적 이득 .
미시간 데비 스타 베 노우 민주주의 2000
2006
재선 된 재선 .
미네소타 에이미 클로 부차 민주주의 2006 년 재선 된 재선 .
미시시피 로저 위커 공화주의자 2007 년 (임명)
2008 년 (특별)
재선 된 재선 .
미주리 클레어 맥카 스킬 민주주의 2006 년 재선 된 재선 .
Montana Jon 테스터 민주주의 2006 년 재선 된 재선 .
네브래스카 벤 넬슨 민주주의 2000
2006
은퇴 한 재직자. [33]
새로운 상원 의원 선출 .
공화당 이득 .
네바다 딘 헬러 공화주의자 2011 년 (임명) 임시 지명자가 선출 됨 .
뉴저지 밥 메넨 데즈 민주주의 2006 (임명)
2006
재선 된 재선 .
뉴 멕시코 제프 빈가 만 민주주의 1982
1988
1994
2000
2006
은퇴 한 재직자. [37]
새로운 상원 의원 선출 .
민주적 보유.
뉴욕 Kirsten Gillibrand 민주주의 2009 (임명)
2010 (특별)
재선 된 재선 .
노스 다코타 켄트 콘래드 민주주의 1986
1992 ( 퇴직 )
1992 (특별)
1994
2000
2006
은퇴 한 재직자. [40]
새로운 상원 의원 선출 .
민주적 보유.
오하이오 셰로드 브라운 민주주의 2006 년 재선 된 재선 .
펜실베니아 밥 케이시 주니어 민주주의 2006 년 재선 된 재선 .
로드 아일랜드 셀던 화이트 하우스 민주주의 2006 년 재선 된 재선 .
테네시 밥 코커 공화주의자 2006 년 재선 된 재선 .
  • Green tickY 밥 코커 (공화당) 64.9 %
  • 마크 클레이튼 (민주당) 30.4 %
  • Martin Pleasant (녹색) 1.7 %
  • Shaun Crowell 박사 (자유 주의자) 0.9 %
  • Kermit Steck (헌법) 0.8 %
텍사스 케이 베일리 허치슨 공화주의자 1993 (특별)
1994
2000
2006
은퇴 한 재직자. [45]
새로운 상원 의원 선출 .
공화당 보류.
유타 오린 해치 공화주의자 1976
1982
1988
1994
2000
2006
재선 된 재선 .
  • Green tickY 오린 해치 (공화당) 65.3 %
  • 스콧 하웰 (민주당) 30.0 %
  • Shaun Lynn McCausland 3.2 %
  • Daniel Geery (UT Justice) 0.83 %
버몬트 버니 샌더스 독립적 인 2006 년 재선 된 재선 .
여자 이름 짐 웹 민주주의 2006 년 은퇴 한 재직자. [50]
새로운 상원 의원 선출 .
민주적 보유.
워싱턴 마리아 캔 트웰 민주주의 2000
2006
재선 된 재선 .
웨스트 버지니아 조 만친 민주주의 2010 (특별) 재선 된 재선 .
위스콘신 허브 콜 민주주의 1988
1994
2000
2006
은퇴 한 재직자. [54]
새로운 상원 의원 선출 .
민주적 보유.
  • Green tickY 타미 볼드윈 (민주당) 51.4 %
  • 토미 톰슨 (공화당) 45.9 %
  • Joseph Kexel (자유 주의자) 2.1 %
  • Nimrod YU Allen III (IDEA) 0.6 %
  • 기입 0.1 %
와이오밍 존 바라 소 공화주의자 2007 년 (임명)
2008 년 (특별)
재선 된 재선 .
  • Green tickY 존 바라 소 (공화당) 75.7 %
  • 팀 체스넛 (민주당) 21.7 %
  • Joel Otto (국가) 2.5 %
  • 기입 2 %

가까운 레이스

마진이 10.0 % 미만인 선거.

지구 우승자 여유
노스 다코타 민주주의 0.9 %
네바다 공화주의자 1.2 %
애리조나 공화주의자 3.0 %
Montana 민주주의 4.0 %
위스콘신 민주주의 5.5 %
뉴 멕시코 민주주의 5.7 %
인디애나 민주당 (뒤집기) 5.7 %
여자 이름 민주주의 5.9 % [e]
오하이오 민주주의 6.0 %
매사추세츠 주 민주당 (뒤집기) 7.5 %
펜실베니아 민주주의 9.1 %

선거 전 최종 예측

아래 표는 잘 알려진 여러 기관과 사람들의 11 월 총선에 대한 최종 예측에 대한 개요를 제공합니다. 실수는 거의 없었지만 (잘못된 방향으로 예측, 본질적으로 몬타나와 노스 다코타 만, Sabato의 Crystal Ball과 FiveThirtyEight에 의해) FiveThirtyEight와 Princeton Election Consortium은 린 카테고리에서 2-4 개의 종족을 가지고 있었고 다른 모든 종족은 토스 업이 없었습니다. 소스는 중간 세 가지 범주에서 적어도 11 개의 인종이 있었고 특히 많은 토스 업 인종이있었습니다.

출처 안전한 민주주의 민주당 린 민주당 토스 업 린 공화당 원 공화당 원 안전한 공화당 원

모든 예측 간의 합의
캘리포니아
델라웨어
메릴랜드
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뉴욕
로드 아일랜드
버몬트 [f]
Mississippi
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Wyoming
Roll Call
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New Jersey
Washington
West Virginia
Hawaii
Maine[g]
Michigan
New Mexico
Connecticut[f]
Florida
Massachusetts
Missouri
Ohio
Pennsylvania
Arizona
Indiana
Montana
North Dakota
Nevada
Virginia
Wisconsin
Nebraska
Sabato's Crystal Ball
as of November 5, 2012
(updates)
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West Virginia
Florida
Hawaii
Maine[g]
Michigan
New Jersey
New Mexico
Connecticut[f]
Indiana
Massachusetts
Missouri
Ohio
Pennsylvania
Virginia
Wisconsin
Arizona
Montana
North Dakota
Nevada
Nebraska
Cook Political
Report

as of November 1, 2012
(updates)
Washington Michigan
Missouri
New Jersey
West Virginia
Florida
Hawaii
New Mexico
Ohio
Pennsylvania
Arizona
Connecticut[f]
Indiana
Maine[g]
Massachusetts
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Nevada
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Nebraska
Rothenberg Political
Report

as of November 2, 2012
(updates)
Michigan
New Jersey
Washington
West Virginia
Florida
Hawaii
Maine
Missouri
Pennsylvania
Connecticut[f]
New Mexico
Ohio
Arizona
Indiana
Massachusetts
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North Dakota
Nevada
Virginia
Wisconsin
Nebraska
RealClearPolitics
as of November 5, 2012
(updates)
Hawaii
Maine[g]
Michigan
New Jersey
New Mexico
Washington
West Virginia
Connecticut[f]
Florida
Missouri
Ohio
Pennsylvania
Indiana
Massachusetts
Montana
Nevada
North Dakota
Virginia
Wisconsin
Arizona
Nebraska
FiveThirtyEight
as of November 6, 2012
(updates)
Connecticut[f]
Florida
Hawaii
Massachusetts
Maine[g]
Michigan
New Jersey
New Mexico
Ohio
Pennsylvania
Washington
West Virginia
Missouri
Virginia
Wisconsin
Indiana Montana Arizona
Nevada
North Dakota
Nebraska
Princeton Election Consortium
as of November 6, 2012
[2]
Connecticut[f]
Florida
Hawaii
Massachusetts
Maine[g]
Michigan
Missouri
New Jersey
New Mexico
Ohio
Pennsylvania
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Indiana Wisconsin
Montana
North Dakota
Nevada Arizona Nebraska

Gains and losses

Senate seats up for election in 2012
Democrat ran
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Independent ran
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No Senate election
Results by county in 2012
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Thirty-three seats were up for election.

Democratic incumbents

21 Democratic seats were up for election in 2012.

  • 6 Democrats retired.
    • 5 were replaced by a Democrat.
    • 1 was replaced by a Republican.
  • 15 Democrats ran for re-election.
    • All 15 were re-elected.

Independent incumbents

2 Independent seats were up for election in 2012.

  • 1 Independent Democrat who caucused with the Democrats retired.
    • He was replaced by a Democrat.
  • 1 Independent who caucused with the Democrats ran for re-election.
    • He was re-elected.

Republican incumbents

10 Republican seats were up for election in 2012.

  • 3 incumbent Republicans retired.
    • 2 were replaced by Republicans.
    • 1 was replaced by an Independent who caucuses with the Democrats.
  • 7 Republicans ran for re-election
    • 5 were re-elected.
    • 1 lost to a Democrat.
    • 1 lost renomination and was replaced by a Democrat.

Arizona

Arizona election

2006
2018
Turnout 52.9% (voting eligible)[55]
Jeff Flake, official portrait, 112th Congress 2 (cropped).jpg Richard Carmona (cropped 2).jpg
Nominee Jeff Flake Richard Carmona
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 1,104,457 1,036,542
Percentage 49.2% 46.2%

Arizona Senate Election Results by County, 2012.svg
Election results
Red denotes counties/districts won by Flake. Blue denotes those won by Carmona.

U.S. senator before election

Jon Kyl
Republican

Elected U.S. senator

Jeff Flake
Republican

Three-term incumbent and Senate Minority Whip Republican Jon Kyl, who was re-elected in 2006 with 53% of the vote, announced he would not seek a fourth term in 2012.[4][56] Republican Representative Jeff Flake[57] won the August 28 primary with 69.1% of the vote, against three contenders, including real estate investor Wil Cardon[58] who polled 21.2%. On the Democratic side, former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona[59] won the primary election, which was held August 28, 2012.

Arizona Democratic primary[60]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Richard Carmona 289,881 100.00
Total votes 289,881 100.00
Arizona Republican primary[60]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jeff Flake 357,360 69.25
Republican Wil Cardon 110,150 21.35
Republican Clair Van Steenwyk 29,159 5.65
Republican Bryan Hackbarth 19,174 3.72
Republican John Lyon (Write-in) 126 0.02
Republican Luis Acle (Write-in) 56 0.01
Total votes 516,025 100.00

Preliminary general election results showed Flake leading 49.7%-45.7%, but 439,961 early votes had yet to be counted.[61] The official results, as tabulated by the Secretary of State, showed a slightly smaller win for Flake. Flake won the election with 49.7% of the vote against Carmona's 46.2% and Victor's 4.6%.[62]

Arizona General election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Jeff Flake 1,104,457 49.23 -4.11%
Democratic Richard Carmona 1,036,542 46.20 +2.70%
Libertarian Marc Victor 102,109 4.55 +1.39%
N/A write-in 2,501 0.11 +0.02%
Majority 67,915 3.03 -6.81%
Turnout 2,245,609 100.00

California

California election

2006
2018
Turnout 55.2% (voting eligible)[55]
Dianne Feinstein, official Senate photo 2.jpg Elizabeth Emken (cropped).jpg
Nominee Dianne Feinstein Elizabeth Emken
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 7,864,624 4,713,887
Percentage 62.5% 37.5%

U.S. senator before election

Dianne Feinstein
Democratic

Elected U.S. senator

Dianne Feinstein
Democratic

Incumbent Democrat Dianne Feinstein was re-elected. The primary election on June 5 took place under California's new blanket primary, where all candidates appear on the same ballot, regardless of party. In the primary, voters voted for any candidate listed, or write-in any other candidate. The top two finishers — regardless of party — advanced to the general election in November, even if a candidate managed to receive a majority of the votes cast in the June primary. In the primary, less than 15% of the total 2010 census population voted. Incumbent Democrat Dianne Feinstein finished first in the blanket primary with 49.5% of the vote. The second-place finisher was Republican candidate and autism activist Elizabeth Emken, who won 12.7% of the vote.

California primary election[63]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Dianne Feinstein (Incumbent) 2,392,822 49.3
Republican Elizabeth Emken 613,613 12.6
Republican Dan Hughes 323,840 6.7
Republican Rick Williams 157,946 3.3
Republican Orly Taitz 154,781 3.2
Republican Dennis Jackson 137,120 2.8
Republican Greg Conlon 135,421 2.8
Republican Al Ramirez 109,399 2.3
Libertarian Gail Lightfoot 101,648 2.1
Democratic Diane Stewart 97,782 2.0
Democratic Mike Strimling 97,024 2.0
Democratic David Levitt 76,482 1.6
Republican Oscar Braun 75,842 1.6
Republican Robert Lauten 57,720 1.2
Peace and Freedom Marsha Feinland 54,129 1.2
Democratic Colleen Shea Fernald 51,623 1.1
Republican Donald Krampe 39,035 0.8
American Independent Don J. Grundmann 33,037 0.7
Republican Dirk Allen Konopik 29,997 0.6
Republican John Boruff 29,357 0.6
Democratic Nak Shah 27,203 0.6
Republican Rogelio T. Gloria 22,529 0.5
Republican Nachum Shifren 21,762 0.4
Peace and Freedom Kabiruddin Karim Ali 12,269 0.3
Republican Linda R. Price (write-in) 25 0.0
Total votes 4,852,406 100.0

Feinstein and Emken contested the general election on November 6, with Feinstein winning re-election in a landslide, by 62.5% to 37.5%. Feinstein's 7.86 million votes set the all-time record for the most votes cast for one candidate in one state in one election, beating senator Barbara Boxer's 6.96 million votes in 2004. This record was held until the 2016 presidential election in California, when Hillary Clinton won 8.75 million votes in the state.

California general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Dianne Feinstein (Incumbent) 7,864,624 62.5 +3.1%
Republican Elizabeth Emken 4,713,887 37.5 +2.5%
Majority 3,150,737 25.0 +0.6%
Turnout 12,578,511 100.00

Connecticut

Connecticut election

2006
2018
Turnout 60.9% (voting eligible)[55]
Chris murphy official photo govtrends version cropped.jpg Linda McMahon Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic.jpg
Nominee Chris Murphy Linda McMahon
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 815,077 637,857
Percentage 55.1% 43.3%

U.S. senator before election

Joe Lieberman
Independent

Elected U.S. senator

Chris Murphy
Democratic

Incumbent Joe Lieberman, an independent who caucused with the Democratic Party, retired instead of running for re-election to a fifth term.[64] Republican businesswoman Linda McMahon faced Democratic Representative Chris Murphy in the general election and lost, marking two defeats in as many years.[65]

In the 2006 election, incumbent Joe Lieberman was defeated in the Democratic primary by businessman Ned Lamont and formed his own party, Connecticut for Lieberman, winning re-election. Lieberman promised to remain in the Senate Democratic Caucus, but had clashed with Democrats on many significant issues, including his endorsement of Republican 2008 presidential nominee John McCain over Barack Obama.[66] As a result, Lieberman's poll numbers among Democrats had dropped significantly.[67][68]

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal was reportedly considering a run against Lieberman,[69] but instead ran for and won Connecticut's other Senate seat in 2010 after U.S. senator Christopher Dodd announced his retirement.[70]

Lieberman had publicly floated the possibility of running as a Democrat,[71] Republican,[72] or an independent.[73] However, he announced on January 19, 2011, that he would not run for another term.[64]

Connecticut Democratic primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Chris Murphy 89,283 67.4
Democratic Susan Bysiewicz 43,135 32.6
Total votes 132,418 100.0
Connecticut Republican primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Linda McMahon 83,413 72.7
Republican Chris Shays 31,305 27.3
Total votes 114,718 100.0

Susan Bysiewicz was the first to declare herself as a candidate.[74] However, by March 2011 Chris Murphy had raised over $1 million, while Bysiewicz had raised only $500,000. Murphy represented Connecticut's 5th congressional district, which was considered Republican-leaning, and he promoted himself as the most electable candidate against a Republican challenger. Bysiewicz, the former Secretary of the State of Connecticut, enjoyed high name recognition while a statewide officeholder, and had a formidable face-off with Murphy. William Tong, a state representative, joined the race touting his biography as the son of Chinese immigrants working at a Chinese restaurant.[75] In January East Hartford resident Matthew John Oakes announced his candidacy. Oakes pointed to his real life experience being a disabled American, victim of crime, civil rights activist, growing up in the inner-city and being a political outsider for his candidacy.[76]

Wide speculation continued on Linda McMahon, who had a widely publicized race for senator in 2010. She lost the election decisively, but had strong finances and a well-established political organization.[75] McMahon met with her former campaign consultant to review her 2010 results, and said she was leaning towards running. She planned to make a decision regarding another run after the start of 2012. Congressman Chris Shays joined in August 2011, promoting his involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan's military contracting.[77] Shays campaign also gained traction from a series of independent polls showing him beating or in dead heat with the top Democratic contenders in the general election, while those same polls showed McMahon losing handily to each of the top Democratic contenders.[78] The Shays campaign has quickly capitalized on these polls, arguing for the former Congressman's electability while questioning McMahon's electability due to her loss in an open Senate seat contest in 2010 by a large margin despite spending $50 million of her own money, and also citing both her high unfavorable numbers among voters and her poor fundraising.[79]

In July 2012, Shays declared that he would not support McMahon if she won the primary. He said that he had "never run against an opponent that I have respected less—ever—and there are a lot of candidates I have run against," adding that "I do not believe that Linda McMahon has spent the time, the energy to determine what [being] a senator really means." He also said that during the last debate he had with McMahon, "I thought she was embarrassingly clueless" and that "I think she is a terrible candidate and I think she would make a terrible senator." Although he said he would not support Chris Murphy, he expected him to win the Democratic nomination and the general election.[80]

In September 2012, the records of the McMahons' 1976 bankruptcy and specifics of nearly $1 million unpaid debts from the proceeding were published.[81] In days the candidate and her husband announced the "intention to reimburse all private individual creditors that can be located".[82]

Connecticut general election[83]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Chris Murphy 828,761 55.1 +15.4%
Republican Linda McMahon 651,089 43.3 +33.7%
Libertarian Paul Passarelli 25,045 1.6 +1.6%
Majority 177,672 11.8
Total votes 1,504,895 100.0 -
Turnout
Democratic gain from Independent Swing

Note: Murphy also appeared on the line of the Connecticut Working Families Party and received 37,553 votes on it. His Working Families and Democratic votes have been aggregated together on this table.

Delaware

Delaware election

2006
2018
Turnout 62.7% (voting eligible)[55]
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Nominee Tom Carper Kevin Wade
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 265,374 115,694
Percentage 66.4% 29.0%

U.S. senator before election

Tom Carper
Democratic

Elected U.S. senator

Tom Carper
Democratic

Incumbent Democrat Tom Carper won re-election to a third term.

Delaware Democratic primary[84]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Tom Carper (Incumbent) 43,866 87.8
Democratic Keith Spanarelli 6,074 12.2
Total votes 49,940 100.0
2012 United States Senate election in Delaware[85]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Tom Carper (Incumbent) 265,374 66.42 -0.71%
Republican Kevin Wade 115,694 28.96 +1.52%
Delaware Independent Alex Pires 15,300 3.83
Green Andrew Groff 3,191 0.80
Margin of victory 149,680 37.46 -2.22%
Turnout 399,559 63.14 +17.58%
Democratic hold

Note: The ±% column reflects the change in total number of votes won by each party from the previous election. Neither the vote shares nor the turnout figures account for write-ins. Turnout percentage is the portion of registered voters (632,805 as of January 11, 2012)[86] who voted.

Florida

Florida election

2006
2018
Turnout 63.5% (voting eligible)[55]
Bill Nelson.jpg Connie Mack official photo (cropped).jpg
Nominee Bill Nelson Connie Mack IV
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 4,523,451 3,458,267
Percentage 55.2% 42.2%

U.S. senator before election

Bill Nelson
Democratic

Elected U.S. senator

Bill Nelson[87]
Democratic

The primary election was held August 14, 2012. Incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson won re-election to a third term, defeating Republican U.S. Representative Connie Mack IV by 13%, winning 55% to 42%. Nelson defeated Mack by over 1 million votes.

Florida Democratic primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bill Nelson (Incumbent) 684,804 78.7
Democratic Glenn Burkett 184,815 21.3
Total votes 869,619 100.0
Florida Republican primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Connie Mack IV 657,331 58.7
Republican Dave Weldon 226,083 20.2
Republican Mike McCalister 155,421 13.9
Republican Marielena Stuart 81,808 7.3
Total votes 1,120,643 100.0

From a long way out Nelson appeared to be vulnerable, with some earlier polls showing Mack leading. However, in the last few weeks with new polls conducted it appeared as though Nelson was headed for a victory. The last poll place him 5 percentage points ahead of Mack. In fact Nelson would win easily by 13 percentage points. Nelson performed well in Southeast Florida (the Miami area), Tampa, Gainesville, typically Democratic areas. Nelson however managed to win in areas that lean Republican. For example, Nelson won in Duval County home of Jacksonville, and Volusia County home of Daytona Beach. Nelson's ability to outperform President Obama led to him winning the Election easily. President Obama would still win Florida, but by just about 74,000 votes, and less than a percentage point. Nelson began his third term in the Senate on January 3, 2013.

General election results
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Bill Nelson (Incumbent) 4,523,451 55.2 -5.1%
Republican Connie Mack IV 3,458,267 42.2 +4.1%
Independent Bill Gaylor 126,079 1.5 n/a
Independent Chris Borgia 82,089 1.0 n/a
Write-ins 60 0.0 n/a
Majority 1,065,184 13.0 -9.2%
Turnout 8,189,946
Democratic hold Swing

Hawaii

Hawaii election

2006
2018
Turnout 44.2% (voting eligible)[55]
Mazie Hirono, official portrait, 112th Congress.jpg Linda Lingle in March 2010.jpg
Nominee Mazie Hirono Linda Lingle
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 269,489 160,994
Percentage 62.6% 37.4%

U.S. senator before election

Daniel Akaka
Democratic

Elected U.S. senator

Mazie Hirono
Democratic

Incumbent Democrat Daniel Akaka retired instead of running for re-election to a fourth term. Democratic Congresswoman Mazie Hirono defeated former Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle in a rematch of the 2002 Hawaii gubernatorial election.

Hawaii Democratic primary[88]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mazie Hirono 134,745 57
Democratic Ed Case 95,553 40
Blank Votes 3,331 1
Democratic Arturo Reyes 1,720 1
Democratic Michael Gillespie 1,104 1
Democratic Antonio Gimbernat 517 0.2
Over Votes 110 0
Total votes 237,080 100
Hawaii Republican primary[88]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Linda Lingle 44,252 90
Republican John Carroll 2,900 6
Blank Votes 749 2
Republican John Roco 545 1
Republican Charles Collins 366 1
Republican Eddie Pirkowski 232 0.5
Over Votes 25 0.1
Total votes 49,069 100
Hawaii general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Mazie Hirono 269,489 62.6
Republican Linda Lingle 160,994 37.4
Majority 108,495 25.20
Turnout 430,483 44.2

Indiana

2012 United States Senate election in Indiana

2006
2018
Turnout 58.5%[89]
Joe Donnelly, official portrait, 113th Congress.jpg StateTreasurerRichardMourdock.jpg
Nominee Joe Donnelly Richard Mourdock Andrew Horning
Party Democratic Republican Libertarian
Popular vote 1,281,181 1,133,621 145,282
Percentage 50.0% 44.3% 5.7%

U.S. senator before election

Richard Lugar
Republican

Elected U.S. senator

Joe Donnelly
Democratic

Incumbent Republican Richard Lugar ran for re-election to a seventh term, but was defeated in the primary by Tea Party-backed Richard Mourdock. Congressman Joe Donnelly, a moderate Democrat from Indiana's 2nd Congressional District, received his party's nomination after running unopposed in the primary contest, and then defeated both Mourdock and Libertarian Andrew Horning in the general election.

Due to Lugar's unpopularity among some Tea Party voters on his positions regarding illegal immigration, voting to confirm then-U.S. Supreme Court nominees Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, the DREAM Act, the START Treaty, some gun control bills, and congressional earmarks, he was challenged by a Tea Party-backed candidate.[90][91]

The Indiana Debate Commission's GOP primary debate with Sen. Richard Lugar and State Treasurer Richard Mourdock was set to air at 7 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 11.[92] In a widely published poll taken March 26 to 28, Lugar was still in the lead, but by the time of a second published poll from April 30 to May 1, Mourdock was leading 48% to 38% for Lugar.

Mourdock defeated senator Lugar in the Republican primary on May 8, 2012.[93][94]

According to Indiana law, Lugar's defeat meant that he would not be permitted to run in the election either as a third party or an independent candidate after he lost the primary.[95]

Indiana Republican primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Richard Mourdock 400,321 60.5
Republican Richard Lugar (Incumbent) 261,285 39.5
Total votes 661,606 100.0
Indiana Democratic primary[96]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Joe Donnelly 207,715 100.0
Total votes 207,715 100.0

Mourdock became embroiled in a controversy after stating that pregnancy from rape is "something that God intended". His remarks were made during a debate on October 23, 2012, while explaining his opposition to abortion even in the case of rape. At the debate Mourdock, when asked what his position on abortion was, responded:

"I know there are some who disagree and I respect their point of view but I believe that life begins at conception. The only exception I have to have an abortion is in that case of the life of the mother. I just struggled with it myself for a long time but I came to realize: "Life is that gift from God that I think even if life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen"."[97]

Media speculated that this could affect the outcome of the Senate race and Presidential race[98] and multiple sources noted the similarities with the Todd Akin rape and pregnancy comment controversy.[99][100]

Responding to the criticism, Mourdock issued a statement saying: "God creates life, and that was my point. God does not want rape, and by no means was I suggesting that he does. Rape is a horrible thing, and for anyone to twist my words otherwise is absurd and sick."[101] He was later quoted at a press conference also saying: "I believe God controls the universe. I don't believe biology works in an uncontrolled fashion."[102] He however refused to issue an apology, even while prominent Republicans, including Sen. John McCain, called for him to do so.[103]

On election night Donnelly won by about six percent. Donnelly performed well in Marion County, home of Indianapolis. Donnelly also won areas with major college campuses, such as Indiana University in Bloomington, Purdue University in Lafayette. Mourdock performed well, as expected in the Indianapolis suburbs, such as Hamilton County. Mourdock conceded defeat to Donnelly at around 11:30 P.M. EST.

Indiana general election[104]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Joe Donnelly 1,281,181 50.04 +50.04%
Republican Richard Mourdock 1,133,621 44.28 -43.08%
Libertarian Andy Horning 145,282 5.67 -6.92%
No party Write-Ins 18 0.00 n/a
Majority 147,560 5.76 -69.49%
Turnout 2,560,102 56.20 +26.98%
Democratic gain from Republican Swing

Maine

2012 United States Senate election in Maine

2006
2018
Angus King official portrait.jpg Charles E. Summers II.jpg
Nominee Angus King Charlie Summers
Party Independent Republican
Popular vote 368,724 214,114
Percentage 52.9% 30.7%

Cynthia Dill.jpg
Nominee Cynthia Dill
Party Democratic
Popular vote 91,635
Percentage 13.2%

U.S. senator before election

Olympia Snowe
Republican

Elected U.S. senator

Angus King
Independent

Despite initially being in the race early on and poised to easily win, popular Republican Olympia Snowe suddenly retired instead of running for re-election to a fourth term. Former Independent Governor Angus King won the open seat. Following senator Joe Lieberman's retirement from the Senate in 2013, King became the second Independent incumbent senator, after Vermont's Bernie Sanders.

Incumbent Olympia Snowe won re-election to a third term in 2006 with 74.01% of the vote over Democrat Jean Hay Bright and independent Bill Slavick. Due to the unpopularity of some of Snowe's votes among conservative voters, namely for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and initial support of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, there was speculation that she would face competition in the 2012 Republican primary from more conservative challengers.[105] The Tea Party Express had promised to aid in a primary against Snowe.[106] There had also been speculation that Snowe would switch parties, though she has always denied this.[107][108][109] By June 2011, Snowe had officially entered her name with signatures to run in the Republican primary, saying, she "would never switch parties".

However, on February 28, 2012, Snowe announced that she would be retiring from the U.S. Senate at the end of her term, citing the "atmosphere of polarization and 'my way or the highway' ideologies has become pervasive in campaigns and in our governing institutions" as the reason for her retirement.[110] Her announcement opened the door for candidates from all parties and creating a much more contested 2012 election.[111]

The primary election was held June 12.[112]

Maine Republican primary[113]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Charlie Summers 20,578 29.46
Republican Bruce Poliquin 15,973 22.86
Republican Rick Bennett 12,544 17.96
Republican Scott D'Amboise 7,735 11.07
Republican William Schneider 6,784 9.71
Republican Deborah Plowman 6,244 8.94
Total votes 69,098 100.00
Maine Democratic primary[113]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Cynthia Dill 22,629 44.31
Democratic Matt Dunlap 18,202 35.64
Democratic Jon Hinck 6,302 12.34
Democratic Benjamin Pollard 3,945 7.72
Total votes 51,078 100.00
Maine general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Angus King 368,724 52.92 +47.55%
Republican Charlie Summers 211,114 30.73 -43.28%
Democratic Cynthia Dill 91,635 13.15 -7.44%
Independent Steve Woods 10,321 1.48 n/a
Independent Danny Dalton 6,450 0.93 n/a
Libertarian Andrew Ian Dodge 5,543 0.80 n/a
Independent gain from Republican Swing

Maryland

Maryland election

2006
2018
Ben Cardin official Senate portrait.jpg Bongino Senate.jpg
Nominee Ben Cardin Dan Bongino
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 1,402,092 674,649
Percentage 55.4% 26.7%

Nominee Rob Sobhani
Party Independent
Popular vote 420,554
Percentage 16.6%

U.S. senator before election

Ben Cardin
Democratic

Elected U.S. senator

Ben Cardin
Democratic

Incumbent Democrat Ben Cardin won re-election to a second term, defeating Republican nominee Dan Bongino and independent Rob Sobhani.

Maryland Democratic primary[114][115][116]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ben Cardin (Incumbent) 240,704 74.2
Democratic C. Anthony Muse 50,807 15.7
Democratic Chris Garner 9,274 2.9
Democratic Raymond Levi Blagmon 5,909 1.8
Democratic J. P. Cusick 4,778 1.5
Democratic Blaine Taylor 4,376 1.3
Democratic Lih Young 3,993 1.2
Democratic Ralph Jaffe 3,313 1.0
Democratic Ed Tinus 1,064 0.3
Total votes 324,218 100.0
Maryland Republican primary[115][116]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Daniel Bongino 68,597 33.6
Republican Richard J. Douglas 57,776 28.3
Republican Joseph Alexander 18,171 8.9
Republican Bro Broadus 11,020 5.4
Republican Rick Hoover 10,787 5.3
Republican John B. Kimble 10,506 5.1
Republican David Jones 8,380 4.1
Republican Corrogan R. Vaughn 8,158 4.0
Republican William Thomas Capps, Jr. 7,092 3.5
Republican Brian Vaeth 3,781 1.9
Total votes 204,268 100.0

In both 2010 and 2009, National Journal magazine rated Cardin as tied for most liberal senator, based on his voting record. As of June 30, Cardin had $1.8 million in his campaign account.[117]

Maryland general election[118]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Ben Cardin (Incumbent) 1,402,092 55.41 +1.20%
Republican Daniel Bongino 674,649 26.66 -17.53%
Independent S. Rob Sobhani 420,554 16.62 N/A
Libertarian Dean Ahmad 30,672 1.21 +1.21%
N/A Others (write-in) 2,583 0.10 +0.05%
Majority 727,443 100.00
Turnout 2,530,550 68.23
Democratic hold Swing

Massachusetts

2012 United States Senate election in Massachusetts

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Nominee Elizabeth Warren Scott Brown
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 1,696,346 1,458,048
Percentage 53.7% 46.2%

U.S. senator before election

Scott Brown
Republican

Elected U.S. senator

Elizabeth Warren
Democratic

Incumbent Republican Scott Brown ran for re-election to a first full term. He had been elected in a special election in 2010 following the death of incumbent Democrat Ted Kennedy. Brown faced no challengers from his own party. For the Democrats, an initial wide field of prospective candidates narrowed after the entry of Harvard Law School Professor Elizabeth Warren, the architect of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Warren clinched near-unanimous party support, with all but one of the other Democratic candidates withdrawing following her entrance. After winning her party's nomination, eliminating any need for a primary, she faced Brown in the general election.

The election was one of the most-followed races in 2012 and cost approximately $82 million, which made it the most expensive election in Massachusetts history and the second-most expensive in the entire 2012 election cycle, next to that year's presidential election. This was despite the two candidates' having agreed not to allow outside money to influence the race. Opinion polling indicated a close race for much of the campaign, though Warren opened up a small but consistent lead in the final few weeks. She went on to defeat Brown by over 236,000 votes, 54% to 46%.

Democratic U.S. senator Ted Kennedy was re-elected in 2006, and died on August 25, 2009, from a malignant brain tumor.[119] On September 24, 2009, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick appointed longtime friend of Kennedy and former Democratic National Committee Chairman Paul G. Kirk to succeed Kennedy until a special election could be held.[120] Kirk's appointment was especially controversial, as the Governor's ability to appoint an interim senator was removed during the Romney administration by the Democratic-controlled legislature, as a precaution if senator and presidential nominee John Kerry was elected President in 2004. Laws surrounding Senate appointment were quickly changed following Kennedy's death.[121] The Massachusetts Republican Party sued in an attempt to halt Kirk's appointment, but it was rejected by Suffolk Superior Court Judge Thomas Connolly.[122]

In the special election held January 19, 2010, Republican State senator Scott Brown defeated Democratic State Attorney General Martha Coakley in an upset victory.[123] Brown thus became the first Republican to be elected from Massachusetts to the United States Senate since Edward Brooke in 1972 and he began serving the remainder of Kennedy's term on February 4, 2010.[124][125]

Incumbent Scott Brown faced no challenges from within his party. The political action committee National Republican Trust, a group integral to Brown's election in 2010, vowed to draft a challenger for Brown but were unable to find one.[126]

Massachusetts Republican primary[127]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Scott Brown 133,860 99.46
Republican Write-ins 733 0.54
Total votes 134,593 100.00

The Massachusetts Democratic Convention was held June 2, 2012, where Warren received 95.77% of delegate votes.[128] As the only candidate with 15% of delegate votes necessary to qualify for the primary ballot, Warren eliminated her challenger Marisa DeFranco, becoming the de facto nominee. The Democratic primary was held September 6, 2012, with Warren running unopposed.[129]

Democratic primary vote[130]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Elizabeth Warren 308,979 97.59
Democratic Write-ins 7,638 2.41
Total votes 316,617 100.00

Brown ran as a moderate, stressing his ability to cross party lines and highlighting his votes for the Dodd-Frank financial reform law and to repeal "don't ask, don't tell".[131] Warren campaigned on a platform championing the middle class, and supporting Wall Street regulation. Warren criticized Brown for continually voting with Republican leadership, and argued that he was not the bipartisan moderate he claimed to be.[132][133] A staple of Brown's attack tactics against Warren was his consistent reference to her as "Professor Warren", in attempt to portray her as an elitist academic.[134] Brown faced blowback after the second debate, during which he claimed conservative Antonin Scalia was a "model" Supreme Court Justice, prompting boos from the debate audience.[135]

Warren spoke at the 2012 Democratic National Convention immediately before Bill Clinton on the penultimate night of the convention. Warren contrasted President Obama's economic plan with Mitt Romney's in the 2012 election and rebuked the Republican Party's economic policy stating: "Their vision is clear: 'I've got mine, and the rest of you are on your own.'" Warren positioned herself as a champion of a beleaguered middle class that, as she said, "has been chipped, squeezed and hammered."[136][137][138] Brown attended the 2012 Republican National Convention, but was not a speaker there. According to Brown, he had rejected an offer to play a larger role, and limited his attendance to a single day because of scheduling demands.[139][140]

Following Todd Akin's controversial "legitimate rape" comments, Brown was the first sitting senator to demand he drop out of the Missouri U.S. Senate race.[141] He also called on his Party to "recognize in its platform that you can be pro-choice and still be a good Republican."[141] Brown's campaign had been endorsed by many Massachusetts Democrats, many of whom were prominently featured in his campaign ads.[142]

In September 2011, a video of Warren explaining her approach to economic policy gained popularity on the internet.[143] In the video, Warren rebuts the charge that asking the rich to pay more taxes is "class warfare", pointing out that no one grew rich in America without depending on infrastructure paid for by the rest of society, stating:[144][145]

There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody. ... You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for; you hired workers the rest of us paid to educate; you were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn't have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory, and hire someone to protect against this, because of the work the rest of us did. Now look, you built a factory and it turned into something terrific, or a great idea. God bless. Keep a big hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is, you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.

On July 13, 2012, President Obama sparked a controversy when he echoed her thoughts[146][147] in a campaign speech saying, "Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you've got a business—you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen."[148][149]

Warren encountered significant opposition from business interests. In August 2012, Rob Engstrom, political director for the United States Chamber of Commerce, claimed that "no other candidate in 2012 represents a greater threat to free enterprise than Professor Warren."[150] She nonetheless raised $39 million for her campaign, the most of any Senate candidate in 2012.[151]

Despite President Obama's winning the state easily, and winning all of the state's counties, this race was fairly close. As expected, Warren performed very well in Suffolk County, which is home to the state's largest city and its capital Boston. Brown performed well in the southern part of the state near Cape Cod. Warren made history by becoming the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate in the state of Massachusetts.

Massachusetts general election[152]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Elizabeth Warren 1,696,346 53.74% Increase 6.6%
Republican Scott Brown (Incumbent) 1,458,048 46.19% Decrease 4.9%
All others 2,159 0.07% Decrease 0.9%
Majority 236,139 7.48%
Turnout 3,156,553
Democratic gain from Republican Swing Increase 6.2%

Michigan

Michigan election

2006
2018
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Nominee Debbie Stabenow Pete Hoekstra
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 2,735,826 1,767,386
Percentage 58.8% 38.0%

U.S. senator before election

Debbie Stabenow
Democratic

Elected U.S. senator

Debbie Stabenow
Democratic

Incumbent Democrat Debbie Stabenow was re-elected to a third term after being unopposed in the Democratic primary. The Republican nominee was former Congressman Pete Hoekstra. Stabenow defeated Hoekstra by a landslide 21% margin and by almost one million votes.

Michigan Democratic primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Debbie Stabenow (Incumbent) 702,773 100.00
Total votes 702,773 100.00%

The GOP primary campaign was mainly a battle between Hoekstra and Durant as they were the most visible in running campaign ads. Despite Durant's attack ads, Hoekstra was leading in the polls for the Republican nomination.[153]

Republican Primary Results[154]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Pete Hoekstra 398,793 54.2
Republican Clark Durant 246,584 33.5
Republican Randy Hekman 49,080 6.7
Republican Gary Glenn 40,726 5.5
Total votes 735,183 100.0
Michigan general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Debbie Stabenow (Incumbent) 2,735,826 58.8 +1.9%
Republican Pete Hoekstra 1,767,386 38.0 -3.3%
Libertarian Scotty Boman 84,480 1.8 +1.1%
Green Harley Mikkelson 27,890 0.6 -
Constitution Richard Matkin 26,038 0.6 +0.1%
Natural Law John Litle 11,229 0.2 +0.1%
Others Write-in 69 0.0 -
Majority 968,440 20.8
Turnout 4,652,918
Democratic hold Swing 2.6%

Minnesota

Minnesota election

2006
2018
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Nominee Amy Klobuchar Kurt Bills
Party Democratic (DFL) Republican
Popular vote 1,854,595 867,874
Percentage 65.2% 30.5%

U.S. senator before election

Amy Klobuchar
Democratic (DFL)

Elected U.S. senator

Amy Klobuchar
Democratic (DFL)

Incumbent Democrat Amy Klobuchar was re-elected to a second term in a landslide, defeating the Republican nominee, State Representative Kurt Bills by almost one million votes, and carrying all but two of the state's counties.

Incumbent Amy Klobuchar was first elected in 2006 to succeed the retiring DFL incumbent Mark Dayton.

Democratic-Farmer-Labor primary results[155]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic (DFL) Amy Klobuchar 183,702 90.79
Democratic (DFL) Dick Franson 6,832 3.38
Democratic (DFL) Jack Shepard 6,638 3.28
Democratic (DFL) Darryl Stanton 5,160 2.55
Total votes 202,332 100.00
Minnesota Republican primary[155]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Kurt Bills 63,380 51.12
Republican David Carlson 43,847 35.37
Republican Bob Carney, Jr. 16,755 13.51
Total votes 123,982 100.00

The Independence Party of Minnesota did not plan to run a candidate in the general election. Party chairman Mark Jenkins said in November 2011 that he saw the Senate election as "a distraction from having our best and brightest engaged in state legislative races".[156] At the party's convention in June 2012, neither candidate was endorsed although Williams won a majority of the votes and came within two votes of the required 60% needed for the party's endorsement. He proceeded with his run for the Senate but the party focused its attention on state legislative races.[157]

Minnesota general election[158]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic (DFL) Amy Klobuchar (Incumbent) 1,852,526 65.2 +7.1%
Republican Kurt Bills 869,089 30.6 -7.3%
Independence Stephen Williams 73,559 2.6 -0.6%
Grassroots Tim Davis 30,465 1.1 n/a
Open Progressive

Michael Cavlan 13,933 0.5 n/a
Majority 983,437 34.6 +14.4%
Democratic (DFL) hold Swing

Mississippi

Mississippi election
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2008
2018
Turnout 59.7% (voting eligible)[55]
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Nominee Roger Wicker Albert N. Gore
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 709,626 503,467
Percentage 57.2% 40.6%

U.S. senator before election

Roger Wicker
Republican

Elected U.S. senator

Roger Wicker
Republican

Incumbent Republican Roger Wicker won re-election to his first full term over Democrat Albert N. Gore. Former U.S. representative Roger Wicker was appointed by Governor Haley Barbour after then-incumbent Trent Lott retired at the end of 2007. A 2008 special election was later scheduled to determine who would serve the remainder of the term. Then-U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker defeated former Mississippi Governor Ronnie Musgrove with 54.96% of the vote in the special election and will be up for re-election in 2012. This would've been Trent Lott's fifth term as senator had he remained in office.

Mississippi Republican primary[159]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Roger Wicker 254,936 89.17
Republican Robert Maloney 18,857 6.60
Republican Allen Hathcock 12,106 4.23
Total votes 285,899 100.00
Mississippi Democratic primary[160]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Albert Gore 49,157 56.77
Democratic Roger Weiner 21,131 24.40
Democratic Will Oatis 16,300 18.83
Total votes 86,588 100.00
Mississippi general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Roger Wicker (Incumbent) 709,626 57.16
Democratic Albert Gore 503,467 40.55
Constitution Thomas Cramer 15,281 1.23
Reform Shawn O'Hara 13,194 1.06
Majority 206,159 16.6
Turnout 1,241,568

Missouri

2012 United States Senate election in Missouri

2006
2018
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Nominee Claire McCaskill Todd Akin
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 1,484,683 1,063,698
Percentage 54.8% 39.1%

Nominee Jonathan Dine
Party Libertarian
Popular vote 164,991
Percentage 6.1%

U.S. senator before election

Claire McCaskill
Democratic

Elected U.S. senator

Claire McCaskill
Democratic

Incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill was unopposed in her primary and U.S. Representative Todd Akin won the Republican nomination with a plurality in a close three-way race. McCaskill was re-elected to a second term.

Time featured the race in their Senate article. Similar to other races, the article mentioned how McCaskill was fading in pre-election polls, and she was considered the most vulnerable/endangered Democratic incumbent that year. But Akin's comments about a woman's body preventing pregnancy if it was "legitimate rape" quickly shot McCaskill back up, winning her the election.[161][162][163]

Missouri Democratic primary[164]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Claire McCaskill (Incumbent) 289,481 100.00
Total votes 289,481 100.00

The Republican primary, held August 7, 2012, was one of the three most anticipated of summer 2012. This was due to the projected closeness of the Federal races in the 'Show-Me State' in November 2012, and the potential to change the control of the Senate in January 2013.[165] Democrats believed that Todd Akin would be the weakest among the likely challengers for the Senate seat, and ads attacking him as "too conservative" were largely viewed as a veiled support for his nomination.[166][167][168]

Missouri Republican primary[164]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Todd Akin 217,404 36.05
Republican John Brunner 180,788 29.98
Republican Sarah Steelman 176,127 29.20
Republican Jerry Beck 9,801 1.62
Republican Hector Maldonado 7,410 1.23
Republican Robert Poole 6,100 1.01
Republican Mark Memoly 3,205 0.53
Republican Mark Lodes 2,285 0.38
Total votes 603,120 100.00
Libertarian primary results[164]
Party Candidate Votes %
Libertarian Jonathan Dine 2,470 100.00
Total votes 2,470 100.00

While making remarks on rape and abortion on August 19, 2012, Akin made the claim that women victims of what he described as "legitimate rape" rarely experience pregnancy from rape. In an interview aired on St. Louis television station KTVI-TV, Aiken was asked his views on whether women who became pregnant due to rape should have the option of abortion. He replied:

Well you know, people always want to try to make that as one of those things, well how do you, how do you slice this particularly tough sort of ethical question. First of all, from what I understand from doctors, that's really rare. If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let's assume that maybe that didn't work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child.[169]

The comments from Akin almost immediately led to uproar, with the term "legitimate rape" being taken to imply belief in a view that some kinds of rape are "legitimate", or alternatively that the many victims who do become pregnant from rape are likely to be lying about their claim. His claims about the likelihood of pregnancy resulting from rape were widely seen as being based on long-discredited pseudoscience with experts seeing the claims as lacking any basis of medical validity.[170][171][172] Akin was not the first to make such claims, but was perhaps one of the most prominent.[173] While some voices such as Iowa congressman Steve King supported Akin,[174] senior figures in both parties condemned his remarks and some Republicans called for him to resign.[175][176][177] In the resulting furor, Akin received widespread calls to drop out of his Senate race from both Republicans and Democrats.[178] Akin apologized after making the comment, saying he "misspoke", and he stated he planned to remain in the Senate race. This response was itself attacked by many commentators who saw the initial comments as representative of his long-held views, rather than an accidental gaffe.

The comment was widely characterized as misogynistic and recklessly inaccurate, with many commentators remarking on the use of the words "legitimate rape".[179][180][181] Related news articles cited a 1996 article in an obstetrics and gynecology journal, which found that 5% of women who were raped became pregnant, which equaled about 32,000 pregnancies each year in the US alone.[182] A separate 2003 article in the journal Human Nature estimated that rapes are twice as likely to result in pregnancies as consensual sex.[183] (See also pregnancy from rape.)

The incident was seen as having an impact on Akin's senate race and the Republicans' chances of gaining a majority in the U.S. Senate,[184] by making news in the week before the 2012 Republican National Convention and by "shift[ing] the national discussion to divisive social issues that could repel swing voters rather than economic issues that could attract them".[185] Akin, along with other Republican candidates with controversial positions on rape, lost due to backlash from women voters.[186]

On October 20, at a fundraiser, Akin compared McCaskill to a dog. After being criticized, Akin's campaign aide wrote on his official Twitter page that if Claire McCaskill "were a dog, she'd be a ‘Bullshitsu.’" The aide later said that he was joking.[187] Akin was caught on tape commenting that "Sen. Claire McCaskill goes to Washington, D.C., to ‘fetch' higher taxes and regulations."[188]

Even though the last poll before the election showed Akin only losing by four percentage points, McCaskill defeated him handily, by a 15.5% margin of victory and a vote margin of 420,985. Both McCaskill and incumbent Governor Jay Nixon, running at the same time, were able to get a large number of votes from rural parts of the state, something President Barack Obama was not able to do. McCaskill and Nixon were declared the winners of their respective races even before the known big Democratic strongholds of St. Louis and Kansas City came in. Akin conceded defeat to McCaskill at 10:38 P.M. Central Time.

Missouri general election[189]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Claire McCaskill (Incumbent) 1,484,683 54.71 +5.13%
Republican Todd Akin 1,063,698 39.20 -8.11%
Libertarian Jonathan Dine 164,991 6.08 +3.83%
Write-ins 251 0.01 n/a
Margin of victory 420,985 15.51 +13.24%
Turnout 2,713,623 64.75

Note: The ±% column reflects the change in total number of votes won by each party from the previous election. Turnout percentage is the portion of registered voters (4,190,936 as of October 24, 2012)[190] who voted.

Montana

2012 United States Senate election in Montana

2006
2018
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Nominee Jon Tester Denny Rehberg
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 236,123 218,051
Percentage 48.6% 44.6%

Nominee Dan Cox
Party Libertarian
Popular vote 31,892
Percentage 6.6%

U.S. senator before election

Jon Tester
Democratic

Elected U.S. senator

Jon Tester
Democratic

Incumbent Democrat Jon Tester successfully ran for re-election to a second term.[191][192]

Montana Republican primary[193]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Denny Rehberg 105,632 76.2
Republican Dennis Teske 33,079 23.8
Total votes 138,711 100.00

Former president of the Montana Senate and farmer Jon Tester was elected with 49.2% of the vote in 2006, defeating incumbent Conrad Burns.

As of June 30, 2011, Jon Tester had saved $2.34 million in campaign funds. Tester has been accused by Republican Denny Rehberg's senate campaign of depending on financial contributions from Wall Street banking executives and movie stars.[194]

On February 5, 2011, U.S. Representative Denny Rehberg announced his intention to run for the U.S. Senate.[195] Steve Daines had announced he would seek the Republican nomination on November 13, 2010,[196] but just before Rehberg's announcement he dropped out of the primary and announced he would instead seek the Republican nomination for Montana's at-large congressional district in 2012.[197]

As of early July 2010, Denny Rehberg had saved $1.5 million of an original $2 million in campaign funds. Rehberg accused Democrat Jon Tester's senate campaign of depending on financial contributions from Wall Street banking executives and Hollywood while Rehberg's campaign relies primarily on in state donations. Tester's campaign countered that Rehberg has been funded by petroleum special interests and Wall Street.[194]

The National Republican Senatorial Committee aired an attack ad against Jon Tester that mistakenly included a digitally manipulated photo of Tester (who has only two fingers on his left hand) with full sets of fingers.[198] Another ad against Tester, from the Karl Rove group Crossroads GPS, falsely asserted that Tester had voted in favor of Environmental Protection Agency regulation of farm dust.[199] In fact, Tester had praised the EPA for not attempting such a regulation.[200] The vote cited in the anti-Tester ad concerned currency exchange rates.[201]

In early October 2012, Crossroads GPS announced it would launch a $16 million advertising buy in national races, of which four were this and three other Senate elections.[202]

Montana general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Jon Tester (Incumbent) 236,123 48.58 -0.58%
Republican Denny Rehberg 218,051 44.86 -3.43%
Libertarian Dan Cox 31,892 6.56 +4.01%
Margin of victory 18,072 3.72 +2.84%
Turnout 486,066
Democratic hold Swing

*Note: The ±% column reflects the change in the percent of the votes won by each party from the 2006 Senate election. Neither the vote shares nor turnout figure account for write-ins.

Nebraska

2012 United States Senate election in Nebraska

2006
2018
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Nominee Deb Fischer Bob Kerrey
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 455,593 332,979
Percentage 57.8% 42.2%

U.S. senator before election

Ben Nelson
Democratic

Elected U.S. senator

Deb Fischer
Republican

Incumbent Democrat Ben Nelson retired instead of seeking a third term.[33] Former U.S. senator Bob Kerrey, a Democrat, and state senator Deb Fischer, a Republican, won their respective parties' primary elections on May 15, 2012. Fischer won the general election with 58% of the vote.

Nebraska Democratic primary[203]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bob Kerrey 66,586 81.0
Democratic Chuck Hassebrook 9,886 12.0
Democratic Steven Lustgarten 2,177 2.6
Democratic Larry Marvin 2,076 2.5
Democratic Sherman Yates 1,500 1.9
Total votes 82,225 100.0
Nebraska Republican primary[203]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Deb Fischer 79,941 41.0
Republican Jon Bruning 70,067 35.9
Republican Don Stenberg 36,727 18.8
Republican Pat Flynn 5,413 2.8
Republican Spencer Zimmerman 1,601 0.8
Republican Sharyn Elander 1,294 0.7
Total votes 195,043 100.0
Nebraska general election[204]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Deb Fischer 455,593 57.8
Democratic Bob Kerrey 332,979 42.2
Total votes 788,572 100.0

Nevada

Nevada election

2006
2018
Turnout 57.1% (voting eligible)[55]
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Nominee Dean Heller Shelley Berkley
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 457,656 446,080
Percentage 45.9% 44.7%

U.S. senator before election

Dean Heller
Republican

Elected U.S. senator

Dean Heller
Republican

Incumbent Republican Dean Heller, who was recently appointed to this seat left vacant by resigning U.S. senator John Ensign, was narrowly elected to his first full term over Congresswoman Shelley Berkley.

Ensign had been re-elected in 2006 over Jack Carter, son of former president Jimmy Carter, by a margin of 55–41%. Ensign's re-election campaign was expected to be complicated after it was revealed in 2009 that he had been involved in an extramarital affair with the wife of one of his campaign staffers, allegedly made payments to the woman's family and arranged work for her husband to cover himself.[205][206]

Ensign faced an investigation from the Senate Ethics Committee and his poll numbers declined significantly.[207][208] There was speculation that Ensign might resign before the election, but he denied these charges and initially stated he would run.[209] However, he changed his mind and on March 7, 2011, Ensign announced that he would not seek re-election.[210] On April 22, Ensign announced that he was resigning effective May 3.[211] This is the only senate election in 2012 to vote Republican while Obama carried it on the presidential level.

Nevada Republican primary[212]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dean Heller (Incumbent) 88,958 86.3
Republican Sherry Brooks 5,356 5.2
None of These Candidates 3,358 3.3
Republican Eddie "In Liberty" Hamilton 2,628 2.6
Republican Richard Charles 2,295 2.2
Republican Carlo "Nakusa" Poliak 512 0.5
Total votes 103,107 100.0
Nevada Democratic primary[212]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Shelley Berkley 62,081 79.5
Democratic Nancy Price 4,210 5.4
Democratic Steve Brown 3,998 5.1
None of These Candidates 3,637 4.7
Democratic Barry Ellsworth 2,491 3.2
Democratic Louis Macias 1,714 2.2
Total votes 78,131 100.0
2012 United States Senate election in Nevada
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Dean Heller (Incumbent) 457,656 45.87 -9.53%
Democratic Shelley Berkley 446,080 44.71 +3.71%
Independent American David Lory VanDerBeek 48,792 4.89 +3.56%
None of These Candidates 44,277 4.54 +3.13%
Majority 12,034 1.20
Turnout 997,805
Republican hold

New Jersey

New Jersey election

2006
2018
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Nominee Bob Menendez Joe Kyrillos
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 1,987,680 1,329,534
Percentage 58.9% 39.4%

U.S. senator before election

Bob Menendez
Democratic

Elected U.S. senator

Bob Menendez
Democratic

Incumbent Democrat Bob Menendez won re-election to a second full term. This was the first time since 1976 that a candidate for this seat received over 55% of the vote. Bob Menendez became the first Hispanic-American U.S. senator to represent New Jersey in January 2006 when former U.S. senator Jon Corzine appointed him to the seat after having resigned to become governor of New Jersey, following his election in November 2005.[213] In November 2006, after a tough and painful election, Menendez defeated Republican state senator Thomas Kean, Jr. with 53.3% of the vote.

New Jersey Democratic primary[214]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bob Menendez (Incumbent) 235,321 100.0
Total votes 235,321 100.0
New Jersey Republican primary[214]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Joseph Kyrillos 161,146 77.1
Republican David Brown 18,671 8.9
Republican Joseph Rullo 16,690 8.0
Republican Bader Qarmout 12,637 6.0
Total votes 209,144 100.0
New Jersey general election[215]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Bob Menendez (Incumbent) 1,987,680 58.87% +5.50%
Republican Joseph Kyrillos 1,329,534 39.37% -4.98%
Libertarian Kenneth R. Kaplan 16,803 0.50% -0.15%
Green Ken Wolski 15,801 0.47%
Independent Gwen Diakos 9,359 0.28%
Independent J. David Dranikoff 3,834 0.11%
Independent Inder "Andy" Soni 3,593 0.11%
Independent Robert "Turk" Turkavage 3,532 0.10%
Socialist Greg Pason 2,249 0.07%
Independent Eugene M. LaVergne 2,198 0.07%
Independent Daryl Brooks 2,066 0.06%
Majority 658,146 19.49
Turnout 3,376,649

New Mexico

New Mexico election

2006
2018
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Nominee Martin Heinrich Heather Wilson
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 395,717 351,260
Percentage 51.0% 45.3%

U.S. senator before election

Jeff Bingaman
Democratic

Elected U.S. senator

Martin Heinrich
Democratic

Incumbent Democrat Jeff Bingaman retired instead of running for re-election to a sixth term.[216] Democratic U.S. Representative Martin Heinrich won the open seat. Incumbent Jeff Bingaman won re-election to a fifth term with 70.61% of the vote against Allen McCulloch in the 2006 U.S. senatorial election in New Mexico.

New Mexico Democratic primary[217]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Martin Heinrich 83,432 58.9
Democratic Hector Balderas 58,128 41.1
Total votes 141,560 100.0
New Mexico Republican primary[217]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Heather Wilson 63,631 70.0
Republican Greg Sowards 27,214 30.0
Total votes 90,845 100.0
New Mexico general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Martin Heinrich 395,717 51.01 -19.81%
Republican Heather Wilson 351,295 45.28 +16.17%
American Independent Jon Barrie 27,649 3.6
Write-In Write-In 617 0.08%
Majority 44,458 6.1
Turnout 775,278

New York

2012 United States Senate election in New York

2010
2018
Turnout 53.2% (voting eligible)[55]
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Nominee Kirsten Gillibrand Wendy Long
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 4,822,330 1,758,702
Percentage 72.2% 26.3%

U.S. senator before election

Kirsten Gillibrand
Democratic

Elected U.S. senator

Kirsten Gillibrand
Democratic

Incumbent Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand won re-election to her first full term. Gillibrand was opposed in the general election by Wendy Long (who ran on the Republican and Conservative Party tickets) and by three minor party candidates. Gillibrand was re-elected with 72% of the vote, by a margin of 46%, the highest margin for any statewide candidate in New York. Gillibrand performed 9 points better than President Barack Obama did in the presidential race in New York. She carried 60 out of 62 counties statewide. There was one debate, held in October 2012 where Gillibrand and Long debated various issues such as the economy, abortion rights, the debt and deficit, foreign policy, jobs, and tax and regulatory policy.

Governor David Paterson appointed then-U.S. Representative Kirsten Gillibrand to serve as U.S. senator from New York until the 2010 special election, succeeding former U.S. senator Hillary Clinton, who resigned to serve as U.S. Secretary of State in the Obama administration. Gillibrand won the special election in 2010 with 62.95% of the vote over former U.S. Representative Joseph DioGuardi.

According to preliminary results, Gillibrand won re-election by a landslide of over 70% of the vote on November 6, 2012.

New York general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Kirsten Elizabeth Gillibrand (Incumbent) 4,822,330