ElectionGudie

Nov. 6, 2012 Held

124,793,121
Voted
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United States of America

Election for House of Representatives

Results

58%
Voter
Turnout*
Cast Votes:124,793,121
Valid Votes:124,793,121
Invalid Votes:0

Parties:

Party Seats Won Seats Change Votes

Democratic Party 201 - 60,252,696

48.28%

Republican Party 234 - 58,541,130

46.91%

More Info:

At stake in this election:

  • 33 seats in the Senate
  • 435 seats in the House of Representatives

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Barack OBAMA *
  • Head of Government: President Barack OBAMA
  • Assembly: United States has a bicameral Congress consisting of the Senate with 100 seats and the House of Representatives with 435 seats.

* The President is elected by absolute majority in the Electoral College to serve a 4-year term. Each state receives a number of Electoral College votes equal to its two Senators plus the number of seats it has in the House of Representatives, which is based on its population. Washington D.C. receives three electoral votes. A candidate must receive a majority of electoral votes (at least 270) to be elected president.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by an electoral college to serve a 4-year term.
  • In the Senate 100 members are elected by plurality vote in single-member constituencies to serve 6-year terms*. In the House of Representatives 435 members are elected by plurality vote in single-member constituencies to serve 2-year terms.

* One-third of Senate seats are up for election every two years.

Main parties in the electoral race:

  • Party: Democratic Party
    Leader: Nancy PELOSI
    Seats won in last Senate election: 59
    Seats won in last House of Representatives election: 193
  • Party: Republican Party
    Leader: Eric CANTOR
    Seats won in last Senate election: 41
    Seats won in last House of Representatives election: 242

 

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 313,847,465 (July 2012 est.)
  • Registered Voters: 213,803,482 (November 2012 est.)