December 4, 2012

Data: Votes vs. seats in the 2012 elections

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In the 2012 election, Wisconsin Republicans were able to keep a 5-3 lead in the U.S. House of Representatives, reclaim control of the state Senate by a margin of 18 to 15 seats, and secure a commanding 60-39 advantage in the state Assembly, despite getting fewer votes statewide. This was the first election after the Republicans ran the state’s redistricting in 2011, and some suggest that the new boundaries played a key role in how the Republicans won significantly more seats with fewer statewide votes. The charts below show the seats won and the total votes for each party in the state Assembly, state Senate, and U.S. Congress elections. The interactive maps show the boundaries of the new districts and the election results there.

State Assembly

State Senate

U.S. Congress

Source: Wisconsin Government Accountability Board official election results.

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