The 2012 United States elections will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. The 57th quadrennial presidential election will be held on this date, coinciding with Senate elections where 33 races will occur, as well as House of Representatives elections to elect the members for the 113th Congress. This election year will also encompass eleven gubernatorial races, many state legislature races, special elections, and various other state and local races.
United States presidential election, 2012
Incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama will run for a second and final term during this election.This will be the first presidential election since the 2010 Census, which changed the Electoral College vote apportionment.
House of Representatives elections
United States House of Representatives elections, 2012
This will be the first congressional election using the congressional districts that were apportioned based on the 2010 Census. Elections will be held for all 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives. Elections will also be held for the delegates from the District of Columbia and five major U.S. territories. The winners of this election cycle will serve in the 113th United States Congress.
A special election in Oregon’s 1st congressional district will be held on January 31 to determine a replacement for David Wu, who resigned in August 2011. The winner will only serve out the remainder of Wu’s term, and would still need to run in November if he or she wants to keep that seat.
United States Senate elections, 2012
The 33 seats of Class I of the United States Senate will be up for election. Currently, Democrats are expected to have 23 seats up for election, including 2 independents who caucus with the Democrats, while Republicans are only expected to have 10 seats up for election. Additionally, special elections may be held to fill any vacancies that occur.