11/27/2012 2 Comments
To: County Committee Chairs
From: David Cole, Chairman
Date: November 15, 2012
Re: Election statistics
We are currently in the process of analyzing last week’s election—what went right, what went wrong, and what we can do better.
While obviously we did not accomplish everything we set out to do, I wanted to pass along some of the highlights, which include Mitt Romney’s historic win here in Missouri, as well as our overwhelming victories in the General Assembly and at the county level.
I’ve also attached the county-by-county presidential margin map and maps of our seats in the State House and Senate.
A more complete analysis is expected in the coming weeks, and I welcome your thoughts and input.
Finally, I’d like to thank you all for your hard work this election cycle on behalf of all of our candidates—those who won and those who came up short.
2012 General Election Statistics
- Despite Mitt Romney’s loss nationally, Missouri solidified its position as a red state in presidential elections.
- In fact, Missouri has gone for the GOP nominee for president in 4 consecutive elections for the first time in state history.
- Romney won the state by more than 263,000 votes—the largest margin of victory by any candidate in a presidential election since 1984.
- Romney won 111 of Missouri’s counties. His largest margin of victory came in Osage County, where he won 77% of the vote (a margin of nearly 56 points).
- Romney won 107 counties with at least 55% of the vote.
- Romney won 96 counties with at least 60% of the vote.
- Romney won 34 counties with at least 70% of the vote.
- Republicans will now hold a 6-2 advantage in Missouri’s congressional delegation—and half of Missouri’s GOP congressional delegation is now made up of women.
- All 6 of our victorious Republican candidates won their district with at least 60% of the vote.
- Across the state, more than 1.4 million Missourians cast a ballot for a Republican congressional candidate. By contrast, just over 1.1 million votes were cast for a Democrat candidate—a difference of well over 300,000 voters.
- 108 out of Missouri’s 114 counties are fully represented in Congress by a Republican representative.
Missouri General Assembly
Missouri House of Representatives
- Republicans increased the size of our historic margin in the State House—netting 4 seats and increasing our majority from 106 to 110.
- Our 110-53 margin is the first time in history Republicans have held a veto-proof majority in the Missouri House.
- Republican candidates won 4 out of the 5 competitive Senate races, including our open seats in SD 25, as well as Districts 3, 17, and 19, which have MRP ratings below 50%.
- In addition, 6 GOP candidates for Senate had no serious Democratic opposition.
- In the Missouri Senate, Republicans hold a veto-proof 24-10 majority.
- Lt. Governor Peter Kinder defeated his Democratic challenger by more than 105,000 votes.
- We are currently in the process of compiling a list of our victories at county courthouses across the state. This is a time-intensive process; however, according to our early findings, it is clear that dozens of Republicans won seats previously held by Democrats, while only a handful of GOP officeholders were defeated.
- This is in addition to our significant gains during the 2010 cycle, when Republicans won 96 new seats at the county level. Republicans now hold a commanding majority of county offices across the state.
Detail Documentation On Election: