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2012 Election Results

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As the 2012 election season comes to a close, all five congressional candidates endorsed by the League have been declared the winners in their respective districts, marking a significant victory for Alabama and Florida’s credit union communities.

Republicans will remain in control of the United States House of Representatives. Currently they have 232 seats to the Democrats’ 191, with 218 needed to be in the majority; 12 seats are still in play. The U.S. Senate Democrats hold the majority by a narrow margin with 51 seats to the Republicans’ 45.

Here is a breakdown of Alabama and Florida congressional election results:

Alabama Congressional General Election Results
All seven Alabama races were decided easily with the incumbents retaining office. Each incumbent received at least 60 percent of the vote, other than Rep. Jo Bonner who did not have an opponent and therefore had no election.

The League extends its congratulations to all election winners. Now that voters have spoken, the LSCU Governmental Affairs (GA) team will turn its attention to working with Gov. Robert Bentley, members of the Cabinet, the state legislature, and the Congressional Delegation to continue advocating on behalf of Alabama credit unions.

Note: Neither U.S. Senator for Alabama was up for re-election in 2012, nor was LSCU involved in any Alabama state races.

Florida Congressional General Election Results
In one of the most watched Senate races in the country, incumbent Democrat Sen. Bill Nelson defeated Republican Rep. Connie Mack IV by a 55-to-45 margin. Nelson, who was endorsed by the League, will return to Washington for his third term.

In Florida, there is a 17-10 Republican/Democrat split.

  • District 1: Rep. Jeff Miller (R) easily won re-election.
  • District 2: Rep. Steve Southerland (R) defeated former Senate Minority Leader Al Lawson with 53 percent of the vote to return for a second term.
  • District 3: Newcomer Ted Yoho (R), who defeated longtime incumbent Cliff Stearns in the primary, won 65 percent of the vote to win a first term.
  • District 4: Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R) had no Democratic challenger and easily defeated a third-party candidate.
  • District 5: Rep. Corrine Brown (D) easily won to return to Congress
  • District 6: Ron DeSantis (R), political newcomer and Naval Reserve officer, won this newly created seat, defeating Heather Beaven (D) with 57 percent of the vote.
  • District 7: Rep. John Mica (R) had little difficulty winning another term.
  • District 8: Rep. Bill Posey (R) received 59 percent of the vote to win.
  • District 9: Former Congressman Alan Grayson (D) won easily over Todd Long (R) with 62 percent of the vote.
  • District 10: In a tighter battle than some expected, Rep. Dan Webster (R) defeated former Orlando Police Chief Val Demmings (D) with 52 percent of the vote.
  • District 11: Rep. Rich Nugent (R) won re-election easily.
  • District 12: Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R) won 64 percent of the vote to return to Congress.
  • District 13: Rep. Bill Young (R), despite attacks about his age and health, won re-election over Jessie Ehrlich (D), winning 58 percent of the vote.
  • District 14: Rep. Kathy Castor (D) won re-election easily, garnering 70 percent of the vote.
  • District 15: Rep. Dennis Ross (R) had already won without opposition.
  • District 16: Rep. Vern Buchanan (R) fended off attacks about his ethics, and defeated former Florida House member Keith Fitzgerald (D) 54-46.
  • District 17: Rep. Tom Rooney (R) will return to Washington after receiving 59 percent of the vote.
  • District 18: In one of the closest races in the nation, Rep. Allen West (R) was defeated by less than 3,000 votes by challenger Patrick Murphy (D). While this race was called for Murphy, there is an automatic recount when one candidate does not win election by more than 1/2 of one percent. This race will head to a recount and likely some legal action as well.
  • District 19: Trey Radel (R) will replace Rep. Connie Mack IV.
  • District 20: Rep. Alcee Hastings (D) had no trouble winning re-election receiving 88 percent of the vote.
  • District 21: Rep. Ted Deutch (D) also had little trouble winning, garnering 78 percent of the vote.
  • District 22: In a very contentious race, former Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel (D) defeated former Florida House Majority Leader Adam Hasner (R) 55-to-45.
  • District 23: Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D), a key Democratic leader, easily defeated Republican Karen Harrington to return to Washington.
  • District 24: Rep. Frederica Wilson (D) had already won re-election without opposition.
  • District 25: Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R) also had won without opposition.
  • District 26: After facing legal and ethical issues, Rep. David Rivera (R) was defeated by Democratic challenger Joe Garcia by a 54-to-43 margin.
  • District 27: Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R) easily won re-election 60-to-37.

Florida Voters Support LSCU-Backed Legislative Candidates
Florida voters overwhelmingly supported LSCU-backed legislative candidates in yesterday’s general election. In the state legislature, all three LSCU-endorsed senators won re-election, while 10 of the 11 LSCU-backed House candidates won their contest. A complete listing of 2012 General Election Results, including LSCU-endorsed House and Senate candidates, are available by clicking here.

The GOP lost the state Senate supermajority, and although Democrats did pick up two additional seats, the Republicans will hold a 26-to-14 advantage for the next two years. Democrats picked up a central Florida seat when Darren Soto defeated William McBride in the race for Senate District 14 and a South Florida seat where Democratic Sen. Maria Sachs defeated Republican Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff to represent the newly drawn Senate District 34.

In the state House, Florida Democrats picked up five seats based on unofficial vote totals late Tuesday, defeating four incumbents and winning another close open seat, but Republicans still enjoy a 76-to-44 advantage in the 120-member chamber. But, the results mean House Republicans no longer hold a veto-proof two-thirds majority.

The race with the most ramifications for the future of the House, however, is House District 29 in Seminole County, where Democrat Mike Clelland held a razor-thin 37-vote margin early Wednesday over Rep. Chris Dorworth (R-Lake Mary) who is slated to become House Speaker in 2014. The margin is well within the 0.5 percent threshold that can trigger an automatic recount.

Three other incumbent Republicans from Central Florida fell to their opponents by wider margins. Democrat Karen Castor Dentel knocked off Rep. Scott Plakon, R-Longwood, for the House District 30 seat in a battle between two of the most well-financed House candidates. Other GOP incumbents knocked off Tuesday include Rep. Peter Nehr of Palm Harbor, who succumbed to the challenge of Democrat Carl Zimmerman in House District 65 in coastal Pinellas County, and Rep. Shawn Harrison of Tampa, who lost to Democrat Mark Danish in House District 63.

The League extends its congratulations to all election winners. Now that voters have spoken, the League's GA team will turn its attention to working with Gov. Rick Scott, Senate President Designate Don Gaetz, House Speaker Designate Will Weatherford, members of the Florida Cabinet, the state legislature and the Congressional Delegation to continue advocating on behalf of Florida credit unions.

Please note, unofficial election results, using Florida Secretary of State election results, indicate 17 of 18 LSCU-backed candidates were victorious.

For information about the upcoming National "Hike the Hill" to Washington on Nov. 27-28, click here. If you have any other questions about the election results, contact LSCU VP, Governmental Affairs Jared Ross at 866.231.0545 ext. 1012 or LSCU Director, Governmental Affairs Jason Cochran at ext. 2159.