2012 Election: The race for House control

Democrats insist they have a chance at regaining the majority in the House just two years after they lost it in the 2010 election. But Republicans have their biggest House majority in six decades and are playing some offense too, which means it's a tall task for the minority party. Democrats need to gain a net of 25 seats to win back the majority. Read analysis by The Fix.



Seat projections by The Fix

  •  solid
  •  likely
  •  tossup
  •  likely
  •  solid

218 seats needed for majority

current Democrats

current Republicans

Number of seats

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  •  won in close races
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Needed to win: 270

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Several states have substantially changed district boundaries through redistricting and re-numbered their districts. For districts in these states, the party that is identified as currently controlling the district is the party that controls the most analogous current district (which may have a different number). In cases where there is no comparable district between the old maps and the new maps, the district is identified as "new."

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Current party

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Lean Republican

Likely Republican


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NOTE: Districts not listed are projected as solid to the party that currently holds the seat.

SOURCE: AP. GRAPHIC: Wilson Andrews, Aaron Blake and Serdar Tumgoren - The Washington Post. Published Sept. 24, 2012.

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