2002 United States elections

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2002 United States elections
2001          2002          2003
Midterm elections
Election dayNovember 5
Incumbent presidentGeorge W. Bush (Republican)
Next Congress108th
Senate elections
Overall controlRepublican Gain
Seats contested34 of 100 seats
(33 seats of Class II +1 special election)
Net seat changeRepublican +2[1]
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2002 Senate election results
House elections
Overall controlRepublican Hold
Seats contestedAll 435 voting seats
Popular vote marginRepublican +4.8%
Net seat changeRepublican +8
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2002 House of Representatives results
(territorial delegate races not shown)
Gubernatorial elections
Seats contested38 (36 states, 2 territories)
Net seat changeDemocratic +1
2002 Alabama gubernatorial election2002 Alaska gubernatorial election2002 Arizona gubernatorial election2002 Arkansas gubernatorial election2002 California gubernatorial election2002 Colorado gubernatorial election2002 Connecticut gubernatorial election2002 Washington, D.C. mayoral election2002 Florida gubernatorial election2002 Georgia gubernatorial election2002 Hawaii gubernatorial election2002 Idaho gubernatorial election2002 Illinois gubernatorial election2002 Iowa gubernatorial election2002 Kansas gubernatorial election2002 Maine gubernatorial election2002 Maryland gubernatorial election2002 Massachusetts gubernatorial election2002 Michigan gubernatorial election2002 Minnesota gubernatorial election2002 Nebraska gubernatorial election2002 Nevada gubernatorial election2002 New Hampshire gubernatorial election2002 New Mexico gubernatorial election2002 New York gubernatorial election2002 Ohio gubernatorial election2002 Oklahoma gubernatorial election2002 Oregon gubernatorial election2002 Pennsylvania gubernatorial election2002 Rhode Island gubernatorial election2002 South Carolina gubernatorial election2002 South Dakota gubernatorial election2002 Tennessee gubernatorial election2002 Texas gubernatorial election2002 Vermont gubernatorial election2002 Wisconsin gubernatorial election2002 Wyoming gubernatorial election2002 Gubernatorial election map.svg
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2002 gubernatorial election results
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The 2002 United States elections were held on November 5, in the middle of Republican President George W. Bush's first term. Republicans won unified control of Congress.

Republicans won a net gain of two seats in the Senate and so gained control of a chamber that they had lost in 2001 after Senator Jim Jeffords left the Republican Party. Republicans picked up eight seats in the House of Representatives, marking the fourth time since the American Civil War that the president's party picked up seats in the House (the others being 1902, 1934, and 1998) during a mid-term election. The elections remain the most recent mid-term in which the president's party did not lose control of at least one house of Congress. In the gubernatorial elections, Democrats won a net gain of one seat.

The elections were held just a little under fourteen months after the September 11 attacks. Thus, the elections were heavily overshadowed by the War on Terror, the impending Iraq War, the early 2000s recession, and the sudden death of Democratic Senator Paul Wellstone of Minnesota about one week before the election.

Federal elections[edit]

Despite being the incumbent party in the White House, which is usually a disadvantage for the President's party during midterm Congressional elections, Republicans achieved gains in both chambers of the United States Congress.

United States Senate elections[edit]

During the 2002 U.S. Senate elections, all thirty-three regularly scheduled Class II Senate seats as well as a special election in Missouri were held.

In the United States Senate elections, the Republican Party achieved an overall net gain of two seats with victories in Georgia, Minnesota, and Missouri while the Democrats took a seat in Arkansas. Thus, the balance of power in the Senate changed from 51-49 Democratic majority to 51-49 Republican majority. This represents the only time in U.S. history that the president's party gained control of a chamber of Congress in a mid-term election.[citation needed]

United States House of Representatives elections[edit]

During the 2002 House elections, all 435 seats in the House of Representatives plus five of the six non-voting Delegates from non-state districts were up for election that year. These elections were the first to be held following redistricting in apportionment according to the 2000 United States Census.

Republicans succeeded in expanding their majority in the House of Representatives by a net gain of eight, resulting in a 229-204 Republican majority. They won the nationwide popular vote by a margin of 4.8 points.[2] This represented just the third time since the American Civil War that the president's party picked up seats in the House of Representatives, following the 1934 and 1998 elections.[3]

In addition to all regularly scheduled House elections, there were two special elections held, one for Oklahoma's 1st congressional district on January 8 and another for Hawaii's 2nd congressional district on November 30.

State elections[edit]

Gubernatorial elections[edit]

During the 2002 gubernatorial elections, the governorships of the thirty-six states, two territories, and the District of Columbia were up for election.

Going into the elections, Republicans held the governorships of twenty-seven states and one territory (that being the Northern Mariana Islands), Democrats held those of twenty-one states, four territories, and the Mayorship of the District of Columbia, and two governorships were held by incumbents of neither party (those being Angus King (I-ME) and Jesse Ventura (MIP-MN)). Following the elections, Republicans sustained a net loss of one state governorship (but did gain the governorship of the territory of Guam), Democrats gained an overall net gain of three state governorships and held on to all other territorial governorships and the Mayorship of the District of Columbia, and there would be no governorships held by Independents or third parties. Thus the balance of power (excluding non-state entities) would be changed from 27-21 Republican majority to 26-24 Republican Majority.

Other state-wide officer elections[edit]

In some states where the positions were elective offices, voters elected candidates for state executive branch offices (Lieutenant Governors (though some were elected on the same ticket as the gubernatorial nominee), Secretary of state, state Treasurer, state Auditor, state Attorney General, state Superintendent of Education, Commissioners of Insurance, Agriculture or, Labor, etc.) and state judicial branch offices (seats on state Supreme Courts and, in some states, state appellate courts).

State legislative elections[edit]

In 2002, the seats of the Legislatures of forty-six states and five non-state entities were up for election.

Republicans captured eight legislative chambers from Democrats and also won the majority of state legislative seats for the first time in half a century.[4]

Local elections[edit]

Nationwide, there were some cities, counties, school boards, special districts and others that elected members in 2002.

Mayoral elections[edit]

During 2002, various major American cities held their mayoral elections that year, including the following:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Republicans gained one seat in the regularly-scheduled elections and gained another seat in a special election.
  2. ^ "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002" (PDF). U.S. House of Reps, Office of the Clerk. Archived (PDF) from the original on 9 November 2012. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  3. ^ Glass, Andrew (2015-11-05). "GOP makes gains in midterm elections, Nov. 5, 2002". POLITICO. Retrieved 2018-05-18.
  4. ^ Storey, Tim. The Book of the States 2005. The Council of State Governments. Retrieved 2010-01-01 "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 2010-01-09. Retrieved 2010-01-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "The Augusta Chronicle: Local & World News, Sports & Entertainment in Augusta, GA". The Augusta Chronicle. Retrieved 9 May 2018.[dead link]
  6. ^ "Our Campaigns - Candidate - James L. "Hutch" Hutchison Sr". www.ourcampaigns.com. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  7. ^ "History of the City Council". City of Independence, Missouri. Retrieved 2018-12-18.
  8. ^ "Fayette County Clerk > Election Results". fayettecountyclerk.com. Archived from the original on 5 September 2008. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  9. ^ "City Mayors: Jerry Abramson - Mayor of Louisville". www.citymayors.com. Archived from the original on 19 October 2017. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  10. ^ Dahir, Mubarak (December 24, 2002). "Leading Providence: David Cicilline becomes the first openly gay mayor of a U.S. state capital - Politics". The Advocate. Gale Group. Retrieved 2009-05-20.
  11. ^ "Salem (Oregon) Online History - Salem Mayors List". www.salemhistory.net. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 9 May 2018.

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