United States elections, 1846

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Partisan control of Congress and the presidency
Previous party
Incoming party
President Democratic Democratic
House Democratic Whig
Senate Democratic Democratic

The 1846 United States elections occurred in the middle of Democratic President James Polk's term, during the Second Party System. The election took place during the Mexican-American War. Members of the 30th United States Congress were chosen in this election. Wisconsin joined the union during the 30th Congress. Democrats kept control of the Senate, but lost control of the House.

In the House, the Whigs won major gains, turning a dominant Democratic majority into a narrow Whig majority.[1]

In the Senate, Democrats picked up a moderate number of seats, building on their majority.[2]

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  1. ^ "Party Divisions of the House of Representatives". United States House of Representatives. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Party Division in the Senate, 1789-Present". United States Senate. Retrieved 25 June 2014.