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I need to find a good data source for the 2012 United States Congress and Senate elections.

I have found this: http://www.fec.gov/pubrec/fe2012/federalelections2012.shtml The problem is that it is in a not-so-user-friendly format in Excel. And an even harder-to-use format in PDF.

I have found the State Legislative returns in a good format at http://www.indstate.edu/polisci/klarnerpolitics.htm. I would ideally have the same thing as this.

Any kind of CSV, Stata, etc. would be fantastic.

Any tips on where I should look?

  • And clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/2012election.pdf, but this doesn't improve matters much either. – bill999 Jun 1 '14 at 1:39
  • Is this link useful, or do you need it in a downloadable (rather than parseable) format? – Bobson Jun 2 '14 at 16:15
  • Hi, this is in the right direction. If at all possible, I would love a downloadable format with incumbency status. I know how to parse web stuff, so if it is on the web, this works as well. Thanks. – bill999 Jun 2 '14 at 18:20
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Whenever you need historical election data, The Green Papers is the best site to go to. The linked page is the top-level results for 2012, and you can drill down from there.

Alternatively, if you follow the download link at the very bottom of that page, you can find this google spreadsheet which has what appears to be every result for every race of either national or state-wide importance. By that I mean that it includes votes for the President, US Senate, US House, Governor, Lt. Governor, and other state-wide offices (such as Attorney General) but not votes for state House or Senate seats.

  • @bill999 - I know this answer probably comes way too late for whatever project you were working on, but hopefully it'll help you (or someone else with a similar question) in the future. – Bobson Mar 20 '16 at 20:05

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