1982 United States elections
1980          1981          1982          1983          1984
Midterm elections
Election dayNovember 2
Incumbent presidentRonald Reagan (Republican)
Next Congress98th
Senate elections
Overall controlRepublican hold
Seats contested33 of 100 seats
Net seat changeDemocratic +1
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1982 Senate election results

  Democratic gain   Democratic hold

  Republican gain   Republican hold
House elections
Overall controlDemocratic hold
Seats contestedAll 435 voting seats
Popular vote marginDemocratic +11.8%
Net seat changeDemocratic +26
1982 House of Representatives election results

  Democratic gain   Democratic hold

  Republican gain   Republican hold
Gubernatorial elections
Seats contested38 (36 states, 2 territories)
Net seat changeDemocratic +7
1982 Alabama gubernatorial election1982 Alaska gubernatorial election1982 Arizona gubernatorial election1982 Arkansas gubernatorial election1982 California gubernatorial election1982 Colorado gubernatorial election1982 Connecticut gubernatorial election1982 Florida gubernatorial election1982 Georgia gubernatorial election1982 Hawaii gubernatorial election1982 Idaho gubernatorial election1982 Illinois gubernatorial election1982 Iowa gubernatorial election1982 Kansas gubernatorial election1982 Maine gubernatorial election1982 Maryland gubernatorial election1982 Massachusetts gubernatorial election1982 Michigan gubernatorial election1982 Minnesota gubernatorial election1982 Nebraska gubernatorial election1982 Nevada gubernatorial election1982 New Hampshire gubernatorial election1982 New Mexico gubernatorial election1982 New York gubernatorial election1982 Ohio gubernatorial election1982 Oklahoma gubernatorial election1982 Oregon gubernatorial election1982 Pennsylvania gubernatorial election1982 Rhode Island gubernatorial election1982 South Carolina gubernatorial election1982 South Dakota gubernatorial election1982 Tennessee gubernatorial election1982 Texas gubernatorial election1982 Vermont gubernatorial election1982 Wisconsin gubernatorial election1982 Wyoming gubernatorial election1982 United States gubernatorial elections results map.svg
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1982 gubernatorial election results
Territorial races not shown
  Republican hold
  Republican gain
  Democratic hold
  Democratic gain

The 1982 United States elections were held on November 2, 1982. Neither chamber of Congress changed hands.

The party balance in the Senate remained practically unchanged; Democrats only gained one seat after a Democratic-leaning Independent left the Senate. Democrats won the nationwide popular vote for the House of Representatives by a margin of 11.8 points and gained 27 seats, cementing their majority in that chamber.[1] The House elections took place after the 1980 United States Census and the subsequent Congressional re-apportionment. In the gubernatorial elections, Democrats won a net gain of seven seats.

The Democratic election gains were largely due to President Ronald Reagan's unpopularity as a result of the deepening 1982 recession, which many voters blamed on his economic policies. The Democrats' gains put a check on Reagan's policies, as the incoming Congress (particularly the House) was significantly less open to Reagan's conservative policies. Despite the Democratic electoral gains, this election was the first time that the Republican Party had successfully defended a majority in either chamber of Congress since 1928.[2]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 1982" (PDF). U.S. House of Reps, Office of the Clerk. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  2. ^ Busch, Andrew (1999). Horses in Midstream. University of Pittsburgh Press. pp. 126–135.