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 This publication has been prepared by the Federal Election Commission to provide the public with the results of elections held in the fifty states during 2002 for the offices of United States Senator and United States Representative.  Also included are the results for Delegate to Congress from American Samoa, the District of Columbia, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  (There was no election for Resident Commissioner in Puerto Rico, as this election is held every four years and coincides with the U.S. Presidential election.)  In addition, there are results for the special election to fill the unexpired U.S. Senate term in Missouri.  The Commission undertakes this project on a biennial basis in order to respond to public inquiries.


 The elections for these federal offices are administered by local election officials in towns, counties, municipalities, and other jurisdictions.  The results of the elections are certified by the state government, which in most cases is the Secretary of State.  While the full records are available for public inspection, most states prepare summary reports for public dissemination.  These summary reports vary in form and content, and may be amended well after the election.  There is no standard format that states use in reporting federal election results.


 Recognizing a need to bring together in one place the federal election results, the Commission presents this publication as the eleventh in a series designed to provide an accurate, historical record of federal election results.

 Included in this publication are the official results of primary elections and runoff elections held in 2002.  As in the case of the general elections, primary elections are not administered by the federal government.  In some states (such as Connecticut, Utah, and Virginia), political party organizations control their nomination process by way of conventions.  In other states, state law may regulate the primary and/or its administration.

 This publication has been prepared as a research tool for Commission staff and State election offices.  Data is based on official figures provided by State election officials, and includes results amended through May 2003If the election results are modified in the future, the Commission will supply errata supplements as necessary.  The assistance provided by the State election officials and their staff in gathering this data is greatly appreciated.

 Federal Elections 2002 may also be viewed and/or downloaded from the Commission’s Web site,

The November 2002 general election resulted in the election of the 108th Congress.  The following is the party composition of the 108th Congress, as determined by the results of that election:

U.S. Senate
Republicans:    51
Democrats:      48
Independents:    1
U.S. House of Representatives
Republicans:  229
Democrats:    205
Independents:    1
(Click here to view pie charts illustrating incumbency and the 2002 elections.)

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Ellen L. Weintraub, Chair
Bradley A. Smith, Vice Chairman
David M. Mason
Danny L. McDonald
Scott E. Thomas
Michael E. Toner

Statutory Officers
James A. Pehrkon, Staff Director
Lawrence H. Norton, General Counsel
Lynne A. McFarland, Inspector General


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Steven Kania, Public Information Specialist
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