US House Midterm Elections 1850-2014

Comparison of US House Midterm Elections
in the United States
Data Range
Election
Year
Dem1Dem
+/-
Rep2Rep
+/-
IndPresidentIssue
 1894 105-1132441177 Cleveland (D)Panic of 1893
 1938 262-72169814 Roosevelt (D)Recession of 1937
 1914 230-61196699 Wilson (D)
 2010 193-64242640 Obama (D)Crisis of 2007-2010, PPACA
 1946 188-54245551 Truman (D)"Had enough?"
 1994 204-54230540 Clinton (D)Taxes, HillaryCare
 1966 247-48187470 Johnson (D)Vietnam War, Race riots
 1942 218-50208464 Roosevelt (D)World War II
 1854 83-761083743 Pierce (D)Kansas-Nebraska Act
 1918 190-26240303 Wilson (D)World War I
 1950 234-29199281 Truman (D)Korean War
 1858 92-261142231 Buchanan (D)
 1978 276-16157140 Carter (D)
 1886 169-14152124 Cleveland (D)
 1902 17827208110 Roosevelt (R)
 2002 204-822980 Bush (R)
 20143197-223840 Obama (D)PPACA
 1962 258-517730 Kennedy(D)
 1862 7532102-39 Lincoln (R)Civil War
 1986 2586177-50 Reagan (R)Iran-contra scandal
 1998 2125222-51 Clinton (D)Impeachment
 1866 497143-60 Johnson (R)
 1990 2678167-71 Bush (R)Recession, taxes
 1970 2549180-90 Nixon (R)
 1926 19512237-103 Coolidge (R)
 1878 149-4130-1014 Hayes (R)
 1934 3229103-1410 Roosevelt (D)New Deal
 1870 10441134-155 Grant (R)Grant scandals
 1954 23221203-180 Eisenhower (R)Army-McCarthy hearings
 1898 16350185-199 McKinley (R)Collapse of Populist Party
 1850 1402888-215 Fillmore (W)
 1982 26926165-270 Reagan (R)Recession
 1906 16428222-280 Roosevelt (R)
 1882 19762118-2910 Arthur (R)Spoils system
 2006 23331202-300 Bush (R)Iraq War, corruption
 1958 28350153-470 Eisenhower (R)Recession of 1958
 1974 29152144-480 Ford (R)Watergate scandal
 1930 21753217-531 Hoover (R)Great Depression
 1910 22856161-581 Taft (R)Republican split
 1922 20574225-765 Harding (R)Republican split
 1890 2357688-789 Harrison (R)Panic of 1890
 1874 16977109-8514 Grant (R)Panic of 1873
 Notes:

1. “Dem” includes anti-Federalists, Democratic-Republican Party, Jacksonians,
 and Democratic Party

2. “Rep” includes Federalists, pro-Adams, Whig Party, and Republican Party

3. Estimate from RealClearPolitics.com. Tossups 50/50.


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Midterm Elections

MIDTERM ELECTIONS often signal a mild retreat for a newly elected president and his party. Often the second midterm of a two-term president turns out to be a raspberry from the voters. But a midterm election can also signal more, much more.

Using the table on the left you can look at all the midterms, for the US House or the US Senate going all the way back to the first midterm, in 1790. Just select the year range you want and the legislative chamber you want.

You can sort the data any way you want by clicking the column headings. And you can look at Wikipedia articles on each election by clicking the year or by clicking the "issue".

 — Christopher Chantrill