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United States elections, 2016

2016 United States elections
Presidential election year
Election day November 8
Senate elections
Seats contested 34 seats of Class III
Color coded map of 2016 Senate races
Map of the 2016 Senate races
Dark blue: Incumbent Democrat
Light blue: Term-limited or Retiring Democrat
Dark red: Incumbent Republican
Light red: Term-limited or Retiring Republican
Black: Unknown incumbent
Gray: no election
House elections
Seats contested All 435 seats to the 115th Congress
Gubernatorial elections
Seats contested 13
Color coded map of 2016 Gubernatorial races
Map of the 2016 gubernatorial races
Light red: Term-limited or Retiring Republican
Dark red: Incumbent Republican
Light blue: Term-limited or Retiring Democrat
Dark blue: Incumbent Democrat
Black: Unknown Incumbent
Gray: no election

The 2016 United States elections will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. During this presidential election year, the President of the United States and Vice President will be elected. In addition, all 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives and 34 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate will be contested. 13 state and territorial governorships and numerous other state and local elections will also be contested.


  • Federal elections 1
    • Presidential election 1.1
    • Congressional elections 1.2
      • Senate elections 1.2.1
      • House of Representatives elections 1.2.2
  • State elections 2
    • Gubernatorial elections 2.1
  • Local elections 3
    • Mayoral elections 3.1
  • References 4

Federal elections

Presidential election

The United States presidential election of 2016 will be the 58th quadrennial U.S. presidential election. The current electoral vote distribution was determined by the 2010 census. Presidential electors who will elect the President and Vice President of the United States will be chosen; a simple majority (270) of the 538 electoral votes are required to win the election. The incumbent president, Democrat Barack Obama, is ineligible to be elected to a third term due to term limits established by the Twenty-second Amendment to the United States Constitution. There are numerous potential candidates in the Republican Party, Democratic Party, and among third parties. Assuming Barack Obama serves out his full term, the winner of this election will become the 45th President of the United States.

Congressional elections

Senate elections

All seats in Senate Class III will be up for election. Additionally, special elections may be held to fill vacancies in the other two Senate Classes. Democrats may be better positioned to make gains in this cycle, due to the number of Republican Senators in Democratic-leaning states.[1]

House of Representatives elections

All 435 voting seats in the United States House of Representatives will be up for election. Additionally, elections will be held to select the Delegate for the District of Columbia as well as the delegates from U.S. territories. This includes the Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico, who serves a four-year term.

State elections

Gubernatorial elections

Elections will be held for the governorships of eleven of the fifty U.S. states and two U.S. territories. Special elections may be held for vacancies in the other states and territories, if required by respective state/territorial constitutions.

Local elections

Mayoral elections

Mayoral elections will take place in Baltimore, MD,[2] Honolulu, HI,[3] Milwaukee, WI,[4] San Diego, CA,[5] Portland, OR,[6] Orlando, FL,[7] and numerous other cities.


  1. ^ Kondik, Kyle (February 28, 2013) [1], Sabato's Crystal Ball. Retrieved March 4, 2013.
  2. ^ Linskey and Julie Scharper, Anne (4 April 2012). "Next Baltimore election delayed for 1 year". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 4 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Factsheet: Elected officials 2012 to 2016". Hawaii Office of Elections. Retrieved 4 March 2013. 
  4. ^ AP (3 April 2012). "Tom Barrett re-elected as Milwaukee Mayor". Wisconsin State Journal. Retrieved 4 March 2013. 
  5. ^ Brady, Brian. "Does Nathan Fletcher have a shot at mayor in 2016". San Diego Rostra. Retrieved 4 March 2013. 
  6. ^ Oregonian Editorial Board. "Portland voters look ahead to 2016". The Oregonian. Retrieved 4 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Meet the Mayors". US Conference of Mayors. Retrieved 4 March 2013. 
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