Alabama's 7th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Alabama's 7th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
March 13, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Terri Sewell Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Terri Sewell Democratic Party
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Alabama U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 7th Congressional District of Alabama held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This is the 7th Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.

Terri Sewell won re-election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
January 12, 2012
March 13, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Alabama has an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by March 3. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 28.[2]

See also: Alabama elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Terri Sewell (D), who was first elected in 2010.

This was the first election which used new district maps based on 2010 Census data. The 7th District is located in western Alabama. Pickens, Greene, Hale, Sumter, Perry, Dallas, Marengo, Wilcox, Tuscaloosa, Jefferson, Choctaw and Clarke counties are included in the new district boundaries.[3]


General election candidates

Democratic Party Terri SewellGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Don Chamberlain

March 13, 2012 primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Alabama District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTerri Sewell Incumbent 75.8% 232,520
     Republican Don Chamberlain 24.1% 73,835
     N/A Write-In 0.1% 203
Total Votes 306,558
Source: Alabama Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Republican Primary

U.S. House, Alabama District 7 Republican Primary Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDon Chamberlain 66.1% 11,537
Phillip Norris 33.9% 5,918
Total Votes 17,455

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Alabama

District partisanship

FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012

See also: FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012

In 2012, FairVote did a study on partisanship in the congressional districts, giving each a percentage ranking (D/R) based on the new 2012 maps and comparing that to the old 2010 maps. Alabama's 7th District was projected as Safe Democratic in 2012.[6]

  • 2012: 68D / 32R
  • 2010: 69D / 31R

Cook Political Report's PVI

See also: Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index

In 2012, Cook Political Report released its updated figures on the Partisan Voter Index, which measures each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. Alabama's 7th Congressional District has a PVI of D+17, which is the 57th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 72-28 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 65-35 percent over George W. Bush (R).[7]

Campaign contributions

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are candidate reports.

Terri Sewell

Terri Sewell (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-Primary[8]March 1, 2012$377,324.74$50,990.57$(97,724.91)$330,590.40
April Quarterly[9]April 15, 2012$330,590.40$68,582.15$(49,480.69)$349,691.86
Running totals

Don Chamberlain

Don Chamberlain (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[10]May 1, 2012$497.57$11,358.75$(11,865.32)$-9
Running totals

District history

Candidate ballot access
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On November 2, 2010, Sewell won election to the United States House. She defeated Don Chamberlain in the general election.[11]

U.S. House, Alabama District 7 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTerri Sewell 72.5% 136,696
     Republican Don Chamberlain 27.5% 51,890
Total Votes 188,586

See also

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