Arizona's 7th Congressional District elections, 2012
November 6, 2012
August 28, 2012
Ed Pastor was re-elected to the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Pastor, who had previously served as 4th District Representative, decided to switch to the 7th District in 2012 because of redistricting.
|Candidate Filing Deadline||Primary Election||General Election|
Primary: Arizona's primary system is considered semi-closed. Unaffiliated voters may choose which party's primary they will vote in, but voters registered with a party can only vote in that party's primary.
- See also: Arizona elections, 2012
Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Raul Grijalva (D), who was first elected in 2002. Due to 2010 redistricting, Grijalva ran for, and won, re-election in the 3rd District in 2012.
General election candidates
August 28, 2012, primary results
|U.S. House, Arizona District 7 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Ed Pastor Incumbent||81.7%||104,489|
|Source: Arizona Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
Impact of redistricting
- See also: Redistricting in Arizona
- 4 percent from the 2nd Congressional District
- 4 percent from the 3rd Congressional District
- 91 percent from the 4th Congressional District
- 1 percent from the 7th Congressional District
As of October 22, 2012, District 7 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the Arizona Secretary of State:
|Arizona Congressional District 7|
|Congressional District||District Total||Democrats||Republicans||Other & Unaffiliated||Advantage||Party Advantage||Change in Advantage from 2010|
|"Party advantage" is the percentage gap between the two major parties in registered voters. "Change in advantage" is the spread in difference of party advantage between 2010 and 2012 based on the congressional district number only.|
FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012 study
- 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. Arizona's 7th District became more Republican because of redistricting.
- 2012: 62D / 38R
- 2010: 63D / 37R
Cook Political Report's PVI
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. Arizona's 7th Congressional District has a PVI of D+12, which is the 90th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 65-35 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 61-39 percent over George W. Bush (R).
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.
|Ed Pastor (2012) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 13, 2012||$1,486,769.07||$79,925.36||$(124,992.18)||$1,441,702.25|
|July Quarterly||July 13, 2012||$1,441,702.25||$168,420.29||$(149,004.73)||$1,461,117.81|
|Pre-Primary||August 16, 2012||$1,461,117.81||$41,266.42||$(113,160.89)||$1,389,223.34|
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- United States House of Representatives elections in Arizona, 2012
- United States House of Representatives elections, 2012
- ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
- Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 2, 2014
- Arizona Secretary of State "Important Dates," Accessed June 29, 2012
- Arizona Redistricting "Map" Accessed July 7, 2012
- Primary candidate list
- azsos.gov "2012 Primary election full listing" accessed July 11, 2012
- Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer "Arizona's congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
- Labels & Lists "VoterMapping software voter counts"
- Arizona Secretary of State, "State of Arizona Registration Report," April 23, 2012
- "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Arizona," September 2012
- Cook Political Report "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" Accessed October 2012
- Federal Election Commission "Ed Pastor April Quarterly," Accessed August 23, 2012
- Federal Election Commission "Ed Pastor July Quarterly," Accessed August 23, 2012
- Federal Election Commission "Ed Pastor Pre-Primary," Accessed August 23, 2012
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"