Arkansas's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012

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Arkansas's 3rd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
May 22, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Steve Womack Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Steve Womack Republican Party
Steve Womack.jpg

Arkansas U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 3rd Congressional District of Arkansas held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This is the final map, as approved by the Legislature on April 12, 2011.

Steve Womack was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 1, 2012
May 22, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Arkansas 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 April 23. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 8.[2]

See also: Arkansas elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Steve Womack (R), who was first elected in 2010.

This was the first election which used new district maps based on 2010 Census data. The 3rd District is located in northwestern Arkansas. Benton, Washington, Crawford, Sebastian, Carroll, Boone, Marion, Pope and Newton counties are included in the new boundaries of the district.[3]

The 3rd Congressional District of Arkansas, prior to the 2010-2011 redistricting process.


General election candidates

Republican Party Steve Womack Green check mark transparent.png
Green Party Rebekah Kennedy
Libertarian Party David Pangrac
Note: Democratic Party Ken Aden withdrew from the race.

May 22, 2012, primary results
Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Election results

U.S. House, Arkansas District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Womack Incumbent 75.9% 186,467
     Green Rebekah Kennedy 16% 39,318
     Libertarian David Pangrac 8.1% 19,875
Total Votes 245,660
Source: Arkansas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Ken Aden's withdrawal from the race

Ken Aden "announced his intent to withdraw from the race for United States Congress effective at 5 p.m. on Monday, July 9, 2012." "'Mr. Aden’s campaign has, via overnight mail, submitted the necessary notification prescribed by the Arkansas Code to withdraw from the race for U.S. Congress. A copy of this notification has been provided to the Democratic Party of Arkansas as well,” said Vince Leibowitz, spokesperson for the campaign."[4]

"Aden has been quoted by media outlets saying he was a Green Beret and qualified as a special forces soldier. Recent reports have claimed that is not the case, adding he tried numerous times to become a Green Beret, but never qualified. What is not in question is that Aden did serve in the Army for more than a decade. Aden himself has maintained that his version of his military background is correct."[5]

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Arkansas

In 2011, the Arkansas State Legislature re-drew the congressional districts based on updated population information from the 2010 census.

While Democrats controlled both chambers, the Senate committee in charge of redistricting was evenly split which provided the GOP with some leverage in the process. Ultimately, the Senate and House traded several map proposals back and forth before finally coming to an agreement on April 13, 2011.

The 3rd District was part of a contentious negotiation between Democrats and Republicans in April 2011. One proposed map (supported by mostly Democrats) would have moved Fayetteville to the 4th District. This map was called "Fayetteville to the 4th" or the "Fayetteville Finger." Ultimately, Fayetteville remained in the 3rd District.

District partisanship

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. Arkansas's 3rd District's partisanship was unaffected by redistricting.[6]

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

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. Arkansas's 3rd Congressional District has a PVI of R+16, which is the 42nd most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 65-35 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 63-37 percent over John Kerry (D).[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.

Ken Aden

Ken Aden (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[8]April 14, 2012$530.70$27,243.50$(26,013.50)$1,760.70
Pre-Primary[9]May 9, 2012$1,760.70$1,271.72$(950.25)$2,082.17
Running totals

Steve Womack

Steve Womack (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[10]April 13, 2012$246,199.54$86,877.06$(43,831.79)$289,244.81
Pre-Primary[11]May 10, 2012$289,244.81$51,368.70$(25,303.69)$315,309.82
Running totals


Sabato's Crystal Ball

Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball in December 2011 rated this district race as Safe R, which is the strongest designation given.[12]

District history

Candidate ballot access
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On November 2, 2010, Steve Womack won election to the United States House. He defeated David Whitaker in the general election.[13]

U.S. House, Arkansas District 3 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Womack 72.4% 148,581
     Democratic David Whitaker 27.6% 56,542
Total Votes 205,123

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