Colorado's 7th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Colorado's 7th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
June 26, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Ed Perlmutter Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Ed Perlmutter Democratic Party
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Colorado U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 7th Congressional District of Colorado held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Ed Perlmutter won the general election.[1]
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
April 2, 2012
June 26, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Colorado has a closed primary system, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by March 5. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 9.[2]

See also: Colorado elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Ed Perlmutter (D), who was first elected in 2006.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. The 7th District is one of five located in central Colorado.[3]


General election candidates

Democratic Party Ed PerlmutterGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Joe Coors, Jr.
Constitution Party Douglas Campbell
Libertarian Party Buck Bailey

June 26, 2012 primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Party Primary

Constitution Party American Constitution Party Primary

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Colorado District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEd Perlmutter Incumbent 53.5% 182,460
     Republican Joe Coors, Jr. 40.8% 139,066
     Libertarian Buck Bailey 2.7% 9,148
     Constitution Douglas Campbell 3% 10,296
Total Votes 340,970
Source: Colorado Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Race background

Republican challenger Joe Coors, Jr. was included in the National Republican Congressional Committee's Young Guns program. The program highlighted challengers who represented the GOP's best chances to pick up congressional seats in the general election.[6]

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Colorado

The 7th District was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[7][8]

Registration statistics

As of October 22, 2012, District 7 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the Colorado Secretary of State:

Colorado Congressional District 7[9]
Congressional District District Total Democrats Republicans Other & Unaffiliated Advantage Party Advantage Change in Advantage from 2010
District 7 289,629 101,344 95,217 93,068 Democratic 6.43% -19.02%
"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.

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. Colorado's 7th District became more Republican because of redistricting.[10]

  • 2012: 55D / 45R
  • 2010: 56D / 44R

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. Colorado's 7th Congressional District has a PVI of D+3, which is the 161st most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 59-41 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 51-49 percent over George W. Bush (R).[11]

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.

Ed Perlmutter

Ed Perlmutter (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[12]April 14, 2012$585,649.70$371,604.57$(146,850.21)$810,404.06
Pre-Primary[13]June 13, 2012$810,404.06$293,329.37$(177,519.71)$926,213.72
Running totals

Joe Coors, Jr.

Joe Coors (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]April 15, 2012$27,326.85$449,297.83$(186,702.11)$289,922.57
Pre-Primary[15]June 14, 2012$289,922.57$543,493.78$(605,624.09)$227,792.26
Running totals

District history

Candidate ballot access
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This is the 7th Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.

On November 2, 2010, Ed Perlmutter won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Ryan Frazier and Buck Bailey in the general election.[16]

U.S. House, Colorado District 7 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEd Perlmutter Incumbent 53.4% 112,667
     Republican Ryan Frazier 41.8% 88,026
     Libertarian Buck Bailey 4.8% 10,117
Total Votes 210,810

See also

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