Delaware's At-Large Congressional District elections, 2012

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Delaware's At-Large Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
September 11, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
John C. Carney Jr. Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
John C. Carney Jr. Democratic Party
John C. Carney Jr.jpg

Delaware U.S. House Elections
At-Large District

2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2012 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Delaware took place on November 6, 2012. Voters elected one candidate to serve in the U.S. House from the state's At-Large Congressional District.

John Carney was re-elected in 2012.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
July 10, 2012
September 11, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Delaware had a closed primary system, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election was limited to registered party members.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by August 18 (August 27 for overseas and military citizens); if they switched parties, they had to do so by May 25. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 13 (October 22 for overseas and military).[2]

See also: Delaware elections, 2012

Incumbent: The incumbent heading into the election was John Carney (D), who was first elected in 2010.

Delaware has a single At-Large Congressional District, which makes up the entire state.

Partisan breakdown

Heading into the November 6 election, the Democratic Party held the one Congressional seat from Delaware.

Members of the U.S. House from Delaware -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 1 1
     Republican Party 0 0
Total 1 1


General election candidates

Democratic Party John CarneyGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Tom Kovach
Libertarian Party Scott Gesty
Green Party Bernard August

September 11, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic candidates

Republican Party Republican Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian candidate

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Delaware At-Large District General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn C. Carney, Jr. Incumbent 64.7% 238,081
     Republican Thomas Kovach 33.2% 122,062
     Green Bernard August 1.1% 4,085
     Libertarian Scott Gesty 1.1% 3,926
Total Votes 368,154
Source: Delaware Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Republican primary

U.S. House, Delaware At Large Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngThomas H. Kovach 34.3% 7,413
Rose Izzo 65.7% 14,193
Total Votes 21,606

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 measured each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. Delaware's At-Large Congressional District had a PVI of D+7, which was the 128th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 63-37 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 54-46 percent over George W. Bush (R).[6]

District history

Candidate ballot access
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The state of Delaware's at-large Congressional district.


On November 2, 2010, John Carney won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Glen Urquhard (R), Earl R. Lofland (I), Brent A. Wangen (L) and Jeffrey Brown (I) in the general election.[7]

U.S. House, Delaware At-Large Congressional District General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn C. Carney, Jr 56.8% 173,543
     Republican Glen Urquhart 41% 125,442
     Independent Party of Delaware Earl R. Lofland 1.2% 3,704
     Libertarian Brent A. Wangen 0.6% 1,986
     Blue Enigma Jeffrey Brown 0.3% 961
Total Votes 305,636

Registration statistics

As of October 24, 2012, the At-large District had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the Delaware Department of Elections:

Delaware At-Large District[8]
Congressional District District Total Democrats Republicans Other & Unaffiliated Advantage Party Advantage Change in Advantage from 2010
At-Large District 618,388 292,712 179,141 146,535 Democratic 63.40% 3.33%
"Party advantage" was the percentage gap between the two major parties in registered voters. "Change in advantage" was the spread in difference of party advantage between 2010 and 2012 based on the congressional district number only.

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