Florida's 11th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Florida's 11th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 14, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Richard B. Nugent Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Kathy Castor Democratic Party
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Florida U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 11th Congressional District of Florida held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This is the 11th Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.

Richard B. Nugent was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
June 8, 2012
August 14, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Florida is one of 21 states to use a strictly closed primary system.

Voter registration: Voters were required to register to vote in the primary by July 16, 2012, which was 29 days before the primary took place.[2] (Information about registering to vote)

See also: Florida elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Kathy Castor (D), who was first elected in 2006. Castor sought re-election in the 14th District.[3]

This was the first election which used new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Florida's 11th Congressional District includes Sumter, Citrus, and Hernando counties, and most of Marion County.[4]


General election candidates

Democratic Party David Werder
Republican Party Richard B. NugentGreen check mark transparent.png

August 14, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Election results

U.S. House, Florida District 11 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRichard B. Nugent Incumbent 64.5% 218,360
     Democratic David Werder 35.5% 120,303
Total Votes 338,663
Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

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Blue vs. Red

Possible race ratings are:

     Solid Democratic
     Likely Democratic
     Lean Democratic


     Lean Republican
     Likely Republican
     Solid Republican

     Florida's 11th District is a solidly Republican district.

In June 2012, Sabato's Crystal Ball rated Florida's 11th as a solidly Republican district.[7]

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Florida

Incumbent Rich Nugent, who had represented Florida's 5th Congressional District since 2011, sought re-election in the new 11th District.[8] The new 11th District includes new territory in this western coastal and central district that stretches from Hernando Beach to Ocala.[9]

Prior to redistricting the 11th District encompassed most of the city of Tampa and its suburbs and the shoreline of southeastern Hillsborough County. It also included two areas in other counties: urban neighborhoods of south St. Petersburg in Pinellas County and neighborhoods in and around Bradenton in Manatee County.

The 11th District was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[10][11]

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. Florida's 11th District's partisanship was unaffected by redistricting.[12]

  • 2012: 40D / 60R
  • 2010: 40D / 60R

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. Florida's 11th Congressional District has a PVI of R+8, which is the 136th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 56-44 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 57-43 percent over John Kerry (D).[13]

District history

Candidate ballot access
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On November 2, 2010, Kathy Castor won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. She defeated Mike Predergast (R) in the general election.[14]

U.S. House, Florida District 11 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKathy Castor Incumbent 59.6% 91,328
     Republican Mike Predergast 40.4% 61,817
Total Votes 153,145

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