Florida's 17th Congressional District elections, 2012
November 6, 2012
August 14, 2012
Thomas J. Rooney
Frederica S. Wilson
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Primary: Florida is one of 21 states to use a strictly closed primary system.
- See also: Florida elections, 2012
This was the first election which used new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Florida's 17th Congressional District is located in central Florida and includes all of Hardee, Desoto, Highlands, Okeechobee, Glades, and Charlotte counties and portions of Polk, Manatee, Hillsborough, and Lee counties.
General election candidates
August 14, 2012, primary results
|U.S. House, Florida District 17 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Thomas J. Rooney Incumbent||58.6%||165,488|
|Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|U.S. House, Florida, District 17 Republican Primary, 2012|
|Tom Rooney Incumbent||73.2%||37,859|
Blue vs. Red
Possible race ratings are:
Florida's 17th District is a solidly Republican district.
In June 2012, Sabato's Crystal Ball rated Florida's 17th as a solidly Republican district.
Impact of redistricting
- See also: Redistricting in Florida
Prior to redistricting the 17th District was located in south Florida and included the southern parts of Broward County and the eastern parts of Miami-Dade County. Also included in the district were the cities of Pembroke Pines, Hollywood, Miramar, and North Miami.
- 3 percent from the 9th Congressional District
- 28 percent from the 12th Congressional District
- 12 percent from the 13th Congressional District
- 17 percent from the 14th Congressional District
- 40 percent from the 16th Congressional District
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 17th District became more Republican because of redistricting.
- 2012: 40D / 60R
- 2010: 44D / 56R
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. Florida's 17th Congressional District has a PVI of R+10, which is the 115th 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 60-40 percent over John Kerry (D).
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|U.S. House, Florida District 17 General Election, 2010|
|Democratic||Frederica S. Wilson||86.2%||106,361|
|Republican||Roderick D. Vereen||13.8%||17,009|
- United States House of Representatives elections in Florida, 2012
- United States House of Representatives elections, 2012
- United States Senate elections in Florida, 2012
- Frederica Wilson's Campaign Website
- Tom Rooney's Campaign Website
- Updated Florida Congressional Districts List
- Florida 2012 Redistricting Map
- ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012
- Florida Department of State, "Register to Vote," accessed April 25, 2012
- Miami Herald, "U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson draws Democratic primary challenge from Rudy Moise" accessed February 28, 2012
- Florida 2012 Redistricting Map, "Map" accessed July 5, 2012
- Florida Secretary of State Elections Division "Candidate List" accessed March 28, 2012
- TC Palm "Tom Rooney runs for spot outside the Treasure Coast; Allen West runs for seat" accessed February 14, 2012
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- Center for Politics, "2012 House Ratings," Updated June 27, 2012
- The Washington Post, "Breaking down the Florida GOP’s redistricting map" accessed February 29, 2012
- Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer, "Florida's congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
- Labels & Lists, "VoterMapping software voter counts"
- "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Florida," September 2012
- Cook Political Report, "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" accessed October 2012
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"