Florida's 17th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Florida's 17th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 14, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Thomas J. Rooney Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Frederica S. Wilson 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 17th Congressional District of Florida held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This is the 17th Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.

Thomas J. Rooney won re-election 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 Frederica S. Wilson (D), who was first elected in 2010. Wilson ran in the new 24th District.[3]

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.[4]


General election candidates

Democratic Party William Bronson
Republican Party Thomas J. Rooney Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Tom Baumann (Write-In Candidate)

August 14, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Independent Write in candidate

Election results

U.S. House, Florida District 17 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngThomas J. Rooney Incumbent 58.6% 165,488
     Democratic William Bronson 41.4% 116,766
     Independent Tom Baumann 0% 12
Total Votes 282,266
Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Florida, District 17 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTom Rooney Incumbent 73.2% 37,859
Joe Arnold 26.8% 13,855
Total Votes 51,714

Race background

Blue vs. Red

Possible race ratings are:

     Solid Democratic
     Likely Democratic
     Lean Democratic


     Lean Republican
     Likely Republican
     Solid Republican

     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.[8]

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Florida

The new 17th District, an open seat located in the Everglades, was expected to favor Republicans.[9]

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.

The 17th 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 17th District became more Republican because of redistricting.[12]

  • 2012: 40D / 60R
  • 2010: 44D / 56R

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 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).[13]

District history

Candidate ballot access
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On November 2, 2010, Frederica S. Wilson won election to the United States House of Representatives. She defeated Roderick D. Vereen (I) in the general election.[14]

U.S. House, Florida District 17 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngFrederica S. Wilson 86.2% 106,361
     Republican Roderick D. Vereen 13.8% 17,009
Total Votes 123,370

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