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Florida's 20th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Florida's 20th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 14, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Alcee L. Hastings Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Debbie Wasserman Schultz 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 20th Congressional District of Florida held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This is the 20th Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.

Alcee L. Hastings 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 Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D), who was first elected in 2004. Wasserman Schultz sought re-election in the 23rd District.[3]

In the redistricting process, the 23rd District was renamed Florida's 20th District.

This was the first election which used new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Florida's 20th Congressional District is located in southeastern Florida and includes portions of Henry, Palm Beach, and Broward counties.[4]


General election candidates

Democratic Party Alcee L. Hastings Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party No candidates filed to run
Independent Randall Terry
Independent Anthony Dutrow

August 14, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

No candidates filed to run.

Independent No Party Affiliation

Election results

U.S. House, Florida District 20 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAlcee L. Hastings Incumbent 87.9% 214,727
     Independent Randall Terry 12.1% 29,553
     Independent Anthony Dutrow 0% 5
Total Votes 244,285
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 20th District is a solidly Democratic district.

In June 2012, Sabato's Crystal Ball rated Florida's 20th District as a solidly Democratic district.[7]

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Florida

In the redistricting process, the 23rd District was renamed Florida's 20th District.

Prior to redistricting the 20th District included parts of Broward and Miami-Dade counties. The district was based in Fort Lauderdale and included many of its suburbs, including Davie.

The 20th District was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[8][9]

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 20th District became more Republican because of redistricting.[10]

  • 2012: 77D / 23R
  • 2010: 79D / 21R

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 20th Congressional District has a PVI of D+28, which is the 22nd most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 81-19 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 77-23 percent over George W. Bush (R).[11]

District history

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On April 13, 2010, Ted Deutch won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Joe Budd (R) and Stan Smilan (I) in the general election.[12]

U.S. House, Florida District 20 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTheodore E. Deutch 62.6% 132,098
     Republican Joe Budd 37.3% 78,783
     Independent Stan Smilan 0.1% 228
Total Votes 211,109

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