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Florida's 21st Congressional District elections, 2012

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Florida's 21st Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 14, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Theodore E. Deutch Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Mario Diaz-Balart Republican Party
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 21st Congressional District of Florida held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This is the 21st Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.

Theodore E. Deutch 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 Mario Diaz-Balart (R), who was first elected in 2010. Diaz-Balart ran in the 25th District in 2012.[3]

This was the first election which used new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Florida's 21st Congressional District is located in southeastern Florida and includes portions of Palm Beach and Broward counties.[4]


General election candidates

Democratic Party Theodore E. Deutch Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party No candidates declared an intent to run
Independent Cesear Henao
Independent W. Michael Trout

August 14, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

  • No candidates have declared an intent to run yet

Independent No Party Affiliation

Election results

U.S. House, Florida District 21 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTheodore E. Deutch Incumbent 77.8% 221,263
     Independent Cesear Henao 8.9% 25,361
     Independent W. Michael Trout 13.3% 37,776
Total Votes 284,400
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 21st District is a solidly Democratic district.

In June 2012, Sabato's Crystal Ball rated Florida's 21st District as a solidly Democratic district.[6]

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Florida

Prior to redistricting, the 21st District was located in Miami-Dade County. The district included many of the western suburbs of Miami such as Hialeah, Olympia Heights, and Cutler.

The 21st District was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[7][8]

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 21st District became more Republican because of redistricting.[9]

  • 2012: 60D / 40R
  • 2010: 62D / 38R

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 21st Congressional District has a PVI of D+12, which is the 86th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 64-36 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 63-37 percent over George W. Bush (R).[10]

District history

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In 2010, Mario Diaz-Balart decided to run for the 21st District his brother, Lincoln Diaz-Balart, was vacating . He ran unopposed.[11]

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