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Florida's 23rd Congressional District elections, 2012

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Florida's 23rd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 14, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Alcee L. Hastings 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 23rd Congressional District of Florida held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This is the 23rd Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz 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 Alcee L. Hastings (D), who was first elected in 1992. Hastings sought re-election in the 20th District.

This was the first election which used new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Florida's 23rd Congressional District is located in southern Florida and consists of portions of Broward and Miami-Dade counties.[3]


General election candidates

Democratic Party Debbie Wasserman Schultz Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Karen Harrington
Independent Ilya Katz

August 14, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Independent No Party Affiliation

Election results

U.S. House, Florida District 23 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDebbie Wasserman Schultz Incumbent 63.2% 174,205
     Republican Karen Harrington 35.6% 98,096
     Independent Ilya Katz 1.1% 3,129
Total Votes 275,430
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 23rd District is a solidly Democratic district.

In June 2012, Sabato's Crystal Ball rated Florida's 23rd District as a solidly Democratic district.[8]

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Florida

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

Prior to redistricting the 23rd District was based in south Florida and consisted of parts of Broward and Palm Beach counties. The district also included Pompano Beach, Boynton Beach and Belle Glade.

The 23rd District was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[9][10]

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 23rd District became more Republican because of redistricting.[11]

  • 2012: 59D / 41R
  • 2010: 60D / 40R

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 23rd Congressional District has a PVI of D+11, which is the 95th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 62-38 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 62-38 percent over George W. Bush (R).[12]

District history

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On November 2, 2010, Alcee L. Hastings won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Bernard Sansaricq (R) in the general election.[13]

U.S. House, Florida District 23 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAlcee L. Hastings Incumbent 79.1% 100,066
     Republican Bernard Sansaricq 20.9% 26,414
Total Votes 126,480

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