Florida's 26th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Florida's 26th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 14, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Joe Garcia Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Newly created district

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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 26th Congressional District of Florida held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Joe Garcia was 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 district had no incumbent, as it was newly formed in redistricting.

This was the first election which used new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Florida's 26th Congressional District is a new district that was created as a result of the 2010 Census.[3] The new district will include portions of Monroe and Miami-Dade counties in the southern tip of Florida, including the Florida Keys.[4]

Candidates

General election candidates

Democratic Party Joe Garcia Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party David Rivera
Independent Angel Fernandez
Independent Jose Peixoto


August 14, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Independent Independent candidates

Election results

U.S. House, Florida District 26 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Garcia 53.6% 135,694
     Republican David Rivera Incumbent 43% 108,820
     Independent Angel Fernandez 2.3% 5,726
     Independent Jose Peixoto 1.1% 2,717
Total Votes 252,957
Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Florida District 26 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Garcia 53.4% 13,922
Gloria Romero Roses 30.8% 8,023
Lamar Sternad 10.9% 2,852
Gustavo Marin 4.9% 1,283
Total Votes 26,080

Race background

Florida's 26th District was included in the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's "Red to Blue List," which identified districts that the organization specifically targeted to flip from Republican to Democratic control.[8]

Blue vs. Red

Possible race ratings are:

     Solid Democratic
     Likely Democratic
     Lean Democratic

     Tossup

     Lean Republican
     Likely Republican
     Solid Republican

     Florida's 26th District is a leaning Republican district.

In June 2012, Sabato's Crystal Ball rated Florida's 26th as a leaning Republican district.[9]

Florida's 26th was considered to be a Tossup according to the New York Times race ratings.[10]

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Florida

Incumbent David Rivera, who assumed office in 2011, sought re-election in the new 26th District.[11]

The 26th District was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[12][13]

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 26th District's partisanship was unaffected by redistricting.[14]

  • 2012: 46D / 54R
  • 2010: 46D / 54R

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 26th Congressional District has a PVI of R+4, which is the 200th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 50-50 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 55-45 percent over John Kerry (D).[15]

District history

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This was the first election which used new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Florida's 26th Congressional District is a new district that was created as a result of the 2010 Census.[16] The new district will include portions of Monroe and Miami-Dade counties in the southern tip of Florida, including the Florida Keys.[4]

See also

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