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Florida's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012

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Florida's 3rd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 14, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Ted Yoho Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Corrine Brown Democratic Party
Corrine Brown.jpg

Florida U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 3rd Congressional District of Florida held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This was the 3rd Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.

Ted Yoho 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 was 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 Corrine Brown (D), who was first elected in 1992. Brown ran in the 5th District in 2012.[3]

Incumbent Cliff Stearns was defeated by challenger Ted Yoho in the August 14, 2012 Republican primary. The race was considered a major upset.[4][5]

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Florida's 3rd Congressional District was located in northern Florida and included the counties of Hamilton, Columbia, Union, Bradford, Gilchrist, Dixie, Lafayette, Suwanee, Levy, and parts of Marion, Alachua, Clay, and Madison counties.[6]


General election candidates

Democratic Party Jacques Rene Gaillot, Jr.
Republican Party Ted YohoGreen check mark transparent.png
Independent Philip Dodds
Independent Michael Ricks

August 14, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Independent No Party Affiliation

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Florida District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTed Yoho 64.7% 204,331
     Democratic Jacques Rene Gaillot, Jr. 32.5% 102,468
     Independent Philip Dodds 2.8% 8,870
     Independent Michael Ricks 0% 0
Total Votes 315,669
Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

The primary took place on August 14.[10]

Republican Primary

Florida's 3rd Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTed Yoho 34.4% 22,273
Clifford Stearns 33% 21,398
Steve Oelrich 19% 12,329
James Jett 13.5% 8,769
Total Votes 64,769

Race background

Blue vs. Red

Possible race ratings are:

     Solid Democratic
     Likely Democratic
     Lean Democratic


     Lean Republican
     Likely Republican
     Solid Republican

     Florida's 3rd District was a solidly Republican district.

In June 2012, Sabato's Crystal Ball rated Florida's 3rd as a solidly Republican district.[11]

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Florida

Stearns did not live in the new 3rd District, but he planned to move there.[12] Nearly a third of the district's population was new territory.[12]

Prior to redistricting the 3rd District included portions of Alachua, Clay, Duval, Lake, Marion, Orange, Putnam, Seminole, and Volusia counties.

The 3rd District was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district was composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[13][14]

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 3rd District became more Republican because of redistricting.[15]

  • 2012: 37D / 63R
  • 2010: 40D / 60R

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 measured each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. Florida's 3rd Congressional District had a PVI of R+12, which was the 80th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 60-40 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 62-38 percent over John Kerry (D).[16]

District history

Candidate ballot access
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On November 2, 2010, Corrine Brown won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. She defeated Michael "Mike" Yost (R) and Terry Martin-Back (I) in the general election.[17]

U.S. House, Florida District 3 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCorrine Brown Incumbent 63% 94,744
     Republican Michael "Mike" Yost 33.9% 50,932
     Independent Terry Martin-Back 3.1% 4,625
Total Votes 150,301

See also

External links


  1. ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  2. Florida Department of State, "Register to Vote," accessed April 25, 2012
  3. Florida Times Union, "2 lawsuits follow Florida Senate's final passage of redistricting maps" accessed February 14, 2012
  4. Politico, "Cliff Stearns concedes in GOP primary," August 16, 2012
  5. Florida Times Union, "Cliff Stearns was outworked by challenger Ted Yoho, many say," August 15, 2012
  6. Florida 2012 Redistricting Map, "Map" accessed July 5, 2012
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Florida Secretary of State "Candidate List" accessed March 22, 2012
  8. 8.0 8.1 Gainsville Sun "Stearns says he will run in new 3rd Congressional District" accessed February 13, 2012
  9. St. Augustine.com "Congressional delegation has good fundraising quarter" accessed December 2, 2011
  10. Florida Secretary of State, "August 2012 Primary Election," accessed September 4, 2012
  11. Center for Politics, "2012 House Ratings," Updated June 27, 2012
  12. 12.0 12.1 Roll Call, "Race Ratings: Florida Offers Democrats Chances at Pickups" accessed February 28, 2012
  13. Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer, "Florida's congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
  14. Labels & Lists, "VoterMapping software voter counts"
  15. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Florida," September 2012
  16. Cook Political Report, "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" accessed October 2012
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013