Florida's 6th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Florida's 6th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 14, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Ron DeSantis Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Cliff Stearns Republican Party
Cliff Stearns.jpg

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

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

Ron DeSantis 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 incumbent was Cliff Stearns (R), who was first elected in 1988. Stearns ran in the 3rd District in 2012.[3]

This was the first election which used new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Florida's 6th Congressional District is located in northeastern Florida, and includes St. Johns and Flagler counties, and portions of Putnam and Volusia counties.[4] The new 6th District stretches from the Canaveral National Seashore through Daytona Beach up north past St. Augustine.[5]


General election candidates

Democratic Party Heather Beaven
Republican Party Ron DeSantisGreen check mark transparent.png

August 14, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Florida District 6 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRon DeSantis 57.2% 195,962
     Democratic Heather Beaven 42.8% 146,489
Total Votes 342,451
Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

The primary took place on August 14.[10]

Republican Primary

Florida's 6th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRon Desantis 38.8% 24,132
Fred Costello 22.8% 14,189
Beverly Slough 13.2% 8,229
Craig Miller 13.1% 8,113
Richard Clark 9.8% 6,090
Alec Pueschal 1.2% 739
William Billy Kogut 1% 628
Total Votes 62,120

Democratic Primary

Florida's 6th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngHeather Beaven 80.5% 29,909
Vipin Verma 19.5% 7,253
Total Votes 37,162

Race background

Blue vs. Red

Possible race ratings are:

     Solid Democratic
     Likely Democratic
     Lean Democratic


     Lean Republican
     Likely Republican
     Solid Republican

     Florida's 6th District is a solidly Republican district.

In June 2012, Sabato's Crystal Ball rated Florida's 6th as a solidly Republican district.[11]


Ron DeSantis received the backing of the Club for Growth on June 26, 2012.[12]

Campaign spending

After Cliff Stearns left the 6th District to run in the 3rd District, the district drew a great deal of competition for the open Republican seat. A new super PAC called Coastal Florida's Future reported spending $32,000 on radio ads to help Jacksonville city councilman Richard Andrew Clark (R).[13]

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Florida

The new 6th District stretches from the Canaveral National Seashore through Daytona Beach up north past St. Augustine.[5]

Prior to redistricting the 6th District stretched from the St. Johns River and Jacksonville, sweeping through North Central Florida, encompassing portions of Gainesville and Ocala, and winding down to the northern tip of the Greater Orlando area in Lake County. It included all of Bradford and Gilchrist counties and portions of Alachua, Clay, Duval, Lake, Levy, and Marion counties.

The 6th District was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[14][15]

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. Partisanship figures from 2010 relating to the incumbent are unavailable for this district due to the seat being open.[16]

  • 2012: 42D / 58R
  • 2010: Unavailable

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 6th Congressional District has a PVI of R+6, which is the 167th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 54-46 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 55-45 percent over John Kerry (D).[17]

District history

Candidate ballot access
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On November 2, 2010, Stearns won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Steve Schonberg (I) in the general election.[18]

U.S. House, Florida District 6 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCliff Stearns Incumbent 71.5% 179,349
     Democratic Steve Schonberg 28.5% 71,632
Total Votes 250,981

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. Gainsville Sun, "Stearns said he will run in new 3rd Congressional District" accessed February 13, 2012
  4. Florida 2012 Redistricting Map, "Map" accessed July 5, 2012
  5. 5.0 5.1 Roll Call, "Race Ratings: Florida Offers Democrats Chances at Pickups" accessed February 28, 2012
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Florida Secretary of State Elections Division "Candidate List" accessed March 23, 2012
  7. 7.0 7.1 Flager Live "Democrat Heather Beaven for Congress" accessed May 6, 2012
  8. 8.0 8.1 AP Results "U.S. House Results" accessed August 14, 2012
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 St. Augustine Record "Mica to announce his district today" accessed February 13, 2012
  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. National Journal, "Club For Growth Backs DeSantis" accessed June 27, 2012
  13. FEC Reports, "COASTAL FLORIDA'S FUTURE PAC Independent Expenditures" accessed July 27, 2012
  14. Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer, "Florida's congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
  15. Labels & Lists, "VoterMapping software voter counts"
  16. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Arizona," September 2012
  17. Cook Political Report, "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" accessed October 2012
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013