Florida's 8th Congressional District elections, 2012
November 6, 2012
August 14, 2012
|Candidate Filing Deadline||Primary Election||General Election|
Primary: Florida is one of 21 states to use a strictly closed primary system.
- See also: Florida elections, 2012
This was the first election which used new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Florida's 8th Congressional District is located in eastern Florida and includes Brevard, Orange, and Indiana River counties.
General election candidates
August 14, 2012, primary results
|U.S. House, Florida District 8 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Bill Posey Incumbent||58.9%||205,432|
|Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
Blue vs. Red
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Florida's 8th District is a solidly Republican district.
In June 2012, Sabato's Crystal Ball rated Florida's 8th as a solidly Republican district.
Impact of redistricting
- See also: Redistricting in Florida
Prior to redistricting the 8th District took in parts of Orange County, Lake County, Marion County and Osceola County. Most of Orlando was included in the district.
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 8th District became more Republican because of redistricting.
- 2012: 41D / 59R
- 2010: 45D / 55R
Cook Political Report's PVI
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 8th Congressional District has a PVI of R+8, which is the 133rd most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 56-44 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 59-41 percent over John Kerry (D).
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On November 2, 2010, Daniel Webster won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Alan Grayson (D, Pag Dunmire (I), Georgia L. Metcalfe (I), Steven J. Gerritzen (I) in the general election.
- United States House of Representatives elections in Florida, 2012
- United States House of Representatives elections, 2012
- United States Senate elections in Florida, 2012
- Bill Posey's campaign website
- Shannon Roberts' Campaign Website
- Richard Gillmor's Campaign website
- Updated Florida Congressional Districts List
- Florida 2012 Redistricting Map
- ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012
- Florida Department of State, "Register to Vote," accessed April 25, 2012
- [http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/breaking-down-the-florida-gops-redistricting-map/2012/01/26/gIQAdCFYTQ_blog.html Washington Post, "Breaking down the Florida GOP’s redistricting map" accessed February 13, 2012.
- Florida 2012 Redistricting Map, "Map" accessed July 5, 2012
- Florida Secretary of State Elections Division "Candidate List" accessed March 28, 2012
- Roll Call "Race Ratings: Florida Offers Democrats Chances at Pickups" accessed February 28, 2012
- Center for Politics, "2012 House Ratings," Updated June 27, 2012
- Roll Call, "Race Ratings: Florida Offers Democrats Chances at Pickups" accessed February 28, 2012
- Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer, "Florida's congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
- Labels & Lists, "VoterMapping software voter counts"
- "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Florida," September 2012
- Cook Political Report, "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" accessed October 2012
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013