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Georgia State Senate elections, 2012

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Georgia State Senate2012 Georgia House Elections
Elections for the office of Georgia State Senate were held in Georgia on November 6, 2012. A total of 56 seats were up for election.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was May 25, 2012. The primary Election Day was July 31, 2012. The primary runoff took place on August 21, 2012.

See also: Georgia House of Representatives elections, 2012 and State legislative elections, 2012

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the Georgia State Senate:

Georgia State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 20 18
     Republican Party 36 38
Total 56 56


Incumbents retiring

A total of two incumbents did not run for re-election in 2012. Those incumbents were:

Name Party Current Office
Greg Goggans Ends.png Republican Senate District 7
George Hooks Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 14

Campaign contributions

See also: State-by-state comparison of donations to state senate campaigns

This chart shows how many candidates ran for state senate in Georgia in past years and the cumulative amount of campaign contributions in state house races, including contributions in both primary and general election contests. All figures come from Follow The Money.[1]

Year Number of candidates Total contributions
2010 110 $8,052,144
2008 96 $6,636,658
2006 96 $9,986,678
2004 154 $14,444,473
2002 119 $11,060,487


In 2010, the total amount of contributions raised in senate campaigns was $8,052,144. The top 10 donors were:[2]

Donor Amount
Sibold, James $156,212
Miller, Butch $120,000
Albers, John $103,701
Georgia Trial Lawyers Association $88,350
Georgia Dental Association $65,950
Georgia Association of Realtors $64,550
Blank (Uncoded) $50,514
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia $49,550
Independend Insurance Agents of Georgia $48,350
Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals $46,000
Map of Georgia Senate Districts with less than 10% party registration differential before and after the 2010 redistricting. A total of 5 legislative districts meet the criteria before and after 2010.

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Georgia

The Georgia General Assembly is responsible for redistricting in the state, with the Legislative and Congressional Reapportionment Committee taking charge of the redistricting process in the House and Reapportionment and Redistricting Committee responsible for redistricting in the Senate. Georgia must submit its plans to the federal government for Voting Rights Act approval.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Georgia's population increased from 8.19 million in 2000 to 9.69 million in 2010. Most of the population in 2010 was in the northern portion of the state, centered around the Atlanta metropolitan area.[3] The population represented by each Georgia State Senator rose to 173,000, and each House member now represents 53,800.[4]

Both chambers of the General Assembly passed their own respective maps on August 18, 2012, and concurred with each other's on August 23. Governor Nathan Deal signed the maps into law on August 24, and -- under the Voting Rights Act -- the U.S. Department of Justice pre-cleared them on December 23. It was the first time in state history that congressional and legislative maps had been pre-cleared on the first pass. The maps were criticized upon passage by Democrats as designed to give super-majorities to the Republicans that controlled the process. Democrats said that the maps in both houses were drawn at the expense of minorities; they cited Districts 6, 14, 23, and 25 as examples of minority population dropping to inordinate levels.[5]

In Georgia, there are five state senate districts where the partisan registration of Democratic and Republican voters is less than 10 percentage points apart. These districts would be considered "competitive" when looked at strictly with respect to vote party affiliation. The five districts in Georgia are District 5, 7, 13, 20 and 23.

Qualifications

Paragraph 3 of Section 2 of Article 3 of the Georgia Constitution states, "At the time of their election, the members of the Senate shall be citizens of the United States, shall be at least 25 years of age, shall have been citizens of this state for at least two years, and shall have been legal residents of the territory embraced within the district from which elected for at least one year."

Department of Justice sues over voting deadlines

On June 29, 2012, the Department of Justice filed a suit in federal court against the state of Georgia, alleging that service members, their family members and overseas civilian voters wouldn't have time to vote by absentee ballot in runoff elections, if they were required.[6] According to the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (dead link) (UOCAVA), states must transmit all validly requested ballots to UOCAVA voters at least 45 days before an election, unless a hardship exemption is obtained, for which Georgia failed to file.[6] However, this conflicts with the timeline for runoff elections, in which the primary runoff, by law, must be held 21 days after the regular or special primary election, and if a runoff is required after the Nov. 6 general election, it will be held 28 days later, on Dec. 4, which also wouldn’t provide the required 45 days.[6]

As part of the lawsuit, the Department of Justice asked Georgia to "extend the ballot receipt deadline to Aug. 31 for these voters, to send ballots by express delivery as soon as possible before the Aug. 21 runoff election, and inform UOCAVA voters no later than July 7 of their right to request a state write-in absentee ballot or their official absentee ballot for any runoff election by downloading it from the Internet, by email, or by fax."[6]

List of candidates

District 1

Democratic Party July 31 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party July 31 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Earl "Buddy" Carter: 51,329 Green check mark transparent.png

District 2

Democratic Party July 31 Democratic primary:
  • Lester Jackson: 12,101 Approveda Incumbent Jackson first assumed office in 2009.
Republican Party July 31 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Lester Jackson: 51,329 Green check mark transparent.png

District 3

Democratic Party July 31 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party July 31 GOP primary:
  • William Ligon: 19,854 Approveda Incumbent Ligon first assumed office in 2011.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party William Ligon: 50,088 Green check mark transparent.png

District 4

Democratic Party July 31 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party July 31 GOP primary:
  • Jack Hill: 14,619 Approveda Incumbent Hill first assumed office in 1991.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Jack Hill: 48,118 Green check mark transparent.png

District 5

Democratic Party July 31 Democratic primary:
  • Curt Thompson: 2,977 Approveda Incumbent Thompson first assumed office in 2005.
Republican Party July 31 GOP primary:

Note: Garry Guan withdrew from the race in July of 2012.[7] His name appeared on the official list of general election candidates.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Curt Thompson: 31,256 Green check mark transparent.png

Note: Guan's name appeared on the official list of candidates, but did not appear on the ballot.

District 6

Democratic Party July 31 Democratic primary:
  • Doug Stoner: 5,694 Approveda Incumbent Stoner first assumed office in 2005.
Republican Party July 31 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Doug Stoner: 33,607
Republican Party Hunter Hill: 37,628 Green check mark transparent.png

District 7

Note: Incumbent Greg Goggans (R) did not run for re-election.

Democratic Party July 31 Democratic primary:
Republican Party July 31 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Gene Mitchell: 15,961
Republican Party Tyler Harper: 40,111 Green check mark transparent.png

District 8

Democratic Party July 31 Democratic primary:
Republican Party July 31 GOP primary:
  • Tim Golden: 13,175 Approveda Incumbent Golden first assumed office in 1999.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Bikram Mohanty: 22,320
Republican Party Tim Golden: 36,479 Green check mark transparent.png

District 9

Democratic Party July 31 Democratic primary:
Republican Party July 31 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Scott Drake: 28,713
Republican Party Don Balfour: 46,464 Green check mark transparent.png

District 10

Democratic Party July 31 Democratic primary:
  • Emanuel Jones: 17,929 Approveda Incumbent Jones first assumed office in 2005.
Republican Party July 31 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Emanuel Jones: 69,386 Green check mark transparent.png

District 11

Democratic Party July 31 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party July 31 GOP primary:
  • John Bulloch: 10,117 Approveda Incumbent Bulloch first assumed office in 2003.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party John Bulloch: 46,900 Green check mark transparent.png

Note: John Bulloch represented the 11th District from 2003 until his resignation on December 6, 2012. Bulloch had been re-elected just a month prior. The seat is currently vacant.[8]

District 12

Democratic Party July 31 Democratic primary:
  • Freddie Sims: 18,844 Approveda Incumbent Sims first assumed office in 2009.
Republican Party July 31 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Freddie Sims: 53,093 Green check mark transparent.png

District 13

Democratic Party July 31 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party July 31 GOP primary:
  • John Crosby: 17,916 Approveda Incumbent Crosby first assumed office in 2009.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party John Crosby: 45,848 Green check mark transparent.png

District 14

Note: Incumbent George Hooks did not run for re-election.

Democratic Party July 31 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party July 31 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Barry Loudermilk: 54,871 Green check mark transparent.png

District 15

Democratic Party July 31 Democratic primary:
Republican Party July 31 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Ed Harbison: 40,245 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party David Brown: 13,637

District 16

Democratic Party July 31 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party July 31 GOP primary:
  • Ronnie Chance: 23,877 Approveda Incumbent Chance first assumed office in 2005.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Ronnie Chance: 62,365 Green check mark transparent.png

District 17

Democratic Party July 31 Democratic primary:
Republican Party July 31 GOP primary:
  • Rick Jeffares: 18,691 Approveda Incumbent Jeffares first assumed office in 2011.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Nelva Lee: 27,929
Republican Party Rick Jeffares: 47,069 Green check mark transparent.png

District 18

Democratic Party July 31 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party July 31 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Cecil Staton: 57,470 Green check mark transparent.png

District 19

Democratic Party July 31 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party July 31 GOP primary:
  • Tommie Williams: 14,148 Approveda Incumbent Williams first assumed office in 1999.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Tommie Williams: 41,457 Green check mark transparent.png

District 20

Democratic Party July 31 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party July 31 GOP primary:
  • Ross Tolleson: 13,969 Approveda Incumbent Tolleson first assumed office in 2005.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Ross Tolleson: 54,196 Green check mark transparent.png

District 21

Democratic Party July 31 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party July 31 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Chip Rogers: 66,429 Green check mark transparent.png

Note: Chip Rogers resigned on December 5, 2012 in order to take a job with Georgia Public Broadcasting.[10]

District 22

Democratic Party July 31 Democratic primary:
  • Hardie Davis: 17,310 Approveda Incumbent Davis first assumed office in 2010.
Republican Party July 31 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Hardie Davis: 54,024 Green check mark transparent.png

District 23

Democratic Party July 31 Democratic primary:
Republican Party July 31 GOP primary:
  • Jesse Stone: 10,037 Approveda Incumbent Stone first assumed office in 2011.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Robert Ingham: 26,922
Republican Party Jesse Stone: 39,516 Green check mark transparent.png

District 24

Democratic Party July 31 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party July 31 GOP primary:
  • William Jackson: 21,916 Approveda Incumbent Jackson first assumed office in 2007.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party William Jackson: 61,439 Green check mark transparent.png

District 25

Democratic Party July 31 Democratic primary:
Republican Party July 31 GOP primary:

Note:Robert Kent did not appear on the final candidate list.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Darrell Black: 25,542
Republican Party Burt Jones: 44,825 Green check mark transparent.png

District 26

Democratic Party July 31 Democratic primary:
August 21 Democratic primary runoff:
Republican Party July 31 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party David E. Lucas: 42,670 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Bobby Gale: 19,809

District 27

Democratic Party July 31 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party July 31 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Jack Murphy: 69,154 Green check mark transparent.png

District 28

Democratic Party July 31 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party July 31 GOP primary:
  • Mike Crane: 19,989 Approveda Incumbent Crane first assumed office in 2011.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Mike Crane: 60,129 Green check mark transparent.png

District 29

Democratic Party July 31 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party July 31 GOP primary:
  • Joshua McKoon: 15,157 Approveda Incumbent McKoon first assumed office in 2011.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Joshua McKoon: 56,560 Green check mark transparent.png

District 30

Democratic Party July 31 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party July 31 GOP primary:
  • Bill Hamrick: 17,437 Approveda Incumbent Hamrick first assumed office in 2000.

November 6 General election candidates: Note: Incumbent Bill Hamrick resigned from his seat after the primary election in order to serve as a Superior Court Judge. A special Republican primary election was held on November 6, 2012 for District 30.

November 6 Special Republican Primary election

Republican PartyMike Dugan 13,862 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyBill Hembree: 27,591 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyJim Naughton: 7,055
Republican PartyGlenn Richardson: 8,487

Note: With no candidate winning a majority in the primary election, the top two vote getters -- Hembree and Dugan -- proceeded to a December 4, 2012 runoff primary.

District 31

Democratic Party July 31 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party July 31 GOP primary:
August 21 Republican primary runoff:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Bill Heath: 51,950 Green check mark transparent.png

District 32

Democratic Party July 31 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party July 31 GOP primary:
  • Judson Hill: 26,114 Approveda Incumbent Hill first assumed office in 2005.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Judson Hill: 73,560 Green check mark transparent.png

District 33

Democratic Party July 31 Democratic primary:
  • Steve Thompson: 6,773 Approveda Incumbent Thompson first assumed office in 1991.
Republican Party July 31 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Steve Thompson: 50,384 Green check mark transparent.png

District 34

Democratic Party July 31 Democratic primary:
  • Valencia Seay: 13,575 Approveda Incumbent Seay first assumed office in 2003.
Republican Party July 31 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Independent Independent candidates:

Note: Mallory did not appear on the official list of general election candidates.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Valencia Seay: 54,012 Green check mark transparent.png

District 35

Democratic Party July 31 Democratic primary:
Republican Party July 31 GOP primary:
Note: Benjamin Brooks was disqualified on the morning of the primary for not meeting residency requirements.[13]

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Donzella James: 59,430 Green check mark transparent.png

District 36

Democratic Party July 31 Democratic primary:
  • Nan Orrock: 13,960 Approveda Incumbent Orrock first assumed office in 2007.
Republican Party July 31 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Nan Orrock: 56,998 Green check mark transparent.png

District 37

Democratic Party July 31 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party July 31 GOP primary:
  • Lindsey Tippins: 19,921 Approveda Incumbent Tippins first assumed office in 2011.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Lindsey Tippins: 64,107 Green check mark transparent.png

District 38

Democratic Party July 31 Democratic primary:
Republican Party July 31 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Horacena Tate: 61,738 Green check mark transparent.png

District 39

Democratic Party July 31 Democratic primary:
  • Vincent Fort: 16,508 Approveda Incumbent Fort first assumed office in 1997.
Republican Party July 31 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Vincent Fort: 60,843 Green check mark transparent.png

District 40

Democratic Party July 31 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party July 31 GOP primary:
  • Fran Millar: 15,576 Approveda Incumbent Millar first assumed office in 2011.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Fran Millar: 51,614 Green check mark transparent.png

District 41

Democratic Party July 31 Democratic primary:
  • Steve Henson: 10,372 Approveda Incumbent Henson first assumed office in 2003.
Republican Party July 31 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Steve Henson: 49,740 Green check mark transparent.png

District 42

Democratic Party July 31 Democratic primary:
  • Jason Carter: 17,186 Approveda Incumbent Carter first assumed office in 2010.
Republican Party July 31 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jason Carter: 52,643 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Kenneth Brett Quarterman: 18,505

District 43

Democratic Party July 31 Democratic primary:
  • Ronald Ramsey: 13,638 Approveda Incumbent Ramsey first assumed office in 2007.
Republican Party July 31 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Ronald Ramsey: 59,411 Green check mark transparent.png

District 44

Democratic Party July 31 Democratic primary:
August 21 Democratic primary runoff:
Republican Party July 31 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Gail Davenport: 65,135 Green check mark transparent.png

District 45

Democratic Party July 31 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party July 31 GOP primary:
  • Renee Unterman: 15,273 Approveda Incumbent Unterman first assumed office in 2003.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Renee Unterman: 56,285 Green check mark transparent.png

District 46

Democratic Party July 31 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party July 31 GOP primary:
  • Bill Cowsert: 21,414 Approveda Incumbent Cowsert first assumed office in 2007.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Bill Cowsert: 53,998 Green check mark transparent.png

District 47

Democratic Party July 31 Democratic primary:
Republican Party July 31 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Tim Riley: 20,073
Republican Party Frank Ginn: 41,549 Green check mark transparent.png

District 48

Democratic Party July 31 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party July 31 GOP primary:
  • David Shafer: 10,101 Approveda Incumbent Shafer first assumed office in 2002.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party David Shafer: 45,004 Green check mark transparent.png

District 49

Democratic Party July 31 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party July 31 GOP primary:
  • Butch Miller: 21,530 Approveda Incumbent Miller first assumed office in 2010.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Butch Miller: 50,628 Green check mark transparent.png

District 50

Democratic Party July 31 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party July 31 GOP primary:
  • John Wilkinson: 25,824 Approveda Incumbent Wilkinson first assumed office in 2011.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party John Wilkinson: 52,667 Green check mark transparent.png

District 51

Democratic Party July 31 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party July 31 GOP primary:
  • Steve Gooch: 26,493 Approveda Incumbent Gooch first assumed office in 2011.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Steve Gooch: 60,498 Green check mark transparent.png

District 52

Democratic Party July 31 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party July 31 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Chuck Hufstetler: 46,825 Green check mark transparent.png

District 53

Democratic Party July 31 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party July 31 GOP primary:
  • Jeff Mullis: 18,734 Approveda Incumbent Mullis first assumed office in 2001.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Jeff Mullis: 48,535 Green check mark transparent.png

District 54

Democratic Party July 31 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party July 31 GOP primary:
  • Charlie Bethel: 15,538 Approveda Incumbent Bethel first assumed office in 2011.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Charlie Bethel: 39,819 Green check mark transparent.png

District 55

Democratic Party July 31 Democratic primary:
Republican Party July 31 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Gloria Butler: 65,796 Green check mark transparent.png

District 56

Democratic Party July 31 Democratic primary:
Republican Party July 31 GOP primary:
  • John Albers: 13,581 Approveda Incumbent Albers first assumed office in 2011.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Akhtar Sadiq: 23,438
Republican Party John Albers: 48,145 Green check mark transparent.png

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