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Indiana's 7th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Indiana's 7th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
May 8, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Andre Carson Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Andre Carson Democratic Party
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Indiana U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 7th Congressional District of Indiana held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This is the 7th Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.

Incumbent Andre Carson (D) won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
February 24, 2012
May 8, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Indiana has an open primary system, in which any registered voter can choose which party's primary to vote in, without having to be a member of that party.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by April 9. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 9.[2]

See also: Indiana elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Andre Carson (D), who was first elected in 2008. He won re-election on November 6, 2012.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Indiana's 7th Congressional District was based in the heart of the state, encompassing most of Marion County and Indianapolis.[3]

Candidates

General election candidates

Democratic Party Andre CarsonGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Carlos May
Independent Tim Frye (Write-In)

Note:' Mmoja Ajabu indicated he would run as an Independent candidate in the general election. However, his name failed to appear on the official candidate list.[4]


May 8, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Republican Party Republican primary

Independent Third party candidates

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Indiana District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAndre Carson Incumbent 62.9% 162,122
     Republican Carlos May 37.1% 95,828
     Independent Tim Frye (Write-in) 0% 0
Total Votes 257,950
Source: Indiana Secretary of State "House of Representatives Election Results"

Democratic Primary

U.S. House, Indiana District 7 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAndre Carson Incumbent 90.3% 34,782
Bob Kern 5.3% 2,048
Pierre Pullins 1.5% 586
Woodrow Wilcox 2.8% 1,082
Total Votes 38,498

Republican Primary

U.S. House, Indiana District 7 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCarlos May 26.8% 10,783
Steve Davis 19.2% 7,727
J.D. Miniear 5.5% 2,227
Tony Duncan 10.1% 4,079
Larry Shouse 3.5% 1,412
Wayne Harmon 10.6% 4,252
Catherine Ping 24.3% 9,771
Total Votes 40,251

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Indiana

The newly-drawn map was designed to produce seven districts which are favorable to the Republican Party and two which favor the Democratic Party.

The 7th District lost Democratic-leaning areas in northern Marion County in redistricting, while acquiring more Republican areas in the south of the county.[7]

The new 7th District was composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[8][9]


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. Indiana's 7th District became more Republican because of redistricting.[10]

  • 2012: 63D / 37R
  • 2010: 68D / 32R

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. Indiana's 7th Congressional District has a PVI of D+9, which is the 110th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 67-33 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 54-46 percent over George W. Bush (R).[11]

Campaign donors

2012

Andre Carson

Andre Carson Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[12]April 15, 2012$383,632.29$34,013.14$(31,061.56)$386,583.87
Pre=primary[13]April 26, 2012$383,632.29$34,013.14$(31,061.56)$386,583.87
July Quarterly[14]July 15, 2012$386,583.87$205,632.27$(102,714.31)$489,501.83
October Quarterly[15]October 15, 2012$489,501.83$230,384.77$(159,849.65)$560,036.95
Running totals
$504,043.32$(324,687.08)


Carlos May

Carlos May Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[16]April 15, 2012$0.00$14,255.00$(9,765.64)$4,489.36
Pre-primary[17]April 26, 2012$4,489.36$5,260.00$(5,171.76)$4,577.60
July Quarterly[18]July 15, 2012$4,577.60$12,060.00$(12,078.64)$4,558.96
October Quarterly[19]October 15, 2012$4,558.96$28,086.00$(28,355.96)$4,289.00
Running totals
$59,661$(55,372)

District history

Candidate ballot accecss
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2010

On November 2, 2010, Andre Carson won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Marvin B. Scott (R) and Dav Wilson (L) in the general election.[20]

U.S. House, Indiana District 7 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAndre Carson Incumbent 58.9% 86,011
     Republican Marvin B. Scott 37.8% 55,213
     Libertarian Dav Wilson 3.3% 4,815
Total Votes 146,039

See also

External links

References

  1. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Indiana"
  2. Indiana Elections Division, "2012 Calendar Brochure," accessed July 24, 2012
  3. Indiana Redistricting Map, "Map" accessed July 24, 2012
  4. Indiana Secretary of State "General Election Candidates" accessed August 2, 2012
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 WIBC Indianapolis.com "Republican, Independent Join Seventh District Race" December 16, 2011
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 Indiana Secretary of State "2012 Primary Candidate List" accessed January 26, 2012
  7. Roll Call, "Race Ratings: GOP Poised to Scoop Up a Seat" accessed February 29, 2012
  8. Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer, "Arizona's congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
  9. Labels & Lists, "VoterMapping software voter counts"
  10. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Indiana," September 2012
  11. Cook Political Report, "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" accessed October 2012
  12. Federal Election Commission, "Carson April Quarterly" accessed October 8
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Carson Pre-primary" accessed October 8
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Carson July Quarterly" accessed October 8, 2012
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Carson October Quarterly" accessed October 22, 2012
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Carlos May April Quarterly" accessed October 8, 2012
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Carlos May Pre-primary" accessed October 8, 2012
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Carlos May July Quarterly" accessed October 8, 2012
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Carlos May October Quarterly" accessed October 22, 2012
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013