Kentucky's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

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Kentucky's 1st Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
May 22, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Ed Whitfield Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Ed Whitfield Republican Party
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Kentucky U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 1st Congressional District of Kentucky held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This is the 1st Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.

Ed Whitfield was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
February 7, 2012
May 22, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Kentucky has a closed primary system, meaning the selection of a party's candidates in a primary election is limited to registered members of that party.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by April 23. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 9.[2]

See also: Kentucky elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Ed Whitfield (R), who was first elected in 1994.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Kentucky's 1st Congressional District is located in western Kentucky and stretch across the southern portion of the state. It includes Fulton, Hickman, Carlisle, Ballard, McCracken, Graves, Calloway, Marshall, Lyon, Livington, Trigg, Caldwell, Crittenden, Christian, Todd, Logan, Simpson, Allen, Monroe, Metcalfe, Adair, Taylor, Marion, Casey, Russell, Clinton, Ohio, Muhlenberg, Hopkins, McLean, Webster, Henderson, Webster and Union counties.[3]


General election candidates

Democratic Party Charles Kendall Hatchett
Republican Party Ed Whitfield Green check mark transparent.png

May 22, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Election results

U.S. House, Kentucky District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngEd Whitfield Incumbent 69.6% 199,956
     Democratic Charles Kendall Hatchett 30.4% 87,199
Total Votes 287,155
Source: Kentucky Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"
U.S. House, Kentucky District 1 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCharles Kendall Hatchett 59.1% 19,127
James Buckmaster 40.9% 13,239
Total Votes 32,366

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Kentucky

In redistricting, the 1st District was made slightly more competitive, but continues to strongly favor Republicans.[6]

The addition of northern Ohio County and Marion County added more registered Democrats.[6] Adding Taylor County essentially canceled out the loss of another Republican County, Butler County, which moved to the 2nd District.[6] The 462 voters it picks up from Washington County won’t make much of a difference, politically.[6]

Registration statistics

As of October 24, 2012, District 1 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the Kentucky State Board of Elections:

Kentucky Congressional District 1[7]
Congressional District District Total Democrats Republicans Other & Unaffiliated Advantage Party Advantage Change in Advantage from 2010
District 1 495,944 302,993 166,171 26,780 Democratic 82.34% -4.09%
"Party advantage" is the percentage gap between the two major parties in registered voters. "Change in advantage" is the spread in difference of party advantage between 2010 and 2012 based on the congressional district number only.

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. Kentucky's 1st District saw no change in partisanship due to redistricting.[8]

  • 2012: 34D / 66R
  • 2010: 34D / 66R

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. Kentucky's 1st Congressional District has a PVI of R+14, which is the 57th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 63-37 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 64-36 percent over John Kerry (D).[9]

Campaign donors

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Ed Whitfield's reports.

Ed Whitfield (2012)[10] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]April 14, 2012$1,484,038.58$509,251.26$(85,357.13)$1,907,932.71
July Quarterly[12]July 12, 2012$1,895,483.16$204,920.78$(99,664.22)$2,000,739.72
Running totals

District history

Candidate ballot access
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On November 2, 2010, Ed Whitfield won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Charles Kendall Hatchett (D) in the general election.[13]

U.S. House, Kentucky District 1 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngEd Whitfield Incumbent 71.2% 153,840
     Democratic Charles Kendall Hatchett 28.8% 62,090
Total Votes 215,930

See also

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