Kentucky's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012
November 6, 2012
May 22, 2012
|Candidate Filing Deadline||Primary Election||General Election|
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.
- See also: Kentucky elections, 2012
Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is 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.
General election candidates
May 22, 2012, primary results
|U.S. House, Kentucky District 1 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Charles Kendall Hatchett||30.4%||87,199|
|Republican||Ed Whitfield Incumbent||69.6%||199,956|
|Source: Kentucky Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"|
|U.S. House, Kentucky District 1 Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Charles Kendall Hatchett||59.1%||19,127|
Impact of redistricting
- See also: Redistricting in Kentucky
The addition of northern Ohio County and Marion County added more registered Democrats. Adding Taylor County essentially canceled out the loss of another Republican County, Butler County, which moved to the 2nd District. The 462 voters it picks up from Washington County won’t make much of a difference, politically.
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|
|Congressional District||District Total||Democrats||Republicans||Other & Unaffiliated||Advantage||Party Advantage||Change in Advantage from 2010|
|"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.|
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.
- 2012: 34D / 66R
- 2010: 34D / 66R
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. 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).
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) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 14, 2012||$1,484,038.58||$509,251.26||$(85,357.13)||$1,907,932.71|
|July Quarterly||July 12, 2012||$1,895,483.16||$204,920.78||$(99,664.22)||$2,000,739.72|
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|U.S. House, Kentucky District 1 General Election, 2010|
|Republican||Ed Whitfield Incumbent||71.2%||153,840|
|Democratic||Charles Kendall Hatchett||28.8%||62,090|
- United States House of Representatives elections in Kentucky, 2012
- United States House of Representatives elections, 2012
- ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
- Kentucky State Board of Elections "Voter Information Guide," Accessed June 29, 2012
- Kentucky Redistricting Map "Map" Accessed July 24, 2012
- Kentucky Secretary of State "Candidate Filings" accessed January 31, 2012
- WLKY "Election Results" accessed May 22, 2012
- Channel 2 Pure Politics "Analysis: New congressional map only slightly moves the political needle in the 6 districts" Accessed February 29, 2012
- Kentucky State Board of Elections, "Congressional Voter Registration Statistics," June 11, 2012
- "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Kentucky," September 2012
- Cook Political Report "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" Accessed October 2012
- Federal Election Commission "Ed Whitfield Summary Report," Accessed October 1, 2012
- Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed October 1, 2012
- Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed October 1, 2012
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010" Accessed November 12, 2011