Kentucky's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012
November 6, 2012
May 22, 2012
- 1 Candidates
- 2 Election results
- 3 Issues
- 4 Impact of redistricting
- 5 Campaign Donations
- 6 District history
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- 9 References
|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 Brett Guthrie (R), who was first elected in 2008.
This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Kentucky's 2nd Congressional District is located in west central Kentucky, and includes Davies, Hancock, Breckinridge, Grayson, Butler, Warren, Edmonson, Barren, Hart, Green, Larue, Nelson, Washington, Mercer, Boyle, Garrard, Jessamine, Bulitt, Nelson, Spencer and Meade counties.
General election candidates
May 22, 2012, primary results
|U.S. House, Kentucky District 2 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||David Lynn Williams||31.7%||89,541|
|Republican||Brett Guthrie Incumbent||64.3%||181,508|
|Independent||Andrew R. Beacham||2.2%||6,304|
|Source: Kentucky Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"|
Guthrie had outlined his policy position on several YouTube videos. The following video, was released on September 13, 2012 and is titled "Representative Brett Guthrie on Restoring America's Economy."
Brett Guthrie, "Representative Brett Guthrie on Restoring America's Economy"
Impact of redistricting
- See also: Redistricting in Kentucky
The 2nd District had to shrink from the more than 760,000 people it had. As a result, it lost precincts in Jefferson County, as well as Republican-leaning Shelby and Taylor counties and part of Spencer County. It also shed Marion County and the northern part of Ohio County.
As of October 24, 2012, District 2 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the Kentucky State Board of Elections:
|Kentucky Congressional District 2|
|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 2nd District became more Republican because of redistricting.
- 2012: 34D / 66R
- 2010: 35D / 65R
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 2nd Congressional District has a PVI of R+15, which is the 44th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 62-38 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 66-34 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 Guthrie's reports.
|Brett Guthrie (2012) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 14, 2012||$688,675.50||$205,104.81||$(65,329.62)||$828,450.69|
|July Quarterly||July 17, 2012||$780,616.71||$265,525.25||$(154,444.19)||$891,697.77|
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|U.S. House, Kentucky District 2 General Election, 2010|
|Republican||Brett Guthrie Incumbent||67.9%||155,906|
- United States House of Representatives elections in Kentucky, 2012
- United States House of Representatives elections, 2012
- ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012
- 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 23, 2012
- Kentucky Secretary of State "2012 Primary List"
- Kentucky Secretary of State Candidate List accessed September 5, 2012
- YouTube channel
- 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, "Brett Guthrie Summary Report," Accessed September 27, 2012
- Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" Accessed September 27, 2012
- Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" Accessed September 27, 2012
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010" Accessed November 12, 2011