Kentucky's 5th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Kentucky's 5th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
May 22, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Hal Rogers Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Hal Rogers Republican Party
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 5th Congressional District of Kentucky held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This is the 5th Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.

Hal Rogers 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 Hal Rogers (R), who was first elected in 1980.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Kentucky's 5th Congressional District is located in the heart of Appalachia in southeastern Kentucky. Located within the district are the cities of Pikeville, Middlesborough and Somerset. Boyd, Carter, Rowan, Elliot, Lawrence, Martin, Johnson, Morgan, Magofflin, Floyd, Pike, Knott, Letcher, Perry, Breathitt, Lee, Owsley, Clay, Jackson, Laurel, Knox, Bell, Whitley, McCreary, Rockcastle, Lincoln, Pulaski and Wayne counties are included in this district.[3]


General election candidates

Democratic Party Kenneth Stepp
Republican Party Hal Rogers 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 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngHal Rogers Incumbent 77.9% 195,406
     Democratic Kenneth Stepp 22.1% 55,447
Total Votes 250,853
Source: Kentucky Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"
U.S. House, Kentucky District 5 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKenneth Stepp 52.7% 12,275
Michael Ackerman 47.3% 11,016
Total Votes 23,291

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Kentucky

The 5th District was made slightly more competitive in redistricting.[6]

Registration statistics

As of October 24, 2012, District 5 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the Kentucky State Board of Elections:

Kentucky Congressional District 5[7]
Congressional District District Total Democrats Republicans Other & Unaffiliated Advantage Party Advantage Change in Advantage from 2010
District 5 504,745 255,355 230,403 18,987 Democratic 10.83% -1.09%
"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 5th District became less Republican because of redistricting.[8]

  • 2012: 29D / 71R
  • 2010: 28D / 72R

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 5th Congressional District has a PVI of R+16, which is the 43rd most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 68-32 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 61-39 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 Rogers' reports.

Hal Rogers (2012)[10] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]March 31, 2012$1,029,322.00$130,528.78$(137,253.74)$1,022,597.04
July Quarterly[12]June 30, 2012$1,069,326.71$134,546.11$(168,936.72)$1,034,936.10
Running totals

District history

Candidate ballot access
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On November 2, 2010, Hal Rogers won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated James E. "Jim" Holbert (D) in the general election.[13]

U.S. House, Kentucky District 5 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngHal Rogers Incumbent 77.4% 151,019
     Democratic Jim Holbert 22.6% 44,034
Total Votes 195,053

See also

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