Kentucky's 5th 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 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. 
General election candidates
May 22, 2012, primary results
|U.S. House, Kentucky District 5 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Hal Rogers Incumbent||77.9%||195,406|
|Source: Kentucky Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"|
|U.S. House, Kentucky District 5 Democratic Primary, 2012|
Impact of redistricting
- See also: Redistricting in Kentucky
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|
|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 5th District became less Republican because of redistricting.
- 2012: 29D / 71R
- 2010: 28D / 72R
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 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).
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) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||March 31, 2012||$1,029,322.00||$130,528.78||$(137,253.74)||$1,022,597.04|
|July Quarterly||June 30, 2012||$1,069,326.71||$134,546.11||$(168,936.72)||$1,034,936.10|
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|U.S. House, Kentucky District 5 General Election, 2010|
|Republican||Hal Rogers Incumbent||77.4%||151,019|
- 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 Filing" 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 "Hal Rogers Summary Report," Accessed September, 27 2012
- Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed September, 27 2012
- Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed June 27, 2012
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010" Accessed November 15, 2011