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Maryland's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012
Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was John Sarbanes (D), who was first elected in 2006. He won re-election on November 6, 2012.
On March 30, 2012, the 3rd District was included in a list released by the National Journal of the top ten most contorted congressional districts, as a result of redistricting. The district wound through parts of Anne Arundel, Montgomery, Howard, and Baltimore counties.
The redrawn 3rd District included parts of Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Howard, and Montgomery counties, including parts of the city of Baltimore. On March 30, 2012, the 3rd District was included in a list released by the National Journal of the top ten most contorted congressional districts due to redistricting.
The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.
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. Maryland's 3rd District became more Democratic because of redistricting.
"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.