Maryland's 8th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Maryland's 8th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
April 3, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Chris Van Hollen Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Chris Van Hollen Democratic Party
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Maryland U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 8th Congressional District of Maryland held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Incumbent Chris Van Hollen (D) won re-election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
January 11, 2012
April 3, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Maryland has a closed primary system, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by March 13. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 16.[2]

See also: Maryland elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Chris Van Hollen (D), who was first elected in 2002. According to news reports, if U.S. Senator Ben Cardin had not sought re-election in 2012, Van Hollen might have instead run for U.S. Senate instead of re-election to the House.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Maryland's 8th Congressional District encompassed parts of Carroll, Frederick, and Montgomery counties.[3]

Candidates

General election candidates

Democratic Party Chris Van HollenGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Ken Timmerman
Libertarian Party Mark Grannis
Green Party George Gluck


April 3, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic

Republican Party Republican

Libertarian PartyLibertarian party

Green PartyGreen party

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Maryland District 8 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChris Van Hollen Incumbent 63.4% 217,531
     Republican Ken Timmerman 32.9% 113,033
     Libertarian Mark Grannis 2.1% 7,235
     Green George Gluck 1.5% 5,064
     N/A Other Write-ins 0.1% 393
Total Votes 343,256
Source: Maryland State Board of Elections "Representative in Congress"

Democratic Results

U.S. House, Maryland District 8 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngChris Van Hollen Incumbent 92.2% 35,989
George English 7.8% 3,041
Total Votes 39,030

Republican Results

U.S. House, Maryland District 8 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKen Timmerman 46.2% 13,340
Gus Alzona 8.8% 2,542
Shelly Skolnick 12.7% 3,671
Dave Wallace 32.3% 9,319
Total Votes 28,872

Race background

Ken Timmerman was endorsed by Rep. Roscoe Bartlett from Maryland's 6th District.[6]

Campaign donors

2012

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Hollen's reports.

Chris Van Hollen (2012)[7] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[8]June 16, 2012$1,899,481.46$228,202.42$(63,882.58)$2,063,801.30
July Quarterly[9]July 15, 2012$2,063,801.30$350,661.97$(171,101.24)$2,243,362.03
Running totals
$578,864.39$(234,983.82)

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Timmerman's reports.

Ken Timmerman (2012)[10] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]April 5, 2012$20,212.37$18,274.50$(18,999.09)$19,487.78
July Quarterly[12]July 15, 2012$19,487.78$59,407.63$(27,683.55)$51,211.86
Running totals
$77,682.13$(46,682.64)

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Maryland

The redrawn 8th District included parts of Carroll, Frederick, and Montgomery counties.[13]

The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[14][15]

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. Maryland's 8th District became less Democratic because of redistricting.[16]

  • 2012: 60D / 40R
  • 2010: 71D / 29R

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. Maryland's 8th Congressional District has a PVI of D+10, which is the 104th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 64-36 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 59-41 percent over George W. Bush (R).[17]

Registration statistics

As of October 24, 2012, District 8 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the Maryland State Board of Elections:

Maryland Congressional District 8[18]
Congressional District District Total Democrats Republicans Other & Unaffiliated Advantage Party Advantage Change in Advantage from 2010
District 8 449,366 228,653 126,169 94,544 Democratic 81.23% -116.21%
"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 history

Candidate ballot accecss
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2010

On November 2, 2010, Van Hollen won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Michael Lee Philips (R), Mark Grannis (L) and Fred Nordhorn (C) in the general election.[19]

U.S. House, Maryland District 8 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChris Van Hollen Incumbent 73.3% 153,613
     Republican Michael Lee Philips 25% 52,421
     Libertarian Mark Grannis 1.3% 2,713
     Constitution Fred Nordhorn 0.3% 696
     Independent Write-In 0.1% 224
Total Votes 209,667

See also

External links

References

  1. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Maryland"
  2. Maryland State Board of Elections, " 2012 Presidential Election Calendar," accessed July 25, 2012
  3. Maryland Redistricting Map, "Map" accessed September 25, 2012
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 Maryland State Board of Elections "Candidates" accessed January 3, 2012
  5. 5.0 5.1 Maryland State Board of Elections "Primary Election Results 2012" accessed April 3, 2012
  6. Baltimore Sun, "8th Congressional District election guide 2012" accessed March 25, 2012
  7. Federal Election Commission, "Chris Hollen Summary Report," accessed September 28, 2012
  8. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed September 28, 2012
  9. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed September 28, 2012
  10. Federal Election Commission, "Ken Timmerman Summary Report," accessed September 28, 2012
  11. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed September 28, 2012
  12. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed September 28, 2012
  13. Maryland Department of Planning, "Maryland 2011 Congressional Districts" accessed February 29, 2012
  14. Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer, "Maryland's congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
  15. Labels & Lists, "VoterMapping software voter counts"
  16. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Maryland," September 2012
  17. Cook Political Report, "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" accessed October 2012
  18. Maryland State Board of Elections, "Congressional Voter Registration Statistics," May 18, 2012
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013 accessed December 1, 2011