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Mississippi's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

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Mississippi's 2nd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
March 13, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Bennie Thompson Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Bennie Thompson Democratic Party
Bennie Thompson.jpg

Mississippi U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2nd Congressional District of Mississippi held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Bennie Thompson was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
January 13, 2012
March 13, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Mississippi has an open primary system, meaning any registered voter can vote in any party's primary.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by February 11, 2012. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 6, 2012.[2]

See also: Mississippi elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election was incumbent Bennie Thompson (D), who had served since 1993.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Mississippi's 2nd Congressional District is located in the western portion of the state and includes Jefferson, Claiborne, Copiah, Hinds, Warren, Issaquena, Sharkey, Yazoo, Madison, Leake, Attala, Washington, Humphreys, Sunflower, Bolivar, Leflore, Carroll, Montgomery, Grenada, Yalobusha, Panola, Tallahatchie, Quitman, Coahoma, Panola, and Tunica counties.[3]

This is the 2nd Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.


Note: Election results were added on election night as races were called. Vote totals were added after official election results had been certified. For more information about Ballotpedia's election coverage plan, click here. If you find any errors in this list, please email: Geoff Pallay.

General election candidates

Democratic Party Bennie ThompsonGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Bill Marcy
Independent Cobby Williams
Reform Party Lajena Williams

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Independent Nonpartisan candidate

Reform Party Reform Party candidate

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Mississippi District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBennie Thompson Incumbent 67.1% 214,978
     Republican Bill Marcy 31% 99,160
     Independent Cobby Williams 1.4% 4,605
     Reform Lajena Williams 0.5% 1,501
Total Votes 320,244
Source: Mississippi Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Democratic Primary

U.S. House of Representatives-Mississippi District 2 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBennie Thompson Incumbent 87.5% 49,083
Heather McTeer 12.5% 7,040
Total Votes 56,123

Impact of Redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Mississippi

The 2nd District was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[6][7]

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. Mississippi's 2nd District became less Democratic because of redistricting.[8]

  • 2012: 61D / 39R
  • 2010: 62D / 38R

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 measured each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. Mississippi's 2nd Congressional District had a PVI of D+10, which was the 105th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 65-35 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 58-42 percent over George W. Bush (R).[9]

District History


On November 2, 2010, Thompson won re election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Bill Marcy (R) and Ashley Norwood (Reform) in the general election.[10]

U.S. House of Representatives, Mississippi's 2nd Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBennie Thompson Incumbent 61.5% 105,327
     Republican Bill Marcy 37.6% 64,499
     Reform Ashley Norwood 0.9% 1,530
Total Votes 171,356

Campaign donors

Bennie Thompson

Bennie Thompson (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]March 31, 2012$1,647,631.84$135,166.85$(532,563.14)$1,250,235.55
Running totals

Bill Marcy

According to the Federal Elections Commission, Bill Marcy had failed to file financial reports for the April and July Quarterly periods.[12]

Cobby Williams

Cobby Williams (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[13]March 31, 2012$153.42$1,475.00$(1,546.45)$81.97
July Quarterly[14]July 12, 2012$0.00$7,300.00$(5,186.22)$2,113.78
Running totals

See also

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