Mississippi's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012

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Mississippi's 3rd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
March 13, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Gregg Harper Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Gregg Harper Republican Party
Gregg Harper.jpg

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

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The 3rd Congressional District of Mississippi held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Gregg Harper 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 Gregg Harper (R), who has served since 2009.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Mississippi's 3rd Congressional District is located in the eastern portion of the state and includes Oktibbeha, Noxubee, Kemper, Neshoba, Lauderdale, Newton, Scott, Rankin, Madison, Simpson, Smith, Lauderdale, Clarke, Jasper, Covington, Jefferson Davis, Lawrence, Lincoln, Walthall, Pike, Amite, Franklin, Wilkinson, and Adams counties.[3]

This is the 3rd 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

Republican Party Gregg HarperGreen check mark transparent.png
Reform Party John Luke Pannell
Note: Crystal C. Biggs (D) withdrew from the race in September 2012 after winning the primary, citing an illness. Vicki Slater was set to replace her on the ballot but declined to enter the race.[4]

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Reform Party Reform Party candidate

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Mississippi District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGregg Harper Incumbent 80% 234,717
     Reform John Luke Pannell 20% 58,605
Total Votes 293,322
Source: Mississippi Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Republican Primary

U.S. House of Representatives-Mississippi District 3 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGregg Harper Incumbent 91.8% 78,667
Robert Allen 8.2% 7,025
Total Votes 85,692

Impact of Redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Mississippi

The 3rd District was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[7][8]

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 3rd District became less Republican because of redistricting.[9]

  • 2012: 35D / 65R
  • 2010: 34D / 66R

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 3rd Congressional District had a PVI of R+15 which was the 50th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 61-39 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 66-34 percent over John Kerry (D).[10]

District History


On November 2, 2010, Harper won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Joel L. Gill (D), and Tracella Lou O’Hara Hill (Reform) in the general election.[11]

U.S. House of Representatives, Mississippi's 3rd Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGregg Harper Incumbent 68% 132,393
     Democratic Joel L. Gill 31.2% 60,737
     Reform Tracella Lou O’Hara Hill 0.8% 1,586
Total Votes 194,716

Campaign donors

Gregg Harper

Gregg Harper (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[12]March 31, 2012$157,404.45$111,190.00$(52,989.45)$215,605.00
July Quarterly[13]July 15, 2012$215,605.00$101,744.60$(81,561.40)$235,788.20
Running totals

See also

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