Missouri's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

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Missouri's 2nd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 7, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Ann Wagner Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Todd Akin Republican Party
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Missouri U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2nd Congressional District of Missouri held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This is the 2nd Congressional District prior to the 2011 redistricting.

Ann Wagner was elected on November 6, 2012.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 27, 2012
August 7, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Missouri 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 July 11. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 10.[2]

See also: Missouri elections, 2012

Incumbent: District 2 was an open seat heading into the November election, as incumbent Todd Akin (R), who was first elected to the House in 2000, ran for a seat in the U.S. Senate.[3]

This was the first election which used new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Missouri's 2nd Congressional District is located in the eastern portion of the state and includes St. Louis, Franklin, Warren, Jefferson, and St. Charles counties.[4]

Politico listed the 2nd District race as one of the top five primaries in the list 5 primaries to watch in 2012.[5]


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 Glenn Koenen
Republican Party Ann Wagner Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Bill Slantz
Constitution Party Anatol Zorikova

August 7, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Note: Candidates Harold Whitfield and Glenn Koenen were separated by a small percentage of votes, with the race too close to call.[7] On August 9, 2012 Whitfield announced that he would request a recount, as the race was separated by less than 1 percent of the votes.[8] On September 13, 2012 the recount was completed and Koenen was declared the winner.[9]

Republican Party Republican Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Candidate

Constitution Party Constitution Candidate

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Missouri District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Glenn Koenen 37.1% 146,272
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAnn Wagner 60.1% 236,971
     Libertarian Bill Slantz 2.3% 9,193
     Constitution Anatol Zorikova 0.5% 2,012
Total Votes 394,448
Source: Missouri Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

The primary took place on August 7.[12]

Democratic Primary

Missouri's 2nd Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGlenn Koenen 28.4% 7,893
Harold Whitfield 28.2% 7,844
George (Boots) Weber 27.1% 7,545
Marshall Works 16.3% 4,531
Total Votes 27,813

Republican Primary

Missouri's 2nd Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAnn Wagner 65.8% 53,583
Randy Jotte 22.9% 18,644
John Morris 7.4% 6,041
James O. Baker 3.9% 3,185
Total Votes 81,453

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Missouri

Missouri lost a congressional seat following the results of the 2010 Census, bringing its number of representatives down to eight. The redistricting significantly increased the population represented by the 2nd District.

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. Missouri's 2nd District became less Republican because of redistricting.[13]

  • 2012: 43D / 57R
  • 2010: 41D / 59R

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. Missouri's 2nd Congressional District has a PVI of R+7, which is the 151st most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 53-47 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 58-42 percent over John Kerry (D).[14]

District history

Candidate ballot access
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On November 2, 2010, Todd Akin was re-elected to the United States House for a sixth term. He defeated Arthur Lieber (D), Steve Mosbacher (Libertarian), and Patrick M. Cannon (Write-in).[15]

United States House, Missouri General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTodd Akin Incumbent 67.9% 180,481
     Democratic Arthur Lieber 29.2% 77,467
     Libertarian Steve Mosbacher 2.9% 7,677
     Write-in Patrick M. Cannon 0% 7
Total Votes 265,632

Campaign donors

Ann Wagner

Ann Wagner (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[16]March 31, 2012$1,011,581.08$280,424.12$(220,917.56)$1,071,087.64
July Quarterly[17]June 30, 2012$1,071,087.64$265,466.00$(595,047.75)$741,505.89
Pre-Primary[18]July 26$741,505.89$31,440.00$(247,879.08)$525,066.81
Running totals

Glen Koenen

Glen Koenen Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[19]July 15$0.00$4,670.00$(4,084.50)$585.50
Pre-Primary[20]July 27$585.50$5,150.00$(2,016.35)$3,719.15
Running totals

See also


  1. ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  2. Missouri Secretary of State, "2012 Elections Calendar," accessed July 25, 2012
  3. Washington Post, "Todd Akin running for Senate," accessed December 10, 2011
  4. Missouri Redistricting Map, "Map" accessed August 29, 2012
  5. Politico, "5 primaries to watch" accessed April 18, 2012
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 6.8 Missouri Secretary of State "Candidate Filing List" March 28, 2012
  7. AP Results "U.S. House Race in Missouri Election Results" accessed August 7, 2012
  8. Kansas City Star "Five Missouri primary races appear eligible for recount" accessed August 15, 2012
  9. KSDK "Glenn Koenen wins Democratic primary for Todd Akin's seat" accessed October 4, 2012
  10. The Hill "Missouri Republican Wagner formally launches 2012 House bid," accessed December 10, 2011
  11. AP Results "U.S. House in Missouri Results" accessed August 7, 2012
  12. Missouri Secretary of State, "August 2012 Primary Election," accessed September 5, 2012
  13. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Missouri," September 2012
  14. Cook Political Report, "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" accessed October 2012
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Ann Wagner April Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2012
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Ann Wagner July Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2012
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Ann Wagner Pre-Primary" accessed October 9, 2012"
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Glen Koenen July Quarterly" accessed October 9, 2012"
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Glen Koenen Pre-Primary" accessed October 9, 2012"