Missouri's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012
November 6, 2012
August 7, 2012
|Candidate Filing Deadline||Primary Election||General Election|
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.
- See also: Missouri elections, 2012
Incumbent: District 3 was an open seat heading into the November general election, as incumbent Russ Carnahan (D), who was first elected to the House in 2004, ran against Lacy Clay (D) in the primary for Missouri's 1st District.
This was the first election which used new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Missouri's 3rd Congressional District is located in the eastern portion of the state and includes Lincolnm St. Charles, Franklin, Jefferson, Warren, Montgomery, Callaway, Osage, Gasconade, Maries, Cole, Miller, and Camden counties.
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General election candidates
August 7, 2012, primary results
|U.S. House, Missouri District 3 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Eric C. Mayer||32.9%||111,189|
|Republican||Blaine Luetkemeyer Incumbent||63.5%||214,843|
|Source: Missouri Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
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 trimmed the seat from St. Louis, changing up the 1st and 3rd Congressional Districts and upsetting their liberal Democratic representatives, William Lacy Clay and Russ Carnahan, respectively. With Carnahan’s own home now in Clay’s 1st District, the two saw the new map as unfair. The new third district now contains much of the eliminated 9th District, represented by Blaine Luetkemeyer.
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 3rd District became more Republican because of redistricting.
- 2012: 40D / 60R
- 2010: 41D / 59R
Cook Political Report's PVI
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 3rd Congressional District has a PVI of R+9, which is the 117th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 57-43 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 60-40 percent over John Kerry (D).
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On November 2, 2010, Russ Carnahan was re-elected to the United States House for a fourth term. He defeated Ed Martin (R), Steven R. Hedrick (Libertarian), Nicholas J. ‘‘Nick Ivanovich (Constitution), and Brian Wallner (Write-in).
|Blaine Luetkemeyer (2012) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||March 31, 2012||$773,037.14||$87,384.60||$(32,689.98)||$827,731.76|
|July Quarterly||June 30, 2012||$827,731.76||$105,701.00||$(94,204.35)||$839,228.41|
- United States House of Representatives elections in Missouri, 2012
- United States House of Representatives elections, 2012
- United States Senate elections in Missouri, 2012
- ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012
- Missouri Secretary of State, "2012 Elections Calendar," accessed July 25, 2012
- FlorissantPatch, "Carnahan, Clay Both File in 1st District" March 28, 2012
- Missouri Redistricting Map, "Map" accessed August 29, 2012
- Missouri Secretary of State "Candidate Filing List" March 28, 2012
- Roll Call "Luetkemeyer Passes on Missouri Senate Bid," accessed December 15, 2011
- "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Missouri," September 2012
- Cook Political Report, "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" accessed October 2012
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
- Federal Election Commission, "Blaine Luetkemeyer April Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2012
- Federal Election Commission, "Blaine Luetkemeyer July Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2012