Missouri's 5th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Missouri's 5th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 7, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Emanuel Cleaver Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Emanuel Cleaver Democratic Party
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 5th Congressional District of Missouri held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This is the 5th Congressional District prior to the 2011 redistricting.

Emanuel Cleaver was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[1] The primary elections were held on August 7, 2012.

Heading into the election the incumbent was Emanuel Cleaver (D), who was first elected to the House in 2004.

This was the first election which used new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Missouri's 5th Congressional District is located in the western portion of the state and includes Saline, Lafayette, Ray, and Jackson counties.[2]


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General election candidates

Democratic Party Emanuel Cleaver Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Jacob Turk
Libertarian Party Randy Langkraehr

August 7, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Candidate

Republican Party Republican Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Candidate

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Missouri District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEmanuel Cleaver Incumbent 60.5% 200,290
     Republican Jacob Turk 36.9% 122,149
     Libertarian Randy Langkraehr 2.6% 8,497
     Write-in Andrew Feagle 0% 6
Total Votes 330,942
Source: Missouri Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

The primary took place on August 7th, 2012.[6]

Republican Primary

Missouri's 5th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJacob Turk 58.9% 24,814
Jerry Nolte 25.5% 10,734
Jason Greene 12% 5,067
Ron Paul Shawd 3.7% 1,542
Total Votes 42,157

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.

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 5th District became less Democratic because of redistricting.[7]

  • 2012: 59D / 41R
  • 2010: 61D / 39R

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 5th Congressional District has a PVI of D+9, which is the 106th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 63-37 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 59-41 percent over George W. Bush (R).[8]

District history

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On November 2, 2010, Emanuel Cleaver was re-elected to the United States House for a sixth term. He defeated Jacob Turk (R), Randall D. ‘‘Randy Langkraehr (Libertarian), and Dave Lay (Constitution).[9]

United States House, Missouri General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEmanuel Cleaver, II Incumbent 53.3% 102,076
     Republican Jacob Turk 44.2% 84,578
     Libertarian Randall D. ‘‘Randy Langkraehr 1.6% 3,077
     Constitution Dave Lay 0.9% 1,692
Total Votes 191,423

Campaign donors

Emanuel Cleaver

Emanuel Cleaver (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[10]March 31, 2012$339,986.43$165,544.20$(64,822.14)$440,708.49
July Quarterly[11]June 30, 2012$440,708.49$191,845.11$(72,579.36)$559,974.24
Running totals

Jacob Turk

Jacob Turk (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[12]March 31, 2012$95,711.88$38,320.99$(42,645.02)$91,387.85
July Quarterly[13]June 30, 2012$91,387.85$44,441.54$(67,054.7)$68,774.69
Running totals

See also