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Nebraska's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012

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Nebraska's 3rd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
May 15, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Adrian Smith Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Adrian Smith Republican Party
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Nebraska U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 3rd Congressional District of Nebraska held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Adrian Smith won the election.[1]
This is the 3rd Congressional District prior to the 2011 redistricting.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 1, 2012
June 5, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Nebraska has a closed primary system, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by February 10, 2012 by mail or February 17, 2012 in-person. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 19, 2012 by mail or October 26, 2012 in-person.[2]

See also: Nebraska elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Adrian Smith (R), who was first elected to the House in 2006.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Nebraska's 3rd Congressional District is located in the western portion of the state and includes Saline, Jefferson, Thayer, Fillmore, York, Polk, Nuckolls, Clay, Hamilton, Merrick, Platte, Nance, Boone, Antelope, Pierce, Cedar, Knox, Boyd, Holt, Wheeler, Garfield, Valley, Greeley, Howard, Sherman, Hall, Buffalo, Adams, Webster, Franklin, Kearney, Phelps, Harlan, Furnas, Gosper, Red Willow, Frontier, Dawson, Lincoln, Custer, Logan, Blaine, Thomas, Blaine, Loup, Rock, Brown, Keya Paha, Cherry, Hooker, Grant, Arthur, McPherson, Keith, Perkins, Chase, Hayes, Hitchcock, Dundy, Deuel, Garden, Cheyenne, Morrill, Sheridan, Box Butte, Dawes, Sioux, Scotts Bluff, Banner,and Kimball counties.[3]


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 Mark Sullivan
Republican Party Adrian SmithGreen check mark transparent.png

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Nebraska District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Mark Sullivan 25.8% 65,266
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAdrian Smith Incumbent 74.2% 187,423
Total Votes 252,689
Source: Nebraska Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Primary Election

The primary was held on May 15, 2012.[6]

Nebraska's 3rd Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAdrian Smith 81.4% 62,645
Bob Lingenfelter 18.6% 14,297
Total Votes 76,942

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Nebraska

Nebraska was redistricted following the 2010 Census, but did not gain or lose a seat.

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

  • 2012: 28D / 72R
  • 2010: 27D / 73R

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. Nebraska's 3rd Congressional District had a PVI of R+23, which was the 13th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 68-32 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 74-26 percent over John Kerry (D).[10]

District history

Candidate ballot access
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On November 2, 2010, Adrian Smith was re-elected to the United States House for a seventh term. He defeated Rebekah Davis (D) and Dan Hill (By Petition).[11]

United States House, Nebraska General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAdrian Smith Incumbent 70.1% 117,275
     Democratic Rebekah Davis 17.9% 29,932
     By Petition Dan Hill 12% 20,036
Total Votes 167,243

Campaign donors

Adrian Smith

Adrian Smith (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[12]March 31, 2012$515,943.26$97,637.77$(67,934.52)$545,646.51
Running totals

See also