Nebraska's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012
November 6, 2012
May 15, 2012
|Candidate Filing Deadline||Primary Election||General Election|
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.
- 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.
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General election candidates
|U.S. House, Nebraska District 3 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Adrian Smith Incumbent||74.2%||187,423|
|Source: Nebraska Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
The primary was held on May 15, 2012.
|Nebraska's 3rd Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012|
Impact of redistricting
- See also: Redistricting in Nebraska
Nebraska was redistricted following the 2010 Census, but did not gain or lose a seat.
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.
- 2012: 28D / 72R
- 2010: 27D / 73R
Cook Political Report's PVI
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).
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|United States House, Nebraska General Election, 2010|
|Republican||Adrian Smith Incumbent||70.1%||117,275|
|By Petition||Dan Hill||12%||20,036|
|Adrian Smith (2012) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||March 31, 2012||$515,943.26||$97,637.77||$(67,934.52)||$545,646.51|
- United States House of Representatives elections in Nebraska, 2012
- United States House of Representatives elections, 2012
- United States Senate elections in Nebraska, 2012
- Politico, "2012 House Race Results," accessed November 6, 2012
- Nebraska Secretary of State, "Voter Information," accessed July 25, 2012
- Nebraska Redistricting Map, "Map" accessed August 29, 2012
- Nebraska Secretary of State "2012 Primary Candidates List," accessed March 3, 2012
- Journal Star "Nebraska Rep. Adrian Smith files for re-election" accessed February 4, 2012
- Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer, "Nebraska's congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
- Labels & Lists, "VoterMapping software voter counts"
- "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Nebraska," 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," accessed March 28, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Adrian Smith April Quarterly," accessed July 2, 2012