New Jersey's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

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New Jersey's 1st Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
June 5, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Rob Andrews Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Rob Andrews Democratic Party
Rob Andrews.jpeg

New Jersey U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 1st Congressional District of New Jersey held an election for the U.S. House of

Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Rob Andrews won the election.[1]

This was the congressional map approved by the 2011 redistricting committee. The 1st District was the magenta district in the southwest part of the state.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
April 2, 2012
June 5, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: New Jersey has a mostly closed primary system, in which registered Republicans and Democrats could only vote in their own party's primary, but voters who have never voted in a primary before could choose either party.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by March 11, 2012. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 16, 2012.[2]

See also: New Jersey elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Rob Andrews (D), who was first elected to the House in 1990.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. New Jersey's 1st Congressional District was located in the southwestern portion of the state and included most of Camden County and parts of Gloucester County.[3]


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General election candidates

Democratic Party Rob Andrews Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Greg Horton
Independent Margaret Chapman
Green Party John William Reitter

June 5, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Republican Party Republican primary

Independent Third Party

Green Party Green Party

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, New Jersey District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRob Andrews Incumbent 68.2% 210,470
     Republican Greg Horton 30% 92,459
     Green John William Reitter 1.4% 4,413
     Independent Margaret Chapman 0.4% 1,177
Total Votes 308,519
Source: New Jersey Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Democratic Primary

New Jersey's 1st Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Andrews Incumbent 88.4% 21,318
Francis Tenaglio 11.6% 2,797
Total Votes 24,115

Race background

New Jersey's 1st District was strongly Democratic, so the winner of the June 5 Democratic primary was likely to win in November.[6]

Campaign finance controversy

Rob Andrews faced an FEC investigation of his use of campaign funds, some of which he spent on seemingly non-campaign-related travel and a speeding ticket, among other things.[7][8]

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in New Jersey

New Jersey lost a congressional seat following the results of the 2010 Census, bringing its number of representatives down to 12. A new map was approved on December 23, 2011.

The 1st District was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district was composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[9][10]

Registration statistics

As of October 25, 2012, District 1 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the New Jersey Secretary of State:

New Jersey Congressional District 1[11]
Congressional District District Total Democrats Republicans Other & Unaffiliated Advantage Party Advantage Change in Advantage from 2010
District 1 481,277 192,752 67,724 220,801 Democratic 184.61% -6.91%
"Party advantage" is the percentage gap between the two major parties in registered voters. "Change in advantage" is the spread in difference of party advantage between 2010 and 2012 based on the congressional district number only.

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. There was no change in New Jersey's 1st District's partisan makeup.[12]

  • 2012: 62D / 38R
  • 2010: 62D / 38R

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. New Jersey's 1st Congressional District had a PVI of D+12, which was the 91st most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 65-35 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 61-39 percent over George W. Bush (R).[13]

Campaign donors

Rob Andrews

Rob Andrews Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]April 15$265,905.04$229,446.85$(167,196.23)$328,155.66
Pre-primary[15]April 24$328,155.66$106,918.70$(41,030.98)$394,043.38
July Quarterly[16]July 15$394,043.38$236,512.44$(114,955.57)$515,600.25
October Quarterly[17]515600.25$202,602.58$122,841.31$(595,361.52)$
Running totals

Greg Horton

Greg Horton Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[18]July 15$0$28,200$(104,614)$177,386
October Quarterly[19]October 15, 2012$1,773.86$5,845.00$(4,092.82)$3,526.04
Running totals

District history

Candidate ballot access
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On November 2, 2010, Rob Andrews was re-elected to the United States House for an eleventh term. He defeated Dale Glading (R), Mark Heacock (Green), Margaret M. Chapman (Time for Change), and Nicky I. Petrutz (Defend American Constitution).[20]

United States House, New Jersey General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRob Andrews Incumbent 63.2% 106,334
     Republican Dale Glading 34.8% 58,562
     Green Mark Heacock 0.9% 1,593
     Time for Change Margaret M. Chapman 0.7% 1,257
     Defend American Constitution Nicky I. Petrutz 0.3% 521
Total Votes 168,267

See also


  1. Politico, "2012 House Race Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  2. New Jersey Department of State, "Voter Registration Information," accessed June 30, 2012
  3. New Jersey Redistricting Map, "Map" accessed September 25, 2012
  4. 4.0 4.1 "U.S. House of Representatives Primary Candidates," accessed April 2, 2012
  5. 5.0 5.1 Candidate List, accessed September 19, 2012
  6. New Jersey Spotlight, "U.S. Congressional Race: District 1," May 23, 2012
  7. New Jersey Star-Ledger, "U.S. congressman under fire for campaign expenses turns to high-powered law firm," April 17, 2012
  8. CBS Philly, "Rep. Andrews Says He’ll Open Books For Election Spending Probe," December 5, 2011
  9. Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer, "New Jersey's congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
  10. Labels & Lists, "VoterMapping software voter counts"
  11. New Jersey Secretary of State, "Congressional Voter Registration Statistics," May 22, 2012
  12. FairVote, "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in New Jersey," September 2012]
  13. Cook Political Report, "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" accessed October 2012
  14. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed September 26, 2012
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Pre-primary," accessed September 26, 2012
  16. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed September 26, 2012
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Andrews October Quarterly," accessed October 26, 2012
  18. [ Federal Election Commission, "Horton July Quarterly" accessed October 26, 2012
  19. [ Federal Election Commission, "Horton October Quarterly" accessed October 26, 2012
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013