New Jersey's 6th Congressional District elections, 2012

From Ballotpedia
Jump to: navigation, search


New Jersey's 6th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
June 5, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Frank Pallone Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Frank Pallone Democratic Party
Frank Pallone.jpg

New Jersey U.S. House Elections
District 1District 2District 3District 4District 5District 6District 7District 8District 9District 10District 11District 12

2012 U.S. Senate Elections

Flag of New Jersey.png
The 6th Congressional District of New Jersey held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Frank Pallone won the election.[1]
This was the congressional map approved by the 2011 redistricting committee. The 6th District was the cyan district in the eastern middle part of the state.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
April 2, 2012
June 5, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: New Jersey had a mostly closed primary system, in which registered Republicans and Democrats could only vote in their own party's primary, but voters who had 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 was incumbent Frank Pallone (D), who was first elected to the House in 1992.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. New Jersey's 6th Congressional Districtwas located in the eastern portion of the state and included parts of Monmouth and Middlesex 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 Frank Pallone Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Anna Little
Libertarian Party Len Flynn
Independent Mac Dara Lyden
Independent Herbert Tarbous
Independent Karen Zaletel

June 5, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Republican Party Republican primary

Libertarian PartyLibertarian Party

Independent Independent Party

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, New Jersey District 6 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngFrank Pallone Incumbent 63.3% 151,782
     Republican Anna Little 35.2% 84,360
     Libertarian Len Flynn 0.6% 1,392
     Independent Mac Dara Lyden 0.3% 830
     Independent Herbert Tarbous 0.2% 406
     Independent Karen Zaletel 0.4% 868
Total Votes 239,638
Source: New Jersey Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Republican Primary

New Jersey's 6th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAnna Little 70.1% 7,692
Ernesto Cullari 29.9% 3,277
Total Votes 10,969

Race Background

Despite the new shape of New Jersey's 6th Congressional District, the 2012 race strongly resembled the match-up two years ago between Republican Anna Little and Democratic incumbent Frank Pallone. In the redistricting, the 6th District was shifted to the east, but maintained its political demographics: the ratio of registered Democrats to Republicans was nearly 3 to 1. Despite tea-party support, Little lost to Pallone by 11 points in 2010.[6]

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.

Following redistricting, the district remained solidly Democratic.[7][8]

The 6th 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 6 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the New Jersey Secretary of State:

New Jersey Congressional District 6[11]
Congressional District District Total Democrats Republicans Other & Unaffiliated Advantage Party Advantage Change in Advantage from 2010
District 6 408,028 143,714 54,326 209,988 Democratic 164.54% 17.64%
"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. New Jersey's 6th District became more Republican because of redistricting.[12]

  • 2012: 55D / 45R
  • 2010: 57D / 43R

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 6th Congressional District had a PVI of D+6, which was the 137th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 59-41 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 55-45 percent over George W. Bush (R).[13]

Campaign donors

Frank Pallone

Frank Pallone Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]April 15$3,361,978.13$207,081.33$(197,957.35)$3,371,102.11
Pre-primary[15]May 24$3,371,102.11$64,529.58$(75,963.76)$3,359,667.93
July Quarterly[16]July 15$3,360,317.93$181,070.61$(133,968.16)$3,407,420.38
Running totals

Anna Little

Anna Little Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[17]April 15$0.00$161,151.95$(147,317.46)$13,834.49
Pre-primary[18]May 16$13,834.49$10,075.00$(10,102.54)$13,806.95
July Quarterly[19]July 15$-8,381.33$14,175.00$(17,114.75)$-11,321.08
Running totals

District history

Candidate ballot access
Ballot Access Requirements Final.jpg

Find detailed information on ballot access requirements in all 50 states and Washington D.C.


On November 2, 2010, Frank Pallone was re-elected to the United States House. He defeated Anna C. Little (R), Jack Freudenheim (Independent), and Karen Anne Zaletel (Green Tea Patriots).[20]

United States House, New Jersey General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngFrank Pallone Incumbent 54.7% 81,933
     Republican Anna C. Little 43.7% 65,413
     Independent Jack Freudenheim 0.9% 1,299
     Green Tea Patriots Karen Anne Zaletel 0.7% 1,017
Total Votes 149,662

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 4.2 "U.S. Senate Primary Candidates," accessed April 2, 2012
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 "Candidate List" accessed September 19, 2012
  6. NJ Spotlight, "Race in New-Look 6th Congressional District Features Familiar Foes" accessed October 12, 2012
  7. New Jersey Spotlight, "U.S. Congressional Race: District 6," May 25, 2012
  8. Sabato Crystal Ball, "2012 House," May 9, 2012
  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 27, 2012
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Pre-primary," accessed September 27, 2012
  16. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed September 27, 2012
  17. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed September 27, 2012
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Pre-primary," accessed September 27, 2012
  19. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed September 27, 2012
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013