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North Carolina's 12th Congressional District elections, 2012

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North Carolina's 12th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
May 8, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Melvin L. Watt Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Melvin L. Watt Democratic Party
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North Carolina U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 12th Congressional District of North Carolina held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

This is the 12th Congressional District prior to the 2011 redistricting.

On March 30, 2012, the 12th District was included in a list released by the National Journal of the top ten most contorted congressional districts due to redistricting.[1]

Incumbent Melvin L. Watt (D) won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6th, 2012.[2]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
February 29, 2012
May 8, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: North Carolina has a closed primary system, meaning only registered members of a particular party may vote in that party's primary.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by April 13. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 12.[3]

See also: North Carolina elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Melvin Watt (D), who was first elected to the House in 1992. He won re-election on November 6, 2012.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. North Carolina's 12th Congressional District was located in the west-central portion of the state and included Mecklenburg, Cabbarus, Rowan, Davidson, Forsyth, and Guilford counties.[4]

Candidates

Note: Election results were added on election night as races were called. Vote totals will be added when official election results are 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 Melvin L. WattGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Jack Brosch


May 8, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, North Carolina District 12 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMelvin L. Watt Incumbent 79.6% 247,591
     Republican Jack Brosch 20.4% 63,317
Total Votes 310,908
Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Democratic Primary

U.S. House of Representatives-North Carolina, District 12 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMel Watt 80.9% 52,968
Matt Newton 19.1% 12,495
Total Votes 65,463

Race background

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in North Carolina in 2012 as one of the states that could have determined whether Democrats retook the House or Republicans held their majority in 2013.[6] North Carolina was rated 8th on the list.[6]

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in North Carolina

Following the 2010 Census results, North Carolina did not gain or lose any congressional seats, maintaining its 13 representatives. Under the new map, the already Democratic district was more strongly so.[7]

On March 30, 2012, the 12th District was included in a list released by the National Journal of the top ten most contorted congressional districts due to redistricting.[1]

Registration statistics

As of May 11, 2012, District 12 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the North Carolina Board of Elections:

North Carolina Congressional District 12[8]
Congressional District District Total Democrats Republicans Other & Unaffiliated Advantage Party Advantage Change in Advantage from 2010
District 12 456,283 287,786 71,586 96,911 Democratic 302.01% 129.09%
"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. North Carolina's 12th District became more Democratic because of redistricting.[9]

  • 2012: 75D / 25R
  • 2010: 67D / 33R

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. North Carolina's 12th Congressional District has a PVI of D+23, which is the 33rd most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 79-21 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 70-30 percent over George W. Bush (R).[10]

Campaign contributions

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are candidate reports.

Melvin L. Watt

Melvin Watt (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]April 15, 2012$229,253.46$34,000.00$(35,336.87)$227,916.59
July Quarterly[12]July 15, 2012$240,004.96$217,714.05$(42,271.31)$415,447.70
Running totals
$251,714.05$(77,608.18)

Jack Brosch

Jack Brosch (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[13]April 15, 2012$733.51$5,514.93$(5,874.88)$378.56
July Quarterly[14]July 15, 2012$378.56$4,064.63$(3,978.29)$464.70
Running totals
$9,579.56$(9,853.17)

District history

Candidate Ballot Access
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2010

On November 2, 2010, Melvin L. Watt was re-elected to the United States House for a tenth term. He defeated Greg Dority (R) and Lon Cecil (Libertarian).[15]

U.S. House, North Carolina Congressional District 12 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMelvin L. Watt Incumbent 63.9% 103,495
     Republican Greg Dority 34.1% 55,315
     Libertarian Lon Cecil 2% 3,197
Total Votes 162,007

See also

References