North Carolina's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

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North Carolina's 1st Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
May 8, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
G.K. Butterfield Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
G.K. Butterfield Democratic Party
G.K. Butterfield.jpg

North Carolina U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 1st Congressional District of North Carolina held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This is the 1st Congressional District prior to the 2011 redistricting.

Incumbent G.K. Butterfield (D) won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6th, 2012.[1]

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.[2]

See also: North Carolina elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was G.K. Butterfield (D), who was first elected to the House in a special election in 2004. 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 1st Congressional District was located in the northeastern portion of the state and included Granville, Vance, Warren, Halifax, Wilson, Wayne, Duplin, Lenoir, Jones, Craven, Pitt, Greene,Edgecombe, Martin, Bertie, Beaufort, Washington, Chowan, Perquimaris, Pasquotank, Canderr, Hertford, Northamptom, and Gates counties.[3]

On March 30, 2012, the 1st District was included in a list released by the National Journal of the top ten most contorted congressional districts due to redistricting.[4]


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General election candidates

Democratic Party G.K. ButterfieldGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Pete DiLauro
Libertarian Party Darryl Holloman

May 8, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Candidate

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, North Carolina District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngG.K. Butterfield Incumbent 75.3% 254,644
     Republican Pete DiLauro 22.9% 77,288
     Libertarian Darryl Holloman 1.8% 6,134
Total Votes 338,066
Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Democratic Primary

U.S. House of Representatives-North Carolina, District 1 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngG. K. Butterfield Incumbent 81.1% 89,531
Dan Whittacre 18.9% 20,822
Total Votes 110,353

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.[7] North Carolina was rated 8th on the list.[7]

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 1st District was still solidly Democratic.[8]

On March 30, 2012, the 1st District was included in a list released by the National Journal of the top ten most contorted congressional districts due to redistricting.[4]

Registration statistics

As of May 11, 2012, District 1 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the North Carolina Board of Elections:

North Carolina Congressional District 1[9]
Congressional District District Total Democrats Republicans Other & Unaffiliated Advantage Party Advantage Change in Advantage from 2010
District 1 478,708 330,336 65,986 82,386 Democratic 400.62% 94.15%
"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 1st District became more Democratic because of redistricting.[10]

  • 2012: 67D / 33R
  • 2010: 59D / 41R

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 1st Congressional District has a PVI of D+17, which is the 61st most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 71-29 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 65-35 percent over George W. Bush (R).[11]

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.

G.K. Butterfield

G.K. Butterfield (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[12]April 15, 2012$279,240.07$123,324.48$(92,924.55)$309,640.00
Pre-primary[13]April 25, 2012$309,640.00$16,593.38$(24,700.22)$301,533.16
July Quarterly[14]July 15, 2012$301,533.16$191,737.88$(165,414.38)$327,856.66
October Quarterly[15]October 15, 2012$327,856.66$141,973.75$(155,309.74)$314,520.67
Running totals

Pete DiLauro

As of October 9, 2012, DiLauro did not have any contribution reports on file with the Federal Election Commission.

District history

Candidate ballot access
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On November 2, 2010, G.K. Butterfield was re-elected to the United States House for a fourth term. He defeated Ashley Woolard (R).[16]

United States House, North Carolina General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngG.K. Butterfield Incumbent 59.3% 103,294
     Republican Ashley Woolard 40.7% 70,867
Total Votes 174,161

See also


  1. Politico, "2012 Election Map, North Carolina," accessed November 7, 2012
  2. North Carolina State Board of Elections, "Registering to Vote in North Carolina," accessed July 26, 2012
  3. North Carolina Redistricting Map, "Map" accessed August 24, 2012
  4. 4.0 4.1 National Journal, "Modern Gerrymanders: 10 Most Contorted Congressional Districts—MAPS," accessed March 31, 2012
  5. "NC candidate filings for federal, statewide races" accessed March 2, 2012
  6. "NC candidate filings for federal, statewide races" accessed March 2, 2012
  7. 7.0 7.1 Washington Post, "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012," accessed April 25, 2012
  8. Roll Call, "Race Ratings: GOP looks for major gains in North Carolina," accessed December 26, 2011
  9. North Carolina State Board of Elections, "US Congressional Districts by County and Precinct," May 11, 2012
  10. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in North Carolina," September 2012
  11. Cook Political Report, "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" accessed October 2012
  12. Federal Election Commission, "G.K. Butterfield April Quarterly," accessed August 12, 2012
  13. Federal Election Commission, "G.K. Butterfield Pre-primary," accessed October 18, 2012
  14. Federal Election Commission, "G.K. Butterfield July Quarterly," accessed August 12, 2012
  15. Federal Election Commission, "G.K. Butterfield October Quarterly," accessed October 18, 2012
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013