North Carolina's 5th Congressional District elections, 2012

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North Carolina's 5th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
May 8, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Virginia Foxx Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Virginia Foxx Republican 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 5th Congressional District of North Carolina held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This is the 5th Congressional District prior to the 2011 redistricting.

Incumbent Virginia Foxx (R) 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 Virginia Foxx (R), who was first elected to the House in 2004. She won re-election on November 6, 2012.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. North Carolina's 5th Congressional District was located in the northwestern portion of the state and included Watauga, Ashe, Wilkes, Alexander, Iredell, Davie, Yadkin, Surry, Alleghany, Forsyth, Stokes, and Reckingham counties.[3]


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General election candidates

Democratic Party Elisabeth Motsinger
Republican Party Virginia FoxxGreen check mark transparent.png

May 8, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, North Carolina District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Elisabeth Motsinger 42.5% 148,252
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngVirginia Foxx Incumbent 57.5% 200,945
Total Votes 349,197
Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Democratic Primary

North Carolina's 5th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngElisabeth Motsinger 69.7% 38,512
Bruce G. Peller 30.3% 16,716
Total Votes 55,228

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.[5] North Carolina was rated 8th on the list.[5]

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. While the 5th District was slightly more Democratic under the new map, the district was still solidly Republican.[6]

Registration statistics

As of May 11, 2012, District 5 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the North Carolina Board of Elections:

North Carolina Congressional District 5[7]
Congressional District District Total Republicans Democrats Other & Unaffiliated Advantage Party Advantage Change in Advantage from 2010
District 5 489,344 201,498 168,010 119,836 Republican 19.93% -8.46%
"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 5th District became less Republican because of redistricting.[8]

  • 2012: 39D / 61R
  • 2010: 35D / 65R

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 5th Congressional District has a PVI of R+12, which is the 84th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 58-42 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 64-36 percent over John Kerry (D).[9]

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.

Virginia Foxx

Virginia Foxx (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[10]April 15, 2012$1,459,631.79$94,773.54$(108,844.42)$1,445,560.91
July Quarterly[11]July 15, 2012$1,464,962.15$132,050.34$(71,042.02)$1,525,970.47
Running totals

Elisabeth Motsinger

Elisabeth Motsinger (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[12]April 15, 2012$13,177.53$32,155.88$(18,978.35)$26,355.06
July Quarterly[13]July 15, 2012$0.00$28,361.23$(17,092.73)$11,268.50
Running totals

District history

Candidate ballot access
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See also