North Carolina's 9th Congressional District elections, 2012

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North Carolina's 9th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
May 8, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Robert Pittenger Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Sue Wilkins Myrick 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 9th Congressional District of North Carolina held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This is the 9th Congressional District prior to the 2011 redistricting.

Robert Pittenger (R) won 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 Sue Myrick (R), who was first elected to the House in 1994. Myrick announced in February 2012 that she would not seek re-election in November.[3]

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. North Carolina's 9th Congressional District was located in the southern portion of the state and included Gaston, Mecklenburg, and Union counties.[4]


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 Jennifer Roberts
Republican Party Robert PittengerGreen check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Curtis Campbell

July 17, 2012 Republican primary runoff candidates

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 9 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Jennifer Roberts 45.7% 171,503
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Pittenger 51.8% 194,537
     Libertarian Curtis Campbell 2.6% 9,650
Total Votes 375,690
Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Republican Primary

U.S. House of Representatives-North Carolina, District 9 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Pittenger 32.4% 29,999
Jim Pendergraph 25.3% 23,401
Edwin B. Peacock III 12.3% 11,336
Ric Killian 10.5% 9,691
Dan Barry 6% 5,515
Andy Dulin 4.9% 4,526
Mike Steinberg 2.5% 2,297
Jon Gauthier 2.2% 2,056
Ken Leonczyk 2.2% 2,047
Richard Lynch 1.1% 1,000
Michael Shaffer 0.6% 579
Total Votes 92,447

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.[15] North Carolina was rated 8th on the list.[15]

Robert Pittenger raised the most money of any candidate for congress in North Carolina, reporting fundraising of over 3 million dollars in the first three quarters.[16]

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 9th District remained solidly Republican.[17]

Registration statistics

As of May 11, 2012, District 9 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the North Carolina Board of Elections:

North Carolina Congressional District 9[18]
Congressional District District Total Democrats Republicans Other & Unaffiliated Advantage Party Advantage Change in Advantage from 2010
District 9 526,568 163,529 207,577 155,462 Republican 26.94% 9.96%
"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 9th District became less Republican because of redistricting.[19]

  • 2012: 42D / 58R
  • 2010: 41D / 59R

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 9th Congressional District has a PVI of R+10, which is the 113th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 55-45 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 63-37 percent over John Kerry (D).[20]


In early March, Pittenger released a 30-second TV ad titled "Effective and Conservative."

On April 12, Pittenger released another 30-second TV ad titled "Cookie."

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.

Robert Pittenger

Robert Pittenger (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[21]April 15, 2012$0.00$1,214,172.32$(762,740.23)$451,432.09
Running totals

Jennifer Roberts

Jennifer Roberts (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[22]April 15, 2012$0.00$88,240.00$(9,351.93)$78,888.07
July Quarterly[23]July 15, 2012$70,812.71$146,877.20$(59,270.57)$158,419.34
Running totals

District history

Candidate ballot access
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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. Washington Post, "NC Republican Sue Myrick retiring" accessed February 25, 2012
  4. North Carolina Redistricting Map, "Map" accessed August 24, 2012
  5. Charlotte Observer "Roberts jumps in 9th District" accessed February 25, 2012
  6. CarolinaPoliticsonline "Dan Barry switches from 8th District to 9th" accessed February 25, 2012
  7. Roll Call "Charlotte councilman announces for Myrick District" accessed February 25, 2012
  8. Foxcharlotte "Jim Pendergraph announces run for congress" accessed February 25, 2012
  9. "Republicans line up to fill Myrick's 9th District seat" accessed February 25, 2012
  10. Charlotte Observer "Myrick gets tea party challenger," accessed December 26, 2011
  11. Rocky Mount Telegram "Three Republicans file to challenge Ellmers in May primary" accessed February 26, 2012
  12. Raleigh News and Observer "3 more enter race to succeed NC congresswoman" accessed February 27, 2012
  13. Raleigh News and Observer "3 more enter race to succeed NC congresswoman" accessed February 27, 2012
  14. Ken Leonczyk for Congress, "Biography," accessed February 29, 2012
  15. 15.0 15.1 Washington Post, "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012," accessed April 25, 2012
  16., "Pittenger passes $3 million mark in fundraising" accessed October 17, 2012
  17. Roll Call, "Race Ratings: GOP looks for major gains in North Carolina," accessed December 26, 2011
  18. North Carolina State Board of Elections, "US Congressional Districts by County and Precinct," May 11, 2012
  19. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in North Carolina," September 2012
  20. Cook Political Report, "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" accessed October 2012
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Robert Pittenger April Quarterly," accessed August 19, 2012
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Jennifer Roberts April Quarterly," accessed August 19, 2012
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Jennifer Roberts July Quarterly," accessed August 19, 2012