Ohio's 13th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Ohio's 13th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
March 6, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Tim Ryan Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Betty Sutton Democratic Party
Betty Sutton.jpg

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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 13th Congressional District of Ohio held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Incumbent Tim Ryan won the election.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
December 7, 2011
March 6, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Ohio has a mostly closed primary system, in which voters must vote in the same party's primary as in the previous election, or register with the other party to switch.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by February 5. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 7.[2]

See also: Ohio elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the 2012 election the incumbent is Democrat Tim Ryan, who has represented Ohio's 17th District since 2003. After the redistricting process, the 17th District became the new 13th Congressional District. The current U.S. House representative from the 13th District is Democrat Betty Sutton, who will run in the 16th District in 2012.[3]

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Ohio's 13th Congressional District is located in the northern portion of the state and includes Summit, Portage, Mahoning, and Trumbull counties.[4]

This is the 8th Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.


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General election candidates

Democratic Party Tim RyanGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Marisha Agana

March 6, 2012 primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

  • Tim Ryan:56,670 17th Congressional District incumbent Approveda

Republican Party Republican primary

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Ohio District 13 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTim Ryan Incumbent 72.8% 235,492
     Republican Marisha Agana 27.2% 88,120
Total Votes 323,612
Source: Ohio Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Race background

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in Ohio in 2012 as one of the 10 states that could determine whether Democrats would retake the House or Republicans would hold their majority in 2013.[6] Ohio tied with Pennsylvania for 9th on the list.[6]

Impact of Redistricting

See also Redistricting in Ohio

The 13th District was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[7][8]

Registration statistics

As of October 29, 2012, District 13 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the Ohio Secretary of State:

Ohio Congressional District 13[9]
Congressional District District Total Democrats Republicans Other & Unaffiliated Advantage Party Advantage Change in Advantage from 2010
District 13 479,111 105,959 53,296 319,856 Democratic 98.81% N/A
"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. Ohio's 13th District became more Democratic because of redistricting.[10]

  • 2012: 60D / 40R
  • 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. Ohio's 13th Congressional District has a PVI of D+12, which is the 89th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 64-36 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 63-37 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.

Tim Ryan

Tim Ryan (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[12]March 31, 2012$186,746.61$103,396.00$(48,861.33)$241,281.28
July Quarterly[13]July 15$241,281.28$80,036.53$(88,750.04)$232,567.77
Running totals

Marisha Agana

Marisha Agana (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]March 31, 2012$3,065.39$11,100.00$(4,933.73)$9,231.66
July Quarterly[15]July 15$9,231.66$4,718.61$(9,726.41)$4,223.86
Running totals

District History


On November 2, 2010, Sutton won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. She defeated Tom Ganley in the general election.[16]

U.S. House of Representatives, Ohio Congressional District 13 Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBetty Sutton Incumbent 55.7% 118,806
     Republican Tom Ganley 44.3% 94,367
Total Votes 213,173

See also