Ohio's 6th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Ohio's 6th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
March 6, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Bill Johnson (Ohio) Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Bill Johnson (Ohio) Republican Party
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Ohio U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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

Incumbent Bill Johnson 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 election the incumbent was Bill Johnson (R), who has served since 2011.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Ohio's 6th Congressional District is located in the eastern portion of the state and includes Scioto, Lawrence, Jackson, Gallia, Meigs,Washington, Athens, Noble, Monroe, Belmont, Muskingum, Guernsey, Harrison, Tuscarawas, Carroll, Jefferson, Columbia, and Mahoning counties.[3]

This is the 6th Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.


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General election candidates

Democratic Party Charlie Wilson
Republican Party Bill JohnsonGreen check mark transparent.png

March 6, 2012 primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Republican Party Republican primary

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Ohio District 6 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Charlie Wilson 46.7% 144,444
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Johnson Incumbent 53.3% 164,536
Total Votes 308,980
Source: Ohio Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Democratic Primary

U.S. House, Ohio's 6th Congressional District Democratic Primary Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCharlie Wilson 82.2% 37,374
Cas Adulewicz 17.8% 8,117
Total Votes 45,491

Republican Primary

U.S. House, Ohio's 6th Congressional District Republican Primary Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBill Johnson Incumbent 83.9% 56,905
Victor Smith 16.1% 10,888
Total Votes 67,793

Race background

Ohio's 6th was considered to be a Tossup according to the New York Times race ratings. Republican incumbent Bill Johnson was challenged by Charlie Wilson, the Democrat whose seat he took in 2010. Democrats saw an opportunity in this district. Johnson was made a part of the National Republican Congressional Committee’s “Patriot Program,” a program with the goal of assisting legislators expected to face tough re-election opponents.[7]

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.[8] Ohio tied with Pennsylvania for 9th on the list.[8]

Ohio's 6th District had been included in the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's "Red to Blue List," which identified districts that the organization has specifically targeted to flip from Republican to Democratic control.[9]

Incumbent Bill Johnson was a part of the National Republican Congressional Committee's Patriot Program, a program to help House Republicans stay on offense and increase their majority in 2012.[10]

Impact of Redistricting

See also Redistricting in Ohio

The 6th District was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[11][12]

Registration statistics

As of October 29, 2012, District 6 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the Ohio Secretary of State:

Ohio Congressional District 6[13]
Congressional District District Total Democrats Republicans Other & Unaffiliated Advantage Party Advantage Change in Advantage from 2010
District 6 485,212 72,652 94,355 318,205 Republican 29.87% 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 6th District became more Republican because of redistricting.[14]

  • 2012: 42D / 58R
  • 2010: 45D / 55R

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 6th Congressional District has a PVI of R+5, which is the 174th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 54-46 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 54-46 percent over John Kerry (D).[15]

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.

Bill Johnson

Bill Johnson (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[16]March 31, 2012$574,150.91$307,999.53$(13,012.39)$869,138.05
July Quarterly[17]July 15$869,138.05$277,790.15$(216,907.40)$930,020.80
Running totals

Charlie Wilson

Charlie Wilson (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[18]March 31, 2012$172,656.72$266,386.36$(29,698.02)$409,345.06
July Quarterly[19]July 15$409,345.06$234,655.21$(141,884.09)$502,116.18
Running totals

Campaign issues

Abuse charges

Charlie Wilson was accused of "extreme cruelty" by his ex-wife in their 1990 divorce records. Wilson denied the charges of "extreme cruelty" but did admit to abuse in the forms of kicking and striking his wife and accusing her of adultery.[20]

The record focused on a particular incident in which Mrs. Wilson refused to comply to demands that she resign from the board of the American Heart Association. It stated the following, "Charles’ anger arose at his wife’s daring to oppose his demands. He jumped out of his chair and grabbed her about the neck as he slammed her into the refrigerator. He then grabbed her about both arms, shaking her as they both went over to the kitchen counter which struck Mrs. Wilson with enough force to take the breath out of her.[20]

District History


On November 2, 2010, Bill Johnson (R) won election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating incumbent Democrat Charlie Wilson and Libertarian Brian Smith.[21]

U.S. House, Ohio District 6 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Johnson 52.6% 103,170
     Democratic Charlie Wilson Incumbent 47.4% 92,823
Total Votes 195,993

See also


  1. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Ohio," accessed November 11, 2012
  2. Ohio Secretary of State, "FAQ," accessed June 29, 2012
  3. Ohio Redistricting Map, "Map" accessed August 9, 2012
  4. The Hill "Former Rep. Charlie Wilson will seek rematch in Ohio accessed December 6, 2011
  5. Wheeling News-Register "Four Vie For Seats In 6th" accessed January 16, 2012
  6. Wheeling News-Register "Four Vie For Seats In 6th" accessed January 16, 2012
  7. New York Times, "House Race Ratings," accessed August 10, 2012
  8. 8.0 8.1 Washington Post, "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012," accessed April 25, 2012
  9. DCCC, "Red to Blue 2012"
  10. NRCC "Patriot Program 2012"
  11. Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer, "Ohio's congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
  12. Labels & Lists, "VoterMapping software voter counts"
  13. Ohio Secretary of State, "Precinct-By-Precinct Data," March 6, 2012
  14. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Ohio," September 2012
  15. Cook Political Report, "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" accessed October 2012
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Bill Johnson April Quarterly," accessed July 14, 2012
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Bill Johnson July Quarterly," accessed October 5, 2012
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Charlie Wilson April Quarterly," accessed July 14, 2012
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Charlie Wilson July Quarterly," accessed October 5, 2012
  20. 20.0 20.1 The Washington Free Beacon, "Divorce Records Haunt Ohio Democrat," September 17, 2012
  21. Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010