Ohio's 8th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Ohio's 8th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
March 6, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
John A. Boehner Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
John A. Boehner 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 8th Congressional District of Ohio held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Incumbent John A. Boehner 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 John A. Boehner (R), the current Speaker of the House, who has represented Ohio's 8th Congressional District since 1991. In 2012, he will be challenged in the primary by Tea Party candidate David Lewis[3]

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Ohio's 8th Congressional District is located in the western portion of the state and includes Darke, Miami, Clark, Preble, and Butler counties.[4]

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


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General election candidates

Republican Party John BoehnerGreen check mark transparent.png

March 6, 2012 primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

  • No Democratic candidates filed in this district.

Republican Party Republican primary

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Ohio District 8 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn A. Boehner Incumbent 99.2% 246,378
     Write-In James Condit Jr. 0.8% 1,938
Total Votes 248,316
Source: Ohio Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Republican Primary

U.S. House, Ohio's 8th Congressional District Republican Primary Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Boehner Incumbent 83.8% 71,120
David Lewis 16.2% 13,733
Total Votes 84,853

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.[5] Ohio tied with Pennsylvania for 9th on the list.[5]

Impact of Redistricting

See also Redistricting in Ohio

The 8th District was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[6][7]

Registration statistics

As of October 29, 2012, District 8 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the Ohio Secretary of State:

Ohio Congressional District 8[8]
Congressional District District Total Democrats Republicans Other & Unaffiliated Advantage Party Advantage Change in Advantage from 2010
District 8 468,484 31,878 109,781 326,825 Republican 244.38% 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 8th District partisan breakdown did not change because of redistricting.[9]

  • 2012: 35D / 65R
  • 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. Ohio's 8th Congressional District has a PVI of R+14, which is the 66th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 61-39 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 64-36 percent over John Kerry (D).[10]

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.

John Boehner

John Boehner (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]March 31, 2012$4,786,109.81$1,743,063.96$(1,934,418.56)$4,594,755.21
July Quarterly[12]July 15$4,594,755.21$3,565,251.54$(5,663,161.75)$2,496,845.00
Running totals

District History


On November 2, 2010, Boehner won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Justin A. Coussoule, David A. Harlow, and James J. Condit in the general election.[13]

U.S. House of Representatives, Ohio Congressional District 8 Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn A. Boehner Incumbent 65.6% 142,731
     Democratic Justin A. Coussoule 30.3% 65,883
     Libertarian David A. Harlow 2.4% 5,121
     Constitution James J. Condit, Jr 1.7% 3,701
Total Votes 217,436

See also

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