Pennsylvania's 11th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Pennsylvania's 11th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
April 24, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Lou Barletta Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Lou Barletta Republican Party
Lou Barletta.jpeg

Pennsylvania U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 11th Congressional District of Pennsylvania held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Lou Barletta won the election.[1]
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
February 14, 2012
April 24, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Pennsylvania 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 March 25. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 7.[2]

See also: Pennsylvania elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Lou Barletta, (R), who assumed office in 2011.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Pennsylvania's 11th Congressional District is located in the northeast region of Pennsylvania and includes the cities of Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. It also includes Wyoming, Luzerne, Columbia, Carbon, Northumberland, Dauphin Perry and Cumberland counties.[3]

This is the 11th Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.


General election candidates

Democratic Party Gene Stilp
Republican Party Lou Barletta Green check mark transparent.png

April 24, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Election results

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 11 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Gene Stilp 41.5% 118,231
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLou Barletta Incumbent 58.5% 166,967
Total Votes 285,198
Source: Pennsylvania Department of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 11 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGene Stilp 54.5% 18,716
Bill Vinsko 45.5% 15,609
Total Votes 34,325

Race background

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania

The 11th 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]

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. Pennsylvania's 11th District became more Republican because of redistricting.[9]

  • 2012: 44D / 56R
  • 2010: 54D / 46R

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. Pennsylvania's 11th Congressional District has a PVI of R+6, which is the 158th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 52-48 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 58-42 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.

Lou Barletta

Lou Barletta (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]March 31, 2012$9,154.17$106,054.72$(24,916.59)$90,292.30
July Quarterly[12]July 15, 2012$239,197.51$220,077.28$(123,364.53)$335,910.26
Running totals

Gene Stilp

Gene Stilp (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[13]March 31, 2012$0.00$17,924.34$(10,793.14)$7,131.20
July Quarterly[14]July 15, 2012$7,131.20$14,379.00$(7,196.87)$14,313.33
Running totals

District History


On November 2, 2010, Barletta won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Paul E. Kanjorski in the general election.[15]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 11 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLou Barletta 54.7% 102,179
     Democratic Paul E. Kanjorski 45.3% 84,618
Total Votes 186,797

See also

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