Read the The Tuesday Count. New edition available now!

Pennsylvania's 13th Congressional District elections, 2012

From Ballotpedia
Jump to: navigation, search
2014



CongressLogo.png

Pennsylvania's 13th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
April 24, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Allyson Schwartz Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Allyson Schwartz Democratic Party
Allyson Schwarz.jpg

Pennsylvania U.S. House Elections
District 1District 2District 3District 4District 5District 6District 7District 8District 9District 10District 11District 12District 13District 14District 15District 16District 17District 18

2012 U.S. Senate Elections

Flag of Pennsylvania.png
The 13th Congressional District of Pennsylvania held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Allyson Schwartz 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 Allyson Schwartz, (D), who assumed office in 2005.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Pennsylvania's 13th Congressional District is located in the southeastern region of Pennsylvania and includes northeast Philadelphia. It also includes portions of Bucks and Montgomery counties.[3]


This is the 13th Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.

Candidates

General election candidates

Democratic Party Allyson Schwartz Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Joe Rooney


April 24, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Election results

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 13 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAllyson Schwartz Incumbent 69.1% 209,901
     Republican Joe Rooney 30.9% 93,918
Total Votes 303,819
Source: Pennsylvania Department of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

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

Impact of Redistricting

See also Redistricting in Pennsylvania

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.[6][7]

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 13th District's became more Republican because of redistricting.[8]

  • 2012: 62D / 38R
  • 2010: 67D / 33R

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 13th Congressional District has a PVI of D+12, which is the 83rd most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 65-35 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 62-38 percent over George W. Bush (R).[9]

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.

Allyson Schwartz

Allyson Schwartz (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[10]July 15, 2012$2,634,161.90$406,357.27$(169,628.45)$2,870,890.72
Running totals
$406,357.27$(169,628.45)

Joe Rooney

Joe Rooney (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[11]July 15, 2012$7,584.78$53,207.49$(37,178.34)$23,613.93
Running totals
$53,207.49$(37,178.34)


District History

2010

On November 2, 2010, Schwartz won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Carson Dee Adcock in the general election.[12]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 13 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAllyson Schwartz Incumbent 56.3% 118,710
     Republican Carson Dee Adcock 43.7% 91,987
Total Votes 210,697

See also

External links

References