Pennsylvania's 14th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Pennsylvania's 14th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
April 24, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Michael F. Doyle Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Michael F. Doyle Democratic Party
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 14th Congressional District of Pennsylvania held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Michael F. Doyle 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 Michael F. Doyle (D), who assumed office in 1995.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Pennsylvania's 14th Congressional District is located in the southwest region of Pennsylvania and includes the entire city of Pittsburgh. It also includes portions of Allgheny county.[3]

This is the 14th Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.


General election candidates

Democratic Party Michael F. Doyle Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Hans Lessmann

April 24, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Election results

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 14 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMichael F. Doyle Incumbent 76.9% 251,932
     Republican Hans Lessmann 23.1% 75,702
Total Votes 327,634
Source: Pennsylvania Department of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 14 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMichael F. Doyle Incumbent 80.1% 50,323
Janis Brooks 19.9% 12,484
Total Votes 62,807

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 14th 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 14th District's became more Republican because of redistricting.[9]

  • 2012: 64D / 36R
  • 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 14th Congressional District has a PVI of D+16, which is the 63rd most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 68-32 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 67-33 percent over George W. Bush (R).[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.

Michael F. Doyle

Michael Doyle (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[11]July 15, 2012$309,147.60$130,713.80$(146,631.43)$293,229.97
Running totals

Hans Lessmann

Hans Lessmann (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[12]July 15, 2012$1,101.41$13,495.00$(245.36)$14,351.05
Running totals

District History


On November 2, 2010, Doyle won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Melissa Haluszczak and Ed Bortzl in the general election.[13]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 14 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Melissa Haluszczak 28.2% 49,997
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMichael F. Doyle Incumbent 68.8% 122,073
     Green Ed Bortz 3% 5,400
Total Votes 177,470

See also

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