Pennsylvania's 17th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Pennsylvania's 17th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
April 24, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Matt Cartwright Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Tim Holden Democratic Party
Tim Holden.jpg

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

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The 17th Congressional District of Pennsylvania held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Democratic candidate Matt Cartwright 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 Tim Holden, (D), who assumed office in 2003. Holden lost in the primary to Matt Cartwright.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Pennsylvania's 17th Congressional District is located in the eastern region of Pennsylvania and includes Schuylkill, Carbon, Monroe, Luzerne, and Lackawanna counties.[3]

This is the 17th Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.

Candidates

General election candidates

Democratic Party Matt Cartwright Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Laureen Cummings


April 24, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 17 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMatt Cartwright 60.3% 161,393
     Republican Laureen Cummings 39.7% 106,208
Total Votes 267,601
Source: Pennsylvania Department of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Democratic Primary

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 17 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMatt Cartwright 57.1% 33,255
Tim Holden Incumbent 42.9% 24,953
Total Votes 58,208

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 17th 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 17th District's became more Democratic because of redistricting.[8]

  • 2012: 54D / 46R
  • 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. Pennsylvania's 17th Congressional District has a PVI of D+4, which is the 154th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 58-48 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 53-47 percent over George W. Bush (R).[9]

Targeting

Incumbent Tim Holden was targeted for defeat by three PACs: The Campaign for Primary Accountability, Blue America PAC,[10] and the League of Conservation Voters.[11]

The Campaign for Primary Accountability launched a $70,000 ad buy with a negative ad tying Holden to Wall Street.[12] A Holden spokesman said the Campaign for Primary Accountability, which spent $200,000 in the race, contributed to Holden's loss to Matt Cartwright in the primary.[13]


"Who Does Congressman Tim Holden Look out for?"

Media

The following is a selection of audio and video for some of the District 2 candidates. Some were released by candidates, others by local media.

Tim Holden


Tim Holden, "House floor debate"[14]











Matt Cartwright


Matt Cartwright, "Matt Cartwright announces his candidacy"[15]











Laureen Cummings


Laureen Cummings at rally[16]

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.

Matt Cartwright

Matt Cartwright (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[17]July 15, 2012$279,195.41$244,130.79$(433,090.47)$90,235.73
Running totals
$244,130.79$(433,090.47)

Laureen Cummings

Laureen Cummings (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[18]April 15, 2012$0.00$100.00$(17.25)$82.75
July Quarterly[19]July 15, 2012$82.75$6,093.85$(1,581.98)$4,594.62
Running totals
$6,193.85$(1,599.23)

District History

2010

On November 2, 2010, Holden won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Dave Argall in the general election.[20]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 17 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Dave Argall 44.5% 95,000
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTim Holden Incumbent 55.5% 118,486
Total Votes 213,486

2008

On November 4, 2008, Holden won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Toni Gilhooley in the general election.[21]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 17 General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Toni Gilhooley 36.3% 109,909
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTim Holden Incumbent 63.7% 192,699
Total Votes 302,608

2006

On November 7, 2006, Holden won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Matthew A. Wertz in the general election.[22]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 17 General Election, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Matthew A. Wertz 35.5% 75,455
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTim Holden Incumbent 64.5% 137,253
Total Votes 212,708

2004

On November 2, 2004, Holden won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Scott Paterno and Russ Diamond in the general election.[23]

2002

On November 5, 2002, Holden won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Scott Paterno and Russ Diamond in the general election.[24]

See also

External links

References

  1. Politico, "2012 House Race Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  2. Pennsylvania Department of State, "Registration Deadlines," accessed June 28, 2012
  3. Pennsylvania Redistricting Map, "Map" accessed July 30, 2012
  4. Scranton Times Tribune "Cartwright getting into congressional race
  5. 5.0 5.1 Washington Post, "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012," accessed April 25, 2012
  6. Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer, "Pennsylvania's congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
  7. Labels & Lists, "VoterMapping software voter counts"
  8. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Pennsylvania," September 2012
  9. Cook Political Report, "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" accessed October 2012
  10. The Borys Blog Accessed April 7, 2012
  11. Lehigh Morning Call, "League of Conservation Voters targets Congressman Tim Holden" accessed April 21, 2012
  12. PoliticsPA "Super PAC Launches Anti-Holden Ad" accessed April 7, 2012
  13. Wall Street Journal blog, "Anti-Incumbent Super PAC Claims a Win in Pennsylvania," April 25, 2012
  14. House floor debate
  15. Matt Cartwright announces his candidacy
  16. Laureen Cummings speaks to Tea Party rally
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Matt Cartwright July Quarterly," accessed August 3, 2012
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Laureen Cummings April Quarterly," accessed August 3, 2012
  19. Federal Elections Commission, "Laureen Cummings July Quarterly," accessed August 3, 2012
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004"
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002"