Pennsylvania's 5th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Pennsylvania's 5th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
April 24, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Glenn Thompson Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Glenn Thompson Republican Party
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Pennsylvania U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 5th Congressional District of Pennsylvania held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Glenn Thompson 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 Glenn Thompson, (R), who assumed office in 2009.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Pennsylvania's 5th Congressional District is located in the north-central portion of Pennsylvania and includes Erie, Warren, Venango, Clarion, Forest, McKean, Jefferson, Clearfield, Cameron, Potter, Clinton, Huntingdom, and Centre counties. The 5th District is the largest congressional district in the state.[3]

This is the 5th Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.


General election candidates

Democratic Party Charles Dumas
Republican Party Glenn Thompson 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 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGlenn Thompson 62.9% 177,740
     Democratic Charles Dumas 37.1% 104,725
Total Votes 282,465

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 5th 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 5th District became more Democratic because of redistricting.[9]

  • 2012: 44D / 56R
  • 2010: 41D / 59R

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 5th Congressional District has a PVI of R+6, which is the 157th 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 Elections Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are candidate reports.

Glenn Thompson

Glenn Thompson (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]March 31, 2012$99,238.56$110,266.43$(84,476.03)$125,028.96
July Quarterly[12]July 15, 2012$181,533.79$206,246.92$(152,370.00)$235,410.71
Running totals

Charles Dumas

Charles Dumas (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[13]July 15, 2012$400.00$5,266.12$(4,900.44)$765.68
Running totals

District History


On November 2, 2010, Thompson won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Michael Pipe and Vernon L. Etzel in the general election.[14]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 5 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGlenn Thompson Incumbent 68.7% 127,427
     Democratic Michael Pipe 28.2% 52,375
     Libertarian Vernon L. Etzel 3.1% 5,710
Total Votes 185,512

See also

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