Pennsylvania's 6th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Pennsylvania's 6th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
April 24, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Jim Gerlach Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Jim Gerlach 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 6th Congressional District of Pennsylvania held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Jim Gerlach 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 Jim Gerlach, (R), who assumed office in 2003.

This was be the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Pennsylvania's 6th Congressional District is located in the south eastern portion of Pennsylvania and includes portions of Lebanon, Berks, Chester, and Montgomery counties.[3]

This is the 6th Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.

Candidates

General election candidates

Democratic Party Manan Trivedi
Republican Party Jim Gerlach 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 6 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Manan Trivedi 42.9% 143,803
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJim Gerlach Incumbent 57.1% 191,725
Total Votes 335,528
Source: Pennsylvania Department of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Race background

Pennsylvania's 6th was considered to be Leaning Republican according to the New York Times race ratings. Republican incumbent Jim Gerlach was challenged by Manan Trivedi (D) in a rematch of the 2010 election. Democrats have been trying to oust Gerlach for years, but have thus far been unsuccessful. Unfortunately for them it was even harder this year as Gerlach's district has become more conservative due to redistricting.[5]

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in Pennsylvania in 2012 as 1 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]

Pennsylvania's 6th District was included in the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's "Red to Blue List," which identified districts that the organization specifically targeted to flip from Republican to Democratic control.[7]

Impact of Redistricting

See also Redistricting in Pennsylvania

The 6th District was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[8][9]

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 6th District became more Republican because of redistricting.[10]
  • 2012: 50D / 50R
  • 2010: 55D / 45R

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 6th Congressional District has a PVI of R+1, and is the 227th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 54-46 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 53-47 percent over John Kerry (D).[11]

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.

Jim Gerlach

Jim Gerlach (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[12]July 15, 2012$688,425.39$232,224.78$(146,304.07)$885,277.97
October Quarterly[13]October 15, 2012$541,469.77$508,926.18$(417,002.14)$633,393.81
Running totals
$741,150.96$(563,306.21)

Manan Trivedi

Manan Trivedi (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]March 31, 2012$23,521.58$1,551.05$(2,905.43)$22,167.20
July Quarterly[15]July 15, 2012$360,520.62$263,027.51$(96,826.37)$526,721.76
October Quarterly[16]October 15, 2012$528,869.39$437,648.07$(683,962.27)$282,555.80
Running totals
$702,226.63$(783,694.07)

Campaign media

Campaign Websites

Gerlach

Trivedi

Advertisements

This selection of campaign videos represents an array of campaign advertisements produced and released during the 2012 election cycle. The media material displayed below was taken from YouTube accounts operated by candidate campaign committees or unaffiliated organizations such as political action committees.

Gerlach


Gerlach touts his record of supporting American business growth in contrast with his opponent, who supported the stimulus plan that created jobs in China

Gerlach's campaign posts interview of Trivedi saying his primary residence is in Washington D.C. in "Trivedi Not Telling the Truth About Out of State Residency and Employment"

Trivedi


Trivedi discusses his family's modest background and his service in the Marine Corps in "Making a Difference"

Trivedi contrasts Gerlach's record of supporting economic policies that favor the wealthy against his own middle-class friendly positions in "Oath"

District History

2010

On November 2, 2010, Gerlach won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Manan Trivedi in the general election.[17]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 6 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJim Gerlach Incumbent 57.1% 133,770
     Democratic Manan Trivedi 42.9% 100,493
Total Votes 234,263

See also

External links

References