Pennsylvania's 7th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Pennsylvania's 7th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
April 24, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Patrick Meehan Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Patrick Meehan Republican Party
Patrick Meehan.jpg

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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 7th Congressional District of Pennsylvania held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Patrick Meehan 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 Patrick Meehan, (R), who assumed office in 2011.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Pennsylvania's 7th Congressional District is located in the southeast region of Pennsylvania and borders the states of Delaware and New Jersey. It includes portions of Lancaster, Chester, Montgomery, and Berks counties[3] On March 30, 2012, the 7th District was included in a list released by the National Journal of the top ten most contorted congressional districts due to redistricting.[4]

This is the 7th Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.


General election candidates

Democratic Party George Badey
Republican Party Patrick Meehan 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 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic George Badey 40.6% 143,509
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPatrick Meehan Incumbent 59.4% 209,942
Total Votes 353,451
Source: Pennsylvania Department of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Race background

Incumbent Patrick Meehan (R) was challenged by George Badey (D) in a more conservative district than the one he was elected to in 2010.[6]

Pennsylvania's 7th was Solid Republican according to the latest Cook Political Report race ratings. It was originally rated as Leaning Republican but changed the month before the general election.[7]

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.[8] Ohio tied with Pennsylvania for 9th on the list.[8]

Pennsylvania's 7th 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.[9]

Incumbent Pat Meehan was a part of the National Republican Congressional Committee's Patriot Program, a program to help House Republicans stay on offense and increase their majority in 2012.[10]

Impact of Redistricting

See also Redistricting in Pennsylvania

On March 30, 2012, the 7th District was included in a list released by the National Journal of the top ten most contorted congressional districts due to redistricting.[4]

The 7th District was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[11][12]

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 7th District became more Republican because of redistricting.[13]
  • 2012: 48D / 52R
  • 2010: 53D / 47R

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 7th Congressional District has a PVI of even, and is the 237th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 53-47 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 51-49 percent over John Kerry (D).[14]

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.

Patrick Meehan

Patrick Meehan (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[15]March 31, 2012$44,941.68$338,249.60$(66,704.31)$316,486.97
July Quarterly[16]July 15, 2012$1,055,502.99$498,329.98$(150,058.58)$1,403,774.39
Running totals

George Badey

George Badey (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[17]July 15, 2012$191,565.07$104,149.83$(90,820.66)$204,894.24
Running totals

District History


On November 2, 2010, Meehan won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Bryan Lentz and James D. Schneller in the general election.[18]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 7 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPatrick Meehan 54.9% 137,825
     Democratic Bryan Lentz 44% 110,314
     American Congress Party James D. Schneller 1.1% 2,708
Total Votes 250,847

See also

External links


  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. 4.0 4.1 National Journal, "Modern Gerrymanders: 10 Most Contorted Congressional Districts—MAPS," accessed March 31, 2012
  5. Delco Times "Radnor Democrat George Badey III looking to run against Meehan in 7th District" accessed April 20, 2012
  6. New York Times, "House Race Ratings," accessed August 10, 2012
  7. The Cook Political Report, "Recent race ratings changes," October 11, 2012
  8. 8.0 8.1 Washington Post, "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012," accessed April 25, 2012
  9. DCCC, "Red to Blue 2012"
  10. NRCC "Patriot Program 2012"
  11. Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer, "Pennsylvania's congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
  12. Labels & Lists, "VoterMapping software voter counts"
  13. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Pennsylvania," September 2012
  14. Cook Political Report, "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" accessed October 2012
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Patrick Meehan's April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2012
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Patrick Meehan's July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2012
  17. Federal Election Commission, "George Badey July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2012
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013