Pennsylvania's 9th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Pennsylvania's 9th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
April 24, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Bill Shuster Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Bill Shuster Republican Party
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 9th Congressional District of Pennsylvania held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Bill Shuster 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 Bill Shuster, (R), who assumed office in 2001.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Pennsylvania's 9th Congressional District is located in the south-central portion Pennsylvania and includes Indiana, Cambria, Blair, Huntingdon, Franklin, Fulton, Bedford, Somerset, Fayette, Green, and Washington counties.[3]

This is the 9th Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.


General election candidate

Democratic Party Karen Ramsburg
Republican Party Bill Shuster Green check mark transparent.png

April 24, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

  • No candidates filed to run as a Democrat.

Republican Party Republican Primary


Election results

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 9 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Karen Ramsburg 38.3% 105,128
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Shuster Incumbent 61.7% 169,177
Total Votes 274,305
Source: Pennsylvania Department of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

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 9th 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 9th District became more Democratic because of redistricting.[8]

  • 2012: 38D / 62R
  • 2010: 32D / 68R

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 9th Congressional District has a PVI of R+10, which is the 111th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 59-41 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 59-41 percent over John Kerry (D).[9]

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.

Bill Shuster

Bill Shuster (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[10]March 31, 2012$93,374.79$83,691.30$(73,818.37)$103,247.72
July Quarterly[11]July 15, 2012$422,469.08$266,719.87$(204,269.27)$484,919.68
Running totals

Karen Ramsburg

Karen Ramsburg (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[12]March 31, 2012$0.00$2,955.68$(1,541.43)$1,414.25
July Quarterly[13]July 15, 2012$1,414.26$2,585.00$(3,175.00)$824.26
Running totals

District History


On November 2, 2010, Shuster won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Tom Conners in the general election.[14]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 9 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Shuster Incumbent 73.1% 141,904
     Democratic Tom Conners 26.9% 52,322
Total Votes 194,226

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