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Rhode Island's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

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Rhode Island's 2nd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
September 11, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
James R. Langevin Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
James R. Langevin Democratic Party
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Rhode Island U.S. House Elections
District 1District 2

2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2nd Congressional District of Rhode Island held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Incumbent Jim Langevin won re-election.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
June 27, 2012
September 11, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Rhode Island has a closed primary system, meaning only registered members of a particular party may vote in that party's primary.

Voter registration: Voters were required to register to vote in the primary by August 12. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 7.[2]

See also: Rhode Island elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is James R. Langevin (D), who has served since 2001.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Rhode Island's 2nd Congressional District is located in the western and southern portions of the state and includes Westerly, Charlestown, New Shoreham, Richmond, South Kingstown, West Greenwich, Coventry, West Warwick, Warwick, East Greenwich, Scituate, Johnston, Craigston and Glockster counties.[3]

This is the 2nd Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.

Candidates

General election candidates

Democratic Party James R. Langevin Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Michael G. Riley
Independent Abel G. Collins


September 11, 2012, primary results
Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Independent Independent candidates

Election results

U.S. House, Rhode Island District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJames R. Langevin Incumbent 55.7% 124,067
     Republican Michael G. Riley 35.1% 78,189
     Independent Abel G. Collins 9.1% 20,212
     Write-In N/A 0.1% 192
Total Votes 222,660
Source: Rhode Island Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Rhode Island District 2 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJames Langevin Incumbent 74.1% 22,161
John Matson 25.9% 7,748
Total Votes 29,909
U.S. House, Rhode Island District 2 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMichael G. Riley Incumbent 65.6% 5,283
Kara D. Russo 18.5% 1,488
Michael J. Gardiner 10.2% 825
Donald F. Robbio 5.6% 454
Total Votes 8,050

Impact of Redistricting

See also Redistricting in Rhode Island

Registration statistics

As of October 30, 2012, District 2 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the Rhode Island State Board of Elections:

Rhode Island Congressional District 2[6]
Congressional District District Total Democrats Republicans Other & Unaffiliated Advantage Party Advantage Change in Advantage from 2010
District 2 369,905 128,906 32,092 198,907 Democratic 206.25% N/A
"Party advantage" is the percentage gap between the two major parties in registered voters. "Change in advantage" is the spread in difference of party advantage between 2010 and 2012 based on the congressional district number only.

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. Rhode Island's 2nd District became less Democratic because of redistricting.[7]

  • 2012: 57D / 43R
  • 2010: 58D / 42R

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. Rhode Island's 2nd Congressional District has a PVI of D+8, which is the 118th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 61-39 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 58-42 percent over George W. Bush (R).[8]

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 Langevin

Jim Langevin (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[9]April 15, 2012$233,949.18$140,886.01$(98,584.49)$276,250.70
July Quarterly[10]July 15, 2012$276,250.70$176,843.15$(96,516.16)$356,577.69
Running totals
$317,729.16$(195,100.65)

John Matson

John Matson (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]April 18, 2012$0$50,004.04$(2,094.99)$47,909.05
July Quarterly[12]July 17, 2012$47,909.05$0$(1,012.17)$46,896.88
Running totals
$50,004.04$(3,107.16)

Michael Riley

Michael Riley (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[13]April 14, 2012$81,605.74$88,497.03$(58,621.36)$111,481.41
July Quarterly[14]July 15, 2012$111,481.41$213,878.73$(200,287.67)$125,072.47
Running totals
$302,375.76$(258,909.03)

District History

2010

On November 2, 2010, Langevin won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Mark S. Zaccaria and John O. Matson in the general election.[15]

U.S. House, Rhode Island District 2 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJames R. Langevin Incumbent 59.9% 104,442
     Republican Mark S. Zaccaria 31.8% 55,409
     Independent John O. Matson 8.4% 14,584
Total Votes 174,435

See also

References