United States House of Representatives elections in Alaska, 2012

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2012 U.S. House Elections in Alaska

Primary Date
August 28, 2012

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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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Alaska's At-Large Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 28, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Don Young Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Don Young Republican Party
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Alaska U.S. House Elections
At-Large district

2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2012 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Alaska took place on November 6, 2012. Voters elected one candidate to serve in the U.S. House from the state's At-Large Congressional District.

Incumbent Don Young won re-election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
June 1, 2012
August 28, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Alaska has a mixed primary system, in which parties decide who may vote in their primary election. The Alaska Democratic Party, Alaska Libertarian Party and Alaskan Independence Party allow any registered voters. The Alaska Republican Party allows only registered Republicans, nonpartisan or undeclared voters.[2]

Voter registration: Voters were required to register to vote in the primary by July 29. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 7.[3]

See also: Alaska elections, 2012

Incumbent: The incumbent heading into the election was Don Young (R), who was first elected in 1972.

Alaska has a single At-Large Congressional District, which is made up of the entire state.

Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party held the one congressional seat from Alaska.

Members of the U.S. House from Alaska -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 0 0
     Republican Party 1 1
Total 1 1

The Center for Voting and Democracy (Fairvote) projected that Republicans remained in control of the one congressional seat.[4]

Primary competitiveness

See also: National contested primary average during the 2012 U.S. congressional elections

Alaska tied with Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Rhode Island, and Washington for having the most competitive congressional primaries in 2012, with 100% of major party primaries having been contested (2 out of 2). The national average was 54.31%.

Alaska's one U.S. House incumbent sought re-election in 2012. He faced a challenger in the primary. Nationwide, 200 out of the 386 incumbents seeking re-election faced a primary challenger (51.81%).

FairVote Democracy Study

See also: FairVote's "Dubious Democracy" report about United States House of Representatives elections

FairVote, formerly the Center for Voting and Democracy, published a study of representative democracy in U.S. House elections. The analysis, "Dubious Democracy," compiles voting data to assess "the level of competition and the accuracy of representation in House elections in all 50 states."[5] The study attempts to highlight a lack of real options in most elections, as well as a mismatch between voter preferences and the politicians who represent them.[5]

Among the statistics analyzed in the study are the following:

  • Democracy Index is the overall combination of Average Margin of Victory, Landslide Index, Seats-to-Votes Distortion, and Representation Index. In 2010, Alaska ranked 24th with a score of 24.8.
  • Margin of Victory is the winner's percentage of the vote minus the second-place candidate's. In 2010, Alaska ranked 41st with a margin of 38.6%
  • Voter Turnout is the percentage of eligible voters who voted in a given election. In 2010, Alaska ranked 6th with a turnout of 51.5%
  • Representation Index multiplies voter turnout by the winning candidate's percentage. In 2010, Alaska ranked 1st with an index of 35.5%

Margin of victory for winners

There was a total of 1 seat up for election in 2012 in Alaska. The following table shows the margin of victory for each district winner, which is calculated by examining the percentage difference between the top-two vote getters. If the race was uncontested, the margin of victory is listed as 100%.

District Winner Margin of Victory Total Vote Top Opponent
Alaska, At-Large, District Republican Party Don Young 35.3% 289,804 Sharon M. Cissna

General election candidates

District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
At-large Democratic Party Sharon Cissna
Republican Party Don Young
Libertarian Party Jim McDermott
Independent Ted Gianoutsos
Independent Clinton Desjarlais
Independent Fletcher G. Fuller Jr. (Write-in)
Independent Sidney I. Hill (Write-in)
Don Young Republican Party Don Young No


General election candidates

Democratic Party Sharon Cissna
Republican Party Don YoungGreen check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Jim McDermott
Independent Ted Gianoutsos

August 28, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Independent Independent candidates

Election results

U.S. House, Alaska At-Large General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDon Young 63.9% 185,296
     Democratic Sharon M. Cissna 28.6% 82,927
     Libertarian Jim C. McDermott 5.2% 15,028
     NA Ted Gianoutsos 1.9% 5,589
Total Votes 289,804
Source: Alaska Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

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. Alaska's At-Large Congressional District had a PVI of R+13, which was the 70th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 61-39 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 63-37 percent over John Kerry (D).[7]

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