United States House of Representatives elections in Delaware, 2012

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2012 U.S. House Elections in Delaware

Primary Date
September 11, 2012

Partisan breakdownCandidates

Delaware District Pages
At-Large District

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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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Delaware's At-Large Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
September 11, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
John C. Carney Jr. Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
John C. Carney Jr. Democratic Party
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Delaware 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 Delaware 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.

John Carney was re-elected in 2012.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
July 10, 2012
September 11, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Delaware had a closed primary system, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election was limited to registered party members.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by August 18 (August 27 for overseas and military citizens); if they switched parties, they had to do so by May 25. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 13 (October 22 for overseas and military).[2]

See also: Delaware elections, 2012

Incumbent: The incumbent heading into the election was John Carney (D), who was first elected in 2010.

Delaware has a single At-Large Congressional District, which makes up the entire state.

Heading into the November 6 election, the Democratic Party held the one Congressional seat from Delaware.

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

The Center for Voting and Democracy (Fairvote) projected that Democratic will remain in control of the one congressional seat.[3]

Margin of victory for winners

There was a total of 1 seat up for election in 2012 in Delaware. 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
Delaware, At-Large, District Democratic Party John C. Carney, Jr. 31.5% 368,154 Thomas Kovach

Primary competitiveness

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

Delaware was tied with Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, and West Virginia for having the 22nd most competitive congressional primaries in 2012, with 50% of major party primaries having been contested (1 out of 2). The national average was 54.31%.

Delaware's one U.S. House incumbent sought re-election in 2012. He did not face a challenger in the primary. Nationwide, 200 out of the 386 incumbents seeking re-election faced a primary challenger (51.81%).

General election candidates

District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
At-large Democratic Party John Carney
Republican Party Tom Kovach
Libertarian Party Scott Gesty
Green PartyBernard August
John Carney John Carney No


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General election candidates

Democratic Party John CarneyGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Tom Kovach
Libertarian Party Scott Gesty
Green Party Bernard August

September 11, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic candidates

Republican Party Republican Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian candidate

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. Delaware's At-Large Congressional District had a PVI of D+7, which is the 128th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 63-37 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 54-46 percent over George W. Bush (R).[7]

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