United States House of Representatives elections in Maine, 2012

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2012 U.S. House Elections in Maine

Primary Date
June 12, 2012

Partisan breakdownCandidates

Maine District Pages
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2012 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Maine took place on November 6, 2012. Voters elected two candidates to serve in the U.S. House, one from each of the state's two congressional districts.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 15, 2012
June 12, 2012
November 6, 2012

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

Voter registration: There was no deadline for in-person voter registration, but the cut-off for registration by mail was October 16.[1]

See also: Maine elections, 2012

The Center for Voting and Democracy (Fairvote) projected that Democrats would win both districts.[2]

Primary competitiveness

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

Maine tied with Kentucky, Delaware, 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 (2 out of 4). The national average was 54.31%.

Two U.S. House incumbents sought re-election in Maine in 2012. 0 of those 2 (0%) faced a primary challenger. Nationwide, 200 out of the 386 incumbents seeking re-election faced a primary challenger (51.81%).

Partisan breakdown

Heading into the November 6 election, the Democratic Party held each of the two Congressional seats from Maine.

Members of the U.S. House from Maine -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 2 2
     Republican Party 0 0
Total 2 2


Heading into the 2012 election, the incumbents for the two congressional districts were:

Name Party District
Chellie Pingree Electiondot.png Democratic 1
Mike Michaud Electiondot.png Democratic 2

Margin of victory for winners

There were a total of 2 seats up for election in 2012 in Maine. 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
Maine, District 1 Democratic Party Chellie Pingree 28.3% 380,715 Jonathan Courtney
Maine, District 2 Democratic Party Mike Michaud 15.7% 343,908 Kevin Raye

General election candidates

District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party Chellie Pingree
Republican Party Jonathan Courtney
Chellie Pingree Democratic Party Chellie Pingree No
2nd Democratic Party Mike Michaud
Republican Party Kevin Raye
Mike Michaud Democratic Party Mike Michaud No


Note: Election results were added on election night as races were called. Vote totals were added after official election results had been certified. For more information about Ballotpedia's election coverage plan, click here. If you find any errors in this list, please email: Geoff Pallay.

1st Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Chellie PingreeGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Jonathan Courtney

June 12, 2012,, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican

Note: Barry Hobbins, David Costa, Wellington Lyons, David Lamoine, Richard Snow, Mark Gartley, and John Vedral expressed an intention to run in the 1st District but failed to file prior to the filing deadline of March 15, 2012.

2nd Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Mike MichaudGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Kevin Raye

June 12, 2012,, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican

Note: Emily Cain and Bruce Bryant expressed interest in running the 2nd District but failed to file before the filing deadline of March 15, 2012.

See also

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