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Utah's 2nd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
June 26, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Chris Stewart Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Jim Matheson Democratic Party
Jim Matheson.jpg

Utah U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2nd Congressional District of Utah held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This is the 2nd Congressional District prior to the 2011 redistricting.

Chris Stewart (R) won the general election on November 6, 2012. He defeated four opponents, including Democrat Jay Seegmiller for the open seat, which was being vacated by Jim Matheson. Due to redistricting, Matheson chose to run in the newly created 4th District in 2012 rather than seek re-election. Matheson, who won the election in the district, was a Democrat, therefore Stewart's win represented a partisan switch for the 2nd Congressional District.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 16, 2012
June 26, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Utah has a mixed primary system, with Republicans having a closed primary and Democrats having an open one. Both parties hold conventions prior to the primaries.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by October 7, 2011, or October 22, 2011 in-person. For the general election, voter registration deadlines are October 7,2012 and October 22, 2012 in-person.[2]

See also: Utah elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election was incumbent Jim Matheson (D), who was first elected to the House in 2000. Due to changes from redistricting, Matheson ran for, and won, the newly created 4th District seat.[3]

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Utah's 2nd Congressional District is located in the northern portion of the state, and surrounds Salt Lake City, and parts of Morgan and Summit counties.[4]


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General election candidates

Republican Party Chris StewartGreen check mark transparent.png
Democratic Party Jay Seegmiller
Constitution Party Jonathan Garrard
Independent Joseph Andrade
Independent Charles Kimball

Party convention results

Democratic Party Democratic convention candidates

Republican Party Republican convention candidates

Independent Third party candidates

Election results

U.S. House, Utah District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChris Stewart 62.2% 154,523
     Democratic Jay Seegmiller 33.5% 83,176
     Constitution Jonathan D. Garrard 2% 5,051
     Independent Joseph Andrade 1.2% 2,971
     Independent Charles E. Kimball 1.1% 2,824
Total Votes 248,545
Source: Utah Lieutenant Governor "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Race background

Blue vs. Red

Possible race ratings are:

     Solid Democratic
     Likely Democratic
     Lean Democratic


     Lean Republican
     Likely Republican
     Solid Republican

     Utah's 2nd District was a solidly Republican district.

In May 2012, Sabato's Crystal Ball rated Utah's 2nd as safely Republican.[11]

Convention results

Democratic Party Democratic convention

The Democratic Party held its convention on April 21, 2012. Delegates selected party nominees for U.S. Congress, among other offices.[12] For Utah's 2nd District, they selected former Utah state Representative Jay Seegmiller over Dean Collinwood and Michael Small.[13]

Republican Party Republican convention

Amidst controversy, the Republican delegation selected Chris Stewart from a field of nearly a dozen candidates. At the April 21 convention, Eureka Mayor Milt Hanks claimed in a speech that four candidates had illegally cooperated to campaign against Stewart. A party investigation during the next two weeks found that no such wrongdoing had taken place -- it also cleared Hanks of the counter-accusation that he had made the outburst at the convention to drum up support for Stewart.[14]

Howard Wallack, for one, said he would continue "to try to get to the bottom of what happened" at the convention, which degenerated into chaos after what one news source called Hanks' "tirade."[15] Wallack, Cherilyn Eagar, Dave Clark, and Chuck Williams were the four accused of perpetrating an anonymous "Anyone but Chris" campaign, and Wallack, in turn, accused Hanks of being a plant of the Stewart campaign.[16]

While state Republican party chair Thomas Wright cleared all involved,[14] some Republican voters were displeased with the convention's selection, and were considering voting for Democratic candidate Jay Seegmiller rather than Stewart.[16]

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.

Jay Seegmiller

Jay Seegmiller Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-Primary[17]June 6, 2012$5,148.02$36,114.65$(6,079.18)$35,183.49
July Quarterly[18]July 15, 2012$35,183.49$6,418.00$(20,932.13)$20,669.36
Running totals

Chris Stewart

Chris Stewart Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-Convention[19]April 1, 2012$104,554.32$68,289.40$(60,126.08)$112,717.64
July Quarterly[20]July 13, 2012$112,717.64$95,239.78$(93,205.40)$114,752.02
Running totals

Impact of redistricting

Following Utah's 24% increase in population over the 2000s, the state added a 4th Congressional District. Democrats threatened lawsuits over Utah's redistricting.

The 2nd District contained less than a third of the number of voters it had in the last election, and it was 60% to 65% Republican.[21] As a result, 2nd District incumbent Jim Matheson (D), who at the time lived in the 2nd District, ran in the newly created 4th District.[3]

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. Utah's 2nd District did not have 2010 partisanship ratings because it was an open seat.[22]

  • 2012: 36D / 64R
  • 2010: N/A

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 measured each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. Utah's 2nd Congressional District had a PVI of R+16, which was the 37th 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 69-31 percent over John Kerry (D).[23]

District history

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On November 2, 2010, Jim Matheson won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Morgan Philpot (R), Randall Hinton (Constitution), Dave Glissmeyer (I), and Wayne L. Hill (I).[24]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Utah, Congressional District 2, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Matheson Incumbent 50.5% 127,151
     Republican Morgan Philpot 46.1% 116,001
     Constitution Randall Hinton 1.8% 4,578
     Unaffiliated Dave Glissmeyer 0.9% 2,391
     Unaffiliated Wayne L. Hill 0.7% 1,726
Total Votes 251,847

See also


  1. ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Utah," November 7, 2012
  2. Utah Lieutenant Governor, "Voting Registration Deadlines," accessed July 6, 2012
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Deseret News, "Rep. Jim Matheson jumps to 4th Congressional District for re-election," accessed December 16, 2011
  4. Utah Redistricting Map, "Map" accessed July 24, 2012
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8 5.9 Utah Lieutenant Governor's Office: Elections "2012 Candidate Filings," accessed March 16, 2012
  6. Jason Buck for Congress "NFL Star and Conservative Republican Builds Competitive Campaign To Win Back This Current Democratic Seat," January 17, 2012
  7. Deseret News "Clark running for Congress, expected to resign from Legislature," accessed December 3, 2011
  8. Deseret News "Cherilyn Eagar announces congressional campaign," accessed December 3, 2011
  9. Salt Lake Tribune "Republican announces he will challenge Matheson," accessed December 3, 2011
  10. Deseret News "Redistricting squabble has GOP congressional hopefuls wondering where to line up," accessed December 3, 2011
  11. Center for Politics, "2012 House Ratings," Updated May 9, 2012
  12. St. George News, "Largest delegate turnout for Utah’s Democratic Party Convention; election results and photo gallery," April 22, 2012
  13. Utah Lt. Gov. Office: Elections, "2012 Candidate Filings," accessed May 27, 2012
  14. 14.0 14.1 Salt Lake Tribune, "GOP probe finds no wrongdoing in 2nd District chaos," May 8, 2012
  15. Salt Lake Tribune, "Mayor of Eureka: The man who blew up Utah GOP convention," May 12, 2012
  16. 16.0 16.1 Salt Lake Tribune, "2nd District turmoil has some GOP looking at Democrat," May 1, 2012
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Seegmiller Congressional Campaign Committee Pre-Primary," accessed July 13, 2012
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Seegmiller Congressional Campaign Committee July Quarterly," accessed July 20, 2012
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Friends of Chris Stewart, Inc. Pre-Convention," accessed July 13, 2012
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Friends of Chris Stewart, Inc. July Quarterly," accessed July 20, 2012
  21. Salt Lake Tribune, "GOP says Dems exaggerate Utah redraw impact," accessed December 3, 2011
  22. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Utah," September 2012
  23. Cook Political Report, "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" accessed October 2012
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013