Utah's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012

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Utah's 3rd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
June 26, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Jason Chaffetz Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Jason Chaffetz Republican Party
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Utah U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 3rd Congressional District of Utah held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This was the 3rd Congressional District prior to the 2011 redistricting.

Incumbent Jason Chaffetz won re-election on November 6, 2012, having defeated Democrat Soren Simonsen in the general election.[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 were October 7, 2012 and October 22, 2012 in-person.[2]

See also: Utah elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Jason Chaffetz (R), who was first elected to the House in 2008, and was re-elected in the general election on November 6, 2012.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Utah's 3rd Congressional District is located in the eastern portion of the state, and includes Daggett, Summit, Morgan, Utah, Wasatch, Duchesne, Uintah, Carbon, Grand, Emery, Sanpete, Sevier, Piute, Wayne, Garfield, San Juan, and Kane counties.[3]


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General election candidates

Democratic Party Soren Simonsen
Republican Party Jason ChaffetzGreen check mark transparent.png

Democratic Party Democratic convention candidates

Republican Party Republican convention candidates

Note: Kurt Bradburn withdrew before the primary.

Election results

U.S. House, Utah District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJason Chaffetz Incumbent 76.6% 198,828
     Democratic Soren D. Simonsen 23.4% 60,719
Total Votes 259,547
Source: Utah Lieutenant Governor "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Race background

Democratic Party Democratic convention

In the April 21, 2012 Democratic convention, delegates selected Soren Simonsen over Richard Clark for the party nomination.[6][7] There will be no primary for the 3rd District.[7]

Republican Party Republican convention

In the April 21, 2012 Republican convention, the party nominated incumbent Jason Chaffetz to be the Republican candidate in the general election. Chaffetz received 75 percent of the delegate votes, defeating Lynn Wardle and Brian Jenkins.[8] No Republican primary was held for the 3rd Congressional District.[7]

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.

Jason Chaffetz

Jason Chaffetz Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-Convention[9]April 1, 2012$130,916.40$145,090.16$(115,778.56)$160,228.00
July Quarterly[10]July 13, 2012$160,228.00$51,087.55$(78,997.45)$132,318.10
Running totals

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Utah

Utah was redistricted following the 2010 Census and received a fourth Congressional seat.

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 3rd District partisan breakdown did not change because of redistricting.[11]

  • 2012: 27D / 73R
  • 2010: 27D / 73R

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 3rd Congressional District had a PVI of R+25, which was the 7th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 70-30 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 78-22 percent over John Kerry (D).[12]

District history

Candidate ballot access
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On November 2, 2010, Jason Chaffetz won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Karen Hyer (D), Douglas Sligting (Constitution), Jake Shannon (L), and Joseph L. Puente (I).[13]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Utah, Congressional District 3, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJason Chaffetz Incumbent 72.3% 139,721
     Democratic Karen Hyer 22.9% 44,320
     Constitution Douglas Sligting 2.4% 4,596
     Libertarian Jake Shannon 1.5% 2,945
     Unaffiliated Joseph L. Puente 0.8% 1,604
Total Votes 193,186

See also