Washington's 10th Congressional District elections, 2012
November 6, 2012
August 7, 2012
Newly created district
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Voter registration: Voters were required to register to vote in the primary by July 9, 2012, or July 30, 2012 in-person for first-time voters. For the general election, voter registration deadlines were October 9, 2012, and October 28, 2012 for first-time voters.
- See also: Washington elections, 2012
Incumbent: This district was added following the 2010 Census.
This was the first election which used new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Washington's 10th Congressional District is located in the west central portion of the state, and includes portions of Thurston, Pierce, King, and Mason counties.
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General election candidates
August 7, 2012, primary results
|U.S. House, Washington District 10 General Election, 2012|
|Source: Washington Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
Washington's 10th was considered to be Leaning Democratic according to the New York Times race ratings. The 10th was a newly created seat thanks to redistricting. Democrat Denny Heck faced Richard Muri (R) in a Democratic leaning district.
Washington's 10th District was included in the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's "Red to Blue List," which identified districts that the organization specifically targeted to flip from Republican to Democratic control.
Impact of redistricting
- See also: Redistricting in Washington
Washington gained a congressional seat following the 2010 Census, bringing its total up to 10. The newly redrawn 10th covers most of Thurston County, including Olympia, as well as jutting into Mason County to include Shelton and stretching through the middle of Pierce County to include Puyallup.
- 23 percent from the 3rd Congressional District
- 20 percent from the 6th Congressional District
- 8 percent from the 8th Congressional District
- 48 percent from the 9th Congressional District
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. Washington's 10th District was created and is more Democratic because of redistricting.
- 2012: 55D / 45R
- 2010: District did not exist.
Cook Political Report's PVI
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. Washington's 10th Congressional District had a PVI of D+4, which was the 152nd most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 58-42 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 53-47 percent over George W. Bush (R).
- United States House of Representatives elections in Washington, 2012
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- CNN "Washington Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
- Washington Secretary of State, "Top 2 Primary: FAQ," accessed May 17, 2012
- Washington Secretary of State, "Dates and Deadlines," accessed May 25, 2012
- Washington Redistricting Map, "Map" accessed July 24, 2012
- Politico "Washington redistricting plan a small win for Democrats," December 28, 2011
- New York Times, "House Race Ratings," accessed August 10, 2012
- DCCC, "Red to Blue 2012"
- Washington Redistricting Commission, "Final Statewide," accessed May 15, 2012
- Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer, "Washington's congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
- Labels & Lists, "VoterMapping software voter counts"
- "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Washington," September 2012
- Cook Political Report, "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" accessed October 2012