Washington's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

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Washington's 2nd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 7, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Rick Larsen Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Rick Larsen Democratic Party
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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

Incumbent Rick Larsen (D) won re-election.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
May 18, 2012
August 7, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Washington has a top-two primary system, in which the top two vote-getters, regardless of party, go on to the general election.[2]

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.[3] For the general election, voter registration deadlines were October 9, 2012, and October 28, 2012 for first-time voters.[3]

See also: Washington elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Rick Larsen (D), who was first elected to the House in 2000. He ran for re-election in 2012.

This was the first election which used new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Washington's 2nd Congressional District is located in the northwestern portion of the state, and includes San Juan, Island, Snohomish, Skagit, and Whatcom counties.[4]


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.

General election candidates

Democratic Party Rick Larsen Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Dan Matthews

August 7, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic candidates

Republican Party Republican candidates

Note: Greg Anders[6][7] withdrew prior to the primary.

Independent Third party candidates

Election results

General election

U.S. House, Washington District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRick Larsen Incumbent 61.1% 184,826
     Republican Dan Matthews 38.9% 117,465
Total Votes 302,291
Source: Washington Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Race background

In the 2nd District, Republican Dan Matthews was seen by some as presenting a serious threat to Democratic incumbent Rick Larsen.[8] An analyst, however, said, "There is no way a candidate like Larsen is going to lose in 2012."[9]

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Washington

Washington gained a congressional seat following the 2010 Census. The newly redrawn 2nd District runs along the eastern side of Puget Sound, from the north end of Lake Washington up to Bellingham, and including the San Juan islands.[10]

The 2nd District was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[11][12]

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. Washington's 2nd District became more Democratic because of redistricting.[13]

  • 2012: 58D / 42R
  • 2010: 53D / 47R

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. Washington's 2nd Congressional District had a PVI of D+8, which was the 124th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 62-38 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 54-44 percent over George W. Bush (R).[14]

District history

Candidate ballot access
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On November 2, 2010, Rick Larsen won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating John Koster (R).[15]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Washington, Congressional District 2, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRick Larsen Incumbent 51.1% 155,241
     Republican John Koster 48.9% 148,722
Total Votes 303,963

See also