Washington's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012

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Washington's 3rd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 7, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Jaime Herrera Beutler Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Jaime Herrera Beutler Republican Party
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Washington U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 3rd Congressional District of Washington held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Incumbent Jaime Herrera Beutler (R) won re-election.[1]

This is the 3rd Congressional District prior to the 2012 redistricting.
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 Jaime Herrera Beutler (R), who was first elected to the House in 2010.

This was the first election which used new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Washington's 3rd Congressional District is located in the southwestern portion of the state, and includes Pacific, Wahklakum, Lewis, Thurston, Cowlltz, Clark, Skamania, and Klickltat counties.[4]


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General election candidates

Democratic Party Jon T. Haugen
Republican Party Jaime Herrera Beutler Green check mark transparent.png

August 7, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic candidates

  • Jon T. HaugenApproveda: Commercial pilot, former Navy pilot, previous candidate for state senate[5]
Note: Elizabeth Uelmen[6][7] withdrew prior to the primary.

Republican Party Republican candidates

Independent Third party candidates

Election results

General election

U.S. House, Washington District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJaime Herrera Beutler Incumbent 60.4% 177,446
     Democratic Jon T. Haugen 39.6% 116,438
Total Votes 293,884
Source: Washington Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Race background

Incumbent Jaime Herrera Beutler (R) had the fundraising advantage as well as endorsements from the media.[8][9] Haugen did not receive the state Democratic Party endorsement.[9]

Beutler had a record of supporting tax cuts and pledged to continue to do so.[8] Haugen wants to bring home the troops from Afghanistan and supports the Affordable Care Act.[10]

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 3rd covers the southwest corner of the state.[11]

The 3rd District was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[12][13]

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 3rd District became more balanced because of redistricting.[14]

  • 2012: 48D / 52R
  • 2010: 49D / 51R

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 3rd Congressional District had a PVI of R+2, which was the 212th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 52-48 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 53-47 percent over John Kerry (D).[15]

District history

Candidate ballot access
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On November 2, 2010, Jaime Herrera Beutler won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Denny Heck (D).[16]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Washington, Congressional District 3, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJaime Herrera 53% 152,799
     Democratic Denny Heck 47% 135,654
Total Votes 288,453

See also