Washington's 6th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Washington's 6th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 7, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Derek Kilmer Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Norm Dicks Democratic Party
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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

Derek Kilmer (D) was elected.[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 Norm Dicks (D), who did not seek re-election in 2012.[4]

This was the first election which used new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Washington's 6th Congressional District is located in the western portion of the state, and includes Grays Harbor, Mason, Thurston, Kitsap, Jefferson, and Cialiam counties.[5]

Candidates

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 Derek Kilmer Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Bill Driscoll


August 7, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic candidates

Republican Party Republican candidates

Note: Robert D. Sauerwein[6][8] withdrew prior to the primary.

Independent Independent candidates

Election results

U.S. House, Washington District 6 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDerek Kilmer 59% 186,661
     Republican Bill Driscoll 41% 129,725
Total Votes 316,386
Source: Washington Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Washington District 6 Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDerek Kilmer (D) 53.4% 86,436
Green check mark transparent.pngBill Driscoll (R) 18.3% 29,602
Jesse Young (R) 11.2% 18,075
Doug Cloud (R) 8.8% 14,267
David (Ike) Eichner (R) 4.9% 7,966
Eric G. Arentz Jr. (I) 2.5% 4,101
Stephan Andrew Brodhead(R) 0.9% 1,387
Total Votes 161,834

Race background

Republican challenger Bill Driscoll was included in the National Republican Congressional Committee's Young Guns program. The program highlighted challengers who represented the GOP's best chances to pick up congressional seats in the general election.[9]

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 6th covers the Olympic and Kitsap peninsulas, north of Grays Harbor. It does not include Olympia, Thurston County, or Shelton, but does include most of Tacoma.[10]

The 6th 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 6th District became more Democratic because of redistricting.[13]

  • 2012: 54D / 46R
  • 2010: 54D / 46R

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 6th Congressional District had a PVI of D+5, which was the 148th 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 54-46 percent over George W. Bush (R).[14]

District history

Candidate ballot accecss
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2010

On November 2, 2010, Norm Dicks won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Doug Cloud (R).[15]

U.S. House, Washington District 6 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngNorman D. Dicks Incumbent 58% 151,873
     Republican Doug Cloud 42% 109,800
Total Votes 261,673

See also

References