Washington's 8th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Washington's 8th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 7, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Dave Reichert Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Dave Reichert 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 8th Congressional District of Washington held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Incumbent Dave Reichert (R) won re-election.[1]

This is the 8th 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 Dave Reichert (R), who was first elected to the House in 2004. Reichert ran for re-election in 2012.[4]

This was the first election which used new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Washington's 8th Congressional District is located in the central portion of the state, and includes Pierce, King, Kittitas, and Chelan 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 Karen Porterfield
Republican Party Dave Reichert Green check mark transparent.png


August 7, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic candidates

Republican Party Republican candidates

Independent Third party candidates

Election results

U.S. House, Washington District 8 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDave Reichert Incumbent 59.7% 180,204
     Democratic Karen Porterfield 40.3% 121,886
Total Votes 302,090
Source: Washington Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Washington District 8 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDave Reichert (R) Incumbent 37.2% 66,220
Green check mark transparent.pngKaren Porterfield (D) 20.8% 37,083
Keith Swank (R) 6.1% 10,942
Keith Arnold (D) 4% 7,144
James Windle (Unaffiliated) 29.6% 52,696
Ernest Huber (R) 2.3% 4,165
Total Votes 178,250

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 8th covers the center of the state, encompassing Chelan and Kittitas Counties, as well as the eastern part of Pierce County and the southeast part of King County.[8]

The 8th District was more strongly conservative than it was prior to redistricting.[9]

The 8th District was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[10][11]

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 8th District became more balanced because of redistricting.[12]

  • 2012: 49D / 51R
  • 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 8th Congressional District had a PVI of R+2, which was the 205th 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).[13]

District history

Candidate Ballot Access
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2010

On November 2, 2010, Dave Reichert won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Suzan DelBene (D).[14]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Washington, Congressional District 8, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid G. Reichert Incumbent 52.1% 161,296
     Democratic Suzan DelBene 47.9% 148,581
Total Votes 309,877

See also

References