Wisconsin's 5th Congressional District elections, 2012
November 6, 2012
August 14, 2012
|Candidate Filing Deadline||Primary Election||General Election|
Primary: Wisconsin has an open primary system, in which any registered voter can choose which party's primary to vote in, without having to be a member of that party.
Voter registration: Voter registration requirements may vary by municipality, although voters with valid ID must be granted a provisional ballot at the polls.
- See also: Wisconsin elections, 2012
Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Jim Sensenbrenner (R), who was first elected to the House in 1978.
This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Wisconsin's 5th Congressional District includes Ozaukee, Washington, and Waukesha counties, and includes portions of Milwaukee and Jefferson counties.
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General election candidates
August 14, 2012, primary results
|U.S. House, Wisconsin District 5 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Jim Sensenbrenner Incumbent||67.7%||250,335|
|Source: Wisconsin Government Accountability Board "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election" (dead link)|
Impact of redistricting
- See also: Redistricting in Wisconsin
Following the 2010 Census, Wisconsin kept its 8 congressional seats. In redistricting, the Wisconsin Legislature sought to even out the districts, which due to the census information, required making the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Districts smaller, and making the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th larger. The new district map was signed into law on August 9, 2011.
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. Wisconsin's 5th District became more Republican because of redistricting.
- 2012: 39D / 61R
- 2010: 38D / 62R
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. Wisconsin's 5th Congressional District had a PVI of R+12, which was the 89th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 58-42 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 63-37 percent over John Kerry (D).
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On November 2, 2010, Jim Sensenbrenner won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Todd P. Kolosso (D) and Robert R. Raymond (I).
- United States House of Representatives elections in Wisconsin, 2012
- United States House of Representatives elections, 2012
- United States Senate elections in Wisconsin, 2012
- Politico, "2012 House Race Results," accessed November 6, 2012
- Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Registration and Voting," accessed July 27, 2012
- Wisconsin Redistricting Map, "Map" accessed July 24, 2012
- Wisconsin Government Accountability Board "Candidates registered by office," accessed June 10, 2012
- "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Wisconsin," September 2012
- Cook Political Report, "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" accessed October 2012
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013