Alabama's 5th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Alabama's 5th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
March 13, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Mo Brooks Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Mo Brooks Republican Party
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 5th Congressional District of Alabama held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This is the 5th Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.

Mo Brooks was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
January 12, 2012
March 13, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Alabama has an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by March 3. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 28.[2]

See also: Alabama elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Mo Brooks (R), who was first elected in 2010.

This was the first election which used new district maps based on 2010 Census data. The 5th District is located in northern Alabama and includes Lauderdale, Limestone, Madison, Morgan and Jackson counties.[3]


General election candidates

Democratic Party Charlie L. Holley
Republican Party Mo BrooksGreen check mark transparent.png

March 13, 2012 primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Alabama District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Charlie L. Holley 34.9% 101,772
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMo Brooks Incumbent 64.9% 189,185
     N/A Write-In 0.1% 336
Total Votes 291,293
Source: Alabama Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Republican Primary

U.S. House, Alabama District 5 Republican Primary Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMo Brooks Incumbent 70.9% 65,155
Parker Griffith 29.1% 26,693
Total Votes 91,848

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Alabama

District partisanship

FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012

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. Alabama's 5th District was projected as Safe Republican in 2012.[5]

  • 2012: 33D / 67R
  • 2010: 35D / 65R

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 measures each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. Alabama's 5th Congressional District has a PVI of R+14, which is the 62nd most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 63-37 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush won the district 62-38 percent over John Kerry (D).[6]

Campaign contributions

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are candidate reports.

Mo Brooks

Mo Brooks (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-Primary[7]March 1, 2012$352,376.05$127,914$(88,206.98)$392,083.07
April Quarterly[8]April 15, 2012$392,083.07$85,262.00$(139,842.48)$337,502.59
Running totals

Charlie Holley

Charlie Holley (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[9]April 13, 2012$50.00$8,590.00$(7,729.18)$910.82
Running totals

District history

Candidate ballot access
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On November 2, 2010, Mo Brooks won election to the United States House. He defeated Steve Raby in the general election.[10]

U.S. House, Alabama District 5 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMo Brooks 57.9% 131,109
     Democratic Steve Raby 42.1% 95,192
Total Votes 226,301

See also

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