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Arizona's 6th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Arizona's 6th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 28, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
David Schweikert Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Jeff Flake Republican Party
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Arizona U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 6th Congressional District of Arizona held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

David Schweikert was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
May 30, 2012
August 28, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Arizona's primary system is considered semi-closed. Unaffiliated voters may choose which party's primary they will vote in, but voters registered with a party can only vote in that party's primary.[2]

Voter registration: Voters were required to register to vote in the primary by July 30. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 9.[3]

See also: Arizona elections, 2012

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

This was the first election which used new district maps based on 2010 Census data. The 6th District is one of five primarily urban districts centered around Phoenix, Arizona.[4]

Candidates

General election candidates

Democratic Party Matt Jette
Republican Party David SchweikertGreen check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Jack Anderson
Green Party Mark Salazar


August 28, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Primary

Green PartyGreen Party

Election results

U.S. House, Arizona District 6 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Schweikert Incumbent 61.3% 179,706
     Democratic Matt Jette 33.3% 97,666
     Libertarian Jack Anderson 3.5% 10,167
     Green Mark Salazar 1.9% 5,637
     NA James Ketover 0% 1
Total Votes 293,177
Source: Arizona Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Race background

Due to redistricting and Arizona's acquisition of a new House seat, incumbents Benjamin Quayle and David Schweikert faced each other in a heated primary battle. According to the fiscal watchdog organization Club for Growth, the primary race between incumbents Quayle and Schweikert was the "most watched Republican congressional primary race in the country." Quayle appeared to be the favorite of Republican leadership, while Schweikert stood as a Tea Party favorite. Both representatives were new to the House and were running for re-election to their 2nd term in 2012. Schweikert defeated Quayle in the primary and went on to win the general election.[7]

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Arizona

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.[8][9]

Registration statistics

As of October 22, 2012, District 6 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the Arizona Secretary of State:

Arizona Congressional District 6[10]
Congressional District District Total Democrats Republicans Other & Unaffiliated Advantage Party Advantage Change in Advantage from 2010
District 6 397,255 95,023 168,282 133,950 Republican 77.10% -3.29%
"Party advantage" is the percentage gap between the two major parties in registered voters. "Change in advantage" is the spread in difference of party advantage between 2010 and 2012 based on the congressional district number only.

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. Arizona's 6th District became more Republican because of redistricting.[11]

  • 2012: 38D / 62R
  • 2010: 44D / 56R

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. Arizona's 6th Congressional District has a PVI of R+10, which is the 109th 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 60-40 percent over John Kerry (D).[12]

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.

Matt Jette

John Williamson

Benjamin Quayle

David Schweikert

District history

Candidate Ballot Access
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2010

On November 2, 2010, Jeff Flake won election to the United States House. He defeated Rebecca Schneider, Darell Tapp and Richard Grayson in the general election.[24]

This is the 6th Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.
U.S. House, Arizona District 6 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Flake 66.4% 165,649
     Democratic Rebecca Schneider 29.1% 72,615
     Libertarian Darell Tapp 3.1% 7,712
     Green Richard Grayson 1.4% 3,407
Total Votes 249,383

See also

References

  1. ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  2. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 2, 2014
  3. Arizona Secretary of State, "Important Dates," accessed June 29, 2012
  4. Arizona Redistricting, "Map" accessed July 7, 2012
  5. Arizona Daily Sun "1st Democrat announces run for Ariz. 6th District," March 9, 2012
  6. 6.0 6.1 KTAR "Schweikert ready to battle Quayle in GOP primary," February 4, 2012
  7. Enterstageright.com, "The hottest Republican congressional primary race in the country," May 21, 2012
  8. Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer, "Arizona's congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
  9. Labels & Lists, "VoterMapping software voter counts"
  10. Arizona Secretary of State, "State of Arizona Registration Report," April 23, 2012
  11. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Arizona," September 2012
  12. Cook Political Report, "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" accessed October 2012
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Matt Jette July Quarterly," accessed August 23, 2012
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Matt Jette Pre-Primary," accessed August 23, 2012
  15. Federal Election Commission, "John Williamson April Quarterly," accessed August 23, 2012
  16. Federal Election Commission, "John Williamson July Quarterly," accessed August 23, 2012
  17. Federal Election Commission, "John Williamson Pre-Primary," accessed August 23, 2012
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Benjamin Quayle April Quarterly," accessed August 23, 2012
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Benjamin Quayle July Quarterly," accessed August 23, 2012
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Benjamin Quayle Pre-Primary," accessed August 23, 2012
  21. Federal Election Commission, "David Schweikert April Quarterly," accessed August 23, 2012
  22. Federal Election Commission, "David Schweikert July Quarterly," accessed August 23, 2012
  23. Federal Election Commission, "David Schweikert Pre-Primary," accessed August 23, 2012
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"