Arizona's 8th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Arizona's 8th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 28, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Trent Franks Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Ron Barber Democratic Party
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Arizona U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 8th Congressional District of Arizona held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Trent Franks (District 2 incumbent) was re-elected to the U.S. House of Representatives 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 Ron Barber (D), who won a special election to fill the vacancy left by Gabrielle Giffords in June 2012.[4]

This was the first election which used new district maps based on 2010 Census data. The 8th District is one of five primarily urban districts centered around Phoenix, Arizona.[5]


General election candidates

Democratic Party Gene Scharer
Republican Party Trent FranksGreen check mark transparent.png
Independent Stephen Dolgos

August 28, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Americans Elect candidate

Election results

U.S. House, Arizona District 8 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTrent Franks Incumbent 63.3% 172,809
     Democratic Gene Scharer 35.1% 95,635
     Libertarian Stephen Dolgos 1.6% 4,347
Total Votes 272,791
Source: Arizona Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Arizona

The 3rd District was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[7][8]

Registration statistics

As of October 22, 2012, District 8 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the Arizona Secretary of State:

Arizona Congressional District 8[9]
Congressional District District Total Democrats Republicans Other & Unaffiliated Advantage Party Advantage Change in Advantage from 2010
District 8 391,675 97,681 162,805 131,189 Republican 66.67% 53.16%
"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 8th District saw no change in partisanship because of redistricting.[10]

  • 2012: 35D / 65R
  • 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. Arizona's 8th Congressional District has a PVI of R+13, which is the 74th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 61-39 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 62-38 percent over John Kerry (D).[11]

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.

Trent Franks

Trent Franks (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[12]April 13, 2012$11,694.81$70,728.83$(26,211.52)$56,212.12
July Quarterly[13]July 14, 2012$56,212.12$74,220.72$(63,964.88)$66,467.96
Pre-Primary[14]August 15, 2012$66,467.96$7,636$(51,705.03)$22,398.93
Running totals

Tony Passalacqua

Tony Passalacqua (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[15]July 11, 2012$0$2,465$(1,333.32)$1,131.68
Pre-Primary[16]August 10, 2012$1,131.68$1,125$(2,193.05)$63.63
Running totals

District history

Candidate ballot access
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The 8th Congressional District of Arizona held a special election for the U.S. House of Representatives on June 12, 2012. The election was to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D). The general election was held on June 12, 2012, following a primary on April 17th. Ron Barber (D) won the general election to replace Giffords.[17]


On November 2, 2010, Gabrielle Giffords won re-election to the United States House. She defeated Jesse Kelly and Steven Stoltz in the general election.[18]

This is the 8th Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.
U.S. House, Arizona District 8 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGabrielle Giffords Incumbent 48.8% 138,280
     Republican Jesse Kelly 47.3% 134,124
     Libertarian Steven Stoltz 3.9% 11,174
Total Votes 283,578

See also

External links


  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. Washington Post, "Giffords’ resignation from Congress opens up race, triggers messy elections amid redistricting," January 22, 2012
  5. Arizona Redistricting, "Map" accessed July 7, 2012
  6. "Franks bows out of Senate race,", April 1, 2011
  7. Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer, "Arizona's congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
  8. Labels & Lists, "VoterMapping software voter counts"
  9. Arizona Secretary of State, "State of Arizona Registration Report," April 23, 2012
  10. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Arizona," September 2012
  11. Cook Political Report, "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" accessed October 2012
  12. Federal Election Commission, "Trent Franks April Quarterly," accessed August 23, 2012
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Trent Franks July Quarterly," accessed August 23, 2012
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Trent Franks Pre-Primary," accessed August 23, 2012
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Tony Passalacqua July Quarterly," accessed August 23, 2012
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Tony Passalacqua Pre-Primary," accessed August 23, 2012
  17. Washington Post, "Ariz. governor sets dates for primary, general special elections to pick Giffords replacement," January 27, 2012
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013