Colorado's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

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Colorado's 1st Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
June 26, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Diana DeGette Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Diana DeGette Democratic Party
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Colorado U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 1st Congressional District of Colorado held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Diana DeGette won the election.[1]
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
April 2, 2012
June 26, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Colorado has a closed primary system, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by March 5. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 9.[2]

See also: Colorado elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Diana DeGette (D), who was first elected in 2006.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. The 1st District is located in central Coloradoand includes portions of the Denver metropolitan area.[3]


General election candidates

Democratic Party Diana DeGetteGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Danny Stroud
Libertarian Party Frank Atwood
Green Party Gary Swing
Independent Thomas Henry Juniel

June 26, 2012 primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Green Party Green Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Primary

Independent Third Party Primary

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Colorado District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDiana DeGette Incumbent 68.2% 237,579
     Republican Danny Stroud 26.8% 93,217
     Libertarian Frank Atwood 3.6% 12,585
     Green Gary Swing 1.4% 4,829
Total Votes 348,210
Source: Colorado Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Republican Primary

Colorado's 1st Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDanny Stroud 65.1% 11,936
Richard Murphy 34.9% 6,407
Total Votes 18,343

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Colorado

The 1st 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 1 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the Colorado Secretary of State:

Colorado Congressional District 1[9]
Congressional District District Total Democrats Republicans Other & Unaffiliated Advantage Party Advantage Change in Advantage from 2010
District 1 308,519 146,221 69,909 92,389 Democratic 109.16% -62.90%
"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. Colorado's 1st District became more Republican because of redistricting.[10]

  • 2012: 68D / 32R
  • 2010: 71D / 29R

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. Colorado's 1st Congressional District has a PVI of D+17, which is the 55th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 72-28 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 65-35 percent over George W. Bush (R).[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.

Diana DeGette

Diana DeGette (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[12]April 13, 2012$166,866.52$153,476.87$(200,793.33)$119,550.06
Pre-Primary[13]June 14, 2012$119,550.06$114,997.28$(117,654.24)$116,893.10
Running totals

Danny Stroud

Danny Stroud (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]April 11, 2012$0$1,672.50$(851.55)$820.95
Pre-Primary[15]June 14, 2012$820.95$5,035$(4,756.04)$1,099.91
Running totals

District history

Candidate ballot access
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This is the 1st Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.

On November 2, 2010, Diana DeGette won re-election to the United States House. She defeated Mike Fallon, Gary Swing, Clint Jones and Chris Styskal in the general election.[16]

U.S. House, Colorado District 1 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDiana DeGette Incumbent 67.4% 140,073
     Republican Mike Fallon 28.8% 59,747
     Green Gary Swing 1.4% 2,923
     Libertarian Clint Jones 1.4% 2,867
     American Constitution Chris Styskal 1% 2,141
Total Votes 207,751

See also

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