Connecticut's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012
November 6, 2012
August 14, 2012
John B. Larson
John B. Larson
John Larson won re-election. Although he was re-elected, Larson could no longer serve as chairman of the House Democratic Caucus due to a two term limit. His replacement was elected after Thanksgiving.
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- See also: Connecticut elections, 2012
Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was John B. Larson (D), who was first elected in 1998.
This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Connecticut's 1st Congressional District was located mainly in the central and north central portion of the state. Bristol, Southington, Berlin, Rocky Hill, Portland, Glastonbury, Manchester, Hartford, Cromwell, East Windsor, South Windsory, Windsor, Manchester, Bloomfield, Granby, Hartland, Barkhamsted, New Hartford, Torrinton, Winchester, and Colebrook counties were included in the new boundaries of the district.
General election candidates
August 14, 2012, primary results
|U.S. House, Connecticut District 1 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||John B. Larson Incumbent||69.7%||206,973|
|Republican||John Henry Decker||27.7%||82,321|
|Green||S. Michael DeRosa||1.8%||5,477|
|Source: Connecticut Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
Blue vs. Red
Possible race ratings are:
Connecticut's 1st District was a solidly Democratic district.
In June 2012, Sabato's Crystal Ball rated Connecticut's 1st as solidly Democratic.
Impact of redistricting
- See also: Redistricting in Connecticut
The Connecticut Supreme Court completed the redistricting of the state’s five congressional districts, leaving intact, for the most part, the configuration adopted 10 years ago when Connecticut was forced to relinquish one district because of declining population. Under the new map, less than 30,000 residents statewide were affected by the changes. Looking at the congressional map, one could clearly see that the design of the 1st and 5th Districts were oddly shaped. There was no disputing that 10 years previously, it was done so for political advantage — with both political parties agreeing to the changes in the hopes of capitalizing on that.
Democrats held a 5-4 advantage on the bipartisan Reapportionment Commission, but the commission chose instead to honor the long-standing tradition of unanimous agreement or none at all.
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. Connecticut's 1st District's partisanship was unaffected by redistricting.
- 2012: 63D / 37R
- 2010: 63D / 37R
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. Connecticut's 1st Congressional District had a PVI of D+12, which was the 87th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 67-33 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 60-40 percent over George W. Bush (R).
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On November 2, 2010, John B. Larson won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Ann Brickley (R), Kenneth J. Krayeske (G), Christopher J. Hutchinson (S) and Daniel J. Stephanek (I) in the general election.
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- ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012
- Norwich Bulletin, "Connecticut Rep. Larson's caucus chairmanship ending" accessed November 14, 2012
- Connecticut Secretary of State Elections Division, "Registration Deadlines" accessed April 17, 2012
- Connecticut Redistricting, "Map" accessed July 7, 2012
- Connecticut Secretary of State "Candidate List" accessed June 19, 2012
- Connecticut Secretary of State "Candidate List" accessed September 5, 2012
- Center for Politics, "2012 House Ratings," Updated June 27, 2012
- Norwich Bulletin, "Our View: Redistricting map has minimal changes" accessed February 16, 2012
- Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer, "Connecticut's congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
- Labels & Lists, "VoterMapping software voter counts"
- "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Connecticut," 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