Connecticut's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

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Connecticut's 1st Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 14, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
John B. Larson Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
John B. Larson Democratic Party
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Connecticut U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 1st Congressional District of Connecticut held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

John Larson won re-election.[1] 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.[2]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
June 12, 2012
August 14, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Connecticut was one of 16 states to use an open primary system. However, there was a three month waiting period if voters switched parties.[3]

Voter registration: Voters could register in person to vote in the primary up until noon the day before the primary.[3] (Information about registering to vote)

See also: Connecticut elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was John B. Larson (D), who was first elected in 1998.

The 1st Congressional District of Connecticut, prior to the 2010-2011 redistricting process.

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.[4]


General election candidates

Democratic Party Working Families Party John B. LarsonGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party John Henry Decker
Green Party S. Michael DeRosa
Independent Matthew Corey

August 14, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Green Party Green Party candidate

Working Families PartyWorking Families Party

IndependentIndependent candidate

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Connecticut District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn B. Larson Incumbent 69.7% 206,973
     Republican John Henry Decker 27.7% 82,321
     Green S. Michael DeRosa 1.8% 5,477
     Independent Matthew Corey 0.8% 2,290
Total Votes 297,061
Source: Connecticut Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Race background

Blue vs. Red

Possible race ratings are:

     Solid Democratic
     Likely Democratic
     Lean Democratic


     Lean Republican
     Likely Republican
     Solid Republican

     Connecticut's 1st District was a solidly Democratic district.

In June 2012, Sabato's Crystal Ball rated Connecticut's 1st as solidly Democratic.[7]

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.[8] Under the new map, less than 30,000 residents statewide were affected by the changes.[8] 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.[8]

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.[8]

The district was composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[9][10]

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. Connecticut's 1st District's partisanship was unaffected by redistricting.[11]

  • 2012: 63D / 37R
  • 2010: 63D / 37R

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 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).[12]

District history

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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.[13]

U.S. House, Connecticut District 1, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn B. Larson Incumbent 59.9% 130,585
     Republican Ann Brickley 38.5% 84,076
     Green Kennth J. Krayeske 1.2% 2,564
     Socialist Action Christopher J. Hutchinson 0.4% 955
     Independent Daniel J. Stephanek 0% 3
Total Votes 218,183

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