Connecticut's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

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Connecticut's 2nd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 14, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Joe Courtney Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Joe Courtney Democratic Party
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The 2nd Congressional District of Connecticut held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Joe Courtney won re-election for his fourth term in office.[1][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 a voter 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 Joe Courtney (D), who was first elected in 2006.

The 2nd 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 2nd Congressional District covered the eastern half of the state.[4]


General election candidates

Democratic Party Working Families Party Joe CourtneyGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Paul M Formica
Libertarian Party Dan Reale
Green Party Colin D. Bennet

August 14, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Libertarian PartyLibertarian candidate

Green Party Green Party candidate

Working Families PartyWorking Families Party

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Connecticut District 2, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Courtney Incumbent 68.2% 204,708
     Republican Paul M Formica 29.4% 88,103
     Green Colin D. Bennet 1.2% 3,638
     Libertarian Dan Reale 1.2% 3,511
Total Votes 299,960
Source: Connecticut Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Republican primary

U.S. House, Connecticut District 2 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDaria Novak 67.2% 14,440
Paul Formica 32.8% 7,042
Total Votes 21,482

Race background

Blue vs. Red

Possible race ratings are:

     Solid Democratic
     Likely Democratic
     Lean Democratic


     Lean Republican
     Likely Republican
     Solid Republican

     Connecticut's 2nd District was a solidly Democratic district.

In June 2012, Sabato's Crystal Ball rated Connecticut's 2nd as solidly Democratic.[9]

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.[10] Under the new map, less than 30,000 residents statewide were affected by the changes.[10]

In the 2nd District the only difference after redistricting was the transfer of Durham to the 3rd District, and the loss of some of Glastonbury to the 1st District[10]

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.[10]

The district was composed entirely of the old 2nd Congressional District.[11][12]

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 2nd District's partisanship was unaffected by redistricting.[13]

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

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 2nd Congressional District had a PVI of D+6, which was the 136th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 59-41 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 55-45 percent over George W. Bush (R).[14]

Campaign donors


Joe Courtney (2012)[15] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[16]April 15, 2012$716,651.01$181,381.55$(73,232.09)$824,800.47
Pre-Convention[17]May 2, 2012$824,800.47$22,997.34$(31,740.69)$816,057.12
July Quarterly[18]July 15, 2012$816,057.12$211,204.59$(101,137.55)$926,124.16
Running totals

Joe Courtney raised $211,000 in contributions in the second quarter between April 25 and June 30, boosting his total haul in the campaign cycle to $1.1 million.[19]

District history

Candidate ballot access
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On November 2, 2010, Joe Courtney won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Janet Peckinpaugh (R), G. Scott Deshefy (G), Daniel Reale (I), Muriel P. Bianchi (I) in the general election.[20]

U.S. House, Connecticut District 2 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Courtney Incumbent 58.7% 140,888
     Republican Janet Peckinpaugh 39.9% 95,671
     Green G. Scott Deshefy 1.4% 3,344
     Independent Daniel Reale 0% 27
     Independent Muriel P. Bianchi 0% 19
Total Votes 239,949

See also

External links


  1. ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  2. New Haven Register, "Joe Courtney wins 4th term representing Connecticut's 2nd District" accessed November 14, 2012
  3. 3.0 3.1 Connecticut Secretary of State Elections Division, "Registration Deadlines" accessed April 17, 2012
  4. Connecticut Redistricting, "Map" accessed July 7, 2012
  5. Norwich Bulletin "Republican declares 2nd run for Congress" accessed December 1, 2011
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  7. AP Results "U.S. House primary election results" accessed August 14, 2012
  8. Connecticut Secretary of State "Candidate List" accessed September 5, 2012
  9. Center for Politics, "2012 House Ratings," Updated June 27, 2012
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Norwich Bulletin, "Our View: Redistricting map has minimal changes" accessed February 16, 2012
  11. Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer, "Connecticut's congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
  12. Labels & Lists, "VoterMapping software voter counts"
  13. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Connecticut," September 2012
  14. Cook Political Report, "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" accessed October 2012
  15. FEC Reports, "Joe Courtney Summary Reports" accessed July 18, 2012
  16. FEC Reports, "April Quarterly" accessed July 18, 2012
  17. FEC Reports, "Pre-Convention" accessed July 18, 2012
  18. FEC Reports, "July Quarterly" accessed July 18, 2012
  19. The Day Connecticut, "Courtney, McMahon pad leads in campaign fundraising " accessed July 18, 2012
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013