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Florida's 5th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Florida's 5th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 14, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Corrine Brown Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Richard B. Nugent Republican Party
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Florida U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 5th Congressional District of Florida held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This is the 5th Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.

Corrine Brown was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
June 8, 2012
August 14, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Florida is one of 21 states to use a strictly closed primary system.

Voter registration: Voters were required to register to vote in the primary by July 16, 2012, which was 29 days before the primary took place.[2] (Information about registering to vote)

See also: Florida elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Richard B. Nugent (R), who was first elected in 2010. Nugent ran in the 11th District.[3]

This was the first election which used new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Florida's 5th Congressional District snakes vertically through northeastern Florida and includes portions of Duval, Caly, Putnam, Alachua, Marion, Lake, Seminole, and Orange counties.[4]

Candidates

General election candidates

Democratic Party Corrine Brown Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party LeAnne Kolb
Independent Eileen Fleming
Independent Bruce Ray Riggs


August 14, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Independent No Party Affiliation

Election results

U.S. House, Florida District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCorrine Brown Incumbent 70.8% 190,472
     Republican LeAnne Kolb 26.3% 70,700
     Independent Eileen Fleming 3% 7,978
     Independent Bruce Ray Riggs 0% 3
Total Votes 269,153
Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

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Blue vs. Red

Possible race ratings are:

     Solid Democratic
     Likely Democratic
     Lean Democratic

     Tossup

     Lean Republican
     Likely Republican
     Solid Republican

     Florida's 5th District is a solidly Democratic district.

In June 2012, Sabato's Crystal Ball rated Florida's 5th as a solidly Democratic district.[6]

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Florida

The new 5th District is the successor to the former 3rd District, which had been represented by Corrine Brown since 1993.[7]

Prior to redistricting the 5th District comprised all of Citrus, Hernando, and Sumter counties and most of Lake, Levy, and Pasco counties and portions of Marion and Polk counties. The district also included northern suburbs of Tampa and western suburbs of Orlando.

The 5th District was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[8][9]

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. Florida's 5th District became more Republican because of redistricting.[10]

  • 2012: 67D / 33R
  • 2010: 70D / 30R

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. Florida's 5th Congressional District has a PVI of D+16, which is the 66th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 71-29 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 63-37 percent over George W. Bush (R).[11]

District history

Candidate Ballot Access
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2010

On November 2, 2010, Richard B. Nugent won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated James "Jim" Piccillo (D) in the general election.[12]

U.S. House, Florida District 5 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRichard B. "Rich" Nugent 67.4% 208,815
     Democratic James "Jim" Piccillo 32.6% 100,858
Total Votes 309,673


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