Georgia's 8th Congressional District elections, 2012
November 6, 2012
July 31, 2012
|Candidate Filing Deadline||Primary Election||General Election|
- See also: Georgia elections, 2012
Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Austin Scott (R), who was first elected in 2010.
This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Georgia's 8th Congressional District is located mainly in south-central Georgia and extends north through the middle portion of the state.
General election candidates
- No candidates declared to run
- Austin Scott
July 31, 2012, primary results
|U.S. House, Georgia District 8 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Austin Scott Incumbent||100%||197,789|
|Source: Georgia Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
Blue vs. Red
Possible race ratings are:
Georgia's 8th District is a solidly Republican district.
In June 2012, Sabato's Crystal Ball rated Georgia's 8th District as solidly Republican.
Department of Justice lawsuit
On June 29, 2012, the Department of Justice filed a suit in federal court against the state of Georgia, alleging that service members, their family members and overseas civilian voters wouldn’t have time to vote by absentee ballot in runoff elections, if they are required. According to the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (dead link) (UOCAVA), states must transmit all validly requested ballots to UOCAVA voters at least 45 days before an election, unless a hardship exemption is obtained, for which Georgia failed to file. However, this conflicted with the timeline for runoff elections, in which the primary runoff, by law, must be held 21 days after the regular or special primary election, and if a runoff is required after the Nov. 6 general election, it must be held 28 days later, on December 4, which also wouldn’t provide the required 45 days.
As part of the lawsuit, the Department of Justice asked Georgia to "extend the ballot receipt deadline to Aug. 31 for these voters, to send ballots by express delivery as soon as possible before the Aug. 21 runoff election, and inform UOCAVA voters no later than July 7 of their right to request a state write-in absentee ballot or their official absentee ballot for any runoff election by downloading it from the Internet, by email, or by fax."
Impact of redistricting
- See also: Redistricting in Georgia
On August 22, 2011, Georgia Republican leadership released their proposed Congressional redistricting map. Due to population growth, Georgia gained a 14th Congressional district following the 2010 census. The new district, according to the plan, was located in the northwestern part of the state. U.S. Rep. Tom Graves (R) was drawn into the new district, leaving his former 9th District seat open in 2012. The new 9th District leans Republican. In addition, the plan displaced US Rep. John Barrow (D), but Barrow (who had been displaced before) planned to move in order to remain in the 12th District. US Rep. Sanford Bishop's (D) district became a majority-minority district. Also, U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey's (R) 11th District picked up part of Atlanta. Overall, the plan was expected to bolster the Republican majority in the state's Congressional delegation.
In redistricting, The Hill published a list of the Top Ten House Members who were helped by redistricting. Austin Scott ranked 5th on the list. The article noted that in the redistricting process, controlled by a Republican legislature, many African Americans voters were moved into Sanford Bishop’s district, giving Austin Scott a safe Republican seat.
- 20 percent from the 1st Congressional District
- 14 percent from the 2nd Congressional District
- 66 percent from the 8th Congressional District
FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012
- 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. Georgia's 8th District became more Republican as a result of redistricting.
- 2012: 35D / 65R
- 2010: 40D / 60R
Cook Political Report's PVI
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. Georgia's 8th Congressional District had a PVI of R+15, which was the 51st most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 62-38 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush won the district 65-35 percent over John Kerry (D).
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- United States House of Representatives elections in Georgia, 2012
- United States House of Representatives elections, 2012
- Politico, "2012 House Race Results," accessed November 6, 2012
- Georgia Secretary of State, "Election Dates," accessed April 25, 2012
- Georgia Redistricting, "Map" accessed July 2012
- Georgia Secretary of State Elections Division "Candidate List" accessed May 28, 2012
- Center for Politics, "2012 House Ratings," Updated June 27, 2012
- Marine Corps Times, "Justice sues Georgia over voting deadlines" accessed July 24, 2012
- Atlanta Journal Constitution, "GOP redistricting plan would tighten grip on congressional delegation," August 22, 2011
- The Hill, "House members most helped by redistricting," accessed April 17, 2012
- Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer, "Georgia's congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
- Labels & Lists, "VoterMapping software voter counts"
- FairVote, "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Georgia," 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