Georgia's 9th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Georgia's 9th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
July 31, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Doug Collins Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Tom Graves Republican Party
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 9th Congressional District of Georgia held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Doug Collins won the election.[1]
This is the 9th Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
May 25, 2012
July 31, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Georgia is one of 16 states to use an open primary system. When runoff elections are used, voters must vote in same party's runoff election as they voted for in the first round election.

Voter registration: Voters must have registered to vote by July 2, 2012, to vote in the primary election.[2] (Information about registering to vote)

See also: Georgia elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election, the district has no incumbent, as it was newly formed in redistricting.[3]

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Georgia's 9th Congressional District is located in the northeastern portion of the state and includes such cities as Clayton, Clarkesville, and Helen.[4]

Candidates

General election candidates

Democratic Party Jody Cooley
Republican Party Doug CollinsGreen check mark transparent.png


August 11, 2012, Republican primary runoff candidates


July 31, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Note: Candidates Clifton McDuffie and Hunter Bicknell indicated an intent to run, but did not file with the Georgia Secretary of State Elections Division before the filing deadline.[6]

Election results

U.S. House, Georgia District 9 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Jody Cooley 23.8% 60,052
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDoug Collins 76.2% 192,101
Total Votes 252,153
Source: Georgia Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Georgia District 9 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDoug Collins 41.8% 45,894
Roger D. Fitzpatrick 17.1% 18,730
Martha Zoller 41.1% 45,160
Total Votes 109,784

Race background

Blue vs. Red

Possible race ratings are:

     Solid Democratic
     Likely Democratic
     Lean Democratic

     Tossup

     Lean Republican
     Likely Republican
     Solid Republican

     Georgia's 9th District is a solidly Republican district.

In June 2012, Sabato's Crystal Ball rated Georgia's 9th District as solidly Republican.[9]

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.[10] According to the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (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.[10] 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.[10]

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."[10]

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.[11] 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.[11] 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.[11] 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.[11]

The new 9th District is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[12][13]

District partisanship

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. Partisanship figures relating to the incumbent are unavailable for this district due to the seat being open.[14]

  • 2012: 21D / 79R
  • 2010: Unavailable

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. Georgia's 9th Congressional District had a PVI of R+27, which was the 4th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 76-24 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush won the district 75-25 percent over John Kerry (D).[15]

District history

Candidate ballot accecss
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2010

On November 2, 2010, Tom Graves won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He ran unopposed in the general election.[16]

U.S. House, Georgia District 9 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTom Graves Incumbent 100% 173,512
Total Votes 173,512

See also

External links

References

  1. Politico, "2012 House Race Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  2. Georgia Secretary of State, "Election Dates," accessed April 25, 2012
  3. ajc.com, "GOP redistricting plan would tighten grip on congressional delegation" accessed December 4, 2011
  4. Georgia Redistricting, "Map" accessed July 2012
  5. AP Results "Georgia U.S. House Runoff Results" accessed August 21, 2012
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Georgia Secretary of State Elections Division "Candidate List" accessed May 28, 2012
  7. ajc.com "Doug Collins becomes first in race for new 9th" accessed December 4, 2011
  8. Gainsville Times.com "Radio show host to run for U.S. House: Zoller wants to be a conservative voice in Congress" accessed December 4, 2011
  9. Center for Politics, "2012 House Ratings," Updated June 27, 2012
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Marine Corps Times, "Justice sues Georgia over voting deadlines" accessed July 24, 2012
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 Atlanta Journal Constitution, "GOP redistricting plan would tighten grip on congressional delegation," August 22, 2011
  12. Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer, "Georgia's congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
  13. Labels & Lists, "VoterMapping software voter counts"
  14. FairVote, "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Georgia," September 2012
  15. Cook Political Report, "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" accessed October 2012
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013