Idaho's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

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Idaho's 1st Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
May 15, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Raul Labrador Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Raul Labrador Republican Party
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Idaho U.S. House Elections
District 1District 2

2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 1st Congressional District of Idaho held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This is the 1st Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.

Incumbent Raul Labrador (R) won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 9, 2012
May 15, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Idaho has a closed primary system, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by April 20. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 12.[2] Voters could have also registered at the polls on election day, provided they brought an acceptable form of proof of residency.[3]

See also: Idaho elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Raul Labrador (R), who was first elected in 2010. He was re-elected on November 6, 2012.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Idaho's 1st Congressional District encompassed the western and northern parts of the state and included the western third of the state capital, Boise, and most of its suburbs, including Nampa, Caldwell, and Meridian. It also includes Lewiston, Moscow, and Coeur d'Alene.


General election candidates

Democratic Party Jimmy Farris
Republican Party Raul LabradorGreen check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Rob Oates
Independent Pro-Life

May 15, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Party

Independent Independent candidate

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Idaho District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRaul R. Labrador Incumbent 63% 199,402
     Democratic Jimmy Farris 30.8% 97,450
     Libertarian Rob Oates 3.9% 12,265
     Independent Pro-Life 2.4% 7,607
Total Votes 316,724
Source: Idaho Secretary of State "November 6, 2012 General Election Results"

Democratic Primary

U.S. House, Idaho District 1 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJimmy Farris 53.2% 5,362
Cynthia Clinkingbeard 46.8% 4,723
Total Votes 10,085

Republican Primary

U.S. House, Idaho District 1 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRaul Labrador Incumbent 80.6% 58,003
Reed McCandless 19.4% 13,917
Total Votes 71,920

Race background

Mental health evaluation

On March 16, 2012, Cynthia Clinkingbeard allegedly went into a Boise area Staples office supply store, allegedly made threatening remarks to an employee, and pulled out a handgun.[7][8] After leaving the store, Clinkingbeard and two adults in a vehicle were later stopped by police. In a hearing, Magistrate Kevin Swain ordered that a court-appointed evaluator conduct a mental health evaluation on Clinkingbeard.[7] The evaluation was scheduled for May 4, 2012.[7] On May 7, 2012, the evaluation was rescheduled for June 5, after the May 15th primary.[9]

Clinkingbeard suspended her campaign, but she still appeared on the ballot in the primary.[9]

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Idaho

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. Idaho's 1st District became more Republican because of redistricting.[10]

  • 2012: 32D / 68R
  • 2010: 33D / 67R

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. Idaho's 1st Congressional District has a PVI of R+18, which is the 26th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 64-36 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 70-30 percent over John Kerry (D).[11]

District history

Candidate ballot access
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On November 2, 2010, Raul Labrador won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Walt Minnick (D), Dave Olson (I) and Mike Washburn (L) in the general election.[12]

U.S. House, Idaho District 1 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRaul R. Labrador 51.3% 126,231
     Democratic Walt Minnick 41.5% 102,135
     Independent Dave Olson 7.1% 17,429
     Libertarian Mike Washburn 0% 91
Total Votes 245,886

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