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Idaho's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

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Idaho's 2nd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
May 15, 2012

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

2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2nd Congressional District of Idaho held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This is the 2nd Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.

Incumbent Mike Simpson (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 Mike Simpson (R), who was first elected in 1998. He was re-elected on November 6, 2012.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Idaho's 2nd Congressional District encompassed eastern Idaho and the Magic Valley region of the state and other outlying areas, as well as a small portion of the Boise Metropolitan Area, including two-thirds of the city of Boise itself. Other major cities in the district include Idaho Falls, Pocatello, Twin Falls and Rexburg.


General election candidates

Democratic Party Nicole LeFavour
Republican Party Mike SimpsonGreen check mark transparent.png

May 15, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Note: John Baird initially filed to run, but withdrew from the race on March 12, 2012.[4][5] Eldon Wallace withdrew from the race on March 15, 2012.[4]

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Idaho District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Nicole LeFavour 34.8% 110,847
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Simpson Incumbent 65.1% 207,412
     Write-in (Democratic) Jack Wayne Chappell (Write-in) 0.1% 235
Total Votes 318,494
Source: Idaho Secretary of State "November 6, 2012 General Election Results"

Democratic Primary

Idaho's 2nd Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngNicole LeFavour 84.1% 10,528
Jack Wayne Chappell 15.9% 1,997
Total Votes 12,525

Republican Primary

Idaho's 2nd Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMike Simpson Incumbent 69.6% 50,799
M.C Heileson 30.4% 22,240
Total Votes 73,039

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 2nd District partisan breakdown did not change because of redistricting.[6]

  • 2012: 34D / 66R
  • 2010: 34D / 66R

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 2nd Congressional District has a PVI of R+17, which is the 33rd 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 (R) won the district 69-31 percent over John Kerry (D).[7]

District history

Candidate Ballot Access
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On November 2, 2010, Mike Simpson won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Mike Crawford (D) and Brian Schad (I) in the general election.[8]

U.S. House of Representatives, Idaho's 2nd Congressional District, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMichael K. Simpson Incumbent 68.8% 137,468
     Democratic Mike Crawford 24.4% 48,749
     Independent Brian Schad 6.8% 13,500
Total Votes 199,717

See also

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