Idaho's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012
November 6, 2012
May 15, 2012
Michael K. Simpson
Michael K. Simpson
|Candidate Filing Deadline||Primary Election||General Election|
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. Voters could have also registered at the polls on election day, provided they brought an acceptable form of proof of residency.
- 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
May 15, 2012, primary results
- Note: John Baird initially filed to run, but withdrew from the race on March 12, 2012. Eldon Wallace withdrew from the race on March 15, 2012.
|U.S. House, Idaho District 2 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Mike Simpson Incumbent||65.1%||207,412|
|Write-in (Democratic)||Jack Wayne Chappell (Write-in)||0.1%||235|
|Source: Idaho Secretary of State "November 6, 2012 General Election Results"|
|Idaho's 2nd Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Jack Wayne Chappell||15.9%||1,997|
|Idaho's 2nd Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012|
|Mike Simpson Incumbent||69.6%||50,799|
Impact of redistricting
- See also: Redistricting in Idaho
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.
- 2012: 34D / 66R
- 2010: 34D / 66R
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. 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).
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|U.S. House of Representatives, Idaho's 2nd Congressional District, 2010|
|Republican||Michael K. Simpson Incumbent||68.8%||137,468|
- United States House of Representatives elections in Idaho, 2012
- United States House of Representatives elections, 2012
- Politico, "2012 Election Map, Idaho"
- IdahoVotes.gov "2012 Deadlines," accessed July 21, 2012
- IdahoVotes.gov "Voter Registration FAQ," accessed July 21, 2012
- Idaho Secretary of State "Candidate List" accessed March 2, 2012
- Idaho Statesman "Idaho Candidates 2nd Congressional District Field Shrinks" accessed May 3, 2012
- "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Idaho," 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"