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Indiana's 1st Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
May 8, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Peter J. Visclosky Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Peter J. Visclosky Democratic Party
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Indiana U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 1st Congressional District of Indiana 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 Peter Visclosky (D) won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
February 24, 2012
May 8, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Indiana has an open primary system, in which any registered voter can choose which party's primary to vote in, without having to be a member of that party.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by April 9. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 9.[2]

See also: Indiana elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Peter Visclosky (D), who was first elected in 1984. He was re-elected on November 6, 2012.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Indiana's 1st Congressional District based in the suburbs and exurbs of Chicago, Illinois, acquired parts of LaPorte County, including Michigan City, in redistricting.[3][4]

Candidates

General election candidates

Democratic Party Peter ViscloskyGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Joel Phelps


May 8, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Republican Party Republican primary

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Indiana District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPeter J. Visclosky Incumbent 67.3% 187,743
     Republican Joel Phelps 32.7% 91,291
Total Votes 279,034
Source: Indiana Secretary of State "House of Representatives Election Results"

Republican Primary

U.S. House, Indiana District 1 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJoel Phelps 59% 17,164
Dave Wenger 41% 11,952
Total Votes 29,116

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Indiana

The newly-drawn map was designed to produce seven districts which are favorable to the Republican Party and two which favor the Democratic Party.

Under the new map, the 1st District shrunk geographically and shifted into the northwestern corner of the state, essentially making its population based in the Chicago suburbs and exurbs.[7] Also included was the acquisition of parts of LaPorte County, including Michigan City.[7]

According to Roll Call's Race Ratings "Democrats now say this is their safest seat in the state — even more so than the Indianapolis-based 7th District."[7]

The new 1st District was composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[8][9]


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. Indiana's 1st District became more Democratic because of redistricting.[10]

  • 2012: 60D / 40R
  • 2010: 59D / 41R

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. Indiana's 1st Congressional District has a PVI of D+9, which is the 107th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 64-36 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 57-43 percent over George W. Bush (R).[11]

Campaign donors

2012

Peter J. Visclosky

Peter J. Visclosky (2012)[12] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[13]April 15, 2012$566,855.19$83,986.42$(129,388.90)$521,452.71
Pre-Primary[14]April 27, 2012$521,452.71$9,250.00$(18,545.70)$512,157.01
July Quarterly[15]July 15, 2012$512,157.01$115,289.26$(153,284.91)$474,161.36
October Quarterly[16]October 15, 2012$474,161.36$91,314.05$(267,565.03)$297,910.38
Running totals
$299,839.73$(568,784.54)

Joel Phelps

Joel Phelps (2012)[17] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[18]April 12, 2012$3,126.86$4,168.82$(6,345.02)$950.66
Pre-Primary[19]April 25, 2012$950.66$209.48$(8.27)$1,168.41
July Quarterly[20]July 15, 2012$1,168.41$12,317.24$(8,465.72)$5,019.93
October Quarterly[21]October 15, 2012$5,019.93$30,825.73$(34,136.62)$1,709.04
Running totals
$47,521.27$(48,955.63)

District history

Candidate ballot accecss
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2010

On November 2, 2010, Peter Visclosky won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Mark Leyva (R) and Jon Morris (L) in the general election.[22]

U.S. House, Indiana District 1 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPeter J. Visclosky Incumbent 58.6% 99,387
     Republican Mark Leyva 38.6% 65,558
     Libertarian Jon Morris 2.8% 4,762
Total Votes 169,707

See also

External links

References

  1. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Indiana"
  2. Indiana Elections Division, "2012 Calendar Brochure," accessed July 24, 2012
  3. Roll Call, "Race Ratings: GOP Poised to Scoop Up a Seat" accessed December 15, 2011
  4. Indiana Redistricting Map, "Map" accessed July 24, 2012
  5. Saturday Gazette Mail "New Ind. congressional districts clear Legislature" accessed December 15, 2011
  6. 6.0 6.1 Indiana Secretary of State Elections Division "Candidate List" accessed February 7, 2012
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Roll Call, "Race Ratings: GOP Poised to Scoop Up a Seat" accessed February 28, 2012
  8. Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer, "Arizona's congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
  9. Labels & Lists, "VoterMapping software voter counts"
  10. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Indiana," September 2012
  11. Cook Political Report, "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" accessed October 2012
  12. FEC Reports, "Peter Visclosky Summary Reports" accessed July 14, 2012
  13. FEC Reports, "Visclosky April Quarterly" accessed July 14, 2012
  14. FEC Reports, "Visclosky Pre-Primary" accessed July 14, 2012
  15. FEC Reports, "Visclosky July Quarterly" accessed October 8, 2012
  16. Federal election Commission, "Visclosky July Quarterly" accessed October 18, 2012
  17. FEC Reports, "Joel Phelps Summary Reports" accessed July 14, 2012
  18. FEC Reports, "Phelps April Quarterly" accessed July 14, 2012
  19. FEC Reports, "Phelps Pre-Primary" accessed July 14, 2012
  20. FEC Reports, "Phelps July Quarterly" accessed October 8, 2012
  21. FEC Reports, "Phelps October Quarterly" accessed October 8, 2012
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013