Indiana's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012

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Indiana's 3rd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
May 8, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Marlin Stutzman Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Marlin Stutzman Republican Party
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Indiana U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 3rd Congressional District of Indiana held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This is the 3rd Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.

Incumbent Marlin Stutzman (R) 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 Marlin Stutzman (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. Indiana's 3rd Congressional District was based in Fort Wayne and took in the northeastern part of the state, including Goshen. LaGrange, Steuben, DeKalb, Noble, Kosclusko, Whitley, Allen, Adams, Wells, Huntington, Jay, Blackford counties, and part of Randolph county were included in this district.[3]


General election candidates

Democratic Party Kevin Boyd
Republican Party Marlin StutzmanGreen check mark transparent.png

May 8, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Republican Party Republican primary

Note: David Kolbe withdrew from the primary on February 11, 2012[6]

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Indiana District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMarlin Stutzman Incumbent 67% 187,872
     Democratic Kevin Boyd 33% 92,363
Total Votes 280,235
Source: Indiana Secretary of State "House of Representatives Election Results"

Democratic Primary

U.S. House, Indiana District 3 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Boyd 47.8% 5,985
Tommy Schrader 13.5% 1,694
Stephen Hope 11.5% 1,441
Justin Kuhnle 10.1% 1,265
David Sowards 9.4% 1,172
John Forrest Roberson 7.7% 966
Total Votes 12,523

Race background

Republican incumbent Marlin Stutzman was endorsed by the National Right to Life Political Action Committee.[7]

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.

Among the changes made in redistricting were the removal of Elkhart County from the 4th District to the 2nd, and the addition of areas south of Fort Wayne.[8]

The new 3rd District was composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[9][10]

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 3rd District did not change because of redistricting.[11]

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

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 3rd Congressional District has a PVI of R+13, which is the 68th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 57-43 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 68-32 percent over John Kerry (D).[12]

Campaign donors


Marlin Stutzman (2012)[13] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]April 15, 2012$178,548.63$106,371.00$(83,570.86)$201,348.77
Pre-Primary[15]April 26, 2012$201,348.77$25,455.00$(13,710.86)$213,092.91
July Quarterly[16]July 15, 2012$213,092.91$129,442.31$(68,250.57)$274,284.65
Running totals
Kevin Boyd (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[17]April 15, 2012$0.00$9,173.48$(3,743.89)$5,429.59
Pre-primary[18]May 8, 2012$5,429.59$2,305.00$(0.00)$7,734.59
July Quarterly[19]July 15, 2012$7,734.59$11,257.35$(11,375.62)$7,616.32
Running totals

District history

Candidate ballot access
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On November 2, 2010, Marlin Stutzman won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Thomas Hayhurst (D), Scott Wise (L), Tom Metzger (I) and Wes Stephens (I) in the general election.[20]

Stutzman was elected in a November 2, 2010, special election to fill the rest of resigning Representative Mark Souder's term. He was simultaneously elected to a full two year term to expire in 2013.

U.S. House, Indiana District 3 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMarlin A. Stutzman 62.8% 116,140
     Democratic Thomas Hayhurst 33.1% 61,267
     Libertarian Scott Wise 4.1% 7,631
     Independent Tom Metzger 0% 10
     Independent Wes Stephens 0% 1
Total Votes 185,049

See also

External links


  1. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Indiana"
  2. Indiana Elections Division, "2012 Calendar Brochure," accessed July 24, 2012
  3. Indiana Redistricting Map, "Map" accessed July 24, 2012
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Indiana Secretary of State "Primary Candidate List" accessed January 26, 2012
  5. Saturday Gazette-Mail "New Ind. congressional districts clear Legislature" accessed December 15, 2011
  6. Journal Gazette, "Stutzman lacks GOP contest: Most potent Democratic challenger also calls it quits" accessed March 3, 2012
  7. Marlin Stutzman, "National Right to Life Announces Endorsement of Stutzman" accessed May 1, 2012
  8. Roll Call, "Race Ratings: GOP Poised to Scoop Up a Seat" accessed February 29, 2012
  9. Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer, "Arizona's congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
  10. Labels & Lists, "VoterMapping software voter counts"
  11. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Indiana," September 2012
  12. Cook Political Report, "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" accessed October 2012
  13. FEC Reports, "Marlin Stutzman Summary Reports" accessed July 14, 2012
  14. FEC Reports, "Stutzman April Quarterly" accessed July 14, 2012
  15. FEC Reports, "Stutzman Pre-Primary" accessed July 14, 2012
  16. FEC Reports, "Stutzman July Quarterly" accessed October 8, 2012
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Kevin Boyd April Quarterly" accessed October 8
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Kevin Boyd Pre-primary" accessed October 8
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Kevin Boyd July Quarterly" accessed October 8
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013