Indiana's 5th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Indiana's 5th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
May 8, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Susan Brooks Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Dan Burton 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 5th Congressional District of Indiana held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Susan Brooks (R) won 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 Dan Burton (R), who was first elected in 2002. Burton initially filed to seek re-election but on January 31, 2012, he withdrew from the race.[3]

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Indiana's 5th Congressional District took in portions of central Indiana, including Grant, Madison, Tipton, and Hamilton counties, and part of Blackford, Marion, Boone, and Howard counties.[4]


General election candidates

Democratic Party Scott Reske
Republican Party Susan BrooksGreen check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Chard Reid

May 8, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Republican Party Republican primary

Withdrew prior to primary

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Indiana District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Scott Reske 37.6% 125,347
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSusan Brooks 58.4% 194,570
     Libertarian Chard Reid 4% 13,442
Total Votes 333,359
Source: Indiana Secretary of State "House of Representatives Election Results"

Democratic Primary

U.S. House, Indiana District 5 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngScott Reske 63.1% 13,175
Tony Long 36.9% 7,692
Total Votes 20,867

Republican Primary

U.S. House, Indiana District 5 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSusan Brooks 30% 31,185
Jack Lugar 4.6% 4,758
John McGoff 22.8% 23,773
David McIntosh 29% 30,175
Jason Anderson 1% 1,036
Bill Salin 0.8% 869
Matthew Mount 0.4% 453
Wayne Seybold 11.4% 11,874
Total Votes 104,123

Race background

Dan Burton, the longest-serving member of Indiana’s U.S. House delegation,[12] announced on January 31, 2012 that he would retire, rather than seek re-election in 2012.[12] Burton indicated the reason behind his decision was health concerns within his family, but he did not elaborate.[12] Political experts have also suggested that the primary battle against challengers Susan Brooks, Jack Lugar, John McGoff, and David McIntosh may have been another reason behind the incumbent's decision.[12]


Democratic candidates

The Indiana Democratic Party State Central Committee endorsed Democratic candidate Scott Reske in the 5th Congressional District race in 2012.[13] Prior to the statewide endorsement, Reske received the endorsement of the Indiana Democratic Party Fifth District Central Committee.[13] Reske was endorsed by the National Rifle Association in the 5th District race in 2012.[14]

Republican candidates

Republican candidate David McIntosh was endorsed by the National Rifle Association,[15] Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform[16], and the National Right to Life organization.[17] McIntosh has also been endorsed by Fred Thompson, a former U.S. senator from Tennessee.[18]

Republican Susan Brooks has received endorsements from Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman, former U.S. Attorney and Assistant U.S. Attorney General Deborah J. Daniels, former Indiana Republican Party Chairman Rex Early, and former Indiana Republican Party Chairman and Indiana State Senator Murray Clark, as well as numerous County and City endorsements.[19] In April 2012, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie endorsed Brooks in the 5th District race.[20]

Republican Wayne Seybold received endorsements from the organization "The Young Conservative Group,"[21] State senators Mike Delph, Luke Kenley, Jim Buck, Jim Banks, Travis Holdman, and Representatives Eric Turner, Michael Karickhoff, and Kevin Mahan,[22] 5th District County Chairmen Craig Dunn, Andy Dudelston, and Jerry Shull,[23] and 5th Congressional District incumbent Dan Burton.[24]

Residency challenges

On April 12, 2012, lawyer Jon Sturgill asked the Indiana's Secretary of State office, the Madison County Election Board, and Madison County Prosecutor, Rodney Cummings, to consider voter fraud and perjury allegations against Republican candidate David McIntosh.[25] According to the complaint, McIntosh was using the address of property he was currently renting in Anderson, Indiana as the address for his candidacy and has continued to vote in Indiana despite having moved out of the state.[25]

McIntosh represented Indiana's 2nd District from 1995 to 2000, while living in Muncie, Indiana.[25] After an unsuccessful run for governor in 2000, McIntosh and his family moved to Arlington, Virginia in 2005 where he began work as a lobbyist.[25]

Criticism stemmed from the fact that McIntosh allegedly used the address of his home in Muncie, Indiana to continue to vote in Indiana until 2008 when he sold the property.[25] Also, reports state that McIntosh held a drivers license in Virginia during a portion of this time period, which required that he claim residency in Virginia, which some are arguing violates Indiana voting laws.

According to an article in the IndyStar, Sturgill claims that Indiana law "requires that a potential (voter) swear under penalties of perjury that the person will live in their precinct for at least 30 days preceding an election."[25]

In July 2011 McIntosh's lawyer wrote to Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings, citing other instances in which legal precedent allows for the residency.[25] At the time, Cummings wrote back to McIntosh, confirming that he had taken adequate steps to maintain residency in Indiana. Since then, Sturgill has asked Cummings to reconsider his decision.[26] On April 12, 2012, Cummings announced his decision not to take any other steps against McIntosh until after the Republican primary on May 8, 2012, citing political motives behind the complaints.[25]

On April 19, 2012, the Indiana Secretary of State's office announced it will investigate claims made against Republican candidate McIntosh's residency and voting records.[25] However, no word yet on how long the investigation will take, or whether it will be completed before the Republican primary on May 8, 2012.[25]

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Indiana
This is the 5th Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.

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

The 5th District will continue to include Hamilton County and the north side of Indianapolis, but will receive Democratic-leaning areas in northern Marion and Madison, as well as the towns of Kokomo and East Kokomo, and lose rural areas near Fort Wayne.[27]

The new 5th District was composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[28][29]

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 5th District became more Democratic because of redistricting.[30]

  • 2012: 43D / 57R
  • 2010: 37D / 63R

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 5th Congressional District has a PVI of R+11, which is the 100th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 53-47 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 66-34 percent over John Kerry (D).[31]

Campaign donors


Scott Reske (2012)[32] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[33]April 14, 2012$36,059.09$86,166.00$(74,579.44)$47,645.65
Pre-Primary[34]April 26, 2012$49,105.65$22,545.00$(28,567.75)$43,082.90
July Quarterly[35]July 14, 2012$41,403.75$15,542.00$(68,084.03)$88,861.72
October Quarterly[36]October 15, 2012$88,861.72$78,133.45$(87,771.06)$79,224.11
Running totals
Susan Brooks (2012)[37] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[38]April 14, 2012$325,077.96$146,266.37$(143,297.17)$328,047.16
Pre-Primary[39]April 26, 2012$328,047.16$80,259$(117,245)$291,061.16
July Quarterly[40]July 17, 2012$290,987.19$219,215.80$(387,350.11)$122,852.88
October Quarterly[41]October 15, 2012$123,352.88$336,090$(103,794.97)$355,647.91
Running totals

District history

Candidate ballot access
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On November 2, 2010, Dan Burton won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Tim Crawford (D), Jesse C. Trueblood (I) and Richard "Chard" Reid (L) in the general election.[42]

U.S. House, Indiana District 5 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDan Burton Incumbent 61.9% 146,899
     Democratic Tim Crawford 25.3% 60,024
     Independent Jesse C. Trueblood 4.7% 11,218
     Libertarian Richard "Chard" Reid 8.1% 19,256
Total Votes 237,397

Incumbent Dan Burton won the Republican primary with 31 percent of the vote.[43]

U.S. House, Indiana District 5 Republican Primary, 2010
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDan Burton Incumbent 31.8% 32,769
Luke Messer 29.6% 30,502
John McGoff 20.1% 20,679
Michael Murphy 9.5% 9,805
Brose McVey 9.1% 9,372
Total Votes 103,127

See also

External links


  1. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Indiana"
  2. Indiana Elections Division, "2012 Calendar Brochure," accessed July 24, 2012
  3. National Journal, "Facing Tough Primary, Veteran Rep. Burton Bows Out," January 31, 2012
  4. Indiana Redistricting Map, "Map" accessed July 24, 2012
  5. "State Rep. Reske plans run for Burton's seat in Congress" accessed December 15, 2011
  6. Kokomo "Former union leader mounts run for Congress" accessed December 15, 2011
  7. "Former U.S. attorney joins GOP primary against Burton" accessed December 15, 2011
  8. "Behind Closed Doors: Forget the Rolex; just fill out the paperwork" accessed December 15, 2011
  9. "McGoff challenges Burton for 5th District" accessed December 15, 2011
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 Indiana Secretary of State "Primary Candidate List" accessed January 24, 2012
  11. "Longtime Indiana Rep. Burton plans re-election bid" accessed December 15, 2011
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 Politico, "Dan Burton to retire in 2012" accessed April 13, 2012
  13. 13.0 13.1 Press Release, "Indiana Democrats endorse Reske for Congress" accessed April 13, 2012
  14. NRA Political Victory Fund, "Indiana," accessed April 27, 2012
  15. David McIntosh for Congress, "David McIntosh receives sole NRA endorsement, highest rating among all 5th Congressional District candidates" accessed April 13, 2012
  16. David McIntosh for Congress, "Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform Personally Endorses David McIntosh for Congress in Indiana’s 5th District" accessed April 13, 2012
  17. David McIntosh for Congress, "David McIntosh is the only candidate in Indiana’s 5th District endorsed by National Right to Life" accessed April 13, 2012
  18., "Ex-Sen. Thompson endorses McIntosh" accessed April 25, 2012
  19. Susan Brooks for Congress, "Endorsements," accessed April 13, 2012
  20. IndyStar, "Indiana's 5th Congressional District: Exit by Dan Burton opens up race" accessed April 25, 2012
  21. Wayne Seybold for Congress, "Young Conservatives Group Endorses Seybold" accessed April 13, 2012
  23. Wayne Seybold for Congress, "5th District County Chairmen Endorse Seybold" accessed April 13, 2012
  24. Wayne Seybold for Congress, "Burton Endorses Seybold" accessed April 13, 2012
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3 25.4 25.5 25.6 25.7 25.8 25.9, "David McIntosh residency: Indiana officials will investigate claims" accessed April 25, 2012
  26. White River News, "Questions Remain Over McIntosh's Residency" accessed April 25, 2012
  27. Roll Call, "Race Ratings: GOP Poised to Scoop Up a Seat" accessed February 29, 2012
  28. Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer, "Arizona's congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
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  30. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Indiana," September 2012
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  33. FEC Reports, "April Quarterly" accessed July 17, 2012
  34. FEC Reports, "Pre-Primary" accessed July 17, 2012
  35. FEC Reports, "July Quarterly" accessed July 17, 2012
  36. FEC Reports, "October Quarterly" accessed October 22, 2012
  37. FEC Reports, "Susan Brooks Summary Reports" accessed July 17, 2012
  38. FEC Reports, "Brooks April Quarterly" accessed July 17, 2012
  39. FEC Reports, "Brooks Pre-Primary" accessed July 17,2 012
  40. FEC Reports, "Brooks July Quarterly" accessed July 17, 2012
  41. FEC Reports, "Brooks October Quarterly" accessed October 22, 2012
  42. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  43. National Journal, "Rep. Dan Burton (R)," accessed January 31, 2012