Indiana's 5th Congressional District elections, 2012
November 6, 2012
May 8, 2012
- 1 Candidates
- 2 Election results
- 3 Race background
- 4 Impact of redistricting
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 District history
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- 9 References
|Candidate Filing Deadline||Primary Election||General Election|
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.
- See also: Indiana elections, 2012
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.
General election candidates
May 8, 2012, primary results
|U.S. House, Indiana District 5 General Election, 2012|
|Source: Indiana Secretary of State "House of Representatives Election Results"|
|U.S. House, Indiana District 5 Democratic Primary, 2012|
Dan Burton, the longest-serving member of Indiana’s U.S. House delegation, announced on January 31, 2012 that he would retire, rather than seek re-election in 2012. Burton indicated the reason behind his decision was health concerns within his family, but he did not elaborate. 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.
The Indiana Democratic Party State Central Committee endorsed Democratic candidate Scott Reske in the 5th Congressional District race in 2012. Prior to the statewide endorsement, Reske received the endorsement of the Indiana Democratic Party Fifth District Central Committee. Reske was endorsed by the National Rifle Association in the 5th District race in 2012.
Republican candidate David McIntosh was endorsed by the National Rifle Association, Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform, and the National Right to Life organization. McIntosh has also been endorsed by Fred Thompson, a former U.S. senator from Tennessee.
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. In April 2012, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie endorsed Brooks in the 5th District race.
Republican Wayne Seybold received endorsements from the organization "The Young Conservative Group," State senators Mike Delph, Luke Kenley, Jim Buck, Jim Banks, Travis Holdman, and Representatives Eric Turner, Michael Karickhoff, and Kevin Mahan, 5th District County Chairmen Craig Dunn, Andy Dudelston, and Jerry Shull, and 5th Congressional District incumbent Dan Burton.
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. 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.
McIntosh represented Indiana's 2nd District from 1995 to 2000, while living in Muncie, Indiana. 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.
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. 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."
In July 2011 McIntosh's lawyer wrote to Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings, citing other instances in which legal precedent allows for the residency. 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. 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.
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. 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.
Impact of redistricting
- See also: Redistricting in Indiana
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.
- 5 percent from the 4th Congressional District
- 62 percent from the 5th Congressional District
- 20 percent from the 6th Congressional District
- 14 percent from the 7th Congressional District
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.
- 2012: 43D / 57R
- 2010: 37D / 63R
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. 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).
|Scott Reske (2012) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 14, 2012||$36,059.09||$86,166.00||$(74,579.44)||$47,645.65|
|Pre-Primary||April 26, 2012||$49,105.65||$22,545.00||$(28,567.75)||$43,082.90|
|July Quarterly||July 14, 2012||$41,403.75||$15,542.00||$(68,084.03)||$88,861.72|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2012||$88,861.72||$78,133.45||$(87,771.06)||$79,224.11|
|Susan Brooks (2012) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 14, 2012||$325,077.96||$146,266.37||$(143,297.17)||$328,047.16|
|Pre-Primary||April 26, 2012||$328,047.16||$80,259||$(117,245)||$291,061.16|
|July Quarterly||July 17, 2012||$290,987.19||$219,215.80||$(387,350.11)||$122,852.88|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2012||$123,352.88||$336,090||$(103,794.97)||$355,647.91|
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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.
|U.S. House, Indiana District 5 Republican Primary, 2010|
|Dan Burton Incumbent||31.8%||32,769|
- United States House of Representatives elections in Indiana, 2012
- United States House of Representatives elections, 2012
- United States Senate elections in Indiana, 2012
- Susan Brooks' Campaign Website
- Tony Long's Campaign Website
- Jack Lugar's Campaign Website
- John McGoff's Campaign Website
- Scott Reske's Campaign Website
- David McIntosh's Campaign Website
- Politico, "2012 Election Map, Indiana"
- Indiana Elections Division, "2012 Calendar Brochure," accessed July 24, 2012
- National Journal, "Facing Tough Primary, Veteran Rep. Burton Bows Out," January 31, 2012
- Indiana Redistricting Map, "Map" accessed July 24, 2012
- IndyStar.com "State Rep. Reske plans run for Burton's seat in Congress" accessed December 15, 2011
- Kokomo Perspective.com "Former union leader mounts run for Congress" accessed December 15, 2011
- IndyStar.com "Former U.S. attorney joins GOP primary against Burton" accessed December 15, 2011
- Indy.com "Behind Closed Doors: Forget the Rolex; just fill out the paperwork" accessed December 15, 2011
- WishTV.com "McGoff challenges Burton for 5th District" accessed December 15, 2011
- Indiana Secretary of State "Primary Candidate List" accessed January 24, 2012
- WTHR.com "Longtime Indiana Rep. Burton plans re-election bid" accessed December 15, 2011
- Politico, "Dan Burton to retire in 2012" accessed April 13, 2012
- Press Release, "Indiana Democrats endorse Reske for Congress" accessed April 13, 2012
- NRA Political Victory Fund, "Indiana," accessed April 27, 2012
- David McIntosh for Congress, "David McIntosh receives sole NRA endorsement, highest rating among all 5th Congressional District candidates" accessed April 13, 2012
- 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
- 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
- WISHTV.com, "Ex-Sen. Thompson endorses McIntosh" accessed April 25, 2012
- Susan Brooks for Congress, "Endorsements," accessed April 13, 2012
- IndyStar, "Indiana's 5th Congressional District: Exit by Dan Burton opens up race" accessed April 25, 2012
- Wayne Seybold for Congress, "Young Conservatives Group Endorses Seybold" accessed April 13, 2012
- Wayne Seybold for Congress, "SENATORS DELPH, KENLEY AND BUCK ENDORSE WAYNE SEYBOLD FOR 5th DISTRICT CONGRESS WITH FIVE OTHER LEGISLATORS" accessed April 13, 2012
- Wayne Seybold for Congress, "5th District County Chairmen Endorse Seybold" accessed April 13, 2012
- Wayne Seybold for Congress, "Burton Endorses Seybold" accessed April 13, 2012
- IndyStar.com, "David McIntosh residency: Indiana officials will investigate claims" accessed April 25, 2012
- White River News, "Questions Remain Over McIntosh's Residency" accessed April 25, 2012
- Roll Call, "Race Ratings: GOP Poised to Scoop Up a Seat" accessed February 29, 2012
- Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer, "Arizona's congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
- Labels & Lists, "VoterMapping software voter counts"
- "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Indiana," September 2012
- Cook Political Report, "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" accessed October 2012
- FEC Reports, "Scott Reske Summary Reports" accessed July 17, 2012
- FEC Reports, "April Quarterly" accessed July 17, 2012
- FEC Reports, "Pre-Primary" accessed July 17, 2012
- FEC Reports, "July Quarterly" accessed July 17, 2012
- FEC Reports, "October Quarterly" accessed October 22, 2012
- FEC Reports, "Susan Brooks Summary Reports" accessed July 17, 2012
- FEC Reports, "Brooks April Quarterly" accessed July 17, 2012
- FEC Reports, "Brooks Pre-Primary" accessed July 17,2 012
- FEC Reports, "Brooks July Quarterly" accessed July 17, 2012
- FEC Reports, "Brooks October Quarterly" accessed October 22, 2012
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
- National Journal, "Rep. Dan Burton (R)," accessed January 31, 2012