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Indiana's 6th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Indiana's 6th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
May 8, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Luke Messer Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Mike Pence 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 6th Congressional District of Indiana held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This is the 6th Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.

Luke Messer (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 Mike Pence (R), who was first elected in 2000. Pence announced in May 2011 that he would run for Governor of Indiana rather than for re-election to the House of Representatives.[3]

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Indiana's 6th Congressional District took in a large portion of eastern Indiana, including Jefferson, Switzerland, Jennings, Ohio, Dearborn, Decatur, Ripley, Bartholomew, Shelby, Hancock, Rush, Fayette, Union, Wayne, Henry, Delaware, and Randolph counties.[4]

Candidates

General election candidates

Democratic Party Brad Bookout
Republican Party Luke MesserGreen check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Rex Bell


May 8, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Republican Party Republican primary

Note: John Hatter and Allen Smith II appeared on the primary ballot, but both announced prior to the primary that they withdrew from the race.[9][6] Andrew Phipps indicated a run in 2012, but never official filed.[10][6] Lane Siekman announced an intent to run after forming an exploratory committee, but eventually decided against a run in 2012.[6][8] Barry Welsh indicated an intent to run, but never officially filed.[6][8]

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Indiana District 6 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Brad Bookout 35.1% 96,678
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLuke Messer 59.1% 162,613
     Libertarian Rex Bell 5.8% 15,962
Total Votes 275,253
Source: Indiana Secretary of State "House of Representatives Election Results"

Democratic Primary

U.S. House, Indiana District 6 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBrad Bookout 31% 8,278
Dan Bolling 13.9% 3,719
Jim Crone 21% 5,611
George Holland 7.7% 2,059
Susan Hall Heitzman 26.5% 7,077
Total Votes 26,744

Republican Primary

U.S. House, Indiana District 6 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLuke Messer 41.7% 32,859
Don Bates, Jr. 13.8% 10,913
Bill Frazier 10.7% 8,446
Travis Hankins 29.5% 23,276
Joseph Van Wye 1.3% 989
Joe Sizemore 3% 2,346
Total Votes 78,829

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Endorsements

Republican candidate Luke Messer was endorsed by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, with the decision announced by the organization's PAC, Indiana Chamber Congressional Action Committee.[11] Messer also received endorsements from Indiana Right to Life PAC and the National Rifle Association (NRA).[12][13][14]

Former Republican candidates Allen Smith II and John Hatter endorsed Messer in the race for the 6th distirct after ending their own campaigns prior to the primary election.[15][16] On May 3, Messer was endorsed by Governor of Indiana Mitch Daniels.[17]

Fellow Republican candidate Don Bates, Jr. Don Bates, Jr. was endorsed by Hancock County Council members, Dr. Brian Kirkwood and John Jessup.[18] Bates also received endorsement from the Indiana Right to Life PAC on March 29, 2012.[19]

Bates was also endorsed by state senator Greg Walker,[20] Connersville, Indiana Mayor Leonard Urban,[21] Greg Fettig with America ReFocused[22] and Randolph County Sheriff Ken Hendrickson on April 12, 2012.[23]

Republican Bill Frazier received key endorsements from Indiana Right to Life PAC and the National Rifle Association (NRA).[24][25][26]

Democratic candidate Brad Bookout received endorsements from the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Dennis Tyler, Mayor Greg York, County Commissioner President Todd Donati, County Commissioner Larry Bledsoe, County Commissioner Donald Dunnuck, State Senator Tim Lanane, Former State Senator Allie Craycraft, State Representative Mike White, Muncie Fire Chief Edward Bell, Muncie Police Chief Steven Stewart, and Delaware County Sheriff Michael S. Scroggins.[27]

Campaign donors

2012

Brad Bookout (2012)[28] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[29]April 16, 2012$8,500.33$13,271.50$(7,353.17)$14,418.66
Pre-Primary[30]May 2, 2012$7,010.83$0.00$(1,489.70)$5,521.13
July Quarterly[31]July 11, 2012$3,836.52$12,105.18$(20,279.29)$-4,337.59
October Quarterly[32]October 15, 2012$1,336.52$22,815.81$(17,902.26)$6,250.07
Running totals
$48,192.49$(47,024.42)
Luke Messer (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[33]April 15, 2012$290,405.36$127,225.00$(65,860.44)$351,769.92
Pre-primary[34]April 26, 2012$351,769.92$75,895.00$(133,553.27)$294,111.65
July Quarterly[35]July 15, 2012$294,111.65$148,620.00$(393,507.06)$49,224.59
October Quarterly[36]October 15, 2012$49,224.59$213,474.64$(117,383.21)$145,316.02
Running totals
$565,214.64$(710,303.98)

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.

The 6th District now stretches from Muncie to the Ohio River.[37]

The new 6th District was composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[38][39]

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 6th District became more Republican because of redistricting.[40]

  • 2012: 41D / 59R
  • 2010: 43D / 57R

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 6th Congressional District has a PVI of R+12, which is the 88th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 56-44 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 65-35 percent over John Kerry (D).[41]

District history

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2010

On November 2, 2010, Mike Pence won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Barry Welsh (D) and Talmage "T.J" Thompson, Jr. (L) in the general election.[42]

U.S. House of Representatives, Indiana's 6th Congressional District, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Pence Incumbent 66.6% 126,027
     Democratic Barry Welsh 29.9% 56,647
     Libertarian Talmage "T.J" Thompson, Jr. 3.5% 6,635
Total Votes 189,309

See also

External links

References

  1. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Indiana"
  2. Indiana Elections Division "2012 Calendar Brochure," accessed July 24, 2012
  3. Reuters.com "Republican Rep. Mike Pence to run for Indiana governor" Accessed December 16, 2011
  4. Indiana Redistricting Map "Map" Accessed July 24, 2012
  5. 5.0 5.1 The Star Press.com "W/R REPORT: Meet the Muncie Dem's House candidate" accessed December 16, 2011
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 6.8 6.9 Indiana Secretary of State Elections Division "Primary Candidate List" accessed February 7, 2012
  7. WIBC.com "Ex-State Senator Makes Sixth Bid for Congress" accessed December 16, 2011
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Indiana Secretary of State "Primary Candidate List" accessed January 26, 2012
  9. Courier Times "Except for loan, Messer still leads in fundraising" Accessed May 3, 2012
  10. The Star Press.com "Andrew Phipps announces campaign for Sixth District congressional seat" Accessed December 16, 2011
  11. Luke Messer for Congress "LUKE MESSER / Indiana Chamber endorses Luke Messer – Courier Times 3.9" Accessed April 13, 2012
  12. Pal Item "Profiles of the Republican Candidates for the Sixth Congressional District" Accessed May 3, 2012
  13. Indiana Right to Life PAC "Indiana Right to Life PAC announces candidate endorsements in contested primaries " Accessed May 3, 2012
  14. National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund "Endorsements Indiana 2012" Accessed May 3, 2012
  15. Luke Messer "ALLEN SMITH ENDORSES LUKE MESSER FOR CONGRESS" Accessed April 23, 2012
  16. Courier Times "Except for loan, Messer still leads in fundraising" Accessed May 3, 2012
  17. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named daniels
  18. Courier Times "Indiana Chamber endorses Luke Messer" Accessed April 13, 2012
  19. Bates for Congress "Indiana Right to Life PAC endorses Don Bates for Congress" Accessed May 1, 2012
  20. Bates for Congress "State Senator Greg Walker Endorses Bates" Accessed May 1, 2012
  21. Bates for Congress "Connersville Mayor Leonard Urban" Accessed May 1, 2012
  22. Bates for Congress "Greg Fettig With America Refocused Endorses Don Bates for Congress" Accessed May 1, 2012
  23. Don Bates for Congress "Randolph County Sheriff Ken Henrickson Endores Don Bates for Congress" Accessed May 1, 2012
  24. Pal Item "Profiles of the Republican Candidates for the Sixth Congressional District" Accessed May 3, 2012
  25. Indiana Right to Life PAC "Indiana Right to Life PAC announces candidate endorsements in contested primaries " Accessed May 3, 2012
  26. National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund "Endorsements Indiana 2012" Accessed May 3, 2012
  27. Bookout for Congress, "Endorsements," accessed May 3, 2012
  28. FEC Reports "Brad Bookout Summary Reports" Accessed July 17, 2012
  29. FEC Reports "Bookout April Quarterly" Accessed July 17, 2012
  30. FEC Reports "Bookout Pre-Primary" Accessed July 17, 2012
  31. FEC Reports "Bookout July Quarterly" Accessed July 17, 2012
  32. FEC Reports "Bookout October Quarterly" Accessed October 22, 2012
  33. FEC Reports "Messer April Quarterly" Accessed October 8, 2012
  34. FEC Reports "Messer Pre-primary" Accessed October 8, 2012
  35. FEC Reports "Messer July Quarterly" Accessed October 8, 2012
  36. FEC Reports "Messer October Quarterly" Accessed October 22, 2012
  37. Roll Call, "Race Ratings: GOP Poised to Scoop Up a Seat" Accessed February 29, 2012
  38. Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer "Arizona's congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
  39. Labels & Lists "VoterMapping software voter counts"
  40. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Indiana," September 2012
  41. Cook Political Report "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" Accessed October 2012
  42. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"