Indiana's 9th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Indiana's 9th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
May 8, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Todd C. Young Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Todd C. Young 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 9th Congressional District of Indiana held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This is the 9th Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.

Incumbent Todd C. Young (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 Todd Young (R), who was first elected in 2010. Young was ranked 10th on a list of the top ten House members helped by redistricting published by The Hill.[3] He won re-election on November 6, 2012.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Indiana's 9th Congressional District was located in south-central Indiana, and includes Johnson, Morgan, Monroe, Brown, Jackson, Scott, Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Crawford, Orange, and Lawrence counties.[4]

Candidates

General election candidates

Democratic Party Shelli Yoder
Republican Party Todd YoungGreen check mark transparent.png

Note: Jason Sharp (L) withdrew from the race.[5][6]

May 8, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Republican Party Republican primary

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Indiana District 9 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Shelli Yoder 44.6% 132,848
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTodd Young Incumbent 55.4% 165,332
Total Votes 298,180
Source: Indiana Secretary of State "House of Representatives Election Results"

Democratic Primary

U.S. House, Indiana District 9 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngShelli Yoder 47.7% 13,186
Robert Winningham 20.2% 5,590
John Tilford 8.1% 2,233
John Griffin Miller 7.5% 2,062
Jonathan George 16.6% 4,591
Total Votes 27,662

Race background

Democratic candidate Robert Winningham received endorsements from State Senator Richard Young on March 14, 2012,[11] former State Representative William Cochran in February 2012,[12] former State Senators Jim Lewis[13] and Connie Sipes in February 2012,[14] and Union U.A. Local 502.[15]

Fellow Democratic candidate Shelli Yoder has received endorsements from Pedro Roman, the President of the Latino Democratic Caucus and a Monroe County Human Rights Commissioner,[16] High School Democrats, Indiana’s official state chapter of the Young Democrats of America-High School Caucus[17], and Mark Kruzan, mayor of Bloomington, Indiana.[18] On April 19, 2012, Yoder was endorsed by Floyd County Sheriff Darrell Mills.[19]

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 9th District previously consisted mostly of rural areas in southeastern Indiana, but was made more favorable to Republicans by extending it northwards to include Johnson County and Morgan County while also incorporating suburbs of Louisville, Kentucky.[20]

In redistricting, The Hill published a list of the top ten House members who were helped by redistricting in their district.[3] Todd C. Young, representative from Indiana's 9th Congressional District ranked 10th on the list.[3] The article notes that in the redistricting process, controlled by Republicans, Young benefited from taking pockets of Republicans from Larry Bucshon’s district next door in the 8th District and adding them into Young's 9th District, resulting in a vulnerable District 8.[3]

The Howey Political Report claimed that the redistricting changed this district into a republican stronghold, changing its traditional character as a swing district, for now. Brian Howey, of the Howey Political Report, estimates the district as only 53% Republican, but thinks that this year's election will favor Young[21]

The new 9th District was composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[22][23]


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 9th District became more Republican because of redistricting.[24]

  • 2012: 43D / 57R
  • 2010: 46D / 54R

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 9th Congressional District has a PVI of R+9, which is the 125th 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 62-38 percent over John Kerry (D).[25]

Campaign donors

Shelli Yoder Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[26]April 15, 2012$0.00$33,711.50$(9,409.93)$24,301.57
Pre-primary[27]April 26, 2012$24,301.57$6,566.11$(6,010.79)$24,856.89
July Quarterly[28]July 15, 2012$24,856.89$93,669.35$(45,525.19)$73,001.05
October Quarterly[29]October 15, 2012$73,001.05$171,629.00$(98,041.30)$146,588.75
Running totals
$305,575.96$(158,987.21)
Todd C. Young Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[30]April 15, 2012$575,565.01$182,599.68$(91,573.34)$666,591.35
Pre-primary[31]April 26, 2012$666,591.35$43,562.31$(13,575.45)$696,578.21
July Quarterly[32]July 15, 2012$696,578.21$268,547.4$(71,171.88)$893,953.73
October Quarterly[33]October 15, 2012$893,953.73$358,451.09$(301,665.39)$950,739.43
Running totals
$853,160.48$(477,986.06)

District history

Candidate Ballot Access
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2010

On November 2, 2010, Todd Young won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Baron P. Hill (D), Greg "No Bull" Knott (L) and Jerry R. Lucas (I) in the general election.[34]

U.S. House, Indiana District 9 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTodd C. Young 52.3% 118,040
     Democratic Baron P. Hill 42.3% 95,353
     Libertarian Greg "No Bull" Knott 5.4% 12,070
     Independent Jerry R. Lucas 0% 69
Total Votes 225,532

See also

External links

References

  1. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Indiana"
  2. Indiana Elections Division, "2012 Calendar Brochure," accessed July 24, 2012
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 The Hill, "House members most helped by redistricting," accessed April 17, 2012
  4. Indiana Redistricting Map, "Map" accessed July 24, 2012
  5. Twitter.com "Jason Sharp tweet on July 17, 2012," accessed August 15, 2012
  6. Indiana Elections Division "2012 General Election Candidates," accessed August 15, 2012
  7. Evansville Courier Press.com "Ex-Obama security aide to run for Congress in Indiana's 9th District" accessed December 16, 2011
  8. The Courier-Journal "Ex-aide will run in Indiana's 9th District" accessed December 16, 2011
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Indiana Secretary of State "2012 Primary Candidate List" accessed January 26, 2012
  10. Reporter-Times.com "Busy 2012 election year awaits voters" accessed December 16, 2011
  11. Winningham for Congress, "Press Release: State Senator Richard Young Endorses Robert Winningham" accessed April 13, 2012
  12. Robert Winningham for Congress, "Press Release: Former State Representative William Cochran Endorses Robert Winningham" accessed April 13, 2012
  13. Robert Winningham for Congress, "Press Release: Former State Senator Jim Lewis Endorses Robert Winningham" accessed April 13, 2012
  14. Robert Winningham for Congress, "Press Release: Former State Senator Connie Sipes Endorses Robert Winningham" accessed April 13, 2012
  15. Robert Winningham for Congress, "Press Release: Winningham Announces Endorsement from U.A. Local 502" accessed April 13, 2012
  16. Shelli Yoder for Congress, "President of the Indiana Latino Democratic Caucus Endorses Shelli Yoder for Congress" accessed April 13, 2012
  17. Shelli Yoder for Congress, "Indiana High School Democrats Endorses Shelli Yoder for Congress" accessed April 13, 2012
  18. Shelli Yoder for Congress, "A Message from Mark Kruzan, Mayor of Bloomington" accessed April 13, 2012
  19. Shelli Yoder for Congress, "Floyd County Sheriff Darrell Mills Endorses Shelli Yoder" accessed May 1, 2012
  20. Roll Call, "Race Ratings: GOP Poised to Scoop Up a Seat" accessed February 29, 2012
  21. WIBC, "Redistricting Reshuffles Congressional Races to Watch," accessed October 16, 2012
  22. Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer, "Arizona's congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
  23. Labels & Lists, "VoterMapping software voter counts"
  24. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Indiana," September 2012
  25. Cook Political Report, "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" accessed October 2012
  26. Federal Election Commission, "Shelli Yoder April Quarterly" accessed October 8, 2012
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Shelli Yoder Pre-primary" accessed October 8, 2012
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Shelli Yoder July Quarterly" accessed October 8, 2012
  29. Federal Election Commission, "Shelli Yoder October Quarterly" accessed October 22, 2012
  30. Federal Election Commission, "Todd C. Young April Quarterly" accessed October 8, 2012
  31. Federal Election Commission, "Todd C. Young Pre-primary" accessed October 8, 2012
  32. Federal Election Commission, "Todd C. Young July Quarterly" accessed October 8, 2012
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Todd C. Young July Quarterly" accessed October 22, 2012
  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"