Louisiana's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

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Louisiana's 2nd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Election Runoff Date
December 8, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Cedric Richmond Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Cedric Richmond Democratic Party
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Louisiana U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2nd Congressional District of Louisiana held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Cedric Richmond won the election.[1]
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
August 17, 2012
November 6, 2012
December 8, 2012

Primary: Louisiana has a 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: Louisiana does not hold a primary before the November 6 general election. If candidates did not receive a sufficient majority of the vote on that date, they go to a runoff, to be held on December 8. Voters were required to register to vote in the November 6 election by October 9; for the December 8 runoff, the voter registration deadline was November 7.[2]

See also: Louisiana elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Cedric Richmond (D), who was first elected in 2010.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Louisiana's 2nd Congressional District encompasses Orleans, St. Charles, St. John, St. James, Ascension and Iberville parishes in southern Louisiana.[3]

Unlike most states, Louisiana uses the blanket primary - under this system all candidates, regardless of party, run in the same primary. A candidate can be declared the overall winner of the seat by garnering more than 50 percent of the vote in the primary. However, if no candidate reached this threshold, then a general election took place on December 8, 2012, between the top-two vote getters.

Candidates

Nonpartisan Blanket Primary

Democratic Party Cedric Richmond:IncumbentGreen check mark transparent.png
Democratic Party Gary Landrieu
Republican Party Dwayne Bailey:[4]
Republican Party Josue Larose[4]
Libertarian Party Caleb Trotter:[4]


Election results

U.S. House, Louisiana District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCedric Richmond Incumbent 55.2% 158,501
     Democratic Gary Landrieu 25% 71,916
     Republican Dwayne Bailey 13.5% 38,801
     Republican Josue Larose 3.9% 11,345
     Libertarian Caleb Trotter 2.4% 6,791
Total Votes 287,354
Source: Louisiana Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Louisiana
Figure 5: This map shows the final, re-engrossed, version of HB 6 outlining Louisiana Congressional Districts after the 2010 census.

According to Roll Call's May 2011 "Race Ratings," redistricting for the 2nd District "was drawn in a way to keep Richmond — or any Democrat — safely re-elected to Congress for the next decade. To keep up with population movement — there was an exodus of people from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina — and to maintain a high percentage of minority voters, mapmakers added the area up along the Mississippi River to Baton Rouge to the district."[5]

Registration statistics

As of October 24, 2012, District 2 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the Louisiana Secretary of State:

Louisiana Congressional District 2[6]
Congressional District District Total Democrats Republicans Other & Unaffiliated Advantage Party Advantage Change in Advantage from 2010
District 2 487,712 322,048 55,632 110,032 Democratic 478.89% -17.18%
"Party advantage" is the percentage gap between the two major parties in registered voters. "Change in advantage" is the spread in difference of party advantage between 2010 and 2012 based on the congressional district number only.

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. Louisiana's 2nd District became less Democratic because of redistricting.[7]

  • 2012: 70D / 30R
  • 2010: 71D / 29R

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. Louisiana's 2nd Congressional District has a PVI of D+22, which is the 41st most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 74-26 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 73-27 percent over George W. Bush (R).[8]

Campaign donors

Cedric Richmond

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Richmond's reports.

Cedric Richmond (2012)[9] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[10]April 13, 2012$246,328.70$88,204.87$(83,019.80)$251,513.77
July Quarterly[11]July 15, 2012$251,513.77$113,449.45$(51,354.68)$313,608.54
Running totals
$201,654.32$(134,374.48)

District history

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2010

On November 2, 2010, Richmmond won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Anh "Joseph" Cao (R) Anthony Marquize (I), and Jack Radosta (I) in the general election.[12]

U.S. House, Louisiana District 1 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCedric Richmond 64.6% 83,705
     Republican Anh "Joseph" Cao Incumbent 33.5% 43,378
     Independent Anthony Marquize 1.4% 1,876
     Independent Jack Radosta 0.5% 645
Total Votes 129,604

See also

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