Louisiana's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012
November 6, 2012
December 8, 2012
|Candidate Filing Deadline||Primary Election||General Election|
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.
- 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.
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.
Nonpartisan Blanket Primary
|U.S. House, Louisiana District 2 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Cedric Richmond Incumbent||55.2%||158,501|
|Source: Louisiana Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
Impact of redistricting
- See also: Redistricting in Louisiana
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."
As of October 24, 2012, District 2 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the Louisiana Secretary of State:
|Louisiana Congressional District 2|
|Congressional District||District Total||Democrats||Republicans||Other & Unaffiliated||Advantage||Party Advantage||Change in Advantage from 2010|
|"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.|
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.
- 2012: 70D / 30R
- 2010: 71D / 29R
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. 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).
|Cedric Richmond (2012) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 13, 2012||$246,328.70||$88,204.87||$(83,019.80)||$251,513.77|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2012||$251,513.77||$113,449.45||$(51,354.68)||$313,608.54|
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- United States House of Representatives elections in Louisiana, 2012
- United States House of Representatives elections, 2012
- Politico, "2012 House Race Results," accessed November 6, 2012
- 2012 Elections Schedule, "Voter Registration," accessed July 25, 2012
- Louisiana Redistricting Map, "Map" accessed July 24, 2012
- Louisiana Secretary of State "Candidate Database," accessed August 15, 2012
- Roll Call, "Race Ratings: Primaries Are What to Watch in Louisiana" accessed February 28, 2012
- Louisiana Secretary of State, "Congressional Voter Registration Statistics," July 1, 2012
- , "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Louisiana," September 2012
- Cook Political Report, "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" accessed October 2012
- Federal Election Commission, "Cedric Richmond Summary Report," accessed October 1, 2012
- Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed October 1, 2012
- Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed October 1, 2012
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010" accessed November 17, 2011