Louisiana's 6th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Louisiana's 6th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Election Runoff Date
December 8, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Bill Cassidy Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Bill Cassidy Republican Party
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Louisiana U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 6th Congressional District of Louisiana held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Bill Cassidy 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 Bill Cassidy (R), who was first elected in 2008.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Louisiana's 6th Congressional District encompasses southcentral portions of the state. Point Coupee, WBR, EBR, Livingston, St. Helena, E Feldana, St. John, St. Charles, Assumption and Iberville parishes are included in the district.[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.


Nonpartisan Blanket Primary

Republican Party Bill Cassidy:IncumbentGreen check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Rufus Holt Craig Jr.[4]
Independent Richard Torregano[4]

Election results

U.S. House, Louisiana District 6 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Cassidy Incumbent 79.4% 243,553
     Libertarian Rufus Holt Craig,Jr 10.5% 32,185
     None Richard Torregano 10.1% 30,975
Total Votes 306,713
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.

The new 6th District encircles Baton Rouge, including the suburbs of the city and snakes down to the outskirts of Houma.[5]

Registration statistics

As of October 24, 2012, District 6 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the Louisiana Secretary of State:

Louisiana Congressional District 6[6]
Congressional District District Total Democrats Republicans Other & Unaffiliated Advantage Party Advantage Change in Advantage from 2010
District 6 474,934 200,399 157,354 117,181 Democratic 27.36% -38.77%
"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 6th District saw become more Republican because of redistricting.[7]

  • 2012: 28D / 72R
  • 2010: 38D / 62R

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 6th Congressional District has a PVI of R+19, which is the 24th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 68-32 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 67-33 percent over John Kerry (D).[8]

Campaign donors

Bill Cassidy

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

Bill Cassidy (2012)[9] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[10]March 31, 2012$1,485,575.64$214,149.94$(58,751.3)$1,640,974.28
July Quarterly[11]July 13, 2012$1,640,974.28$263,802.65$(54,070.91)$1,850,706.02
Running totals

District history

Candidate ballot access
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On November 2, 2010, Cassidy won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Merritt E. McDonald, Sr. (D) in the general election.[12]

U.S. House, Louisiana District 6 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Cassidy Incumbent 65.6% 138,607
     Democratic Merritt E. McDonald, Sr. 34.4% 72,577
Total Votes 211,184

See also

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