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Maryland's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

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Maryland's 2nd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
April 3, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic Party
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Maryland U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2nd Congressional District of Maryland held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Incumbent Dutch Ruppersberger (D) won re-election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
January 11, 2012
April 3, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Maryland has a closed primary system, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by March 13. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 16.[2]

See also: Maryland elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Dutch Ruppersberger (D), who was first elected in 2002. He won re-election on November 6, 2012.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Maryland's 2nd Congressional District encompassed parts of Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Harford, and Howard counties, including parts of the city of Baltimore. On March 30, 2012, the 2nd District was included in a list released by the National Journal of the top ten most contorted congressional districts due to redistricting.[3]

Candidates

General election candidates

Democratic Party Dutch RuppersbergerGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Nancy Jacobs
Republican Party Ray Bly (Write-in)
Libertarian Party Leo Dymowski


April 3, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic

Republican Party Republican

Libertarian Party Libertarian candidate

Green Party Green Party candidate

  • Mark Shell Shell was not selected by his party for the general election

Note: Patrick McDonough[8] indicated his intent to run, but eventually decided against a run in the 2nd District.[7]


Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Maryland District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDutch Ruppersberger Incumbent 65.6% 194,088
     Republican Nancy Jacobs 31.1% 92,071
     Libertarian Leo Dymowski 3.2% 9,344
     Republican Ray Bly (Write-in) 0% 22
     N/A Other Write-ins 0.1% 415
Total Votes 295,940
Source: Maryland State Board of Elections "Representative in Congress"

Republican Primary

U.S. House, Maryland District 2 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngNancy Jacobs 58.9% 12,372
Ray Bly 2% 415
Vlad Degen 1.5% 324
Rick Impallaria 23.8% 4,998
Howard Orton 2.4% 500
Larry Smith 11.4% 2,392
Total Votes 21,001

Race background

Incumbent Dutch Ruppersberger was endorsed by the organization Progressive Maryland in his race for re-election in Maryland's 2nd District.[9][10] Andy Harris, representative from the 1st District, declared support for Nancy Jacobs in the Republican primary.[11]

Campaign donors

2012

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

Dutch Ruppersberger (2012)[12] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[13]March 31, 2012$755,438.04$53,344.75$(17,516.13)$791,266.66
July Quarterly[14]July 14, 2012$791,266.66$160,676.18$(83,409.75)$868,533.09
Running totals
$214,020.93$(100,925.88)

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

Nancy Jacobs (2012)[15] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[16]April 13, 2012$35,689.94$7,405.00$(30,261.01)$12,833.93
July Quarterly[17]July 13, 2012$12,833.93$63,563.94$(36,773.48)$39,624.39
Running totals
$70,968.94$(67,034.49)

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Maryland

The redrawn 2nd District included parts of Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Harford, and Howard counties, including parts of the city of Baltimore.[18] On March 30, 2012, the 2nd District was included in a list released by the National Journal of the top ten most contorted congressional districts due to redistricting.[3]

The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[19][20]

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. Maryland's 2nd District became more Democratic because of redistricting.[21]

  • 2012: 58D / 42R
  • 2010: 57D / 43R

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. Maryland's 2nd Congressional District has a PVI of D+7, which is the 127th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 62-38 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 55-45 percent over George W. Bush (R).[22]

Registration statistics

As of October 24, 2012, District 2 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the Maryland State Board of Elections:

Maryland Congressional District 2[23]
Congressional District District Total Democrats Republicans Other & Unaffiliated Advantage Party Advantage Change in Advantage from 2010
District 2 341,450 242,605 93,982 4,863 Democratic 158.14% -4.26%
"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 history

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2010

On November 2, 2010, Ruppersberger won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Marcelo Cardarell (R) and Lorenzo Gaztanaga (L) in the general election.[24]

U.S. House, Maryland District 2 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDutch Ruppersberger Incumbent 64.2% 134,133
     Republican Marcelo Cardarelli 33.3% 69,523
     Libertarian Lorenzo Gaztanaga 2.4% 5,090
     Independent Write-In 0.1% 158
Total Votes 208,904

See also

External links

References

  1. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Maryland"
  2. Maryland State Board of Elections " 2012 Presidential Election Calendar," accessed July 25, 2012
  3. 3.0 3.1 National Journal, "Modern Gerrymanders: 10 Most Contorted Congressional Districts—MAPS" Accessed March 31, 2012
  4. The Baltimore Sun "Former GOP Hill staffer to run in 2nd District" accessed January 6, 2012
  5. MyFoxDC.com "State Sen. Nancy Jacobs To Run For Congress" accessed January 6, 2012
  6. Maryland State Board of Elections "Primary Election Results 2012" accessed April 3, 2012
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Maryland State Board of Elections "Candidate List:Representatives" accessed January 3, 2012
  8. The Baltimore Sun "McDonough to run for Congress in 2012" accessed January 6, 2012
  9. Hometown Annapolis "Maryland gets C on Transparency" Accessed March 26, 2012
  10. Progressive Maryland "2012 Candidates" Accessed March 26, 2012
  11. The Baltimore Sun "Maryland's 2nd Congressional District Election Guide 2012" Accessed March 25, 2012
  12. Federal Election Commission, "Dutch Rupperberger Summary Report," Accessed September 28, 2012
  13. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" Accessed September 28, 2012
  14. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" Accessed September 28, 2012
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Nancy Jacobs Summary Report," Accessed September 28, 2012
  16. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" Accessed September 28, 2012
  17. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" Accessed September 28, 2012
  18. Maryland Department of Planning "Maryland 2011 Congressional Districts" Accessed February 29, 2012
  19. Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer "Maryland's congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
  20. Labels & Lists "VoterMapping software voter counts"
  21. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Maryland," September 2012
  22. Cook Political Report "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" Accessed October 2012
  23. Maryland State Board of Elections, "Congressional Voter Registration Statistics," May 18, 2012
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010" Accessed November 29, 2011