Missouri's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

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Missouri's 1st Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 7, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
William Lacy Clay Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
William Lacy Clay Democratic Party
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Missouri U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 1st Congressional District of Missouri held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This is the 1st Congressional District prior to the 2011 redistricting.

William Lacy Clay was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 27, 2012
August 7, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Missouri has an open primary system, meaning any registered voter can vote in any party's primary.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by July 11. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 10.[2]

See also: Missouri elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was William Lacy Clay (D), who was first elected to the House in 2000.

This was the first election which used new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Missouri's 1st Congressional District is located in the eastern portion of the state and includes St. Louis City as the majority of the district.[3]


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General election candidates

Democratic Party Lacy Clay Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Robyn Hamlin
Libertarian Party Robb E. Cunningham

August 7, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Candidate

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Missouri District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngWilliam Lacy Clay Incumbent 78.7% 267,927
     Republican Robyn Hamlin 17.9% 60,832
     Libertarian Robb E. Cunningham 3.5% 11,824
Total Votes 340,583
Source: Missouri Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

The primary took place on August 7.[7]

Democratic Primary

Missouri's 1st Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngWilliam Lacy Clay Incumbent 63.3% 57,672
Russ Carnahan Incumbent 33.9% 30,911
Candice Britton 2.8% 2,566
Total Votes 91,149

Republican Primary

Missouri's 1st Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRobyn Hamlin 57.9% 9,737
Martin D. Baker 42.1% 7,085
Total Votes 16,822

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Missouri

Missouri lost a congressional seat following the results of the 2010 Census, bringing its number of representatives down to eight. The redistricting trimmed the seat from St. Louis, changing up the 1st and 3rd Congressional Districts and upsetting their liberal Democratic representatives, William Lacy Clay and Russ Carnahan, respectively. With Carnahan’s own home now in Clay’s 1st District, the two saw the new map as unfair.

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. Missouri's 1st District partisan breakdown did not change because of redistricting.[8]

  • 2012: 77D / 23R
  • 2010: 77D / 23R

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. Missouri's 1st Congressional District has a PVI of D+27, which is the 24th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 81-19 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 76-24 percent over George W. Bush (R).[9]

District history

Candidate ballot access
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On November 2, 2010, William Lacy Clay was re-elected to the United States House for a sixth term. He defeated Robyn Hamlin (R) and Julie Stone (Libertarian).[10]

United States House, Missouri General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngWilliam Lacy Clay Incumbent 73.6% 135,907
     Republican Robyn Hamlin 23.6% 43,649
     Libertarian Julie Stone 2.8% 5,223
Total Votes 184,779

Campaign donors

Lacy Clay

Lacy Clay (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]March 31, 2012$386,679.10$83,592.18$(64,205.00)$406,066.28
July Quarterly[12]June 30, 2012$406,066.28$197,691.11$(183,551.68)$420,205.71
Pre-primary[13]July 22$420,205.71$29,682.85$(233,347.59)$216,540.97
Running totals

Robyn Hamlin

Robyn Hamlin Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[14]October 15, 2012$56.45$5,921.19$(5,616.79)$360.85
Running totals

See also