Missouri's 6th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Missouri's 6th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 7, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Sam Graves Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Sam Graves Republican Party
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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

Sam Graves was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[1] The primary elections were held on August 7, 2012.

Heading into the election the incumbent was Sam Graves (R), 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 6th Congressional District is located in the northwestern portion of the state and includes Atchison, Holt, Nodaway, Andrew, Buchanan, Worth, Gentry, DeKalb, Clinton, Platte, Harrison, Daviess, Caldwell, Mercer, Grundy, Livingston, and Carroll counties.[2]


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General election candidates

Democratic Party Kyle Yarber
Republican Party Sam Graves Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Russ Lee Monchil

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 6 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Kyle Yarber 32.5% 108,503
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSam Graves Incumbent 65% 216,906
     Libertarian Russ Lee Monchil 2.5% 8,279
Total Votes 333,688
Source: Missouri Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

The primary took place on August 7.[8]

Democratic Primary

Missouri's 6th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKyle Yarber 32.6% 10,242
Bill Hedge 27.4% 8,620
Ronald William Harris 23.8% 7,483
Ted Rights 16.3% 5,118
Total Votes 31,463

Republican Primary

Missouri's 6th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSam Graves 80.3% 59,388
Christopher Ryan 13.5% 9,945
Bob Gough 6.2% 4,598
Total Votes 73,931

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 has increased significantly the population of the 6th District.

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 6th District became more Republican because of redistricting.[9]

  • 2012: 40D / 60R
  • 2010: 42D / 58R

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 6th Congressional District has a PVI of R+9, which is the 128th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 56-44 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 59-41 percent over John Kerry (D).[10]

District history

Candidate ballot access
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On November 2, 2010, Sam Graves was re-elected to the United States House for a sixth term. He defeated Clint Hylton (D) and Kyle Yarber (Write-in).[11]

United States House, Missouri General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSam Graves Incumbent 69.4% 154,103
     Democratic Clint Hylton 30.5% 67,762
     Write-in Kyle Yarber 0% 47
Total Votes 221,912

Campaign donors

Sam Graves

Sam Graves (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[12]March 31, 2012$345,721.10$119,683.64$(62,259.27)$403,145.47
July Quarterly[13]June 30, 2012$403,145.47$229,333.60$(246,998.91)$385,480.16
Running totals

Kyle Yarber

Kyle Yarber (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]March 31, 2012$16,823.00$1,843.00$(7,046.42)$11,619.58
July Quarterly[15]June 30, 2012$11,619.58$16,657.25$(14,019.98)$14,256.85
Running totals

See also