Missouri's 8th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Missouri's 8th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 7, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Jo Ann Emerson Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Jo Ann Emerson Republican Party
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Missouri U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 8th Congressional District of Missouri held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This is the 8th Congressional District prior to the 2011 redistricting.

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

Heading into the election the incumbent was Jo Ann Emerson (R), who was first elected to the House in 2010.

This was the first election which used new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Missouri's 8th Congressional District is located in the southeaster portion of the state and includes Ozark, Douglas, Wright, Texas, Howell, Oregon, Shannon, Dent, Phelps, Crawford, Jefferson, Washington, St. Francis, Ste Genevieve, Iron, Reynolds, Carter, Ripley, Butler, Wayne, Madison, Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Scott, Stoddard, New Madrid, and Mississippi counties.[2]


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General election candidates

Democratic Party Jack Rushin
Republican Party Jo Ann Emerson Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Rick Vandeven

August 7, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Todd Mahn[3] appeared on early candidate lists, but won't be appearing on the ballot.

Republican Party Republican Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Candidate

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Missouri District 8 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Jack Rushin 24.6% 73,755
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJo Ann Emerson Incumbent 71.9% 216,083
     Libertarian Rick Vandeven 3.5% 10,553
Total Votes 300,391
Source: Missouri Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

The primary took place on August 7th, 2012.[5]

Republican Primary

Missouri's 8th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJo Ann Emerson 67.1% 61,975
Bob Parker 32.9% 30,429
Total Votes 92,404

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.

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 8th District became less Republican because of redistricting.[6]

  • 2012: 36D / 64R
  • 2010: 33D / 67R

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 8th Congressional District has a PVI of R+13, which is the 74th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 61-39 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 62-38 percent over John Kerry (D).[7]

District history

Candidate ballot access
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On November 2, 2010, Jo Ann Emerson was re-elected to the United States House for an eighth term. She defeated Tommy Sowers (D), Larry Bill (Independent), and Rick Vandeven (Libertarian).[8]

United States House, Missouri General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJo Ann Emerson Incumbent 65.6% 128,499
     Democratic Tommy Sowers 28.8% 56,377
     Independent Larry Bill 3.7% 7,193
     Libertarian Rick Vandeven 2% 3,930
Total Votes 195,999

Campaign donors

Jo Ann Emerson

Jo Ann Emerson (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[9]March 31, 2012$212,709.98$128,348.2$(92,469.92)$248,588.26
July Quarterly[10]June 30, 2012$248,670.92$246,650.66$(196,809.44)$298,512.14
Running totals

Jack Rushin

Jack Rushin (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[11]June 30, 2012$0.00$12,201.31$(9,146.67)$3,054.64
Running totals

See also