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Nebraska's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

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Nebraska's 1st Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
May 15, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Jeff Fortenberry Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Jeff Fortenberry Republican Party
Jeff Fortenberry.jpg

Nebraska U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 1st Congressional District of Nebraska held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Jeff Fortenberry won the election.[1]
This was the 1st Congressional District prior to the 2011 redistricting.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 1, 2012
June 5, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Nebraska 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 February 10, 2012 by mail or February 17, 2012 in-person. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 19, 2012 by mail or October 26, 2012 in-person.[2]

See also: Nebraska elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election was incumbent Jeff Fortenberry (R), who was first elected to the House in 2004.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Nebraska's 1st Congressional District is located in the eastern portion of the state and includes Cedar, Dixon, Dakota, Thurston, Wayne, Madison, Stanton,Cuming, Burt, Colfax, Dodge, Butler, Saunders, Washington, Sarpy, Cass, Seward, Lancaster, Otoe, Johnson, Nemaha, Gage, Pawnee, and Richardson counties.[3]


Note: Election results were added on election night as races were called. Vote totals were added after official election results had been certified. For more information about Ballotpedia's election coverage plan, click here. If you find any errors in this list, please email: Geoff Pallay.

General election candidates

Democratic Party Korey L. Reiman
Republican Party Jeff FortenberryGreen check mark transparent.png

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Note: Robert Way withdrew from the primary in March 2012[5]

Republican Party Republican Primary

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Nebraska District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Korey L. Reiman 31.7% 81,206
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Fortenberry Incumbent 68.3% 174,889
Total Votes 256,095
Source: Nebraska Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Republican Primary

The primary was held on May 15, 2012.[8]

Nebraska's 1st Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Fortenberry 86.4% 55,658
Jessica L. Turek 8.2% 5,255
Dennis Parker 5.4% 3,511
Total Votes 64,424

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Nebraska

Nebraska was redistricted following the 2010 Census, but did not gain or lose a seat. Bellevue and Offut Air Force Base were moved to the 1st District from the 2nd, while largely Republican Sarpy County was moved out of the 1st and into the 2nd.

The 1st District was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[9][10]

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. Nebraska's 1st District partisan breakdown did not change because of redistricting.[11]

  • 2012: 41D / 59R
  • 2010: 41D / 59R

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 measured each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. Nebraska's 1st Congressional District had a PVI of R+11, which was the 93rd most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 55-45 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 65-35 percent over John Kerry (D).[12]

District history

Candidate ballot access
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On November 2, 2010, Jeff Fortenberry was re-elected to the United States House for a fourth term. He defeated Ivy Harper (D).[13]

United States House, Nebraska General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Fortenberry Incumbent 71.3% 116,871
     Democratic Ivy Harper 28.7% 47,106
Total Votes 163,977

Campaign donors

Korey Reiman

Korey Reiman (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]March 31, 2012$0.00$9,875.00$(2,368.00)$7,507.00
Running totals

Jeff Fortenberry

Jeff Fortenberry (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[15]March 31, 2012$618,581.33$94,331.87$(33,702.49)$679,210.71
Running totals

See also