Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

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Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
May 15, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Lee Terry Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Lee Terry Republican Party
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Nebraska U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2nd Congressional District of Nebraska held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Lee Terry won the election.[1]
This is the 2nd 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 Lee Terry (R), who was first elected to the House in 1998.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District is located in the eastern portion of the state and includes Douglas county and part of Sarpy county.[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 John Ewing
Republican Party Lee TerryGreen check mark transparent.png
Independent Matt Helt

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Independent Independent Candidate

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Nebraska District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic John Ewing 49.2% 129,767
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLee Terry Incumbent 50.8% 133,964
Total Votes 263,731
Source: Nebraska Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Primary Election

The primary was held on May 15, 2012.[10]

Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLee Terry 59.5% 27,998
Brett Lindstrom 22.8% 10,753
Jack Heidel 11.5% 5,406
Glenn Freeman 4% 1,885
Paul Anderson 2.2% 1,051
Total Votes 47,093
Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Ewing 62% 17,954
Gwen Howard 38% 11,009
Total Votes 28,963

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 2nd District was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[11][12]

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 2nd District partisan breakdown did not change because of redistricting.[13]

  • 2012: 47D / 53R
  • 2010: 47D / 53R

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 2nd Congressional District had a PVI of R+6, which was the 156th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 51-49 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 61-39 percent over John Kerry (D).[14]

District history

Candidate ballot access
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On November 2, 2010, Lee Terry was re-elected to the United States House for a seventh term. He defeated Tom White (D).[15]

United States House, Nebraska General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLee Terry Incumbent 60.8% 93,840
     Democratic Tom White 39.2% 60,486
Total Votes 154,326

Campaign donors

John Ewing

John Ewing (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[16]March 31, 2012$44,775.26$73,315.13$(38,032.65)$80,057.74
Running totals

Lee Terry

Lee Terry (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[17]March 31, 2012$405,224.68$191,804.5$(212,017.42)$385,011.76
Running totals

See also