Ohio's 14th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Ohio's 14th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
March 6, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
David Joyce Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Steven C. LaTourette Republican Party
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Ohio U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 14th Congressional District of Ohio held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Republican David Joyce won the election.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
December 7, 2011
March 6, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Ohio has a mostly closed primary system, in which voters must vote in the same party's primary as in the previous election, or register with the other party to switch.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by February 5. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 7.[2]

See also: Ohio elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Steven C. LaTourette (R) who has served since 1995.

LaTourette announced his retirement on July 31, 2012, delaying the announcement long enough to prevent the need for a special election to fill the 14th District seat. LaTourette cited the demise of bipartisanship in Congress as one of the reasons for his retirement, saying the “toll” of the acrimony in Washington had come to outweigh the benefits of being a congressman.[3][4]

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Ohio's 14th Congressional District is located in the northeast corner of the state and includes Ashtabula, Lake, Cuyahoga, Summit, Trumbull, and Geauga counties.[5]

This is the 8th Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.

Candidates

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 Dale Virgil Blanchard
Republican Party David JoyceGreen check mark transparent.png
Green Party Elaine R. Mastromatteo
Libertarian Party David Macko

Note: Incumbent Steven C. LaTourette announced on July 31, 2012 that he would be retiring in 2012, rather than seeking re-election. David Joyce was selected as the Republican replacement nominee.[6] Democratic nominee Dale Virgil Blanchard may be replaced for the general election as well.[4][3]


March 6, 2012 primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Republican Party Republican primary

Green PartyGreen Party primary

Libertarian PartyLibertarian primary

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Ohio District 14 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Dale Virgil Blanchard 38.7% 131,637
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Joyce 54% 183,657
     Libertarian David Macko 3.4% 11,536
     Green Elaine R. Mastromatteo 3.8% 13,038
Total Votes 339,868
Source: Ohio Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Race background

Republican challenger David Joyce was included in the National Republican Congressional Committee's Young Guns program. The program highlighted challengers who represent the GOP's best chances to pick up congressional seats in the general election.[8]

Impact of Redistricting

See also Redistricting in Ohio

The 14th 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]

Registration statistics

As of October 29, 2012, District 14 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the Ohio Secretary of State:

Ohio Congressional District 14[11]
Congressional District District Total Democrats Republicans Other & Unaffiliated Advantage Party Advantage Change in Advantage from 2010
District 14 487,885 64,969 103,432 319,757 Republican 59.87% N/A
"Party advantage" is the percentage gap between the two major parties in registered voters. "Change in advantage" is the spread in difference of party advantage between 2010 and 2012 based on the congressional district number only.

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. Ohio's 14th District partisan breakdown did not change because of redistricting.[12]

  • 2012: 46D / 54R
  • 2010: 46D / 54R

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. Ohio's 14th Congressional District has a PVI of R+3, which is the 210th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 50-50 percent (rounded the totals are even, but Obama garnered more votes) over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 53-47 percent over John Kerry (D).[13]

Campaign contributions

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are candidate reports.

Steven C. LaTourette

Steven C. LaTourette (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]March 31, 2012$586,521.99$82,315.06$(48,372.84)$620,464.21
July Quarterly[15]July 15$620,464.21$145,250$(150,268.93)$615,445.28
Running totals
$227,565.06$(198,641.77)


Elaine R. Mastromatteo

Elaine Mastromatteo (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[16]March 31, 2012$0.00$250.00$(45.00)$205.00
July Quarterly[17]July 15$205.00$0.00$(0.00)$205.00
Running totals
$250$(45)

District History

2010

On November 2, 2010, LaTourette won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Bill O’Neill and John M. Jelenic in the general election.[18]

U.S. House of Representatives, Ohio Congressional District 14 Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteven C. LaTourette Incumbent 64.9% 149,878
     Democratic Bill O’Neill 31.4% 72,604
     Libertarian John M. Jelenic 3.6% 8,383
Total Votes 230,865

See also

References

  1. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Ohio," accessed November 11, 2012
  2. Ohio Secretary of State, "FAQ," accessed June 29, 2012
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Hill, "Rep. LaTourette retires, says partisan 'toll' growing too heavy" accessed August 3, 2012
  4. 4.0 4.1 Roll Call, "Ohio: Steven LaTourette Jolts GOP; Democrats Are Hopeful" accessed August 3, 2012
  5. Ohio Redistricting Map, "Map" accessed August 9, 2012
  6. Cleveland.com "Northeast Ohio GOP leaders choose David Joyce to replace outgoing Rep. Steve LaTourette on ballot (updated)" accessed August 13, 2012
  7. Cleveland.com "State Sen. Nina Turner drops congressional primary bid against Rep. Marcia Fudge" accessed January 16, 2012
  8. NRCC "Young Guns 2012"
  9. Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer, "Ohio's congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
  10. Labels & Lists, "VoterMapping software voter counts"
  11. Ohio Secretary of State, "Precinct-By-Precinct Data," March 6, 2012
  12. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Ohio," September 2012
  13. Cook Political Report, "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" accessed October 2012
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Steven LaTourette April Quarterly," accessed July 13, 2012
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Steven LaTourette July Quarterly," accessed October 5, 2012
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Elaine Mastromatteo April Quarterly," accessed July 15, 2012
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Elaine Mastromatteo July Quarterly," accessed October 5, 2012
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013