Ohio's 15th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Ohio's 15th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
March 6, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Steve Stivers Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Steve Stivers Republican Party
Steve Stivers,.jpg

Ohio U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 15th Congressional District of Ohio held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Incumbent Steve Stivers 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 was Steve Stivers (R) who has served since 2011. The 15th District has typically leaned Republican, but it has been identified as one of the congressional seats Democrats will try to target in 2012.[3]

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Ohio's 15th Congressional District is located in the central portion of the state and includes Clinton, Fayette, Madison, Franklin, Ross, Pickaway, Fairfield, Hocking, Vinton, Perry, Morgan, and Athens counties.[4]

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


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General election candidates

Democratic Party Pat Lang
Republican Party Steve StiversGreen check mark transparent.png

March 6, 2012 primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican primary

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Ohio District 15 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Pat Lang 38.4% 128,188
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Stivers Incumbent 61.6% 205,274
Total Votes 333,462
Source: Ohio Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Democratic Primary

U.S. House of Representatives, Ohio-District 15 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPat Lang 56.7% 16,483
Scott Wharton 43.3% 12,599
Total Votes 29,082

Republican Primary

U.S. House of Representatives, Ohio-District 15 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Stivers Incumbent 89.3% 70,191
Charles Chope 10.7% 8,404
Total Votes 78,595

Race background

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in Ohio in 2012 as one of the 10 states that could determine whether Democrats would retake the House or Republicans would hold their majority in 2013.[7] Ohio tied with Pennsylvania for 9th on the list.[7]

Impact of Redistricting

See also Redistricting in Ohio

The 15th District was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[8][9]

Registration statistics

As of October 29, 2012, District 15 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the Ohio Secretary of State:

Ohio Congressional District 15[10]
Congressional District District Total Democrats Republicans Other & Unaffiliated Advantage Party Advantage Change in Advantage from 2010
District 15 484,239 55,757 107,602 320,880 Republican 92.98% 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 15th District became more Republican because of redistricting.[11]

  • 2012: 43D / 57R
  • 2010: 51D / 49R

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 15th Congressional District has a PVI of R+6, which is the 159th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 53-47 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 57-43 percent over John Kerry (D).[12]

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.

Steve Stivers

Steve Stivers (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[13]March 31, 2012$1,033,667.67$207,440.11$(311,128.69)$929,979.09
July Quarterly[14]July 15$929,979.09$368,493.28$(161,151.12)$1,137,321.25
Running totals

Pat Lang

Pat Lang (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[15]March 31, 2012$5,675.53$20,014.23$(17,670.83)$8,018.93
July Quarterly[16]July 15$5,675.53$31,205.00c$(31,205.00)$5,029.76
Running totals
$Expression error: Unrecognized word "c".$(48,875.83)

District History


On November 2, 2010, Stivers won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Mary Jo Kilroy, William J. Kammerer, Bill Buckel, and David Ryon in the general election.[17]

U.S. House of Representatives, Ohio Congressional District 15 Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Stivers 54.2% 119,471
     Democratic Mary Jo Kilroy 41.3% 91,077
     Libertarian William J. Kammerer 2.8% 6,116
     Constitution David Ryon 1.8% 3,887
     Write-in Bill Buckel 0% 45
Total Votes 220,596

See also