Ohio's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012

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Ohio's 3rd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
March 6, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Joyce Beatty Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Michael R. Turner Republican Party
(Elected to 10th District)
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Ohio U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 3rd Congressional District of Ohio held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Democrat Joyce Beatty 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 Mike Turner (R), who has served since 2003.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Ohio's 3rd Congressional District is located in the central portion of the state and includes portions of Franklin county.[3]

This is the 3rd Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.


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 Joyce BeattyGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Chris Long
Green Party Bob Fitrakis
Libertarian Party Richard Ehrbar III

March 6, 2012 primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Did not appear on primary ballot

Republican Party Republican primary

Green Party Green Party primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian primary

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Ohio District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoyce Beatty 68.3% 201,897
     Republican Chris Long 26.3% 77,901
     Libertarian Richard Ehrbar III 3.2% 9,462
     Green Bob Fitrakis 2.2% 6,387
Total Votes 295,647
Source: Ohio Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Democratic Primary

U.S. House, Ohio's 3rd Congressional District Democratic Primary Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJoyce Beatty 38.3% 15,848
Mary Jo Kilroy 34.7% 14,369
Priscilla Tyson 15.1% 6,244
Ted Celeste 11.8% 4,895
Total Votes 41,356

Republican Primary

U.S. House, Ohio's 3rd Congressional District Republican Primary Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngChris Long 57.5% 16,711
John Adams 42.5% 12,335
Total Votes 29,046

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.[11] Ohio tied with Pennsylvania for 9th on the list.[11]

Impact of Redistricting

See also Redistricting in Ohio

On September 26, 2011, Ohio Governor John Kasich (R) signed into law the state's new redistricting plan.[12]

Turner chose to run in a new district that forced him to run in a primary against Rep. Steve Austria (R), who previously represented the 7th District.

The 3rd District was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[13][14]

Registration statistics

As of October 29, 2012, District 3 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the Ohio Secretary of State:

Ohio Congressional District 3[15]
Congressional District District Total Democrats Republicans Other & Unaffiliated Advantage Party Advantage Change in Advantage from 2010
District 3 446,971 63,784 51,662 331,525 Democratic 23.46% 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 3rd District became more Democratic because of redistricting.[16]

  • 2012: 64D / 36R
  • 2010: 42D / 58R

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 3rd Congressional District has a PVI of D+14, which is the 77th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 68-32 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 62-38 percent over George W. Bush (R).[17]

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.

Joyce Beatty

Joyce Beatty (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[18]March 31, 2012$48,896.41$151,657.89$(128,445.40)$72,108.90
July Quarterly[19]July 15$72,108.90$123,920.40$(68,019.97)$128,009.33
Running totals

Chris Long

Chris Long (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[20]March 31, 2012$0.00$6,251.94$(4,943.76)$1,308.18
July Quarterly[21]July 15$1,308.18$9,140.00$(4,670.98)$5,777.20
Running totals

Bob Fitrakis

As of October 4, 2012, Fitrakis did not have any contribution reports on file with the Federal Election Commission

Richard Ehrbar III

As of October 4, 2012, Ehrbar did not have any contribution reports on file with the Federal Election Commission

District History


On November 2, 2010, Mike Turner (R) won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Joe Roberts (D).[22]

U.S. House, Ohio District 3 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Turner Incumbent 68.1% 152,629
     Democratic Joe Roberts 31.9% 71,455
Total Votes 224,084

See also

External links


  1. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Ohio," accessed November 11, 2012
  2. Ohio Secretary of State, "FAQ," accessed June 29, 2012
  3. Ohio Redistricting Map, "Map" accessed August 9, 2012
  4. WOSU NPR "Filing Deadline Brings Surprises Along With Candidates," December 8, 2011
  5. The Hill Former Rep. Kilroy to run for House December 2, 2011
  6. The Columbus Dispatch December 2, 2011
  7. Columbus Dispatch "Candidates lining up to run in 2012," December 8, 2011
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Secretary of State of Ohio "Candidates for US Representative Primary," Created February 7, 2012</s>
  9. wosu.org "New Congressional Map Draws New Candidates" accessed February 3, 2012
  10. Thisweeknews.com "Reynoldsburg's Long begins campaign for U.S. House seat" accessed January 16, 2012
  11. 11.0 11.1 Washington Post, "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012," accessed April 25, 2012
  12. Dayton Daily News December 2, 2012
  13. Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer, "Ohio's congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
  14. Labels & Lists, "VoterMapping software voter counts"
  15. Ohio Secretary of State, "Precinct-By-Precinct Data," March 6, 2012
  16. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Ohio," September 2012
  17. Cook Political Report, "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" accessed October 2012
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Joyce Beatty April Quarterly," accessed October 4, 2012
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Joyce Beatty July Quarterly," accessed October 4, 2012
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Chris Long April Quarterly," accessed July 13, 2012
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Chris Long July Quarterly," accessed October 4, 2012
  22. Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010