Pennsylvania's 15th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Pennsylvania's 15th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
April 24, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Charles W. Dent Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Charles W. Dent Republican Party
Charles Dent.jpg

Pennsylvania U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 15th Congressional District of Pennsylvania held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Charles W. Dent won the election.[1]
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
February 14, 2012
April 24, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Pennsylvania has a closed primary system, meaning only registered members of a particular party may vote in that party's primary.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by March 25. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 7.[2]

See also: Pennsylvania elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Charlie Dent, (R), who assumed office in 2005.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Pennsylvania's 15th Congressional District is located in the eastern region of Pennsylvania and includes Norhampton, Lehigh, Berks, Lebanon, and Dauphin counties.[3]

This is the 15th Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.


General election candidates

Democratic Party Rick Daugherty
Republican Party Charlie Dent Green check mark transparent.png

April 24, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 15 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Rick Daugherty 43.2% 128,764
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCharlie Dent Incumbent 56.8% 168,960
Total Votes 297,724
Source: Pennsylvania Department of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Democratic Primary

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 15 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRick Daugherty 58.8% 14,623
Jackson Eaton 41.2% 10,265
Total Votes 24,888

Race background

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in Pennsylvania 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.[6] Ohio tied with Pennsylvania for 9th on the list.[6]

Impact of Redistricting

See also Redistricting in Pennsylvania

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.[7][8]

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. Pennsylvania's 15th District became more Republican because of redistricting.[9]
  • 2012: 49D / 51R
  • 2010: 53D / 47R

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. Pennsylvania's 15th Congressional District has a PVI of R+2, and is the 218th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 53-47 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 54-46 percent over John Kerry (D).[10]

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.

Charles W. Dent

Charles Dent (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[11]July 15, 2012$516,895.13$215,577.01$(118,489.86)$613,982.28
Running totals

Rick Daugherty

Brad Wenstrup (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[12]July 15, 2012$4,443.80$7,771.06$(9,093.74)$3,121.12
Running totals

District History


On November 2, 2010, Dent won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated John Callahan and Jake Towne in the general election.[13]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 15 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCharlie Dent Incumbent 53.5% 109,534
     Democratic John Callahan 39% 79,766
     Independent Jake Towne 7.5% 15,248
Total Votes 204,548

See also

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