Pennsylvania's 16th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Pennsylvania's 16th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
April 24, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Joseph R. Pitts Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Joseph R. Pitts Republican Party
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 16th Congressional District of Pennsylvania held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Joseph R. Pitts 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 Joseph R. Pitts, (R), who assumed office in 1997.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Pennsylvania's 16th Congressional District is located in the southeastern region of Pennsylvania and is just west of Philadelphia. It includes Lancaster and Chester counties.[3]

This is the 5th Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.


General election candidates

Democratic Party Aryanna Strader
Republican Party Joseph R. Pitts Green check mark transparent.png
Independent John Murphy
Independent James Bednarski (BFC)

April 24, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 16 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Aryanna Strader 39% 111,185
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph R. Pitts Incumbent 54.8% 156,192
     Independent John Murphy 4.3% 12,250
     Independent James Bednarski 1.8% 5,154
Total Votes 284,781
Source: Pennsylvania Department of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

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.[5] Ohio tied with Pennsylvania for 9th on the list.[5]

Impact of Redistricting

See also Redistricting in Pennsylvania

The 16th District was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[6][7]

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 16th District became more Democratic because of redistricting.[8]
  • 2012: 47D / 53R
  • 2010: 45D / 55R

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 16th Congressional District has a PVI of R+6, and is the 161st most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 50-50 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 60-40 percent over John Kerry (D).[9]

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.

Joseph R. Pitts

Joseph Pitts (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[10]July 15, 2012$414,917.33$225,434.96$(135,330.66)$505,021.63
Running totals

Aryanna Strader

Aryanna Strader (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[11]July 15, 2012$32,413.29$10,286.79$(37,285.85)$5,414.23
Running totals

John Murphy

John Murphy (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[12]July 15, 2012$144.74$7,013.53$(4,677.37)$2,480.90
Running totals

District History


On November 2, 2010, Pitts won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Lois Herr in the general election.[13]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 16 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph R. Pitts Incumbent 65.4% 134,113
     Democratic Lois Herr 34.6% 70,994
Total Votes 205,107

See also

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