Tennessee's 5th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Tennessee's 5th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 2, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Jim Cooper Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Jim Cooper Democratic Party
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 5th Congressional District of Tennessee held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Jim Cooper was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
April 5, 2012
August 2, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Tennessee has an open primary system, in which any registered voter can choose which party's primary to vote in, without having to be a member of that party.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by July 3, 2012. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 8, 2012.[2]

See also: Tennessee elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Rep. Jim Cooper (D), who assumed office in 2003.

This was the first election which used new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Tennessee's 5th Congressional District is located in the central portion of the state and includes Dickson, Cheatham, and Davidson counties.[3]

This was the 5th 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 Jim Cooper Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Brad Staats
Green Party John Miglietta


August 2, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Tennessee District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Cooper Incumbent 65.2% 171,621
     Republican Brad Staats 32.8% 86,240
     Green John Miglietta 2% 5,222
Total Votes 263,083
Source: Tennessee Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Impact of Redistricting

See also Redistricting in Tennessee

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. Tennessee's 5th District became more Democratic because of redistricting.[5]

  • 2012: 55D / 45R
  • 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 measured each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. Tennessee's 5th Congressional District had a PVI of D+5, which was the 149th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 58-42 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 54-46 percent over George W. Bush (R).[6]

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.

Jim Cooper

Jim Cooper (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[7]April 15, 2012$627,242.87$74,584.07$(44,403.38)$657,423.56
July Quarterly[8]July 15, 2012$657,423.56$202,810.12$(53,366.76)$806,866.92
Running totals
$277,394.19$(97,770.14)

Brad Staats

Brad Staats (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[9]July 15, 2012$0.00$52,340.00$(3,078.17)$49,261.83
Running totals
$52,340$(3,078.17)

District History

2010

On November 2, 2010, Cooper won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated David Hall in the general election.[10]

U.S. House of Representatives, Tennessee Congressional District 5 Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican David Hall 42.8% 74,204
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Cooper Incumbent 57.2% 99,162
Total Votes 173,366

2008

On November 4, 2008, Jim Cooper won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Gerard Donovan (R), Jon Jackson (I), and John P. Miglietta (I) in the general election.[11]

U.S. House of Representatives, Tennessee Congressional District 5 Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Cooper Incumbent 65.8% 181,467
     Republican Gerard Donovan 31% 85,471
     Independent Jon Jackson 2% 5,464
     Independent John P Miglietta 1.2% 3,196
Total Votes 275,598

2006

On November 7, 2006, Cooper won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Thomas F. Kovach (R), Ginny Welsch (I), and Scott Knapp (I) in the general election.[12]

2004

On November 2, 2004, Cooper won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Scott Knapp (R) in the general election.[13]


2002

On November 5, 2002, Cooper won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Robert Duvall (R), John Jay Hooker (I), Jonathan D. Farley (I), and Jesse Turner (I) in the general election.[14]

Race Background

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Competitiveness

Democratic Party The Sabato Crystal Ball had rated the 5th District race "Safe Democratic."[15]

See also

References