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2012 U.S. House Elections in Washington

Primary Date
August 7, 2012

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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2012 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Washington took place on November 6, 2012. Voters elected 10 candidates to serve in the U.S. House, one from each of the state's 10 congressional districts.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
May 18, 2012
August 7, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Washington has a top-two primary system, in which the top two vote-getters, regardless of party, go on to the general election.[1]

Voter registration: Voters were required to register to vote in the primary by July 9, or July 30 in-person for first-time voters.[2] For the general election, voter registration deadlines were October 9, and October 28 for first-time voters.[2]

See also: Washington elections, 2012


According to the New York Times race ratings in October 2012, two of the ten districts were considered to be in play. Those were the 1st and 10th districts.[3]

The Center for Voting and Democracy (Fairvote) projected that Democrats would win four districts while Republicans would win two seats. It did not make a projection for the remaining four districts.[4]

Primary competitiveness

See also: National contested primary average during the 2012 U.S. congressional elections

Washington tied with Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Rhode Island, and Alaska for having the most competitive congressional primaries in 2012, with 100% of major party primaries having been contested (10 out of 10). The national average was 54.31%.

Seven U.S. House incumbents sought re-election in Washington in 2012. 7 of those 7 (100%) faced a primary challenger. Nationwide, 200 out of the 386 incumbents seeking re-election faced a primary challenger (51.81%).

Partisan breakdown

Heading into the November 6 election, the Democratic Party held five of the nine Congressional seats from Washington. However, the state gained one seat after the 2010 census and elected 10 representatives in 2012.

Members of the U.S. House from Washington -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 5 6
     Republican Party 4 4
Total 9 10

Incumbents

Heading into the 2012 election, the incumbents for the nine congressional districts were :

Name Party District
Adam Smith Electiondot.png Democratic 9
Cathy McMorris Rodgers Ends.png Republican 5
Dave Reichert Ends.png Republican 8
Doc Hastings Ends.png Republican 4
Jaime Herrera Beutler Ends.png Republican 3
Jay Inslee Electiondot.png Democratic 1
Jim McDermott Electiondot.png Democratic 7
Norm Dicks Electiondot.png Democratic 6
Rick Larsen Electiondot.png Democratic 2

Margin of victory for winners

There were a total of 10 seats up for election in 2012 in Washington. The following table shows the margin of victory for each district winner, which is calculated by examining the percentage difference between the top-two vote getters. If the race was uncontested, the margin of victory is listed as 100%.

District Winner Margin of Victory Total Vote Top Opponent
Washington, District 10 Democratic Party Denny Heck 17.1% 278,417 Richard Muri
Washington, District 1 Democratic Party Suzan DelBene 7.9% 328,212 John Koster
Washington, District 2 Democratic Party Rick Larsen 22.3% 302,291 Dan Matthews
Washington, District 3 Republican Party Jaime Herrera Beutler 20.8% 293,884 Jon T. Haugen
Washington, District 4 Republican Party Doc Hastings 32.4% 233,689 Mary Baechler
Washington, District 5 Republican Party Cathy McMorris Rodgers 23.8% 308,578 Rich Cowan
Washington, District 6 Democratic Party Derek Kilmer 18% 316,386 Bill Driscoll
Washington, District 7 Democratic Party Jim McDermott 59.3% 374,580 Ron Bemis
Washington, District 8 Republican Party Dave Reichert 19.3% 302,090 Karen Porterfield
Washington, District 9 Democratic Party Adam Smith 43.2% 268,139 Jim Postma

General election candidates

This is a map of the congressional districts of Washington before and after the 2010 redistricting. The image also includes the partisan breakdown of the districts that are close in registration figures.
District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party Suzan DelBene
Republican Party John Koster
Jay Inslee Democratic Party Suzan DelBene No
2nd Democratic Party Rick Larsen
Republican Party Dan Matthews
Rick Larsen Democratic Party Rick Larsen No
3rd Democratic Party Jon T. Haugen
Republican Party Jaime Herrera Beutler
Jaime Herrera Beutler Republican Party Jaime Herrera Beutler No
4th Democratic Party Mary Baechler
Republican Party Doc Hastings
Doc Hastings Republican Party Doc Hastings No
5th Democratic Party Rich Cowan
Republican Party Cathy McMorris Rodgers
Cathy McMorris Rodgers Republican Party Cathy McMorris Rodgers No
6th Democratic Party Derek Kilmer
Republican Party Bill Driscoll
Norm Dicks Democratic Party Derek Kilmer No
7th Democratic Party Jim McDermott
Republican Party Ron Bemis
Jim McDermott Democratic Party Jim McDermott No
8th Democratic Party Karen Porterfield
Republican Party Dave Reichert
Dave Reichert Republican Party Dave Reichert No
9th Democratic Party Adam Smith
Republican Party James Postma
Adam Smith Democratic Party Adam Smith No
10th Democratic Party Denny Heck
Republican Party Richard Muri
N/A Democratic Party Denny Heck N/A

Candidates

Note: Election results were added on election night as races were called. Vote totals will be added when official election results are certified. For more information about Ballotpedia's election coverage plan, click here. If you find any errors in this list, please email: Geoff Pallay.

1st Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Suzan DelBene Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party John Koster


August 7, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic candidates

Note: Marko Liias[9] and Roger Goodman[10][7] withdrew before the primary.

Republican Party Republican candidates

Note: James Watkins withdrew before the primary.[12][11]

Independent Third party candidates

2nd Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Rick Larsen Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Dan Matthews


August 7, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic candidates

Republican Party Republican candidates

Note: Greg Anders[14][15] withdrew prior to the primary.

Independent Third party candidates

3rd Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Jon T. Haugen
Republican Party Jaime Herrera Beutler Green check mark transparent.png


August 7, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic candidates

  • Jon T. HaugenApproveda: Commercial pilot, former Navy pilot, previous candidate for state senate[16]
Note: Elizabeth Uelmen[17][18] withdrew prior to the primary.

Republican Party Republican candidates

Independent Third party candidates

4th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Mary Baechler
Republican Party Doc Hastings Green check mark transparent.png


August 7, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic candidates

Note: Jay Clough[19] withdrew prior to the primary.[2]

Republican Party Republican candidates

5th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Rich Cowan
Republican Party Cathy McMorris Rodgers Green check mark transparent.png


August 7, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic candidates

Republican Party Republican candidates

Independent Third party candidates

6th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Derek Kilmer Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Bill Driscoll


August 7, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic candidates

Republican Party Republican candidates

Note: Robert D. Sauerwein[21][23] withdrew prior to the primary.

Independent Independent candidates

7th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Jim McDermott Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Ron Bemis


August 7, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic candidates

Republican Party Republican candidates

Independent Third party candidates

8th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Karen Porterfield
Republican Party Dave Reichert Green check mark transparent.png


August 7, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic candidates

Republican Party Republican candidates

Independent Third party candidates

9th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Adam Smith Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party James Postma


August 7, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic candidates

Republican Party Republican candidates

10th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Denny Heck Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Richard Muri


August 7, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic candidates

Republican Party Republican candidates

Independent Third party candidates

See also

References

  1. Washington Secretary of State "Top 2 Primary: FAQ," Accessed May 17, 2012
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 2.22 2.23 2.24 2.25 2.26 2.27 2.28 2.29 2.30 2.31 2.32 2.33 2.34 2.35 2.36 2.37 Washington Secretary of State "Dates and Deadlines," Accessed May 25, 2012
  3. New York Times "House Race Ratings," accessed July 25, 2012
  4. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Washington," September 2012
  5. Seattle Post-Intelligencer "Darcy Burner announces candidacy for Congress," accessed December 6, 2011
  6. 6.0 6.1 Seattle Times "The race is on to fill new 1st Congressional District," May 12, 2012
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Roll Call "Inslee Announcement Prompts More Demcoratic Interest," accessed December 6, 2011
  8. The (Everett) Daily Herald "Hobbs looks to bring moderate voice to Congress," accessed December 6, 2011
  9. Everett Herald "Stymied by redistricting, Liias scraps run for Congress," accessed January 6, 2012
  10. Roger Goodman campaign website "Goodman withdraws from congressional race," April 12, 2012
  11. 11.0 11.1 Seattle PI "Watkins out, endorses Koster in the 1st," January 29, 2012
  12. Seattlest "Correction: There is One More Person Running in the First District," accessed December 6, 2011
  13. Bellingham Herald "2012 election field takes shape," accessed December 6, 2011
  14. Bellingham Herald "Greg Anders, Bellingham Heritage Flight Museum director, to run for Congress," accessed December 6, 2011
  15. Greg Anders campaign website accessed May 18, 2012
  16. Columbian "Haugen to challenge Herrera Beutler in 2012," accessed December 6, 2011
  17. The Columbian "Uelmen withdraws from race against Herrera Beutler," April 12, 2012
  18. The Columbian "New challenger to Congresswoman Herrera Beutler comes forward," January 12, 2012
  19. Yakima Herald "Jay Clough ready to challenge Doc Hastings again," accessed December 7, 2011
  20. The (Spokane) Spokesman-Review "McMorris Rodgers starting 2012 campaign," accessed December 7, 2011
  21. 21.0 21.1 The Olympian "Washington state election races cash in," accessed December 7, 2011
  22. Jesse Young for Congress accessed December 7, 2011
  23. Sauerwein for Congress accessed December 7, 2011
  24. Seattle Times "McDermott: every intent to run for 13th term," accessed December 7, 2011
  25. Reichert House website "Reichert Statement on New 8th Congressional District Map," accessed January 14, 2012
  26. Ernest Huber for Congress accessed May 17, 2012
  27. Seattle Times "Rep. Dave Reichert gets a challenge from the right," May 15, 2012
  28. 28.0 28.1 Bellingham Herald "2012 election field takes shape," accessed December 8, 2011
  29. Politico "Washington redistricting plan a small win for Democrats," December 28, 2011