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United States House of Representatives elections in Connecticut, 2012

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2012 U.S. House Elections in Connecticut

Primary Date
August 14, 2012

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Connecticut District Pages
District 1District 2District 3District 4District 5

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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2012 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Connecticut took place on November 6, 2012. Voters elected five candidates to serve in the U.S. House, one from each of the state's five congressional districts.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
June 12, 2012
August 14, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Connecticut is one of 16 states to use an open primary system. However, there is a three month waiting period if switching parties.[1]

Voter registration: Voters may register in person to vote in the primary up until noon the day before the primary.[1] (Information about registering to vote)

See also: Connecticut elections, 2012


According to the New York Times race ratings in October 2012, one of the five districts is considered to be in play, District 5.[2][3]

The Center for Voting and Democracy (Fairvote) projected that Democrats would win four districts while Republicans would win none. It did not make a projection for the remaining district.[4]

Primary competitiveness

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

Connecticut had the 41st most competitive congressional primaries in 2012, with 30% of major party primaries having been contested (3 out of 10). The national average was 54.31%.

Four U.S. House incumbents ran for re-election in Connecticut in 2012. 0 of those 4 (0%) 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 all five of the Congressional seats from Connecticut.

Members of the U.S. House from Connecticut -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 5 5
     Republican Party 0 0
Total 5 5

Incumbents

Heading into the 2012 election, the incumbents for the 5 congressional districts were:

Name Party District
Christopher S. Murphy Electiondot.png Democratic 5
James A. Himes Electiondot.png Democratic 4
Joe Courtney Electiondot.png Democratic 2
John B. Larson Electiondot.png Democratic 1
Rosa L. DeLauro Electiondot.png Democratic 3

Margin of victory for winners

There were a total of 5 seats up for election in 2012 in Connecticut. 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
Connecticut, District 1 Democratic Party John B. Larson 42% 297,061 John Henry Decker
Connecticut, District 2 Democratic Party Joe Courtney 38.9% 299,960 Paul M Formica
Connecticut, District 3 Democratic Party Rosa L. DeLauro 49.4% 291,299 Wayne Winsley
Connecticut, District 4 Democratic Party Jim Himes 19.9% 293,432 Steve Obsitnik
Connecticut, District 5 Democratic Party Elizabeth Esty 2.6% 284,747 Andrew Roraback

General election candidates

This is a map of the congressional districts of Connecticut 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 Working Families Party John B. Larson
Republican Party John Henry Decker
Green Party S. Michael DeRosa
Independent Matthew Corey
John Larson Democratic Party John Larson No
2nd Democratic Party Working Families Party Joe Courtney
Republican Party Paul M Formica
Libertarian Party Dan Reale
Green Party Colin D. Bennet
Joe Courtney Democratic Party Joe Courtney No
3rd Democratic Party Working Families Party Rosa L. DeLauro
Republican Party Wayne Winsley
Rosa DeLauro Democratic Party Rosa DeLauro No
4th Democratic Party Working Families Party Jim Himes
Republican Party Steve Obsitnik
James Himes Democratic Party James Himes No
5th Democratic Party Working Families Party Elizabeth Esty
Republican Party Independent Andrew Roraback
Independent John Pistone
Christopher S. Murphy Democratic Party Elizabeth Esty No

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 Working Families Party John B. LarsonGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party John Henry Decker
Green Party S. Michael DeRosa
Independent Matthew Corey


August 14, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Green Party Green Party candidate

Working Families PartyWorking Families Party

IndependentIndependent candidate

2nd Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Working Families Party Joe CourtneyGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Paul M Formica
Libertarian Party Dan Reale
Green Party Colin D. Bennet


August 14, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Libertarian PartyLibertarian candidate

Green Party Green Party candidate

Working Families PartyWorking Families Party


3rd Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Working Families Party Rosa L. DeLauroGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Wayne Winsley


August 14, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Working Families PartyWorking Families Party

4th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Working Families Party Jim HimesGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Steve Obsitnik


August 14, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Working Families PartyWorking Families Party


5th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Working Families Party Elizabeth EstyGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Independent Andrew Roraback
Independent John Pistone

August 14, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Working Families PartyWorking Families Party

Independent Independent candidates

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Connecticut Secretary of State Elections Division "Registration Deadlines" Accessed April 17, 2012
  2. New York Times "House Race Ratings," accessed July 25, 2012
  3. New York Times "House Race Ratings," accessed July 25, 2012
  4. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Connecticut," September 2012
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 5.12 Connecticut Secretary of State "Candidate List" accessed June 19, 2012
  6. Connecticut Secretary of State "Candidate List" accessed September 5, 2012
  7. Norwich Bulletin "Republican declares 2nd run for Congress" accessed December 1, 2011
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 AP Results "U.S. House primary election results" accessed August 14, 2012
  9. Connecticut Secretary of State "Candidate List" accessed September 5, 2012
  10. Republican American "Motivational speaker from Naugatuck to take on DeLauro " accessed December 2, 2011
  11. CT Post.com "Westport businessman running for Congress" accessed December 2, 2011
  12. NBC Connecticut "Donovan Running for Congress" accessed December 2, 2011
  13. Litchfield County Times "Wife of DEP Commissioner May Get in Fifth District Race (WEB FIRST)" accessed December 2, 2011
  14. Litchfield County Times "Kent Democrat Dan Roberti Entering 5th District Race (WEB FIRST)" accessed December 2, 2011
  15. NewsTimes.com "Bernier announces he'll run in 5th District" accessed December 2, 2011
  16. Litchfield County Times "Kent Democrat Dan Roberti Entering 5th District Race (WEB FIRST)" accessed December 2, 2011
  17. The Register Citizen "Roraback officially in the running for 5th District seat (Updated with video)" accessed December 2, 2011
  18. The Register Citizen "Fifth Congressional District GOP candidates bat around the issues at meeting" accessed December 2, 2011
  19. Connecticut Secretary of State Candidate List accessed September 5, 2012