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2012 U.S. House Elections in Idaho

Primary Date
May 15, 2012

Partisan breakdownCandidates

Idaho District Pages
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2012 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Idaho took place on November 6, 2012. Voters elected two candidates to serve in the U.S. House, one from each of the state's two congressional districts.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 9, 2012
May 15, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Idaho has a closed primary system, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by April 20. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 12.[1] Voters could also register at the polls on election day, provided they brought an acceptable form of proof of residency.[2]

See also: Idaho elections, 2012


The Center for Voting and Democracy (Fairvote) projected that Republicans would win both seats.[3]

Primary competitiveness

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

Idaho tied with Hawaii, Alaska, Montana, Rhode Island, and Washington for having the most competitive congressional primaries in 2012, with 100% of major party primaries having been contested (4 out of 4). The national average was 54.31%.

Two U.S. House incumbents sought re-election in Idaho in 2012. 2 of those 2 (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 Republican Party held both of the Congressional seats from Idaho.

Members of the U.S. House from Idaho -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 0 0
     Republican Party 2 2
Total 2 2

Incumbents

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

Name Party District
Michael K. Simpson Ends.png Republican 2
Raul R. Labrador Ends.png Republican 1

Margin of victory for winners

There were a total of 2 seats up for election in 2012 in Idaho. 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
Idaho, District 1 Republican Party Raul R. Labrador 32.2% 316,724 Jimmy Farris
Idaho, District 2 Republican Party Mike Simpson 30.3% 318,494 Nicole LeFavour

General election candidates

District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party Jimmy Farris
Republican Party Raul Labrador
Libertarian Party Rob Oates
Independent Pro-Life
Raul Labrador Republican Party Raul Labrador No
2nd Democratic Party Nicole LeFavour
Republican Party Mike Simpson
Michael K. Simpson Republican Party Mike Simpson No

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.

1st Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Jimmy Farris
Republican Party Raul LabradorGreen check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Rob Oates
Independent Pro-Life


May 15, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Party

Independent Independent candidate

2nd Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Nicole LeFavour
Republican Party Mike SimpsonGreen check mark transparent.png


May 15, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Note: John Baird initially filed to run, but withdrew from the race on March 12, 2012.[6][7] Eldon Wallace withdrew from the race on March 15, 2012.[6]

See also

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