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2012 U.S. House Elections in Maryland

Primary Date
April 3, 2012

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Maryland District Pages
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2012 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Maryland took place on November 6, 2012. Voters elected eight candidates to serve in the U.S. House, one from each of the state's eight congressional districts.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
January 11, 2012
April 3, 2012
November 6, 2012

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

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by March 13. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 16.[1]

See also: Maryland elections, 2012


According to the New York Times race ratings in October 2012, one of the eight districts was considered to be in play, District 6.[2]

The Center for Voting and Democracy (Fairvote) projected that Democrats would win six districts while Republicans would win only one seat. It did not make a projection for the remaining district.[3]

Primary competitiveness

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

Maryland tied with Utah for having the 7th most competitive congressional primaries in 2012, with 87.5% of major party primaries having been contested (14 out of 16). The national average was 54.31%.

Eight U.S. House incumbents sought re-election in Maryland in 2012. 6 of those 8 (75%) 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 six of the eight Congressional seats from Maryland.

Members of the U.S. House from Maryland -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 6 7
     Republican Party 2 1
Total 8 8

Incumbents

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

Name Party District
Andy Harris Ends.png Republican 1
Chris Van Hollen Electiondot.png Democratic 8
Donna Edwards Electiondot.png Democratic 4
Dutch Ruppersberger Electiondot.png Democratic 2
Elijah Cummings Electiondot.png Democratic 7
John Sarbanes Electiondot.png Democratic 3
Roscoe Bartlett Ends.png Republican 6
Steny Hoyer Electiondot.png Democratic 5

Margin of victory for winners

There were a total of 8 seats up for election in 2012 in Maryland. 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
Maryland, District 1 Republican Party Andy Harris 35.9% 337,760 Wendy Rosen
Maryland, District 2 Democratic Party Dutch Ruppersberger 34.5% 295,940 Nancy Jacobs
Maryland, District 3 Democratic Party John Sarbanes 37.3% 319,859 Eric Delano Knowles
Maryland, District 4 Democratic Party Donna Edwards 56.4% 311,512 Faith Loudon
Maryland, District 5 Democratic Party Steny Hoyer 41.7% 343,820 Anthony O'Donnell
Maryland, District 6 Democratic Party John Delaney 20.9% 309,549 Roscoe Bartlett
Maryland, District 7 Democratic Party Elijah Cummings 55.7% 323,818 Frank Mirabile, Jr.
Maryland, District 8 Democratic Party Chris Van Hollen 30.4% 343,256 Ken Timmerman

General election candidates

This is a map of the congressional districts of Maryland 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 John LaFerla (Write-in)
Republican Party Andy Harris
Libertarian Party Muir Boda
Independent Michael Calpino
Independent Douglas Dryden Rae (Write-in)
Andy Harris Republican Party Andy Harris No
2nd Democratic Party Dutch Ruppersberger
Republican Party Nancy Jacobs
Republican Party Ray Bly (Write-in)
Libertarian Party Leo Dymowski
Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic Party Dutch Ruppersberger No
3rd Democratic Party John Sarbanes
Republican Party Eric Delano Knowles
Libertarian Party Paul Drgos, Jr.
John Sarbanes Democratic Party John Sarbanes No
4th Democratic Party Donna Edwards
Republican Party Faith Loudon
Libertarian Party Scott Soffen
Donna Edwards Democratic Party Donna Edwards No
5th Democratic Party Steny Hoyer
Republican Party Anthony O'Donnell
Libertarian Party Arvin Vohra
Green Party Bob Auerbach
Steny Hoyer Democratic Party Steny Hoyer No
6th Democratic Party John Delaney
Republican Party Roscoe Bartlett
Libertarian Party Nickolaus Mueller
Roscoe Bartlett Democratic Party John Delaney Yes
7th Democratic Party Elijah Cummings
Democratic Party Ty Busch (Write-in)
Democratic Party Charles Smith (Write-in)
Republican Party Frank Mirabile, Jr.
Libertarian Party Ronald Owens-Bey
Elijah Cummings Democratic Party Elijah Cummings No
8th Democratic Party Chris Van Hollen
Republican Party Ken Timmerman
Libertarian Party Mark Grannis
Green Party George Gluck
Chris Van Hollen Democratic Party Chris Van Hollen 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

Republican Party Andy HarrisGreen check mark transparent.png
Democratic Party John LaFerla (Write-in)
Independent Michael Calpino
Libertarian Party Muir Boda
Independent Douglas Dryden Rae (Write-in)
Note: Wendy Rosen withdrew from the race following allegations of voter fraud.[4]


April 3, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic

Republican Party Republican

Libertarian Party Libertarian

Independent No Party Affiliation

2nd Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Dutch RuppersbergerGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Nancy Jacobs
Republican Party Ray Bly (Write-in)
Libertarian Party Leo Dymowski


April 3, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic

Republican Party Republican

Libertarian Party Libertarian candidate

Green Party Green Party candidate

  • Mark Shell Shell was not selected by his party for the general election

Note: Patrick McDonough[11] indicated his intent to run, but eventually decided against a run in the 2nd District.[7]

3rd Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party John SarbanesGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Eric Delano Knowles
Libertarian Party Paul Drgos, Jr.


April 3, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic

Republican Party Republican

Libertarian Party Libertarian candidate

4th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Donna EdwardsGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Faith Loudon
Libertarian Party Scott Soffen


April 3, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic

Republican Party Republican

Libertarian Party Libertarian candidate

Note:Glenn Ivey filed to run, but withdrew on January 11, 2012[13]

5th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Steny HoyerGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Anthony O'Donnell
Libertarian Party Arvin Vohra
Green Party Bob Auerbach


April 3, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic

Republican Party Republican

Libertarian Party Libertarian candidate

Green Party Green Party candidate

Independent No Party Affiliation

6th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party John DelaneyGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Roscoe Bartlett
Libertarian Party Nickolaus Mueller


April 3, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic

Republican Party Republican

Independent Independent candidate

Note: Alexander Mooney[21], Christopher Shank[22], and Bud Otis[23] had indicated they would run, but eventually withdrew. Mark Shriver indicated interest in running, but never officially filed.

7th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Elijah CummingsGreen check mark transparent.png
Democratic Party Ty Busch (Write-in)
Democratic Party Charles Smith (Write-in)
Republican Party Frank Mirabile, Jr.
Libertarian Party Ronald Owens-Bey


April 3, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic

Republican Party Republican

IndependentLibertarian candidate

IndependentIndependent candidate

8th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Chris Van HollenGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Ken Timmerman
Libertarian Party Mark Grannis
Green Party George Gluck


April 3, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic

Republican Party Republican

Libertarian PartyLibertarian party

Green PartyGreen party

Race background

According to the Maryland Elections Guide 2012, published by The Baltimore Sun, Maryland "remains an overwhelmingly Democratic state, with only the 1st Congressional District as a safe bet for the GOP."[24] The 6th District was Maryland's most contested seat, with incumbent Roscoe Bartlett facing several opponents in the Republican primary.[24]

See also

References

  1. Maryland State Board of Elections " 2012 Presidential Election Calendar," Accessed July 25, 2012
  2. New York Times "House Race Ratings," Accessed July 25, 2012
  3. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Maryland," September 2012
  4. The Baltimore Sun, "Democrat drops challenge to Harris after allegations she voted in two states," September 10, 2012
  5. The Daily Times "Challengers to face off before taking on Harris" accessed January 4, 2012
  6. Gazette.Net "Baltimore County businesswoman enters 1st Congressional District race" accessed January 4, 2012
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 Maryland State Board of Elections "Candidate List" accessed January 19, 2012
  8. The Baltimore Sun "Former GOP Hill staffer to run in 2nd District" accessed January 6, 2012
  9. MyFoxDC.com "State Sen. Nancy Jacobs To Run For Congress" accessed January 6, 2012
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 10.7 10.8 10.9 Maryland State Board of Elections "Primary Election Results 2012" accessed April 3, 2012
  11. The Baltimore Sun "McDonough to run for Congress in 2012" accessed January 6, 2012
  12. 12.00 12.01 12.02 12.03 12.04 12.05 12.06 12.07 12.08 12.09 12.10 12.11 12.12 12.13 12.14 12.15 12.16 12.17 12.18 12.19 12.20 12.21 12.22 12.23 12.24 12.25 12.26 12.27 12.28 12.29 12.30 12.31 Maryland State Board of Elections "Candidates" Accessed January 3, 2012
  13. Baltimore Sun "Ivey withdraws from 4th Congressional District primary race" accessed January 19, 2012
  14. The Washington Post "O’Donnell launches bid to unseat Hoyer" accessed January 6, 2012
  15. 15.0 15.1 The Baltimore Sun "6th District candidates spar over jobs" accessed January 6, 2012
  16. Gazette.net "Some Democrats concerned that congressional pick is a done deal" accessed January 6, 2012
  17. The Washington Post "John Delaney, David Brinkley join field gunning for Bartlett’s congressional seat" accessed January 6, 2012
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 Maryland State Board of Elections "Candidates" accessed January 6, 2012
  19. Roll Call "Duncan, Shriver Among Names Floated in Maryland" accessed January 6, 2012
  20. Roll Call "Roscoe Bartlett’s Chief of Staff Resigns After Reports of Run" accessed January 6, 2012
  21. Roll Call "Alex Mooney Skips Maryland Race, Signals Roscoe Bartlett Definitely Running" accessed February 16, 2012
  22. Brinkley for Congress "David Brinkley Announces Candidacy for the 6th Congressional District Press Release" accessed February 15, 2012
  23. The Washington Post "On Md. ballot, Bartlett faces tough race, Edwards escapes challenge from Ivey" accessed February 16, 2012
  24. 24.0 24.1 The Baltimore Sun "Maryland Election Guide 2012" Accessed March 25, 2012