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2012 U.S. House Elections in Nebraska

Primary Date
May 15, 2012

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Nebraska District Pages
District 1District 2District 3

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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2012 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Nebraska took place on November 6, 2012. Voters elected three candidates to serve in the U.S. House, one from each of the state's three congressional districts.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 1, 2012
June 5, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Nebraska 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 February 10 by mail or February 17 in-person. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 19 by mail or October 26 in-person.[1]

See also: Nebraska elections, 2012


The Center for Voting and Democracy (Fairvote) projected that Republicans would win all three seats.[2]

Primary competitiveness

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

Nebraska had the 14th most competitive congressional primaries in 2012, with 66.67% of major party primaries having been contested (4 out of 6). The national average was 54.31%.

Three U.S. House incumbents sought re-election in Nebraska in 2012. 3 of those 3 (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 all three of the Congressional seats from Nebraska.

Members of the U.S. House from Nebraska -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 0 0
     Republican Party 3 3
Total 3 3

Incumbents

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

Name Party District
Adrian Smith Ends.png Republican 3
Jeffrey Fortenberry Ends.png Republican 1
Lee Terry Ends.png Republican 2

Margin of victory for winners

There were a total of 3 seats up for election in 2012 in Nebraska. 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
Nebraska, District 1 Republican Party Jeff Fortenberry 36.6% 256,095 Korey L. Reiman
Nebraska, District 2 Republican Party Lee Terry 1.6% 263,731 John Ewing
Nebraska, District 3 Republican Party Adrian Smith 48.3% 252,689 Mark Sullivan

General election candidates

This is a map of the congressional districts of Nebraska before and after the 2010 redistricting. The image also includes the partisan breakdown of the districts that are close in registration figures.

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.

District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party Korey L. Reiman
Republican Party Jeff Fortenberry
Jeffrey Fortenberry Republican Party Jeff Fortenberry No
2nd Democratic Party John Ewing
Republican Party Lee Terry
Independent Matt Helt
Lee Terry Republican Party Lee Terry No
3rd Democratic Party Mark Sullivan
Republican Party Adrian Smith
Adrian Smith Republican Party Adrian Smith No

Primary results

1st Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Korey L. Reiman
Republican Party Jeff FortenberryGreen check mark transparent.png


Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Note: Robert Way withdrew from the primary in March 2012[4]

Republican Party Republican Primary

2nd Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party John Ewing
Republican Party Lee TerryGreen check mark transparent.png
Independent Matt Helt


Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Independent Independent Candidate

3rd Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Mark Sullivan
Republican Party Adrian SmithGreen check mark transparent.png


Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

See also

References