United States House of Representatives elections in Utah, 2012

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2012 U.S. House Elections in Utah

Primary Date
June 26, 2012

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Utah District Pages
District 1District 2District 3District 4

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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2012 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Utah took place on November 6, 2012. Voters elected four candidates to serve in the U.S. House, one from each of the state's four congressional districts.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 16, 2012
June 26, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Utah has a mixed primary system, with Republicans having a closed primary and Democrats having an open one. Both parties hold conventions prior to the primaries.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by October 7, or October 22 in-person. For the general election, voter registration deadlines were October 7, and October 22 in-person.[1]

See also: Utah elections, 2012


According to the New York Times race ratings in October 2012, one of the four districts was considered to be in play, District 4.[2]

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

Utah tied with Maryland for having the 7th most competitive congressional primaries in 2012, with 87.5% of major party primaries having been contested (7 out of 8). The national average was 54.31%.

Three U.S. House incumbents sought re-election in Utah in 2012. 2 of those 3 (66.67%) 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 two of the three Congressional seats from Utah. However, the state gained one seat after the 2010 census and elected four representatives.

Members of the U.S. House from Utah -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 1 1
     Republican Party 2 3
Total 3 4

Incumbents

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

Name Party District
Jason Chaffetz Ends.png Republican 3
Jim Matheson Electiondot.png Democratic 2
Rob Bishop Ends.png Republican 1

Margin of victory for winners

There were a total of 4 seats up for election in 2012 in Utah. 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
Utah, District 1 Republican Party Rob Bishop 46.8% 245,528 Donna M. McAleer
Utah, District 2 Republican Party Chris Stewart 28.7% 248,545 Jay Seegmiller
Utah, District 3 Republican Party Jason Chaffetz 53.2% 259,547 Soren D. Simonsen
Utah, District 4 Democratic Party Jim Matheson 0.3% 245,277 Mia B. Love

General election candidates

District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party Donna McAleer
Republican Party Rob Bishop
Constitution Party Sherry Phipps
Rob Bishop Republican Party Rob Bishop No
2nd Democratic Party Jay Seegmiller
Republican Party Chris Stewart
Constitution Party Jonathan Garrard
Independent Joseph Andrade
Independent Charles Kimball
Jim Matheson Republican Party Chris Stewart Yes
3rd Democratic Party Soren Simonsen
Republican Party Jason Chaffetz
Jason Chaffetz Republican Party Jason Chaffetz No
4th Democratic Party Jim Matheson
Republican Party Mia Love
Libertarian Party Jim Vein
N/A Democratic Party Jim Matheson 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 Donna McAleer
Republican Party Rob BishopGreen check mark transparent.png
Independent Sherry Phipps

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Republican Party Republican convention candidates

Constitution Party Constitution Party

2nd Congressional District

General election candidates

Republican Party Chris StewartGreen check mark transparent.png
Democratic Party Jay Seegmiller
Constitution Party Jonathan Garrard
Independent Joseph Andrade
Independent Charles Kimball


Party convention results

Democratic Party Democratic convention candidates

Republican Party Republican convention candidates

Independent Third party candidates

3rd Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Soren Simonsen
Republican Party Jason ChaffetzGreen check mark transparent.png


Democratic Party Democratic convention candidates

Republican Party Republican convention candidates

Note: Kurt Bradburn withdrew before the primary.

4th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Jim MathesonGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Mia Love
Libertarian Party Jim Vein


Democratic Party Democratic convention candidates

Republican Party Republican convention candidates

Libertarian Party Libertarian candidate

Note: Ken Larsen withdrew before the primary.[4]

Independent Utah Justice Party candidate

Note: Torin Nelson withdrew.[4]

See also

References