Utah's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

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Utah's 1st Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
June 26, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Rob Bishop Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Rob Bishop Republican Party
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Utah U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 1st Congressional District of Utah held election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This was the 1st Congressional District prior to the 2011 redistricting.

Incumbent Rob Bishop won re-election on November 6, 2012.[1] He defeated Donna McAleer (D) and Sherry Phipps (Constitution) in the general election.

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, 2011 or October 22, 2011 in-person. For the general election, voter registration deadlines were October 7, 2012 and October 22, 2012 in-person.[2]

See also: Utah elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Rob Bishop (R), who was first elected to the House in 2002. Bishop was re-elected on November 6, 2012.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Utah's 1st Congressional District is located in the northern portion of the state, and includes Box Elder, Cache, Rich, Weber, and Davis counties.[3]


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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

Election results

U.S. House, Utah District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRob Bishop Incumbent 71.5% 175,487
     Democratic Donna M. McAleer 24.7% 60,611
     Constitution Sherry Phipps 3.8% 9,430
Total Votes 245,528
Source: Utah Lieutenant Governor "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Race background

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Democratic candidates Ryan Combe and Donna McAleer competed in the June 26, 2012 primary, as delegates at the party's April 21, 2012 convention failed to give either candidate the necessary 60 percent for nomination, despite multiple rounds of voting.[5][6]

McAleer, a West Point graduate and former nonprofit executive, said Congress needed more female and veteran voices.[7] Combe, an entrepreneur and university fundraiser, focused on the cost of higher education.[7]

McAleer outraised Combe, although both candidates were new to politics and had each raised under $100,000 for their campaigns.[7]

Republican Party Republican convention

In the April 21, 2012 Republican convention, the party nominated incumbent Rob Bishop to be the Republican candidate in the general election. Bishop received 81 percent of the delegate votes, defeating Leonard Fabiano and Jacqueline Smith.[8] No Republican primary was held for the 1st Congressional District.[9]

Campaign contributions

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are candidate reports.

Donna McAleer

Donna McAleer Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-Primary[10]June 6, 2012$0.00$56,334.80$(25,364.60)$30,970.20
July Quarterly[11]July 13, 2012$30,970.20$10,206.60$(35,014.95)$6,161.85
Running totals

Rob Bishop

Rob Bishop Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-Convention[12]April 1, 2012$88,508.27$69,330.00$(46,668.63)$111,169.64
July Quarterly[13]July 15, 2012$111,169.64$42,033.00$(72,604.51)$80,598.13
Running totals

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Utah

Utah was redistricted following the 2010 Census and received a fourth Congressional seat.

District partisanship

FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012 study

See also: FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012

In 2012, FairVote did a study on partisanship in the congressional districts, giving each a percentage ranking (D/R) based on the new 2012 maps and comparing that to the old 2010 maps. Utah's 1st District became more Republican because of redistricting.[14]

  • 2012: 27D / 73R
  • 2010: 31D / 69R

Cook Political Report's PVI

See also: Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index

In 2012, Cook Political Report released its updated figures on the Partisan Voter Index, which measured each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. Utah's 1st Congressional District had a PVI of R+25, which was the 8th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 69-31 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 78-22 percent over John Kerry (D).[15]

District history

Candidate ballot access
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On November 2, 2010, Rob Bishop won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Morgan E. Bowen (D) Kirk D. Pearson (Constitution), and Jared Paul Stratton (L).[16]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Utah, Congressional District 1, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRob Bishop Incumbent 69.2% 135,247
     Democratic Morgan E. Bowen 23.9% 46,765
     Constitution Kirk D. Pearson 4.7% 9,143
     Libertarian Jared Paul Stratton 2.2% 4,307
Total Votes 195,462

See also


  1. ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Utah," November 7, 2012
  2. Utah Lieutenant Governor, "Voting Registration Deadlines," accessed July 6, 2012
  3. Utah Redistricting Map, "Map" accessed July 24, 2012
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Utah Lieutenant Governor's Office: Elections "2012 Candidate Filings," accessed March 16, 2012
  5. St. George News, "Largest delegate turnout for Utah’s Democratic Party Convention; election results and photo gallery," April 22, 2012
  6. Utah Democratic Party, "U.S. House Candidates," accessed May 27, 2012
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Deseret News, "Democrats square off in 1st Congressional District primary," June 19, 2012
  8. UtahGOP "Election Results: Utah Congressional District 1," April 21, 2012
  9. Utah Lt. Gov. Office: Elections, "2012 Candidate Filings," accessed May 27, 2012
  10. Federal Election Commission, "McAleer Congressional Campaign Committee Pre-Primary," accessed July 13, 2012
  11. Federal Election Commission, "McAleer Congressional Campaign Committee July Quarterly," accessed July 20, 2012
  12. Federal Election Commission, "Rob Bishop for Congress Pre-Convention," accessed July 13, 2012
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Rob Bishop for Congress July Quarterly," accessed July 20, 2012
  14. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Utah," September 2012
  15. Cook Political Report, "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" accessed October 2012
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013