Vermont's At-Large Congressional District elections, 2012

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Vermont's At-Large Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 28, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Peter Welch Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Peter Welch Democratic Party
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Vermont U.S. House Elections
At-Large District

2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2012 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Vermont took place on November 6, 2012. Voters elected one candidate to serve in the U.S. House from the state's At-Large Congressional District.

Peter Welch was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
June 14, 2012
August 28, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Vermont has an open primary system, in which any registered voter can choose which party's primary to vote in, without having to be a member of that party.

Voter registration: Voters were required to register to vote in the primary by August 22, 2012. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 31, 2012.[2]

See also: Vermont elections, 2012

Incumbent: The incumbent heading into the election was Peter Welch (D), who was first elected in 2006.

Vermont has a single At-Large Congressional District, which is made up of the entire state.

Partisan breakdown

The state of Vermont's at-large Congressional district.

Heading into the November 6 election, the Democratic Party held the one Congressional seat from Vermont.

Members of the U.S. House from Vermont -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 1 1
     Republican Party 0 0
Total 1 1


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General election candidates

Democratic Party Peter Welch Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Mark Donka
Independent James Desrochers
Independent Andre LaFramboise
Independent Jane Newton

August 28, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Independent Third Party candidates

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Vermont At-Large District General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPeter Welch Incumbent 72% 208,600
     Republican Mark Donka 23.3% 67,543
     Independent James Desrochers 2.9% 8,302
     Third Andre LaFramboise 0.4% 1,153
     Third Jane Newton 1.4% 4,065
Total Votes 289,663
Source: Vermont Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

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 measures each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. Vermont's At-large Congressional District has a PVI of D+13, which is the 80th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 69-31 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 60-40 percent over George W. Bush (R).[4]

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.

Peter Welch

Peter Welch Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[5]June 12, 2012$1,175,458.40$96,520.00$(66,326.38)$1,205,652.02
July Quarterly[6]July 15, 2012$1,205,652.02$136,622.10$(92,491.89)$1,249,782.23
Running totals

District history

Candidate ballot access
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On November 2, 2010, Peter Welch won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Paul D. Beaudry (R), Gus Jaccaci (I), Jane Newton (Socialist), and a write-in.[7]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Vermont, At-Large, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPeter Welch Incumbent 64.6% 154,006
     Republican Paul D. Beaudry 32% 76,403
     Independent Gus Jaccaci 2% 4,704
     Socialist Jane Newton 1.4% 3,222
     Write-in Unnamed 0.1% 186
Total Votes 238,521

See also