Virginia's 7th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Virginia's 7th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
June 12, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Eric Cantor Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Eric Cantor Republican Party
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 7th Congressional District of Virginia held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This is the 7th Congressional District prior to the 2012 redistricting.

Eric Cantor was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 29, 2012
June 12, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Virginia has an open primary system, in which any registered voter may choose which party's primary to vote in.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by May 21, 2012. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 15, 2012.[2]

See also: Virginia elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Eric Cantor (R), who was first elected to the House in 2000.

This was the first election which used new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Virginia's 7th Congressional District is located in the central portion of the state, and includes Culpeper, Orange, Spotsylvania, Louisa, Hanover, Richmond City, and New Kent counties.[3]

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.

General election candidates

Democratic Party E. Wayne Powell
Republican Party Eric Cantor Green check mark transparent.png


June 12, 2012,, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Virginia District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic E. Wayne Powell 41.4% 158,012
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngEric Cantor Incumbent 58.4% 222,983
     Write-In N/A 0.2% 914
Total Votes 381,909
Source: Virginia State Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Virginia

Following the 2010 Census, Virginia was redistricted. The state remained at 11 congressional seats. Redistricting plans were not solidified by the end of the 2011 session of the Virginia General Assembly.

The 7th District was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[5][6]

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. Virginia's 7th District became more Republican because of redistricting.[7]

  • 2012: 40D / 60R
  • 2010: 43D / 57R

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. Virginia's 7th Congressional District has a PVI of R+11, which is the 93rd most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 56-44 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 64-36 percent over John Kerry (D).[8]

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 the candidate's reports.

E. Wayne Powell

Wayne Powell Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[9]April 15, 2012$39,400.69$25,572.66$(26,980)$37,993.35
July Quarterly[10]July 17, 2012$34,491.75$193,060.18$(81,655.82)$145,896.11
Running totals
$218,632.84$(108,635.82)

Eric Cantor

Eric Cantor Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]April 13, 2012$1,831,609.08$1,198,441.76$(809,144.91)$2,220,905.93
July Quarterly[12]July 13, 2012$2,099,394.47$543,727.51$(539,252.66)$2,103,869.32
Running totals
$1,742,169.27$(1,348,397.57)

District history

Candidate ballot accecss
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2010

On November 2, 2010, Eric Cantor won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Rick. E. Waugh, Jr. (D), Floyd C. Bayne (Independent Green), and a write-in.[13]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Virginia, Congressional District 7, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngEric Cantor Incumbent 59.2% 138,209
     Democratic Rick E. Waugh, Jr. 34.1% 79,616
     Independent Green Floyd C. Bayne 6.5% 15,164
     Write-in Unlisted 0.2% 413
Total Votes 233,402

See also

References