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Virginia's 8th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Virginia's 8th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
June 12, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Jim Moran Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Jim Moran Democratic Party
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 8th Congressional District of Virginia held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This is the 8th Congressional District prior to the 2012 redistricting.

Jim Moran 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 Jim Moran (D), who was first elected to the House in 1990.

This was the first election which used new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Virginia's 8th Congressional District is located in the northeastern portion of the state, and includes Arlington County.[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 Jim Moran Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Patrick Murray
Green Party Janet Murphy
Independent Jason Howell


June 12, 2012,, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Green Party Green Party candidate

Independent Independent candidate

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Virginia District 8 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Moran Incumbent 64.6% 226,847
     Republican Patrick Murray 30.6% 107,370
     Independent Jason Howell 2.9% 10,180
     Green Janet Murphy 1.7% 5,985
     Write-In N/A 0.2% 805
Total Votes 351,187
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 8th District was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[6][7]

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 8th District became less Democratic because of redistricting.[8]

  • 2012: 65D / 35R
  • 2010: 66D / 34R

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 8th Congressional District has a PVI of D+15, which is the 70th 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 64-36 percent over George W. Bush (R).[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 the candidate's reports.

Jim Moran

Jim Moran Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[10]April 15, 2012$470,740.52$123,007.60$(181,191.54)$412,556.58
July Quarterly[11]July 15, 2012$448,733.34$92,537.45$(233,567.90)$307,702.89
Running totals
$215,545.05$(414,759.44)

Patrick Murray

Patrick Murray Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[12]April 14, 2012$5,496.74$33,815.87$(10,816.76)$28,495.85
July Quarterly[13]July 15, 2012$31,979.92$26,945.68$(3,538.30)$55,387.30
Running totals
$60,761.55$(14,355.06)

News

Democratic primary candidates

When Democratic challenger Bruce Shuttleworth submitted candidate filing paperwork to the Virginia board of elections, the board initially declared that Shuttleworth had not gathered enough valid signatures to be placed on the ballot. The candidate filed suit, but the elections board reversed their decision without further legal action. Shuttleworth was defeated by incumbent Jim Moran in the Democratic primary for Virginia's 8th District.[14]

District history

Candidate Ballot Access
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2010

On November 2, 2010, Jim Moran won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating J. Patrick Murray (R), J. Ron Fisher (Independent Green), and a write-in.[15]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, 2010, Congressional District 8, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJames P. Moran Incumbent 61% 116,404
     Republican J. Patrick Murray 37.3% 71,145
     Independent Green J. Ron Fisher 1.4% 2,707
     Write-in Unlisted 0.3% 492
Total Votes 190,748


See also

References