Washington's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012
November 6, 2012
August 7, 2012
|Candidate Filing Deadline||Primary Election||General Election|
Voter registration: Voters were required to register to vote in the primary by July 9, 2012, or July 30, 2012 in-person for first-time voters. For the general election, voter registration deadlines were October 9, 2012, and October 28, 2012 for first-time voters.
- See also: Washington elections, 2012
Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Rick Larsen (D), who was first elected to the House in 2000. He ran for re-election in 2012.
This was the first election which used new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Washington's 2nd Congressional District is located in the northwestern portion of the state, and includes San Juan, Island, Snohomish, Skagit, and Whatcom counties.
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General election candidates
August 7, 2012, primary results
|U.S. House, Washington District 2 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Rick Larsen Incumbent||61.1%||184,826|
|Source: Washington Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
In the 2nd District, Republican Dan Matthews was seen by some as presenting a serious threat to Democratic incumbent Rick Larsen. An analyst, however, said, "There is no way a candidate like Larsen is going to lose in 2012."
Impact of redistricting
- See also: Redistricting in Washington
Washington gained a congressional seat following the 2010 Census. The newly redrawn 2nd District runs along the eastern side of Puget Sound, from the north end of Lake Washington up to Bellingham, and including the San Juan islands.
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. Washington's 2nd District became more Democratic because of redistricting.
- 2012: 58D / 42R
- 2010: 53D / 47R
Cook Political Report's PVI
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. Washington's 2nd Congressional District had a PVI of D+8, which was the 124th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 62-38 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 54-44 percent over George W. Bush (R).
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On November 2, 2010, Rick Larsen won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating John Koster (R).
|U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Washington, Congressional District 2, 2010|
|Democratic||Rick Larsen Incumbent||51.1%||155,241|
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- CNN "Washington Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
- Washington Secretary of State, "Top 2 Primary: FAQ," accessed May 17, 2012
- Washington Secretary of State, "Dates and Deadlines," accessed May 25, 2012
- Washington Redistricting Map, "Map" accessed July 24, 2012
- Bellingham Herald "2012 election field takes shape," accessed December 6, 2011
- Bellingham Herald "Greg Anders, Bellingham Heritage Flight Museum director, to run for Congress," accessed December 6, 2011
- Greg Anders campaign website accessed May 18, 2012
- Seattle Times, "Republican Matthews can give incumbent Democrat Larsen a challenge in 2nd Congressional District," July 17, 2012
- MSNBC "Larsen faces 5 challengers in 2nd District race," July 20, 2012 (dead link)
- Washington Redistricting Commission, "Final Statewide," accessed May 15, 2012
- Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer, "Washington's congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
- Labels & Lists, "VoterMapping software voter counts"
- "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Washington," September 2012
- Cook Political Report, "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" accessed October 2012
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013