Washington's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012
November 6, 2012
August 7, 2012
Jaime Herrera Beutler
Jaime Herrera Beutler
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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 Jaime Herrera Beutler (R), who was first elected to the House in 2010.
This was the first election which used new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Washington's 3rd Congressional District is located in the southwestern portion of the state, and includes Pacific, Wahklakum, Lewis, Thurston, Cowlltz, Clark, Skamania, and Klickltat counties.
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General election candidates
August 7, 2012, primary results
|U.S. House, Washington District 3 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Jaime Herrera Beutler Incumbent||60.4%||177,446|
|Democratic||Jon T. Haugen||39.6%||116,438|
|Source: Washington Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
Impact of redistricting
- See also: Redistricting in Washington
Washington gained a congressional seat following the 2010 Census, bringing its total up to 10. The newly redrawn 3rd covers the southwest corner of the state.
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 3rd District became more balanced because of redistricting.
- 2012: 48D / 52R
- 2010: 49D / 51R
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 3rd Congressional District had a PVI of R+2, which was the 212th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 52-48 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 53-47 percent over John Kerry (D).
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On November 2, 2010, Jaime Herrera Beutler won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Denny Heck (D).
|U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Washington, Congressional District 3, 2010|
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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
- Columbian "Haugen to challenge Herrera Beutler in 2012," accessed December 6, 2011
- The Columbian "Uelmen withdraws from race against Herrera Beutler," April 12, 2012
- The Columbian "New challenger to Congresswoman Herrera Beutler comes forward," January 12, 2012
- Seattle Times, "The Times recommends: Re-elect U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler in Washington's 3rd Congressional District," July 23, 2012
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- The (Lower Columbia) Daily News, "Herrera Beutler challenger Haugen to hold town hall meeting in Longview," June 11, 2012
- 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"