Washington's 7th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Washington's 7th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 7, 2012

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

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The 7th Congressional District of Washington held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Incumbent Jim McDermott (D) won re-election.[1]

This is the 7th Congressional District prior to the 2012 redistricting.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
May 18, 2012
August 7, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Washington has a top-two primary system, in which the top two vote-getters, regardless of party, go on to the general election.[2]

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.[3] For the general election, voter registration deadlines were October 9, and October 28 for first-time voters.[3]

See also: Washington elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Jim McDermott (D), who was first elected to the House in 1988.

This was the first election which used new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Washington's 7th Congressional District is located in the western portion of the state, and is encompassed in King county and a small portion of Snohomish county.[4]


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General election candidates

Democratic Party Jim McDermott Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Ron Bemis

August 7, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic candidates

Republican Party Republican candidates

Independent Third party candidates

Election results

General election

U.S. House, Washington District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim McDermott Incumbent 79.7% 298,368
     Republican Ron Bemis 20.3% 76,212
Total Votes 374,580
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 7th includes Seattle, running north and south from the city in a narrow strip.[6]

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.[7][8]

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. Washington's 7th District became more Democratic because of redistricting.[9]

  • 2012: 78D / 22R
  • 2010: 81D / 19R

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 measured each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. Washington's 7th Congressional District had a PVI of D+28, which was the 20th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 82-18 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 77-23 percent over George W. Bush (R).[10]

District history

Candidate ballot access
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On November 2, 2010, Jim McDermott won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Bob Jeffers-Schroder (I).[11]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, 2010, Congressional District 7, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJames McDermott Incumbent 83% 232,649
     Independent Bob Jeffers-Schroder 17% 47,741
Total Votes 280,390

See also