Washington's 7th Congressional District elections, 2012
November 6, 2012
August 7, 2012
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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, and October 28 for first-time voters.
- 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.
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General election candidates
August 7, 2012, primary results
|U.S. House, Washington District 7 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Jim McDermott Incumbent||79.7%||298,368|
|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.
- 16 percent from the 1st Congressional District
- 81 percent from the 7th Congressional District
- 3 percent from the 9th Congressional District
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.
- 2012: 78D / 22R
- 2010: 81D / 19R
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 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).
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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).
|U.S. House of Representatives General Election, 2010, Congressional District 7, 2010|
|Democratic||James McDermott Incumbent||83%||232,649|
- United States House of Representatives elections in Washington, 2012
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- United States Senate elections in Washington, 2012
- 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
- Seattle Times "McDermott: every intent to run for 13th term," accessed December 7, 2011
- 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"