Washington's 8th 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, 2012, and October 28, 2012 for first-time voters.
- See also: Washington elections, 2012
This was the first election which used new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Washington's 8th Congressional District is located in the central portion of the state, and includes Pierce, King, Kittitas, and Chelan counties.
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General election candidates
August 7, 2012, primary results
|U.S. House, Washington District 8 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Dave Reichert Incumbent||59.7%||180,204|
|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 8th covers the center of the state, encompassing Chelan and Kittitas Counties, as well as the eastern part of Pierce County and the southeast part of King County.
The 8th District was more strongly conservative than it was prior to redistricting.
- 18 percent from the 4th Congressional District
- 70 percent from the 8th Congressional District
- 12 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 8th District became more balanced because of redistricting.
- 2012: 49D / 51R
- 2010: 54D / 46R
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 8th Congressional District had a PVI of R+2, which was the 205th 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, Dave Reichert won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Suzan DelBene (D).
|U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Washington, Congressional District 8, 2010|
|Republican||David G. Reichert Incumbent||52.1%||161,296|
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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
- Seattle Times "Rep. Dave Reichert gets a challenge from the right," May 15, 2012
- Washington Redistricting Map, "Map" accessed July 24, 2012
- Reichert House website "Reichert Statement on New 8th Congressional District Map," accessed January 14, 2012
- Ernest Huber for Congress accessed May 17, 2012
- Washington Redistricting Commission, "Final Statewide," accessed May 15, 2012
- Seattle Times, "Rep. Dave Reichert gets a challenge from the right," 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"