Washington's 9th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Washington's 9th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 7, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Adam Smith Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Adam Smith Democratic Party
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 9th Congressional District of Washington held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Incumbent Adam Smith (D) won re-election.[1]

This is the 9th 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, 2012, and October 28, 2012 for first-time voters.[3]

See also: Washington elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Adam Smith (D), who was first elected to the House in 1996.

This was the first election which used new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Washington's 9th Congressional District is located in the western portion of the state, and is included in King county and a tiny portion of Pierce county.[4]


Note: Election results were added on election night as races were called. Vote totals were added after official election results had been certified. For more information about Ballotpedia's election coverage plan, click here. If you find any errors in this list, please email: Geoff Pallay.

General election candidates

Democratic Party Adam Smith Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party James Postma

August 7, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic candidates

Republican Party Republican candidates

Election results

U.S. House, Washington District 9 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAdam Smith Incumbent 71.6% 192,034
     Republican Jim Postma 28.4% 76,105
Total Votes 268,139
Source: Washington Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Washington District 9 Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAdam Smith (D) Incumbent 61.2% 72,868
Green check mark transparent.pngJames Postma (R) 23.2% 27,616
Tom Cramer (D) 7% 8,376
Boleslaw (John) Orlinski (R) 5.6% 6,624
Dave Christie (D) 3.1% 3,659
Total Votes 119,143

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 9th covers the Eastside, the southwest shore of Lake Washington and runs down to the South Sound area, including Kent and east Tacoma.[6]

The 9th 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 9th District became more Democratic because of redistricting.[9]

  • 2012: 66D / 34R
  • 2010: 56D / 44R

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 9th Congressional District had a PVI of D+15, which was the 68th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 70-30 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 64-36 percent over George W. Bush (R).[10]

District history

Candidate ballot access
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On November 2, 2010, Adam Smith won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Richard Muri (R).[11]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Washington, Congressional District 9, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAdam Smith Incumbent 54.9% 123,743
     Republican Richard (Dick) Muri 45.1% 101,851
Total Votes 225,594

See also