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Arizona's 5th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Arizona's 5th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 28, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Matt Salmon Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
David Schweikert Republican Party
David Schweikert.jpg

Arizona U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 5th Congressional District of Arizona held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This is the 5th Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.

Republican Matt Salmon was elected on November 6, 2012.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
May 30, 2012
August 28, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Arizona has a closed primary system, in which the selection of a party's candidates in a primary election is limited to registered members of that party.

Voter registration: Voters were required to register to vote in the primary by July 30. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 9.[2]

See also: Arizona elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was David Schweikert (R), who was first elected in 2010. Due to redistricting, Schweikert ran for, and won, re-election in the 6th District in 2012.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. The 5th District is one of five primarily urban districts centered around Phoenix, Arizona.[3]


General election candidates

Democratic Party Morgan Spencer
Republican Party Matt SalmonGreen check mark transparent.png

August 28, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Election results

U.S. House, Arizona District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMatt Salmon 67.2% 183,470
     Democratic Spencer Morgan 32.8% 89,589
Total Votes 273,059
Source: Arizona Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Arizona

The 5th District was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[6][7]

Registration statistics

As of October 22, 2012, District 5 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the Arizona Secretary of State:

Arizona Congressional District 5[8]
Congressional District District Total Democrats Republicans Other & Unaffiliated Advantage Party Advantage Change in Advantage from 2010
District 5 407,255 88,377 181,194 137,684 Republican 105.02% 67.30%
"Party advantage" is the percentage gap between the two major parties in registered voters. "Change in advantage" is the spread in difference of party advantage between 2010 and 2012 based on the congressional district number only.

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. Partisanship figures from 2010 relating to the incumbent were unavailable for this district due to the seat being open.[9]

  • 2012: 33D / 67R
  • 2010: Unavailable

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 measures each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. Arizona's 5th Congressional District has a PVI of R+16, which is the 41st most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 63-37 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 66-34 percent over John Kerry (D).[10]

Campaign contributions

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are candidate reports.

Kirk Adams

Kirk Adams (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]April 15, 2012$267,252.70$133,313.34$(105,039.78)$295,526.26
July Quarterly[12]July 15, 2012$295,526.26$61,636$(194,863.82)$162,298.44
Pre-Primary[13]August 16, 2012$162,298.44$107,591$(163,804.36)$106,085.08
Running totals

Matt Salmon

Matt Salmon (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]April 13, 2012$304,875.47$238,216.33$(74,450.65)$468,641.15
July Quarterly[15]July 13, 2012$468,641.15$110,076.67$(242,734.13)$335,983.69
Pre-Primary[16]August 16, 2012$335,983.69$72,238.80$(285,185.73)$123,036.76
Running totals

District history


On November 2, 2010, David Schweikert won election to the United States House. He defeated Harry E. Mitchell and Nick Coons in the general election.[17]

U.S. House, Arizona District 5 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Schweikert 52% 110,374
     Democratic Harry E. Mitchell Incumbent 43.2% 91,749
     Libertarian Nick Coons 4.8% 10,127
Total Votes 212,250

See also

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