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Arizona's 7th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Arizona's 7th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 28, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Ed Pastor Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Raul Grijalva Democratic Party
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Arizona U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 7th Congressional District of Arizona held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This is the 7th Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.

Ed Pastor was re-elected to the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Pastor, who had previously served as 4th District Representative, decided to switch to the 7th District in 2012 because of redistricting.[1]

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

Primary: Arizona's primary system is considered semi-closed. Unaffiliated voters may choose which party's primary they will vote in, but voters registered with a party can only vote in that party's primary.[2]

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.[3]

See also: Arizona elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Raul Grijalva (D), who was first elected in 2002. Due to 2010 redistricting, Grijalva ran for, and won, re-election in the 3rd District in 2012.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. The 7th District was one of five primarily urban districts centered around Phoenix, Arizona.[4]


General election candidates

Democratic Party Ed PastorGreen check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Joe Cobb

August 28, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Primary

Election results

U.S. House, Arizona District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEd Pastor Incumbent 81.7% 104,489
     Libertarian Joe Cobb 18.3% 23,338
Total Votes 127,827
Source: Arizona Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Arizona

The 3rd 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]

Registration statistics

As of October 22, 2012, District 7 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the Arizona Secretary of State:

Arizona Congressional District 7[9]
Congressional District District Total Democrats Republicans Other & Unaffiliated Advantage Party Advantage Change in Advantage from 2010
District 7 212,278 92,936 37,696 81,646 Democratic 146.54% 59.71%
"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. Arizona's 7th District became more Republican because of redistricting.[10]

  • 2012: 62D / 38R
  • 2010: 63D / 37R

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 7th Congressional District has a PVI of D+12, which is the 90th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 65-35 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 61-39 percent over George W. Bush (R).[11]

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.

Ed Pastor

Ed Pastor (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[12]April 13, 2012$1,486,769.07$79,925.36$(124,992.18)$1,441,702.25
July Quarterly[13]July 13, 2012$1,441,702.25$168,420.29$(149,004.73)$1,461,117.81
Pre-Primary[14]August 16, 2012$1,461,117.81$41,266.42$(113,160.89)$1,389,223.34
Running totals

District history

Candidate ballot access
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On November 2, 2010, Raul Grijalva won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Ruth McClung, Harley Meyer and George Keane in the general election.[15]

U.S. House, Arizona District 7 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRaul Grijalva Incumbent 50.2% 79,935
     Republican Ruth McClung 44.2% 70,385
     Independent Harley Meyer 2.8% 4,506
     Libertarian George Keane 2.7% 4,318
Total Votes 159,144

See also