Arkansas's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

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Arkansas's 1st Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
May 22, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Rick Crawford Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Rick Crawford Republican Party
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Arkansas U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 1st Congressional District of Arkansas held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This is the 1st Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.

Rick Crawford was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 1, 2012
May 22, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Arkansas has an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by April 23. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 8.[2]

See also: Arkansas elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Rick Crawford (R), who was first elected in 2010.

This was the first election which used new district maps based on 2010 Census data. The 1st District is located in northeastern Arkansas. Clay, Randolph, Greene, Lawrence, Craighead, Sharp, Fulton, Izard, Baxter, Stone, Searcy, Independent, Cleburne, Jackson, Poinsett, Crittenden, Cross, Woodruff, St. Francis, Lee, Mississippi, Lonoke, Monroe, Prairie, Arkansas, Phillips, Lincoln, Chicot and Desha counties are included.[3]


General election candidates

Democratic Party Scott Ellington
Republican Party Rick Crawford Green check mark transparent.png
Green Party Jacob Holloway
Libertarian Party Jessica Paxton

June 12, 2012, Democratic primary runoff

May 22, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Election results

U.S. House, Arkansas District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Scott Ellington 39.1% 96,601
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRick Crawford Incumbent 56.2% 138,800
     Green Jacob Holloway 2% 5,015
     Libertarian Jessica Paxton 2.6% 6,427
Total Votes 246,843
Source: Arkansas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Race background

Incumbent Rick Crawford was a part of the National Republican Congressional Committee's Patriot Program, a program to help House Republicans stay on offense and increase their majority in 2012.[6]

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Arkansas

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. Arkansas's 1st District became more Democratic because of redistricting.[7]

  • 2012: 37D / 63R
  • 2010: 36D / 64R

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. Arkansas's 1st Congressional District has a PVI of R+7, which is the 148th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 60-40 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 52-48 percent over John Kerry (D).[8]

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.

Scott Ellington

Scott Ellington (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[9]April 14, 2012$0$19,955$(13,978.74)$5,976.26
Pre-Primary[10]May 8, 2012$5,976.26$34,860$(28,583.13)$12,253.13
Pre-Runoff[11]May 31, 2012$12,253.13$20,086$(30,609.51)$1,729.62
Running totals

Rick Crawford

Rick Crawford (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[12]April 13, 2012$277,636.32$252,059.99$(81,962.13)$447,734.18
Pre-Primary[13]May 9, 2012$447,734.18$40,936$(41,464.28)$447,205.90
Running totals

District history


On November 2, 2010, Rick Crawford won election to the United States House. He defeated Chad Causey and Ken Adler in the general election.[14]

U.S. House, Arkansas District 1 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRick Crawford 51.8% 93,224
     Democratic Chad Causey 43.5% 78,267
     Green Ken Adler 4.6% 8,320
Total Votes 179,811

See also

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