Arkansas's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

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Arkansas's 2nd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
May 22, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Tim Griffin Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Tim Griffin Republican Party
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The 2nd congressional district of Arkansas held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This is the 2nd congressional district prior to the 2010 redistricting.

Tim Griffin 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 Tim Griffin (R), who was first elected in 2010.

This was the first election which used new district maps based on 2010 Census data. The 2nd district is located in central Arkansas. White, Van Buren, Conway, Perry, Saline, Faulkner, and Pulaski counties are included in the new boundaries of the district.[3]

Candidates

Note: Election results were added on election night as races were called. Vote totals will be added when official election results are 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 Herb Rule
Republican Party Tim Griffin: Incumbent


May 22, 2012 primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Election Results

U.S. House, Arkansas District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Herb Rule 39.5% 113,156
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTim Griffin Incumbent 55.2% 158,175
     Green Barbara Ward 3% 8,566
     Libertarian Chris Hayes 2.3% 6,701
Total Votes 286,598
Source: Arkansas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

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 2nd District became more Democratic because of redistricting.[4]

  • 2012: 42D / 58R
  • 2010: 41D / 59R

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 2nd congressional district has a PVI of R+5, which is the 188th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 55-45 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 52-48 percent over John Kerry (D).[5]

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.

Herb Rule

Herb Rule (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-Primary[6]May 7, 2012$0$19,052$(10,081.37)$8,970.63
Running totals
$19,052$(10,081.37)

Tim Griffin

Tim Griffin (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[7]April 13, 2012$479,591.02$226,424.21$(128,148.42)$577,866.81
Pre-Primary[8]May 10, 2012$577,866.81$72,459.19$(31,231.25)$619,094.75
Running totals
$298,883.4$(159,379.67)

District history

2010

On November 2, 2010, Tim Griffin won election to the United States House. He defeated Joyce Elliott, Lance Levi, and Lewis Kennedy in the general election.[9]

U.S. House, Arkansas District 2 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTim Griffin 57.9% 122,091
     Democratic Joyce Elliott 38.3% 80,687
     Independent Lance Levi 2.1% 4,421
     Green Lewis Kennedy 1.7% 3,599
Total Votes 210,798

See also

External links

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