California's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

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California's 2nd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
June 5, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Jared Huffman Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Wally Herger Republican Party
Wally Herger.jpg

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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2nd congressional district of California will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Candidates wishing to run were required to file by the signature filing deadline of March 9, 2012. The primary election took place on June 5, 2012.

Heading into the election the incumbent is Wally Herger (R), who was first elected in 1986. Herger was redrawn into the 1st district and chose to retire rather than seek re-election. There is no incumbent running in the new 2nd district.[1]

Blanket primary

This was the first election year in which California's Top Two Candidates Open Primary Act was in effect. Because of this, all candidates for a seat competed in one blanket primary. The two candidates who received the most votes then advanced to the general election on November 6.

The proposition's intent was to encourage primary competition, which backers of the act said would lead to more moderate legislators being elected. Despite this intention, only a few centrists successfully advanced to the general election. The primary results did reflect an increase in competition, with California's percentage of contested primaries being much higher than the nationwide average.[2]

However, the increase in competition has also led to an increase in campaign spending, due to the fact that competition within political parties will last for the entire year rather than ending after the primary. Experts predict that this will only increase the power of the special interest groups that fund the campaigns.[2]

Raphael J. Sonenshein, executive director of the Edmund G. "Pat" Brown Institute of Public Affairs at Cal State L.A., said the following, "It's hard to argue it's a better system where the incumbent congressman has a huge war chest and nobody else has any money... At least now we can make him spend it."[2]

As a result of the blanket primary, nine of California's 53 congressional districts will have same-party candidates battling in the November 6 general election. Of those, seven are between Democrats.[3]

There will also be over a dozen same-party races in the state legislature in November.[3]


General election candidates

Democratic Party Jared Huffman Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Daniel Roberts

June 5, 2012, primary results

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in California

Campaign contributions

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

Jared Huffman

Jared Huffman (2012)[7] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[8]March 31, 2012$444,519.01$281,847.60$(165,011.10)$561,355.51
Pre-Primary[9]May 16, 2012$561,355.51$136,947.73$(269,827.43)$428,475.81
Running totals

District history

This is the 2nd congressional district prior to the 2010 redistricting.


On November 2, 2010, Wally Herger won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Jim Reed in the general election.[10]

U.S. House, California District 2 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngWally Herger Incumbent 57.2% 130,837
     Democratic Jim Reed 42.8% 98,092
Total Votes 228,929

See also

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