California's 47th Congressional District elections, 2012

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California's 47th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
June 5, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Alan Lowenthal Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Loretta Sanchez Democratic Party
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 47th congressional district of California will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This is the 47th congressional district prior to the 2010 redistricting.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 9, 2012
June 5, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: California has a top-two primary system, in which the top two vote-getters, regardless of party, go on to the general election.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by May 21. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 22.[1]

See also: California elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Loretta Sanchez (D), who was first elected in 1996. However, due to heavy redistricting, the current incumbent of the district will most likely no longer remain in the district.

According to a Cook Political Report analysis, the 47th district is one of 13 congressional districts in California that may be competitive in 2012. The analysis rated it as Likely Democratic.[2]

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.[3]

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.[3]

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."[3]

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.[4]

There will also be over a dozen same-party races in the state legislature in November.[4]

Candidates

General election candidates

Democratic Party Alan Lowenthal Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Gary DeLong


June 5, 2012, primary results

Race background

California's 47th is considered to be Leaning Democratic according to the New York Times race ratings. Democrats currently have a 10% edge in registration, but Republicans think it is possible to gain the seat with Gary DeLong, who is portrayed as a moderate Republican. [8]

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in California

The 47th district was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[9][10]

Campaign contributions

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

Alan Lowenthal

Alan Lowenthal (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]April 15, 2012$169,213.90$172,779.50$(58,777.30)$283,216.10
Pre-Primary [12]May 24, 2012$283,216.10$42,175$(88,503.66)$236,887.44
Running totals
$214,954.5$(147,280.96)

Gary DeLong

Gary DeLong (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[13]April 13, 2012$367,485.58$159,553.71$(122,747.12)$404,292.17
Pre-Primary [14]May 24, 2012$404,292.17$58,269$(143,931.68)$318,629.49
Running totals
$217,822.71$(266,678.8)

District history

2010

On November 2, 2010, Loretta Sanchez won re-election to the United States House. She defeated Van Tran and Cecilia Iglesias in the general election.[15]

U.S. House, California District 47 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLoretta Sanchez Incumbent 53% 50,832
     Republican Van Tran 39.3% 37,679
     Independent Cecilia Iglesias 7.8% 7,443
Total Votes 95,954

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