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Colorado's 2nd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
June 26, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Jared Polis Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Jared Polis Democratic Party
Jared Polis.jpg

Colorado U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2nd congressional district of Colorado will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
April 2, 2012
June 26, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Colorado has a closed primary system, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by March 5. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 9.[1]

See also: Colorado elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Jared Polis (D), who was first elected in 2008.

This will be the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. The 2nd district is located in north central Colorado and includes Larimer, Grand, Boulder, Gilpin, Summit, Eagle, Clear Creek, and Jefferson counties.[2]

Candidates

Note: Election results were added on election night as races were called. Vote totals were added after official election results had been 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 Jared PolisGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Kevin Lundberg
Libertarian Party Randy Luallin
Green Party Susan Hall


June 26, 2012 primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Primary

Green Party Green Party Primary

Primary Results

Republican Primary

Colorado's 2nd Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Lundberg 53.3% 21,547
Eric Weissmann 46.7% 18,890
Total Votes 40,437

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Colorado

The 2nd 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 2 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the Colorado Secretary of State:

Colorado Congressional District 2[9]
Congressional District District Total Democrats Republicans Other & Unaffiliated Advantage Party Advantage Change in Advantage from 2010
District 2 390,759 131,651 123,677 135,431 Democratic 6.45% -35.80%
"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. Colorado's 2nd District became more Republican because of redistricting.[10]

  • 2012: 58D / 42R
  • 2010: 61D / 39R

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. Colorado's 2nd congressional district has a PVI of D+8, which is the 120th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 62-38 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 56-44 percent over George W. Bush (R).[11]

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.

Jared Polis

Jared Polis (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[12]April 13, 2012$165,315.41$322,121.02$(145,541.84)$341,894.59
Pre-Primary[13]June 14, 2012$341,894.59$113,422.18$(120,256.98)$335,059.79
Running totals
$435,543.2$(265,798.82)

Kevin Lundberg

Kevin Lundberg (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]April 15, 2012$0$37,066$(13,507.82)$23,558.18
Pre-Primary[15]June 14, 2012$23,558.18$30,760.70$(41,037.82)$13,281.06
Running totals
$67,826.7$(54,545.64)

District history

2010

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

On November 2, 2010, Jared Polis won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Stephen Bailey, Jenna Goss, and Curtis Harris in the general election.[16]

U.S. House, Colorado District 2 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJared Polis Incumbent 57.4% 148,720
     Republican Stephen Bailey 37.9% 98,171
     American Constitution Jenna Goss 2.7% 7,080
     Libertarian Curtis Harris 2% 5,056
Total Votes 259,027

See also

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