Colorado's 5th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Colorado's 5th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
June 26, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Doug Lamborn Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Doug Lamborn Republican Party
Doug Lamborn.jpg

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

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The 5th congressional district of Colorado held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Doug Lamborn won the election.[1]
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 was October 9.[2]

See also: Colorado elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Doug Lamborn (R), who was first elected in 2006. Lamborn ran for re-election. He was expected to face a tough primary battle, but won with just over 60% of the vote.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. The The 5th district is located in central Colorado and includes Fremont, El Paso, Teller, and Chaffee counties.[3]


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

Republican Party Doug LambornGreen check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Jim Pirtle
Independent Dave Anderson
Constitution Party Kenneth R. Harvell
Green Party Misha Luzov
Republican Party George Allen Cantrell
Note: Cantrell is running in the general election as a write-in candidate.[4]

June 26, 2012 primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

  • No candidates filed.

Republican Party Republican Primary

Note: The following candidates withdrew prior to the primary: Douglas Bergeron

Libertarian Party Libertarian Primary

Green Party Green Party Primary

Independent Independent Candidate

Constitution Party American Constitution Party Primary

Election Results

General Election

U.S. House, Colorado District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDoug Lamborn Incumbent 65% 199,639
     Libertarian Jim Pirtle 7.4% 22,778
     Independent Dave Anderson 17.4% 53,318
     Green Misha Luzov 6% 18,284
     Constitution Kenneth R. Harvell 4.3% 13,212
Total Votes 307,231
Source: Colorado Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Republican Primary

Colorado's 5th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDoug Lamborn Incumbent 61.7% 43,929
Robert Blaha 38.3% 27,245
Total Votes 71,174

Race background

Politico listed Doug Lamborn as vulnerable in the primary. Well-funded Robert Blaha spent more than double the amount Lamborn did, using advertising to cast Lamborn as a career politician. Lamborn fought back, questioning Blaha's conservative credentials on gun control.[9]

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Colorado

The 5th district was largely unaltered after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed 100% of the previous 5th district.[10][11]

Registration statistics

As of October 22, 2012, District 5 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the Colorado Secretary of State:

Colorado Congressional District 5[12]
Congressional District District Total Democrats Republicans Other & Unaffiliated Advantage Party Advantage Change in Advantage from 2010
District 5 297,912 63,033 146,637 88,242 Republican 132.65% 28.49%
"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 5th District's partisanship was unaffected by redistricting.[13]

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

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 5th congressional district has a PVI of R+15, which is the 52nd 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 67-33 percent over John Kerry (D).[14]

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.

Doug Lamborn

Doug Lamborn (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[15]April 15, 2012$248,667.38$131,980.78$(25,306.20)$355,341.96
Pre-Primary[16]June 14, 2012$355,341.96$115,427.70$(426,393.77)$44,375.89
Running totals

District history


This is the 5th congressional district prior to the 2010 redistricting.

On November 2, 2010, Doug Lamborn won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Kevin Bradley, Brian Scott, and Jerell Klaver in the general election.[17]

U.S. House, Colorado District 5 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDoug Lamborn Incumbent 65.8% 152,829
     Democratic Kevin Bradley 29.3% 68,039
     American Constitution Brian Scott 2.5% 5,886
     Jerell Klaver Jerell Klaver 2.4% 5,680
Total Votes 232,434

See also

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