Colorado's 5th Congressional District elections, 2012
November 6, 2012
June 26, 2012
- 1 Candidates
- 2 Election Results
- 3 Race background
- 4 Impact of redistricting
- 5 Campaign contributions
- 6 District history
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- 9 References
|Candidate Filing Deadline||Primary Election||General Election|
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.
- 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.
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General election candidates
- Doug Lamborn
- Jim Pirtle
- Dave Anderson
- Kenneth R. Harvell
- Misha Luzov
- George Allen Cantrell
Note: Cantrell is running in the general election as a write-in candidate.
June 26, 2012 primary results
|U.S. House, Colorado District 5 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Doug Lamborn Incumbent||65%||199,639|
|Constitution||Kenneth R. Harvell||4.3%||13,212|
|Source: Colorado Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|Colorado's 5th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012|
|Doug Lamborn Incumbent||61.7%||43,929|
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.
Impact of redistricting
- See also: Redistricting in Colorado
As of October 22, 2012, District 5 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the Colorado Secretary of State:
|Colorado Congressional District 5|
|Congressional District||District Total||Democrats||Republicans||Other & Unaffiliated||Advantage||Party Advantage||Change in Advantage from 2010|
|"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.|
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.
- 2012: 37D / 63R
- 2010: 37D / 63R
Cook Political Report's PVI
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).
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 (2012) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2012||$248,667.38||$131,980.78||$(25,306.20)||$355,341.96|
|Pre-Primary||June 14, 2012||$355,341.96||$115,427.70||$(426,393.77)||$44,375.89|
- United States House of Representatives elections in Colorado, 2012
- United States House of Representatives elections, 2012
- Unofficial candidate filing list
- Dave Anderson campaign website
- Doug Bergeron campaign website
- Robert Blaha campaign website
- Doug Lamborn campaign website
- Jim Pirtle campaign website
- Politico "2012 House Race Results"
- Colorado Secretary of State "Go Vote Colorado," Accessed July 21, 2012
- Colorado November 2011 Redistricting Map "Map" Accessed July 23, 2012
- Colorado Secretary of State "2012 Candidate List"
- denverpost.com, "Colorado Springs U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn announces re-election bid," January 22, 2012
- Colorado Secretary of State "2012 Candidate List"
- themountainmail.com, "Anderson runs for Congress," November 8, 2011
- www.sos.state.co.us, "Unofficial Candidate List - 2012 Primary Election," April 6, 2012
- Politico "5 incumbents facing primary fight," May 3, 2012
- Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer "Colorado's congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
- Labels & Lists "VoterMapping software voter counts"
- Colorado Secretary of State, "2012 Voter Registration Statistics," February 1, 2012
- "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Colorado," September 2012
- Cook Political Report "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" Accessed October 2012
- Federal Election Commission "Doug Lamborn April Quarterly," Accessed July 9, 2012
- Federal Election Commission "Doug Lamborn Pre-Primary," Accessed July 9, 2012
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"