Connecticut's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012

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Connecticut's 3rd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 14, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Rosa L. DeLauro Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Rosa L. DeLauro Democratic Party
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The 3rd congressional district of Connecticut held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This was the 3rd congressional district prior to the 2010 redistricting.

Rosa L. DeLauro won re-election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
June 12, 2012
August 14, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Connecticut was one of 19 states to use an open primary system. However, there was a three month waiting period if voters switched parties.[2]

Voter registration: Voters could register in person to vote in the primary up until noon the day before the primary.[2] (Information about registering to vote)

See also: Connecticut elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Rosa L. DeLauro (D), who was first elected in 1990.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Connecticut's 3rd congressional district was located in the south central portion of the state along the Long Island Sound. Millford, Orange, Branford, Guillford, Durham, Middletown, Wallingford, Hamden, Seymour, Naugatuck, Bethany, and Prospect counties were included in the new district boundaries. [3]


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General election candidates

Democratic Party Working Families Party Rosa L. DeLauroGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Wayne Winsley

August 14, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

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Election Results

General Election

U.S. House, Connecticut District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRosa L. DeLauro Incumbent 74.7% 217,573
     Republican Wayne Winsley 25.3% 73,726
Total Votes 291,299
Source: Connecticut Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Race background

Blue vs. Red

Possible race ratings are:

     Solid Democratic
     Likely Democratic
     Lean Democratic


     Lean Republican
     Likely Republican
     Solid Republican

     Connecticut's 3rd district was a solidly Democratic district.

In June 2012, Sabato's Crystal Ball rated Connecticut's 3rd as solidly Democratic.[6]

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Connecticut

The Connecticut Supreme Court completed the redistricting of the state’s five congressional districts, leaving intact, for the most part, the configuration adopted 10 years ago when Connecticut was forced to relinquish one district because of declining population.[7] Under the new map, less than 30,000 residents statewide were affected by the changes. [7] Looking at the congressional map, one could clearly see that the design of the 1st and 5th Districts were oddly shaped. There was no disputing that 10 years prior, it was done so for political advantage — with both political parties agreeing to the changes in the hopes of capitalizing on that. [7]

Democrats held a 5-4 advantage on the bipartisan Reapportionment Commission, but the commission chose instead to honor the long-standing tradition of unanimous agreement or none at all.[7]

The district was composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[8][9]

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. Connecticut's 3rd District's partisanship was unaffected by redistricting.[10]

  • 2012: 60D / 40R
  • 2010: 60D / 40R

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 measured each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. Connecticut's 3rd congressional district had a PVI of D+9, which was the 109th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 63-37 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 57-43 percent over George W. Bush (R).[11]

District history


On November 2, 2010, Rosa L. DeLauro won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. She defeated Jerry Labriola, Jr.(R), Charles A. Pillsbury (G), and Boaz Itshaky (I) in the general election.[12]

U.S. House of Representatives, Connecticut's 3rd Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRosa L. DeLauro Incumbent 63.6% 134,544
     Republican Jerry Labriola, Jr. 35% 74,107
     Green Charles A. Pillsbury 1.4% 2,984
     Independent Boaz Itshaky 0% 5
Total Votes 211,640

See also

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