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David Larsen
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Candidate for
U.S. House, New Jersey, District 7
Bachelor'sCollege of Staten Island
ProfessionSmall-business owner
Campaign website
David Larsen was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 7th Congressional District of New Jersey. He lost in the primary.[1]


Larsen runs his family's home construction business.[2]


Campaign themes


According to his website, Larsen's campaign platform included the following issues[3]:

  • Pro-life policies
  • Constitutionally limited government
  • Reduced regulations



See also: New Jersey's 7th Congressional District elections, 2012

Larsen ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent New Jersey's 7th District. He lost to incumbent Leonard Lance in the June 5 Republican primary.[1]

In a rematch of the 2010 primary, Larsen challenged incumbent Lance. In 2010, Larsen received 31 percent of the vote, and Lance received 55 percent.[4][5]

Larsen considered his chances better this time, with the redrawn 7th District including a large number of conservative voters.[6][4] There was also less primary competition in 2012, with just Lance and Larsen running for the Republican nomination.[6][7]

New Jersey's 7th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLeonard Lance Incumbent 60.6% 23,432
David Larsen 39.4% 15,253
Total Votes 38,685


Larsen ran as a more conservative candidate than Lance, saying Lance was one of the politicians who "call themselves conservatives, but support the Obama agenda." In response, Lance highlighted his conservative votes, including those against Obamacare.[4]


Lance was endorsed by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.[4]

Larsen was endorsed by the American Conservative Union and the Republican National Coalition for Life.[4]

Campaign funding

Lance vastly outraised Larsen, with over $651,228 raised compared to Larsen's $15,387.[4]


Larsen faced incumbent Leonard Lance in the Republican primary in 2010 and lost.[4]

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