Georgia's 10th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Georgia's 10th Congressional District

Primary Date
July 31, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Paul C. Broun Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Paul C. Broun Republican Party
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The 10th congressional district of Georgia will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This is the 10th congressional district prior to the 2010 redistricting.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
May 25, 2012
July 31, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Georgia is one of 19 states to use an open primary system. When runoff elections are used, voters must vote in same party's runoff election as they voted for in the first round election.

Voter registration: Voters must have registered to vote by July 2, 2012 to vote in the primary election.[1] (Information about registering to vote)

See also: Georgia elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Paul C. Broun (R), who was first elected in 2007.

This will be the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Georgia's 10th congressional district is located in the northeastern part of the state, the district includes the cities of Athens, Evans, Augusta, Watkinsville, and Toccoa.[2]

Candidates

General election candidates

Democratic PartyNo candidates declared an intent to run
Republican Party Paul BrounGreen check mark transparent.png


July 31, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

  • No candidates declared an intent to run

Republican Party Republican Primary

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Blue vs. Red

Possible race ratings are:

     Solid Democratic
     Likely Democratic
     Lean Democratic

     Tossup

     Lean Republican
     Likely Republican
     Solid Republican

     Georgia's 10th district is a solidly Republican district.

In June 2012, Sabato's Crystal Ball rated Georgia's 10th district as solidly Republican.[5]

Department of Justice lawsuit

On June 29, 2012 the Department of Justice filed a suit in federal court against the state of Georgia, alleging that service members, their family members and overseas civilian voters won’t have time to vote by absentee ballot in run-off elections, if they are required.[6] According to the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA), states must transmit all validly requested ballots to UOCAVA voters at least 45 days before an election, unless a hardship exemption is obtained, for which Georgia failed to file.[6] However, this conflicts with the timeline for runoff elections, in which the primary runoff, by law, must be held 21 days after the regular or special primary election, and if a run-off is required after the Nov. 6 general election, it will be held 28 days later, on Dec. 4, which also wouldn’t provide the required 45 days.[6]

As part of the lawsuit, the Department of Justice is asking Georgia to "extend the ballot receipt deadline to Aug. 31 for these voters, to send ballots by express delivery as soon as possible before the Aug. 21 run-off election, and inform UOCAVA voters no later than July 7 of their right to request a state write-in absentee ballot or their official absentee ballot for any run-off election by downloading it from the Internet, by email, or by fax."[6]

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Georgia

District history

2010

On November 2, 2010, Paul C. Broun won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Russell Edwards (D) in the general election.[7]

U.S. House of Representatives, Georgia's 10th Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul C. Broun Incumbent 67.4% 138,062
     Democratic Russell Edwards 32.6% 66,905
Total Votes 204,967

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