Kansas' 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

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Kansas' 1st Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 7, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Tim Huelskamp Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Tim Huelskamp Republican Party
Tim Huelskamp.jpg

Kansas U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 1st congressional district of Kansas held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This is the 1st congressional district prior to the 2010 redistricting.

Incumbent Tim Huelskamp (R) won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
June 11, 2012
August 7, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Kansas has a mostly closed primary system, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members. In Kansas, however, Independent voters may choose to vote in the Democratic primary.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by July 17. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 16,[2]

See also: Kansas elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Tim Huelskamp (R), who was first elected in 2010. He won re-election on November 6, 2012.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Kansas' 1st congressional district encompassed 69 counties in western and central Kansas (more than half of the state), making it one of the largest congressional districts in the nation. Located within the district were Salina, Dodge City, Emporia, Garden City, Hays and Hutchinson.[3]


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General election candidates

Democratic Party No candidates filed to run
Republican Party Tim HuelskampGreen check mark transparent.png

August 7, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

No candidates have declared an intent to run

Republican Party Republican Primary

Election Results

U.S. House, Kansas District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTim Huelskamp Incumbent 100% 211,337
Total Votes 211,337
Source: Kansas Secretary of State "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Kansas

The 1st district was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[4][5]

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. Kansas' 1st District became less Republican because of redistricting.[6]

  • 2012: 28D/ 72R
  • 2010: 27D / 73R

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. Kansas' 1st congressional district has a PVI of R+22, which is the 14th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 68-32 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 72-28 percent over John Kerry (D).[7]

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Huelskamp's reports.

Tim Huelskamp (2012)[8] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[9]April 13, 2012$364,748.54$119,495.9$(64,143.49)$420,100.95
July Quarterly[10]July 14, 2012$420,100.95$118,471.91$(34,415.74)$504,157.12
Running totals

District history


On November 2, 2010, Tim Huelskamp won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Alan Jilka (D) and Jack Warner (L) in the general election.[11]

U.S. House of Representatives, Kansas' 1st Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTim Huelskamp 73.8% 142,281
     Democratic Alan Jilka 22.8% 44,068
     Liberterian Jack Warner 3.4% 6,537
Total Votes 192,886

See also

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