Kansas' 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

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Kansas' 2nd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 7, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Lynn Jenkins Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Lynn Jenkins Republican Party
Lynn Jenkins.jpg

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

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The 2nd congressional district of Kansas held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This is the 2nd congressional district prior to the 2010 redistricting.

Incumbent Lynn Jenkins (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 Lynn Jenkins (R), who was first elected in 2008. She won re-election on November 6, 2012.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Kansas' 2nd congressional district covered most of the eastern part of the state, except for the core of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. The district encompasses less than a quarter of the state. The capital of Topeka was located within this district.[3]


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General election candidates

Democratic Party Tobias Schlingensiepen
Republican Party Lynn JenkinsGreen check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Dennis Hawver

August 7, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Candidates

Election Results

General Election

U.S. House, Kansas District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLynn Jenkins Incumbent 57% 167,463
     Democratic Tobias Schlingensiepen 38.7% 113,735
     Libertarian Dennis Hawver 4.3% 12,520
Total Votes 293,718
Source: Kansas Secretary of State "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"

Democratic Primary

The primary took place on August 7.[8]

Kansas' 2nd Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTobias Schlingensiepen 39.5% 11,747
Robert Eye 34.8% 10,353
Scott Bamhart 25.7% 7,627
Total Votes 29,727

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Kansas

The 2nd district was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[9][10]

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' 2nd District became less Republican because of redistricting.[11]

  • 2012: 48D / 57R
  • 2010: 40D / 60R

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' 2nd congressional district has a PVI of R+7, which is the 144th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 54-46 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 58-42 percent over John Kerry (D).[12]

Campaign donor


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Tobias Schlingensiepen and Lynn Jenkins' reports.

Tobias Schlingensiepen (2012)[13] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-Primary Report[14]July 26, 2012$23,585.89$21,963.97$(20,714.52)$24,835.34
July Quarterly[15]July 15, 2012$0.00$37,173.02$(13,587.13)$23,585.89
Running totals

Note: The Federal Elections Commission has no record of Schlingensiepen's April Quarterly report.[16]

Lynn Jenkins (2012)[17] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[18]April 14, 2012$977,491.11$198,439.54$(78,328.26)$1,097,602.39
July Quarterly[19]July 15, 2012$1,097,502.39$349,985.6$(54,028.28)$1,393,459.71
Running totals

District history


On November 2, 2010, Lynn Jenkins won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. She defeated Cheryl Hudspeth (D) and Robert Garrard (L) in the general election.[20]

U.S. House of Representatives, Kansas' 2nd Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLynn Jenkins Incumbent 63.1% 130,034
     Democratic Cheryl Hudspeth 32.3% 66,588
     Liberterian Robert Garrard 4.5% 9,353
Total Votes 205,975

See also

External links


  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, Kansas"
  2. Kansas Secretary of State "2012 Election Calendar," Accessed July 25, 2012
  3. Kansas Redistricting Map "Map" Accessed August 30, 2012
  4. Kansas Secretary of State "Unofficial 2012 Primary List of Candidates," accessed January 12, 2012
  5. 5.0 5.1 Kansas Secretary of State Elections Division "Upcoming Elections Candidate List" accessed June 21, 2012
  6. AP Results "U.S. House in Kansas" accessed August 7, 2012
  7. Kansas Secretary of State "General Election Candidates 2012" accessed August 5, 2012
  8. Kansas Secretary of State, "August 2012 Primary Election," Accessed September 4, 2012
  9. Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer "Kansas' congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
  10. Labels & Lists "VoterMapping software voter counts"
  11. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Kansas," September 2012
  12. Cook Political Report "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" Accessed October 2012
  13. Federal Election Commission "Tobias Schlingensiepen Summary Report," Accessed October 1, 2012
  14. Federal Election Commission "Pre-Primary Report" Accessed October 1, 2012
  15. Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed October 1, 2012
  16. Federal Elections Commission "Finance Reports," Accessed October 1, 2012
  17. Federal Election Commission "Lynn Jenkins Summary Report," Accessed October 1, 2012
  18. Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed October 1, 2012
  19. Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed October 1, 2012
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010" Accessed November 12, 2011