Kansas' 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012

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Kansas' 3rd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 7, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Kevin Yoder Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Kevin Yoder Republican Party
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Kansas U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 3rd congressional district of Kansas held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This is the 3rd congressional district prior to the 2010 redistricting.

Incumbent Kevin Yoder (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 Kevin Yoder (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' 3rd congressional district was located in eastern Kansas and encompasses Wyandotte and Johnson counties, which included the Kansas City Metropolitan Area, and portions of Douglas County, which includes part of Lawrence. The district includes Kansas City and the surrounding suburbs of Overland Park, Lenexa, Shawnee, and Olathe.[3]


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General election candidates

Democratic Party No candidates filed to run
Republican Party Kevin YoderGreen check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Joel Balam

August 7, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

No candidates declared an intent to run

Republican Party Republican Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Candidates

Election Results

General Election

U.S. House, Kansas District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Yoder Incumbent 68.5% 201,087
     Libertarian Joel Balam 31.5% 92,675
Total Votes 293,762
Source: Kansas Secretary of State "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Kansas

The 3rd district was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[5][6]

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' 3rd District became more Republican because of redistricting.[7]

  • 2012: 46D / 54R
  • 2010: 48D / 52R

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' 3rd congressional district has a PVI of R+5, which is the 178th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 51-49 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 57-43 percent over John Kerry (D).[8]

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 Kevin Yoder's reports.

Kevin Yoder (2012)[9] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[10]April 12, 2012$916,224.02$235,692.94$(83,192.44)$1,068,724.52
July Quarterly[11]July 13, 2012$1,068,724.52$213,593.38$(129,965.56)$1,152,352.34
Running totals

District history


On November 2, 2010, Kevin Yoder won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Stephene Moore (D) and Jasmin Talbert (L) in the general election.[12]

U.S. House of Representatives, Kansas' 3rd Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Yoder 58.4% 136,246
     Democratic Stephene Moore 38.7% 90,193
     Liberterian Jasmin Talbert 2.9% 6,846
Total Votes 233,285

See also

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