Maine's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

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Maine's 1st Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
June 12, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Chellie Pingree Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Chellie Pingree Democratic Party
Chellie Pingree.jpg

Maine U.S. House Elections
District 1District 2

2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 1st congressional district of Maine will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 15, 2012
June 12, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Maine has a closed primary system, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.

Voter registration: There is no deadline for in-person voter registration, but the cut-off for registration by mail is October 16.[1]

See also: Maine elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Chellie Pingree (D), who was first elected in 2008.

This will be the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Maine's 1st congressional district encompasses Cumberland, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc and York counties. Additionally, the district includes most of Kennebec county.[2]


Note: Election results were added on election night as races were called. Vote totals were added after official election results had been certified. For more information about Ballotpedia's election coverage plan, click here. If you find any errors in this list, please email: Geoff Pallay.

General election candidates

Democratic Party Chellie PingreeGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Jonathan Courtney

June 12, 2012,, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican

Note: Barry Hobbins, David Costa, Wellington Lyons, David Lamoine, Richard Snow, Mark Gartley, and John Vedral expressed an intention to run in the 1st District but failed to file prior to the filing deadline of March 15, 2012.

Primary Results

Jonathan Courtney Defeated Patrick Calder by a margin of approximately 1% in the Republican primary.[6]

U.S House of Representatives-Maine, District 1 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJonathan Courtney 50.5% 14,547
Patrick Calder 49.5% 14,282
Total Votes 28,829


Chellie Pingree vs. Jon Courtney

Chellie Pingree vs. Jon Courtney
Poll Chellie Pingree Jon CourtneyUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
(September 15-17, 2012)
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Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Maine
The approved Congressional map makes little structural changes to the two districts.

Campaign donors

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Jonathan Courtney and Chellie Pingree's reports.

Chellie Pingree Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[7]April 15, 2012$137,415.70$111,147.31$(74,911.88)$173,651.13
Pre-Primary[8]May 31, 2012$173,651.13$86,308.02$(49,800.75)$210,158.40
July Quarterly[9]July 15, 2012$210,158.40$166,806.44$(27,513.95)$349,450.89
Running totals
Jonathan Courtney (2012)[10] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-Primary Report[11]May 31, 2012$0.00$22,381.26$(5,736.12)$16,645.14
July Quarterly[12]July 13, 2012$16,645.14$5,899.72$(4,344.81)$18,200.05
Running totals

The Federal Elections Comission has no record of Courtney's April Quarterly Report.[13]

District history


On November 2, 2010, Pingree won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. She defeated Dean Peter Scontras (R) in the general election.[14]

U.S. House of Representatives, Maine's 1st Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChellie Pingree Incumbent 56.8% 169,114
     Republican Dean Peter Scontras 43.2% 128,501
     Independent Write-In 0% 42
Total Votes 297,657

See also

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