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 held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Incumbent Chellie Pingree (D) won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.[1]

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.[2]

See also: Maine elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Chellie Pingree (D), 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. Maine's 1st Congressional District encompassed Cumberland, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc and York counties. The district also included most of Kennebec County.[3]


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.

Election Results

U.S. House, Maine District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChellie Pingree Incumbent 62.1% 236,363
     Republican Jonathan Courtney 33.7% 128,440
     N/A Blank Votes 4.2% 15,912
Total Votes 380,715
Source: Maine Secretary of State "Tabulations for Elections held in 2012"
U.S House, 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

Race Background

Chellie Pingree was the incumbent in the 1st Congressional District of Maine. The challenger, Jonathan Courtney, was a Republican member of the Maine State Senate. He also was a member of the Maine House of Representatives from 2002 to 2004.[7]



The following is a selection of audio and video for some of the District 2 candidates. Some were released by candidates, others by local media.

Chellie Pingree

Chellie Pingree, "Small Business"[8]

Jonathan Courtney

Jonathan Courtney, "COURTNEY FOR CONGRESS, "Challenges" "[9]


Chellie Pingree vs. Jon Courtney

Chellie Pingree vs. Jon Courtney
Poll Chellie Pingree Jon CourtneyUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
(September 15-17, 2012)
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to

Impact of redistricting

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

Registration statistics

As of October 24, 2012, District 1 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the Maine Secretary of State:

Maine Congressional District 1[10]
Congressional District District Total Democrats Republicans Other & Unaffiliated Advantage Party Advantage Change in Advantage from 2010
District 1 463,752 157,348 125,273 181,131 Democratic 25.60% -0.06%
"Party advantage" is the percentage gap between the two major parties in registered voters. "Change in advantage" is the spread in difference of party advantage between 2010 and 2012 based on the congressional district number only.

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. Maine's 1st District partisan breakdown did not change because of redistricting.[11]

  • 2012: 58D / 42R
  • 2010: 58D / 42R

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. Maine's 1st Congressional District has a PVI of D+8, which is the 119th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 62-38 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 57-43 percent over George W. Bush (R).[12]

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 Jonathan Courtney and Chellie Pingree's reports.

Chellie Pingree (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[13]April 15, 2012$137,415.70$111,147.31$(74,911.88)$173,651.13
Pre-Primary[14]May 31, 2012$173,651.13$86,308.02$(49,800.75)$210,158.40
July Quarterly[15]July 15, 2012$210,158.40$166,806.44$(27,513.95)$349,450.89
Running totals
Jonathan Courtney (2012)[16] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-Primary Report[17]May 31, 2012$0.00$22,381.26$(5,736.12)$16,645.14
July Quarterly[18]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.[19]

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.[20]

U.S. House, Maine District 1 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

External links


  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, Maine"
  2. Maine Secretary of State "Voter Guide," Accessed July 25, 2012
  3. Maine Redistricting Map "Map" Accessed July 24, 2012
  4. Maine Sun Journal "Calder concedes to Courtney in close Maine race" accessed June 15, 2012
  5. Bangor Daily News "Five Republicans join Senate race; Michaud, Raye stick to House race" accessed March 3, 2012
  6. Bangor Daily News "The Next David To Pingree's Goliath" accessed March 2, 2012
  7. Campaign website
  8. YouTube channel
  9. YouTube channel
  10. Maine Secretary of State, "Congressional Voter Registration Statistics," October 12, 2012
  11. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Maine," September 2012
  12. Cook Political Report "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" Accessed October 2012
  13. Federal Election Commission "Chellie Pingree April Quarterly," Accessed September 26, 2012
  14. Federal Election Commission "Chellie Pingree Pre-Primary," Accessed September 26, 2012
  15. Federal Election Commission "Chellie Pingree July Quarterly," Accessed September 26, 2012
  16. Federal Election Commission "Jonathan Courtney Summary Report," Accessed October 1, 2012
  17. Federal Election Commission "Pre-Primary Report" Accessed October 1, 2012
  18. Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed October 1, 2012
  19. Federal Elections Commission "Financial Reports," Accessed October 1, 2012
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010" Accessed November 21, 2011