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Maryland's 3rd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
April 3, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
John Sarbanes Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
John Sarbanes Democratic Party
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Maryland U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 3rd Congressional District of Maryland held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Incumbent John Sarbanes (D) won re-election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
January 11, 2012
April 3, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Maryland 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: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by March 13. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 16.[2]

See also: Maryland elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was John Sarbanes (D), who was first elected in 2006. He won re-election on November 6, 2012.

On March 30, 2012 the 3rd district was included in a list released by the National Journal of the top ten most contorted congressional districts, as a result of redistricting. [3] The district wound through parts of Anne Arundel, Montgomery, Howard, and Baltimore counties.[4]

Candidates

Note: Election results were added on election night as races were called. Vote totals will be added when official election results are 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 John SarbanesGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Eric Delano Knowles
Libertarian Party Paul Drgos, Jr.


April 3, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic

Republican Party Republican

Libertarian Party Libertarian candidate

Election Results

General Election

U.S. House, Maryland District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Sarbanes Incumbent 66.8% 213,747
     Republican Eric Delano Knowles 29.6% 94,549
     Libertarian Paul Drgos, Jr. 3.4% 11,028
     N/A Other Write-ins 0.2% 535
Total Votes 319,859
Source: Maryland State Board of Elections "Representative in Congress"

Democratic Primary

U.S. House of Representatives-Maryland District 3 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Sarbanes Incumbent 86.4% 32,527
David Lockwood 13.6% 5,111
Total Votes 37,638

Republican Primary

U.S. House of Representatives-Maryland District 3 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngEric Delano Knowles 33.5% 6,845
Armand Girard 23.5% 4,809
Thomas Harris 28.7% 5,874
Draper Phelps 14.3% 2,935
Total Votes 20,463

Issues

Media

The following is a selection of audio and video for some of the District 3 candidates. Some were released by candidates, others by local media.

John Sarbanes


John Sarbanes, "Congressman John Sarbanes' report on the first day of the DNC 2012"[6]

Eric Knowles


Eric Knowles, "Meet Eric Knowles"[7]

Campaign donors

2012

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

Eric Delano Knowles (2012)[8] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[9]March 31, 2012$0.00$5,580.77$(5,220.20)$360.57
July Quarterly[10]June 30, 2012$360.57$8,683.79$(6,527.92)$2,516.44
Running totals
$14,264.56$(11,748.12)

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

John Sarbanes (2012)[11] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[12]April 7, 2012$980,391.86$17,800.00$(33,599.25)$964,592.61
July Quarterly[13]July 12, 2012$964,592.61$35,954.42$(98,258.69)$902,288.34
Running totals
$53,754.42$(131,857.94)

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Maryland

The redrawn 3rd district included parts of Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Howard, and Montgomery counties, including parts of the city of Baltimore.[14] On March 30, 2012 the 3rd district was included in a list released by the National Journal of the top ten most contorted congressional districts, as a result of redistricting. [3]

The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[15][16]

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. Maryland's 3rd District became more Democratic because of redistricting.[17]

  • 2012: 57D / 43R
  • 2010: 56D / 44R

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. Maryland's 3rd Congressional District has a PVI of D+7, which is the 125th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 61-39 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 56-44 percent over George W. Bush (R).[18]

Registration statistics

As of October 24, 2012, District 3 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the Maryland State Board of Elections:

Maryland Congressional District 3[19]
Congressional District District Total Democrats Republicans Other & Unaffiliated Advantage Party Advantage Change in Advantage from 2010
District 3 381,776 243,174 112,079 26,523 Democratic 116.97% 6.21%
"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 history

2010

On November 2, 2010, Sarbanes won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Jim Wilhelm (R), Jerry McKinley (L), and Alain Lareau (C) in the general election.[20]

U.S. House of Representatives, Maryland's 3rd Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Sarbanes Incumbent 61.1% 147,448
     Republican Jim Wilhelm 36% 86,947
     Libertarian Jerry McKinley 2.2% 5,212
     Constitution Alain Lareau 0.7% 1,634
     Independent Write-In 0.1% 188
Total Votes 241,429

See also

External links

References

  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, Maryland"
  2. Maryland State Board of Elections " 2012 Presidential Election Calendar," Accessed July 25, 2012
  3. 3.0 3.1 National Journal "Modern Gerrymanders: 10 Most Contorted Congressional Districts—MAPS" Accessed March 31, 2012
  4. Maryland Redistricting Map "Map" Accessed September 25, 2012
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Maryland State Board of Elections "Candidates" Accessed January 3, 2012
  6. YouTube channel
  7. YouTube channel
  8. Federal Election Commission "Eric Knowles Summary Report," Accessed September 28, 2012
  9. Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed September 28, 2012
  10. Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed September 28, 2012
  11. Federal Election Commission "John Sarbanes Summary Report," Accessed September 28, 2012
  12. Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed September 28, 2012
  13. Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed September 28, 2012
  14. Maryland Department of Planning "Maryland 2011 Congressional Districts" Accessed February 29, 2012
  15. Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer "Maryland's congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
  16. Labels & Lists "VoterMapping software voter counts"
  17. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Maryland," September 2012
  18. Cook Political Report "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" Accessed October 2012
  19. Maryland State Board of Elections, "Congressional Voter Registration Statistics," May 18, 2012
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010" Accessed November 30, 2011