Maryland's 7th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Maryland's 7th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
April 3, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Elijah Cummings Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Elijah Cummings 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 7th congressional district of Maryland held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Incumbent Elijah Cummings (D) won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives 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 Elijah Cummings (D), who was first elected in 1996. He was re-elected on November 6, 2012.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Maryland's 7th congressional district contained portions of Howard and Baltimore counties and parts of the city of Baltimore.[3]

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 Elijah CummingsGreen check mark transparent.png
Democratic Party Ty Busch (Write-in)
Democratic Party Charles Smith (Write-in)
Republican Party Frank Mirabile, Jr.
Libertarian Party Ronald Owens-Bey


April 3, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic

Republican Party Republican

IndependentLibertarian candidate

IndependentIndependent candidate

Election Results

General Election

U.S. House, Maryland District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngElijah Cummings Incumbent 76.5% 247,770
     Republican Frank Mirabile, Jr. 20.8% 67,405
     Libertarian Ronald Owens-Bey 2.5% 8,211
     Democratic Ty Busch (Write-in) 0% 10
     Democratic Charles Smith (Write-in) 0% 28
     N/A Other Write-ins 0.1% 394
Total Votes 323,818
Source: Maryland State Board of Elections "Representative in Congress"

Democratic Primary

U.S. House of Representatives-Maryland District 7 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngElijah Cummings Incumbent 92.8% 49,625
Ty Glen Busch 2.6% 1,396
Charles U. Smith 4.6% 2,438
Total Votes 53,459

Republican Primary

U.S. House of Representatives-Maryland District 7 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngFrank C. Mirabile 69.8% 10,849
M. Justin Kinsey 30.2% 4,695
Total Votes 15,544

Race background

According to the Baltimore Sun Cummings' opponents in the Democratic primary “lack financial resources and political organization"[6]and predict that "with nearly 8 in 10 voters in the new district having backed Barack Obama for president in 2008, the winner of the Democratic primary will have a significant upper hand heading into November's general election.” [6] Cummings was endorsed by the organization Progressive Maryland in his race for re-election in Maryland's 7th district.[7][8]

M. Justin Kinsey won less than 5 percent of the vote as a Libertarian candidate for the House of Delegates in 2010.[6] Frank Mirabile, Jr. challenged Cummings in 2010 and received only 23 percent of the vote.[6]

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 Anthony O'Donnell's reports.

Elijah Cummings (2012)[9] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[10]April 13, 2012$850,812.27$40,400.00$(47,809.74)$843,402.53
July Quarterly[11]July 04, 2012$839,402.53$126,062.47$(116,581.61)$848,883.39
Running totals
$166,462.47$(164,391.35)

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

Frank Mirabile (2012)[12] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[13]March 31, 2012$1,983.04$150.00$(5.25)$2,127.79
July Quarterly[14]July 15, 2012$2,127.79$1,880.00$(1,971.41)$2,036.38
Running totals
$2,030$(1,976.66)

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Maryland

The redrawn 7th district included parts of Baltimore and Howard counties, including parts of the city of Baltimore.[15]

The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[16][17]

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 7th District became less Democratic because of redistricting.[18]

  • 2012: 73D / 27R
  • 2010: 76D / 24R

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 7th congressional district has a PVI of D+23, which is the 37th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 77-23 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 71-29 percent over George W. Bush (R).[19]

Registration statistics

As of October 24, 2012, District 7 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the Maryland State Board of Elections:

Maryland Congressional District 7[20]
Congressional District District Total Democrats Republicans Other & Unaffiliated Advantage Party Advantage Change in Advantage from 2010
District 7 410,554 310,566 77,806 22,182 Democratic 299.15% -42.79%
"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, Cummmings won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Frank Mirabile, Jr. (R), Scott Spencer (L), Fred Donald Dickson, Jr. (I), and Ray Bly (I) in the general election.[21]

U.S. House of Representatives, Maryland's 7th Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngElijah Cummmings Incumbent 75.2% 152,669
     Republican Frank Mirabile, Jr. 22.8% 46,375
     Libertarian Scott Spencer 1.9% 3,814
     Independent Write-In 0.1% 135
     Independent Fred Donald Dickson, Jr. 0% 55
     Independent Ray Bly 0% 20
Total Votes 203,068

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. Maryland Redistricting Map "Map" Accessed September 25, 2012
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Maryland State Board of Elections "Candidates" accessed January 3, 2012
  5. 5.0 5.1 Maryland State Board of Elections "Primary Election Results 2012" accessed April 3, 2012
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 ‘’Baltimore Sun “7th congresional district elections guide 2012” Accessed March 25, 2012
  7. Hometown Annapolis "Maryland gets C on Transparency" Accessed March 26, 2012
  8. Progressive Maryland "2012 Candidates" Accessed March 26, 2012
  9. Federal Election Commission "Elijah Cummings Summary Report," Accessed September 28, 2012
  10. Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed September 28, 2012
  11. Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed September 28, 2012
  12. Federal Election Commission "Frank Mirabile Summary Report," Accessed September 28, 2012
  13. Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed September 28, 2012
  14. Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed September 28, 2012
  15. Maryland Department of Planning "Maryland 2011 Congressional Districts" Accessed February 29, 2012
  16. Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer "Maryland's congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
  17. Labels & Lists "VoterMapping software voter counts"
  18. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Maryland," September 2012
  19. Cook Political Report "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" Accessed October 2012
  20. Maryland State Board of Elections, "Congressional Voter Registration Statistics," May 18, 2012
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010" Accessed December 1, 2011