New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

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New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
September 11, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Ann McLane Kuster Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Charles Bass Republican Party
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New Hampshire U.S. House Elections
District 1District 2

2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2nd District of New Hampshire held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Ann McLane Kuster defeated incumbent Charles Bass.[1]
This is the 2nd Congressional District prior to the 2011 redistricting.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
June 15, 2012
September 11, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire, however, Independent voters may choose which party's primary to vote in.

Voter registration: Voters were required to register to vote in the primary by September 4, 2012, or at the polls on election day. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 27, 2012, or at the polls on election day.[2]

See also: New Hampshire elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Charles Bass (R), who was first elected to the House in 1994, where he served until 2007, and was re-elected again in 2010.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District encompasses most of the state, including the northern, southern, and western reaches of the state.[3]


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 Ann McLane Kuster Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Charlie Bass
Libertarian Party Hardy Macia

September 11, 2012, primary results
Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian candidate

Independent Independent candidate

Election results

U.S. House, New Hampshire District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Charles Bass Incumbent 45.4% 152,977
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAnn McLane Kuster 50.2% 169,275
     Libertarian Hardy Macia 4.4% 14,936
Total Votes 337,188
Source: New Hampshire Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Primary Results

The primary was held on September 11, 2012.[5]

New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCharles Bass 81.8% 39,605
Dennis Lamare 8.8% 4,263
Will Dean 4.4% 2,129
Miroslaw Dziedzic 2.7% 1,310
Gerard Beloin 2.3% 1,127
Total Votes 48,434

Race background

New Hampshire's 2nd was considered to be a Tossup according to the New York Times race ratings. Republican incumbent Charlie Bass defeated Ann McLane Kuster (D) in a rematch. Kuster had an edge in fundraising and was thought to be a slight favorite in the race.[6]

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in New Hampshire in 2012 as one of the 10 states that could have determined whether Democrats retook the House or Republicans held their majority in 2013.[7] New Hampshire ranked 10th on the list.[7]

On September 26, 2012, one of Bass' staffers took a video of Kuster in which the staffer pestered Kuster until she took the camera from him and refused to return it. She returned the camera moments later, and the video was published by the conservative NH Journal on September 27.[8] She responded by accusing Bass, and Republicans in general, of "political bullying."[9]

Kuster used the video in an email-based fundraising campaign. This campaign was responsible for a substantial part of the $265,000 the campaign raised in the last week of September 2012, capping off the $720,000 Kuster raised in this year's third quarter.[10]

New Hampshire's 2nd District was included in the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's "Red to Blue List," which identified districts that the organization specifically targeted to flip from Republican to Democratic control.[11]

Incumbent Charlie Bass was a part of the National Republican Congressional Committee's Patriot Program, a program to help House Republicans stay on offense and increase their majority in 2012.[12]

After the election, the Sunlight Foundation listed four races where outside spending likely pushed the winner over the top. Kuster was listed as one of the four, spurred on by $3.2 million in spending by independent groups, including the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the House Majority PAC.[13][14]

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in New Hampshire

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. New Hampshire's 2nd District partisan breakdown did not change because of redistricting.[15]

  • 2012: 53D / 47R
  • 2010: 53D / 47R

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 measured each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District had a PVI of D+3, which was the 162nd most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 57-43 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 52-48 percent over George W. Bush (R).[16]

District history

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On November 2, 2010, Charles Bass was elected to the United States House for a fifth non-consecutive term. He defeated Ann McLane Kuster (D), Tim vanBlommesteyn (Independent), and Howard L. Wilson (Libertarian).[17]

United States House, New Hampshire General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCharles Bass 48.3% 108,610
     Democratic Ann McLane Kuster 46.8% 105,060
     Independent Tim vanBlommesteyn 2.8% 6,197
     Libertarian Howard L. Wilson 2.1% 4,796
Total Votes 224,663

Campaign donors

Charles Bass

Charles Bass (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[18]March 31, 2012$600,264.23$268,733.73$(78,581.61)$790,416.35
July Quarterly[19]June 30, 2012$790,416.35$271,605.61$(149,231.22)$912,790.74
Pre-primary[20]August 30$912,790.74$86,656.26$(149,817.62)$849,629.38
Running totals

Annie Kuster

Annie Kuster (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[21]March 31, 2012$828,125.99$352,068.54$(148,635.90)$1,031,558.63
July Quarterly[22]June 30, 2012$1,031,558.63$483,572.30$(222,319.46)$1,292,811.47
Pre-primary[23]August 30$1,292,811.47$220,171.15$(394,215.99)$1,118,766.63
Running totals

See also


  1. Politico, "2012 House Race Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  2. New Hampshire Secretary of State, "Voter Registration Deadlines," accessed July 26, 2012
  3. New Hampshire Redistricting Map, "Map" accessed September 25, 2012
  4. Politico "Dems eye GOP rematches for 2012," accessed December 16, 2011
  6. New York Times, "House Race Ratings," accessed August 10, 2012
  7. 7.0 7.1 Washington Post, "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012" accessed April 25, 2012
  8. NH Journal, "Kuster Video"
  9. Union Leader, "Kuster's response to video"
  10. Union Leader, "Granite Status"
  11. DCCC, "Red to Blue 2012"
  12. NRCC "Patriot Program 2012"
  13. Sunlight Foundation, "Four House races where outside money may have pushed the needle" November 7, 2012
  14. Nevada Secretary of State, "2012 Congressional primary results," accessed May 5, 2014
  15. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in New Hampshire," September 2012
  16. Cook Political Report, "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" accessed October 2012
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Charles Bass April Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2012
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Charles Bass July Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2012
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Charles Bass Pre-primary," accessed October 8, 2012
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Annie Kuster April Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2012
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Annie Kuster July Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2012
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Annie Kuster Pre-primary," accessed October 8, 2012