New Jersey's 12th Congressional District elections, 2012

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New Jersey's 12th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
June 5, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Rush D. Holt, Jr. Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Rush D. Holt, Jr. Democratic Party
Rush Holt.jpg

New Jersey U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 12th Congressional District of New Jersey held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This is the congressional map approved by the 2011 redistricting committee. The 12th District is the yellow district in the middle part of the state.

Rush D. Holt, Jr. was re-elected in 2012.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
April 2, 2012
June 5, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: New Jersey had a mostly closed primary system, in which registered Republicans and Democrats could only vote in their own party's primary, but voters who had never voted in a primary before could choose either party.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by March 11, 2012. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 16, 2012.[2]

See also: New Jersey elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election was incumbent Rush D. Holt, Jr. (D), who was first elected to the House in 1998.

This was be the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. New Jersey's 12th Congressional District was located in the central portion of the state and included portions of Mercer, Middlesex, and Somerset counties and the capital city of Trenton.[3]


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General election candidates

Democratic Party Rush D. Holt, Jr. Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Eric Beck
Independent Kenneth Cody
Independent Jack Freudenheim

June 5, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Republican Party Republican primary

IndependentThird Party

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, New Jersey District 12 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRush D. Holt, Jr. Incumbent 69.2% 189,926
     Republican Eric Beck 29.5% 80,906
     Independent Kenneth Cody 0.5% 1,305
     Independent Jack Freudenheim 0.8% 2,261
Total Votes 274,398
Source: New Jersey Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in New Jersey

New Jersey lost a congressional seat following the results of the 2010 Census, bringing its number of representatives down to 12. A new map was approved on December 23, 2011.

The 12th District was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district was composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[6][7]

Registration statistics

As of October 25, 2012, District 12 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the New Jersey Secretary of State:

New Jersey Congressional District 12[8]
Congressional District District Total Democrats Republicans Other & Unaffiliated Advantage Party Advantage Change in Advantage from 2010
District 12 414,856 152,873 60,438 201,545 Democratic 152.94% 75.85%
"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. New Jersey's 12th District became more Democratic because of redistricting.[9]

  • 2012: 63D / 37R
  • 2010: 55D / 45R

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 Jersey's 12th Congressional District had a PVI of D+12, which was the 85th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 66-34 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 61-39 percent over George W. Bush (R).[10]

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 the candidates' reports.[11][12]

Rush D. Holt, Jr.

Rush D. Holt, Jr. Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[13]April 15$690,540.25$278,853.39$(154,503.10)$814,890.54
Pre-primary[14]May 24$814,890.54$70,163.45$(70,127.86)$814,926.13
July Quarterly[15]July 15$814,926.13$240,886.77$(127,698.57)$928,114.33
Running totals

Eric Beck

Eric Beck Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[16]April 15$0.00$68,820.00$(14,644.91)$54,175.09
Pre-primary[17]May 24$54,175.09$8,090.00$(13,917.21)$48,347.88
July Quarterly[18]July 15$48,347.88$20,205.97$(12,111.00)$56,442.85
Running totals

District history


On November 2, 2010, Rush D. Holt, Jr. was re-elected to the United States House for a seventh term. He defeated Scott Sipprelle (R) and Kenneth J. Cody (Truth Vision Hope).[19]

United States House, New Jersey General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRush D. Holt, Jr. Incumbent 53% 108,214
     Republican Scott Sipprelle 45.9% 93,634
     Truth Vision Hope Kenneth J. Cody 1.1% 2,154
Total Votes 204,002

See also


  1. ABC News "New Jersey 2012 General Election Results"
  2. New Jersey Department of State "Voter Registration Information," Accessed June 30, 2012
  3. New Jersey Redistricting Map "Map" Accessed September 25, 2012
  4. 4.0 4.1 "U.S. Senate Primary Candidates," accessed April 2, 2012
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Candidate List" accessed September 19, 2012
  6. Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer "New Jersey's congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
  7. Labels & Lists "VoterMapping software voter counts"
  8. New Jersey Secretary of State, "Congressional Voter Registration Statistics," May 22, 2012
  9. FairVote "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in New Jersey," September 2012
  10. Cook Political Report "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" Accessed October 2012
  11. Federal Election Commission "Rush D. Holt Details," Accessed October 11, 2012
  12. Federal Election Commission "Eric Beck Details," Accessed October 11, 2012
  13. Federal Election Commission "Rush Holt April Quarterly" Accessed October 11, 2012
  14. Federal Election Commission "Rush Holt Pre-primary" Accessed October 11, 2012
  15. Federal Election Commission "Rush Holt July Quarterly" Accessed October 11, 2012
  16. Federal Election Commission "Eric Beck April Quarterly" Accessed October 11, 2012
  17. Federal Election Commission "Eric Beck Pre-primary" Accessed October 11, 2012
  18. Federal Election Commission "Eric Beck July Quarterly" Accessed October 11, 2012
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"