New Jersey's 8th Congressional District elections, 2012

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New Jersey's 8th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
June 5, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Albio Sires Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Bill Pascrell Democratic Party
Bill Pascrell.jpg

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

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The 8th congressional district of New Jersey held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Democratic candidate Albio Sires, the incumbent from district 13, removed in redistricting, won the election.[1]
This is the congressional map approved by the 2011 redistricting committee. The 8th district was the small blue district in the northeastern part of the state, just south of the orange 9th district.
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. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 16.[2]

See also: New Jersey elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Bill Pascrell (D), who was first elected to the House in 1996. Following the 2011 redistricting, Pascrell's territory now falls into the new 9th District.[3]

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. New Jersey's 8th congressional district was located in the northeastern portion of the state and included parts of Hudson and Union counties.[4]


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 Albio Sires Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Maria Karczewski
Independent Stephen Deluca
Independent Pablo Olivera
Independent Herbert Shaw

June 5, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Republican Party Republican primary

Note: Washington Flores withdrew before the primary

IndependentThird Party

Election Results

General Election

U.S. House, New Jersey District 8 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAlbio Sires Incumbent 78% 130,853
     Republican Maria Karczewski 18.9% 31,763
     Independent Stephen Deluca 1% 1,710
     Independent Pablo Olivera 1% 1,625
     Independent Herbert Shaw 1.1% 1,839
Total Votes 167,790
Source: New Jersey Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Democratic Primary

New Jersey's 8th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAlbio Sires Incumbent 89% 30,840
Michael Shurin 11% 3,808
Total Votes 34,648

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. Under the new map, 8th District incumbent Bill Pascrell's territory was largely redistricted into the new 9th District, which also contained a good portion of the old 9th District, represented by Steve Rothman. Rothman had chosen to run against fellow Democrat Pascrell in the new, largely Democratic 9th District rather than face 5th District Republican Scott Garrett, whose district now also included much of the old 9th.[3]

The 8th 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 8 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the New Jersey Secretary of State:

New Jersey Congressional District 8[8]
Congressional District District Total Democrats Republicans Other & Unaffiliated Advantage Party Advantage Change in Advantage from 2010
District 8 340,536 171,738 26,718 142,080 Democratic 542,78% 412.69%
"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 8th District became more Republican because of redistricting.[9]

  • 2012: 70D / 30R
  • 2010: 72D / 28R

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 8th congressional district had a PVI of D+19, which was the 47th most democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 74-26 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 67-33 percent over George W. Bush (R).[10]

Campaign donors

Albio Sires Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]April 15$233,802.68$34,480.25$(63,782.17)$204,500.76
Pre-Primary[12]May 17$204,500.76$74,350.00$(51,054.20)$227,796.56
July Quarterly[13]July 15$227,796.56$49,374.01$(38,159.86)$239,010.71
Running totals

District history


On November 2, 2010, Bill Pascrell was re-elected to the United States House for an eighth term. He defeated Roland Straten (R) and Raymond Giangrasso (Independent).[14]

United States House, New Jersey General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBill Pascrell Incumbent 62.7% 88,478
     Republican Roland Straten 36.1% 51,023
     Independent Raymond Giangrasso 1.2% 1,707
Total Votes 141,208

See also