New Jersey's 8th Congressional District elections, 2012
November 6, 2012
June 5, 2012
- 1 Candidates
- 2 Election Results
- 3 Impact of redistricting
- 4 Campaign donors
- 5 District history
- 6 See also
- 7 References
|Candidate Filing Deadline||Primary Election||General Election|
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.
- 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.
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.
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General election candidates
June 5, 2012, primary results
|U.S. House, New Jersey District 8 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Albio Sires Incumbent||78%||130,853|
|Source: New Jersey Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|New Jersey's 8th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Albio Sires Incumbent||89%||30,840|
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.
- 7 percent from the 8th congressional district
- 15 percent from the 9th congressional district
- 11 percent from the 10th congressional district
- 67 percent from the 13th congressional district
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|
|Congressional District||District Total||Democrats||Republicans||Other & Unaffiliated||Advantage||Party Advantage||Change in Advantage from 2010|
|"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.|
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.
- 2012: 70D / 30R
- 2010: 72D / 28R
Cook Political Report's PVI
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).
|Albio Sires Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15||$233,802.68||$34,480.25||$(63,782.17)||$204,500.76|
|July Quarterly||July 15||$227,796.56||$49,374.01||$(38,159.86)||$239,010.71|
|United States House, New Jersey General Election, 2010|
|Democratic||Bill Pascrell Incumbent||62.7%||88,478|
- United States House of Representatives elections in New Jersey, 2012
- United States House of Representatives elections, 2012
- United States Senate elections in New Jersey, 2012
- Politico "2012 House Race Results"
- New Jersey Department of State "Voter Registration Information," Accessed June 30, 2012
- NJ.gov "U.S. Senate Primary Candidates," accessed April 2, 2012
- New Jersey Redistricting Map "Map" Accessed September 25, 2012
- NJ.gov "Candidate List" accessed September 19, 2012
- Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer "New Jersey's congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
- Labels & Lists "VoterMapping software voter counts"
- New Jersey Secretary of State, "Congressional Voter Registration Statistics," May 22, 2012
- FairVote' "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in New Jersey," Accessed October 28 2012
- Cook Political Report "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" Accessed October 28, 2012
- Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed October 4
- Federal Election Commission "Pre-Primary" Accessed October 4
- Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed October 4
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"