Ohio's 5th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Ohio's 5th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
March 6, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Robert E. Latta Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Robert E. Latta Republican Party
Bob Latta.jpg

Ohio U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 5th Congressional District of Ohio held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Incumbent Bob Latta won the election.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
December 7, 2011
March 6, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Ohio has a mostly closed primary system, in which voters must vote in the same party's primary as in the previous election, or register with the other party to switch.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by February 5. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 7.[2]

See also: Ohio elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Bob Latta (R), who has served since 2007.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Ohio's 5th Congressional District is located in the northwestern corner of the state and includes Williams, Fulton, Lucas, Wood, Hancock, Henry, Defiance, Paulding, Van Wert, Mercer, Hardin, and Wyandot counties.[3]

This is the 1st Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.


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General election candidates

Democratic Party Angela Zimmann
Republican Party Bob LattaGreen check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Eric Eberly

March 6, 2012 primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Republican Party Republican primary

Libertarian PartyLibertarian candidate

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Ohio District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Angela Zimmann 39.2% 137,806
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRobert E. Latta Incumbent 57.3% 201,514
     Libertarian Eric Eberly 3.6% 12,558
Total Votes 351,878
Source: Ohio Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Race background

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in Ohio in 2012 as 1 of the 10 states that could determine whether Democrats would retake the House or Republicans would hold their majority in 2013.[7] Ohio tied with Pennsylvania for 9th on the list.[7]

Impact of Redistricting

See also Redistricting in Ohio

The 5th District was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[8][9]

Registration statistics

As of October 29, 2012, District 5 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the Ohio Secretary of State:

Ohio Congressional District 5[10]
Congressional District District Total Democrats Republicans Other & Unaffiliated Advantage Party Advantage Change in Advantage from 2010
District 5 514,441 48,326 118,967 347,148 Republican 146.183% N/A
"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. Ohio's 5th District became less Republican because of redistricting.[11]

  • 2012: 43D / 57R
  • 2010: 42D / 58R

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. Ohio's 5th Congressional District has a PVI of R+8, which is the 138th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 53-47 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 60-40 percent over John Kerry (D).[12]

Campaign contributions

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

Robert E. Latta

Robert Latta (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[13]March 31, 2012$337,312.66$103,778$(50,601.47)$390,489.19
July Quarterly[14]July 15$390,489.19$144,561$(78,674.84)$456,375.35
Running totals

Angela Zimmann

Angela Zimmann (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[15]March 31, 2012$12,647.09$52,448.80$(10,137.57)$54,958.32
July Quarterly[16]July 15$54,958.32$111,036.56$(60,369.44)$105,625.44
Running totals

District History


On November 2, 2010, Bob Latta (R) won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating incumbent Democrat David Finkenbiner and Libertarian Brian Smith . [17]

U.S. House, Ohio District 5 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBob Latta Incumbent 61.1% 104,703
     Democratic David Finkenbiner 32% 54,919
     Libertarian Brian Smith 6.9% 11,831
Total Votes 171,453

See also