Pennsylvania's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

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Pennsylvania's 1st Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
April 24, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Robert A. Brady Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Robert A. Brady Democratic Party
Bob Brady.jpeg

Pennsylvania U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 1st Congressional District of Pennsylvania held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Robert A. Brady won the election.[1]
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
February 14, 2012
April 24, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Pennsylvania has a closed primary system, meaning only registered members of a particular party may vote in that party's primary.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by March 25. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 7.[2]

See also: Pennsylvania elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Robert Brady, (D), who assumed office in 1998.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Pennsylvania's 1st Congressional District is located in the southeast corner of Pennsylvania and includes southern Philadelphia.[3]

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


General election candidates

Democratic Party Robert Brady Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party John Featherman

April 24, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Election results

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Brady Incumbent 84.9% 235,394
     Republican John Featherman 15.1% 41,708
Total Votes 277,102
Source: Pennsylvania Department of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Race background

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in Pennsylvania 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.[6] Ohio tied with Pennsylvania for 9th on the list.[6]

Impact of Redistricting

See also Redistricting in Pennsylvania

The 1st District was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[7][8]

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. Pennsylvania's 1st District became more Republican because of redistricting.[9]

  • 2012: 75D / 25R
  • 2010: 84D / 16R

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. Pennsylvania's 1st Congressional District has a PVI of D+25, which is the 29th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 78-22 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 75-25 percent over George W. Bush (R).[10]

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 Brady

Robert Brady (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]March 31, 2012$701,830.72$94,251.53$(111,763.54)$684,318.71
July Quarterly[12]$716,837.73$158,728.99$(104,392.34)$771,174.38
Running totals

John Featherman

John Featherman (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[13]March 31, 2012$0.00$2,718.00$(2,621.00)$97.00
Running totals

District History


On November 2, 2010, Brady won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He ran unopposed. [14]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 1 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Brady Incumbent 100% 149,944
     Republican unopposed 0% 0
Total Votes 149,944

See also

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