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Pennsylvania's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

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Pennsylvania's 2nd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
April 24, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Chaka Fattah Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Chaka Fattah Democratic Party
Chaka Fattah.jpg

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

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The 2nd congressional district of Pennsylvania held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Chaka Fattah 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 Chaka Fattah, (D), who assumed office in 1995.

This was the first election which used new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Pennsylvania's 2nd congressional district is located in the southeast region of Pennsylvania and includes most of the city of Philadelphia.[3]

This is the 2nd congressional district prior to the 2010 redistricting.


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General election candidates

Democratic Party Chaka Fattah Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Robert Mansfield
Independent Robert Ogborn
Independent James Foster (PHP)

April 24, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Republican Party Republican primary

Election Results

General Election

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChaka Fattah Incumbent 89.3% 318,176
     Republican Robert Mansfield 9.4% 33,381
     Independent James Foster 1.4% 4,829
Total Votes 356,386
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 one of the states that could determine whether Democrats would retake the House or Republicans would hold their majority in 2013.[5] Ohio tied with Pennsylvania for 9th on the list.[5]

Impact of Redistricting

See also Redistricting in Pennsylvania

The 2nd district was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[6][7]

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.

Chaka Fattah

Chaka Fattah (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[8]March 31, 2012$1,182.48$37,658.42$(15,601.13)$23,239.7
July Quarterly[9]July 15, 2012$91,057.42$81,102.50$(79,024.04)$93,135.88
Running totals

Robert Mansfield

Robert Mansfield (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[10]July 15, 2012$693.53$3,076.00$(3,108.42)$661.11
Running totals

District History


On November 2, 2010, Fattah won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Rick Hellberg in the general election.[11]

U.S. House of Representatives, Pennsylvania Congressional District 2 Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChaka Fattah Incumbent 89.3% 182,800
     Republican Rick Hellberg 10.7% 21,907
Total Votes 204,707

See also