United States House of Representatives elections in Georgia, 2012

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2012 U.S. House Elections in Georgia

Primary Date
July 31, 2012

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Georgia District Pages
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2012 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Georgia took place on November 6, 2012. Voters elected 14 candidates to serve in the U.S. House, one from each of the state's 14 congressional districts.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
May 25, 2012
July 31, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Georgia is one of 16 states to use an open primary system. When runoff elections are used, voters must vote in same party's runoff election as they voted for in the first round election.

Voter registration: Voters must have registered to vote by July 2, 2012, to vote in the primary election.[1] (Information about registering to vote)

See also: Georgia elections, 2012


According to the New York Times race ratings in October 2012, one of the 14 districts is considered to be in play, District 12.[2]

The Center for Voting and Democracy (Fairvote) projected that Democrats would win four districts while Republicans would win nine seats. It did not make a projection for the remaining district.[3]

Primary competitiveness

See also: National contested primary average during the 2012 U.S. congressional elections

Georgia was tied with Alabama for having the 34th most competitive congressional primaries in 2012, with 42.86% of major party primaries having been contested (12 out of 28). The national average was 54.31%.

Thirteen U.S. House incumbents were seeking re-election in Georgia in 2012. 6 of those 13 (46.15%) faced a primary challenger. Nationwide, 200 out of the 386 incumbents seeking re-election faced a primary challenger (51.81%).

Partisan breakdown

Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party held eight of the 13 Congressional seats from Georgia. However, the state gained one seat after the 2010 census and elected 14 representatives.

Members of the U.S. House from Georgia -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 5 5
     Republican Party 8 9
Total 13 14

Incumbents

Heading into the 2012 election, the incumbents for the 13 congressional districts were:

Name Party District
Austin Scott Ends.png Republican 8
David Scott Electiondot.png Democratic 13
Henry C. Johnson, Jr. Electiondot.png Democratic 4
Jack Kingston Ends.png Republican 1
John Barrow Electiondot.png Democratic 12
John Lewis Electiondot.png Democratic 5
Lynn A. Westmoreland Ends.png Republican 3
Paul C. Broun Ends.png Republican 10
Phil Gingrey Ends.png Republican 11
Rob Woodall Ends.png Republican 7
Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. Electiondot.png Democratic 2
Tom Graves Ends.png Republican 9
Tom Price Ends.png Republican 6

Margin of victory for winners

There were a total of 14 seats up for election in 2012 in Georgia. The following table shows the margin of victory for each district winner, which is calculated by examining the percentage difference between the top-two vote getters. If the race was uncontested, the margin of victory is listed as 100%.

District Winner Margin of Victory Total Vote Top Opponent
Georgia, District 10 Republican Party Paul Broun 100% 211,065 Unopposed
Georgia, District 11 Republican Party Phil Gingrey 37.1% 287,321 Patrick Thompson
Georgia, District 12 Democratic Party John Barrow 7.4% 259,121 Lee Anderson
Georgia, District 13 Democratic Party David Scott 43.5% 281,538 S. Malik
Georgia, District 14 Republican Party Tom Graves 45.9% 219,192 Daniel Grant
Georgia, District 1 Republican Party Jack Kingston 26% 249,580 Lesli Messinger
Georgia, District 2 Democratic Party Sanford Bishop 27.6% 255,161 John House
Georgia, District 3 Republican Party Lynn Westmoreland 100% 232,380 Unopposed
Georgia, District 4 Democratic Party Henry C. Johnson 47.1% 283,902 J. Chris Vaughn
Georgia, District 5 Democratic Party John Lewis 68.8% 277,665 Howard Stopeck
Georgia, District 6 Republican Party Tom Price 29% 294,034 Jeff Kazanow
Georgia, District 7 Republican Party Rob Woodall 24.3% 252,066 Steve Reilly
Georgia, District 8 Republican Party Austin Scott 100% 197,789 Unopposed
Georgia, District 9 Republican Party Doug Collins 52.4% 252,153 Jody Cooley

General election candidates

This is a map of the congressional districts of Georgia before and after the 2010 redistricting. The image also includes the partisan breakdown of the districts that are close in registration figures.
District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party Lesli Rae Messinger
Republican Party Jack Kingston
Jack Kingston Republican Party Jack Kingston No
2nd Democratic Party Sanford D. Bishop, Jr.
Republican Party John House
Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. Democratic Party Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. No
3rd Republican Party Lynn A. Westmoreland Lynn A. Westmoreland Republican Party Lynn A. Westmoreland No
4th Democratic Party Henry C. Johnson, Jr.
Republican Party Chris Vaughn
Henry C. Johnson, Jr. Democratic Party Henry C. Johnson, Jr. No
5th Democratic Party John Lewis
Republican Party Howard Stopeck
John Lewis Democratic Party John Lewis No
6th Democratic Party Jeff Kazanow
Republican Party Tom Price
Tom Price Republican Party Tom Price No
7th Democratic Party Steve Reilly
Republican Party Rob Woodall
Rob Woodall Republican Party Rob Woodall No
8th Republican Party Austin Scott Austin Scott Republican Party Austin Scott no
9th Democratic Party Jody Cooley
Republican Party Doug Collins
Tom Graves Republican Party Doug Collins No
10th Republican Party Paul Broun Paul Broun Republican Party Paul Broun No
11th Democratic Party Patrick Thompson
Republican Party Phil Gingrey
Phil Gingrey Republican Party Phil Gingrey No
12th Democratic Party John Barrow
Republican Party Lee Anderson
John Barrow Democratic Party John Barrow No
13th Democratic Party David Scott
Republican Party S. Malik
David Scott Democratic Party David Scott No
14th Democratic Party Daniel Grant
Republican Party Tom Graves
N/A Republican Party Tom Graves
N/A

Candidates

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.

1st Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Lesli Rae Messinger
Republican Party Jack KingstonGreen check mark transparent.png


July 31, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

2nd Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party John House


August 11, 2012, Republican primary runoff candidates


July 31, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

3rd Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party No candidates filed to run
Republican Party Lynn A. Westmoreland Green check mark transparent.png


July 31, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

  • No candidates declared an intent to run

Republican Party Republican Primary

4th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Hank JohnsonGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party J. Chris Vaughn


July 31, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

5th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party John LewisGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Howard Stopeck


July 31, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

6th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Jeff Kazanow
Republican Party Tom PriceGreen check mark transparent.png


July 31, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

7th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Steve Reilly
Republican Party Rob WoodallGreen check mark transparent.png


July 31, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

8th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party No candidates declared to run
Republican Party Austin ScottGreen check mark transparent.png


July 31, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

  • No candidates declared an intent to run

Republican Party Republican Primary

9th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Jody Cooley
Republican Party Doug CollinsGreen check mark transparent.png


August 11, 2012, Republican primary runoff candidates


July 31, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Note: Candidates Clifton McDuffie and Hunter Bicknell indicated an intent to run, but did not file with the Georgia Secretary of State Elections Division before the filing deadline.[4]

10th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic PartyNo candidates declared an intent to run
Republican Party Paul BrounGreen check mark transparent.png


July 31, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

  • No candidates declared an intent to run

Republican Party Republican Primary

11th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Patrick Thompson
Republican Party Phil GingreyGreen check mark transparent.png


July 31, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

12th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party John BarrowGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Lee Anderson

August 11, 2012, Republican primary runoff candidates


July 31, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

13th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party David ScottGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party S. Malik


July 31, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

14th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Daniel Grant
Republican Party Tom GravesGreen check mark transparent.png


July 31, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Georgia

On August 22, 2011, Georgia Republican leadership released their proposed Congressional redistricting map. Due to population growth, Georgia gained a 14th Congressional district following the 2010 census. The new district, according to the plan, is located in the northwestern part of the state.[23] U.S. Rep. Tom Graves (R) was drawn into the new district, leaving his former 9th District seat open in 2012. The new 9th District leans Republican.[23] In addition, the plan displaced US Rep. John Barrow (D), but Barrow (who had been displaced before) planned to move in order to remain in the 12th District.[23] US Rep. Sanford Bishop's (D) district became a majority-minority district. Also, U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey's (R) 11th District picked up part of Atlanta. Overall, the plan was expected to bolster the Republican majority in the state's Congressional delegation.[23]

References

  1. Georgia Secretary of State "Election Dates," Accessed April 25, 2012
  2. New York Times "House Race Ratings," Accessed July 25, 2012
  3. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Georgia," September 2012
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 4.16 4.17 4.18 4.19 4.20 4.21 4.22 4.23 4.24 4.25 4.26 4.27 4.28 4.29 4.30 4.31 4.32 4.33 4.34 4.35 4.36 4.37 4.38 4.39 4.40 4.41 4.42 Georgia Secretary of State "Candidate List" accessed, May 28, 2012
  5. Roll Call "Race Ratings: In Georgia, New Geography Won’t Hurt GOP," accessed March 11, 2012
  6. AP Results "Georgia U.S. House Runoff Results" accessed August 21, 2012
  7. Albany Herald "Rick Allen to run against Sanford Bishop" accessed February 16, 2012
  8. WTVM "Army veteran running against Bishop for Congress" accessed February 16, 2012
  9. 9.0 9.1 Associated Press "Results" accessed July 31, 2012
  10. Times Herald "Kingsley announces run for Third District Congressional seat" accessed February 16, 2012
  11. Rockdale Citizen "Rockdale resident Vaughn announces run for Congress" accessed February 16, 2012
  12. ajc.com "Michael Johnson announces Democratic challenge to John Lewis" accessed December 4, 2011
  13. ajc.com "Lewis to defend congressional seat in 2012" accessed December 4, 2011
  14. AP Results "Georgia U.S. House Runoff Results" accessed August 21, 2012
  15. ajc.com "Doug Collins becomes first in race for new 9th" accessed December 4, 2011
  16. Gainsville Times.com "Radio show host to run for U.S. House: Zoller wants to be a conservative voice in Congress" accessed December 4, 2011
  17. Athens Banner Herald "Retired Army officer will challenge Broun" accessed December 4, 2011
  18. Roll Call "Race Ratings: In Georgia, New Geography Won’t Hurt GOP," accessed March 11, 2012
  19. Savannah Morning News "Congressman John Barrow discloses prostate cancer" accessed December 4, 2011
  20. 20.0 20.1 ajc.com "Maria Sheffield considers a move to south Georgia for 12th District contest" accessed December 4, 2011
  21. The Augusta Chronicle "McLeod joins 12th Congressional District race" accessed December 4, 2011
  22. ajc.com "GOP redistricting plan would tighten grip on congressional delegation" accessed December 4, 2011
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 Atlanta Journal Constitution, "GOP redistricting plan would tighten grip on congressional delegation," August 22, 2011

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