United States House of Representatives elections in Iowa, 2012

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2012 U.S. House Elections in Iowa

Primary Date
June 5, 2012

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Iowa District Pages
District 1District 2District 3District 4

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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2012 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Iowa took place on November 6, 2012. Voters elected four candidates to serve in the U.S. House, one from each of the state's four congressional districts.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 16, 2012
June 5, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Iowa has a mostly closed primary system: voters must be registered with the Democratic or Republican party in order to vote in the primary, but they may switch their party affiliation on election day.[1]

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by May 26.[1] For the general election, the voter pre-registration deadline was October 27,[2] but voters could also register at the polls on Election Day, provided they brought proper documentation.[3]

See also: Iowa elections, 2012


According to the New York Times race ratings in October 2012, two of the four districts were considered to be in play, District 3 and District 4.[4]

The Center for Voting and Democracy (Fairvote) did not make a projection as to which party would win any of Iowa's four seats.[5]

Primary competitiveness

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

Iowa was tied with Arkansas for having the 36th most competitive congressional primaries in 2012, with 37.5% of major party primaries having been contested (3 out of 8). The national average was 54.31%.

Five U.S. House incumbents were seeking re-election in Iowa in 2012. 1 of those 5 (20%) 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 Democratic Party held three of the five Congressional seats from Iowa. However, the state lost one seat after the 2010 census and elected four representatives.

Members of the U.S. House from Iowa -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 3 2
     Republican Party 2 2
Total 5 4

Incumbents

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

Name Party District
Bruce Braley Electiondot.png Democratic 1
Dave Loebsack Electiondot.png Democratic 2
Leonard Boswell Electiondot.png Democratic 3
Steve King Ends.png Republican 5
Tom Latham Ends.png Republican 4

Margin of victory for winners

There were a total of 4 seats up for election in 2012 in Iowa. 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
Iowa, District 1 Democratic Party Bruce Braley 15.4% 390,590 Ben Lange
Iowa, District 2 Democratic Party Dave Loebsack 13.1% 380,952 John Archer
Iowa, District 3 Republican Party Tom Latham 8.6% 386,270 Leonard Boswell
Iowa, District 4 Republican Party Steve King 8.1% 377,657 Christie Vilsack

General election candidates

This is a map of the congressional districts of Iowa 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 Bruce Braley
Republican Party Ben Lange
IndependentGregory Hughes
IndependentGeorge Todd Krail II
Bruce Braley Democratic Party Bruce Braley No
2nd Democratic Party Dave Loebsack
Republican Party John Archer
Dave Loebsack Democratic Party Dave Loebsack No
3rd Democratic Party Leonard Boswell
Republican Party Tom Latham
IndependentDavid Rosenfeld
IndependentScott G. Batcher
Leonard Boswell Republican Party Tom Latham Yes
4th Democratic Party Christie Vilsack
Republican Party Steve King
IndependentMartin James Monroe
Tom Latham Republican Party Steve King No
5th District Removed in Redistricting Steve King N/A N/A

Candidates

Note: Election results were added on election night as races were called. Vote totals will be added when official election results are 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 Bruce BraleyGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Ben Lange
Independent Gregory Hughes
Independent George Todd Krail II


May 8, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

2nd Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Dave LoebsackGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party John Archer


May 8, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Note: Richard Gates intended to run, but withdrew from the race on March 11, 2012.[16]
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3rd Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Leonard Boswell
Republican Party Tom LathamGreen check mark transparent.png
Independent David Rosenfeld
Independent Scott G. Batcher


May 8, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Independent Socialist Workers Party

4th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Christie Vilsack
Republican Party Steve King Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Martin James Monroe[19]


May 8, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Iowa Secretary of State "2012 Primary Election," Accessed July 24, 2012
  2. Iowa Secretary of State "Voter Pre-Registration," Accessed July 24, 2012
  3. Iowa Secretary of State "Election Day Registration," Accessed July 24, 2012
  4. New York Times "House Race Ratings," Accessed July 25, 2012
  5. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Iowa," September 2012
  6. The Iowa Republican "Ben Lange Prepares to make another run at Braley" December 16, 2011
  7. Des Moines Register "Dubuque businessman to challenge Braley" accessed December 16, 2011
  8. Eastern Iowa Government.com "Lange: Rematch with Braley in Iowa 1st like an open seat race" accessed December 16, 2011
  9. KCCI "June 5 Iowa State Primary Results" accessed June 5, 2012
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 WhoTV.com "POSITIVE OUTLOOK: Boswell said he feels confident about his chances" accessed December 16, 2011
  11. KCCI "June 5 Iowa State Primary Results" accessed June 5, 2012
  12. Iowa Secretary of State "Primary Candidate List" accessed March 19, 2012
  13. The Gazette "Quad Cities attorney to challenge Loebsack" accessed December 16, 2011
  14. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named elections
  15. The Quad City Times "Dolan is Loebsack's first GOP challenger" accessed December 16, 2011
  16. Gates for Congress "Lost and Found" accessed March 19, 2012
  17. The Washington Post "Tom Latham to run in Iowa’s 3rd District" accessed December 16, 2011
  18. Iowa Secretary of State "General Election Candidate List," accessed August 15, 2012
  19. Iowa Secretary of State "General Election Candidate List," accessed August 15, 2012
  20. 20.0 20.1 The Messenger "Vilsack launches campaign" accessed December 16, 2011