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United States House of Representatives elections in Mississippi, 2012

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2012 U.S. House Elections in Mississippi

Primary Date
March 13, 2012

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Mississippi District Pages
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2012 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Mississippi 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
January 13, 2012
March 13, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Mississippi has an open primary system, meaning any registered voter can vote in any party's primary.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by February 11. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 6.[1]

See also: Mississippi elections, 2012


The Center for Voting and Democracy (Fairvote) projected that Democrats would win one district while Republicans would win three seats.[2]

Primary competitiveness

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

Mississippi tied with Missouri, Nevada, and Ohio for having the 15th most competitive congressional primaries in 2012, with 62.5% of major party primaries having been contested (5 out of 8). The national average was 54.31%.

Four U.S. House incumbents ran for re-election in Mississippi in 2012. 4 of those 4 (100%) 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 three of the four Congressional seats from Mississippi.

Members of the U.S. House from Mississippi -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 1 1
     Republican Party 3 3
Total 4 4

Incumbents

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

Name Party District
Alan Nunnelee Ends.png Republican 1
Bennie Thompson Electiondot.png Democratic 2
Gregg Harper Ends.png Republican 3
Steven Palazzo Ends.png Republican 4

Margin of victory for winners

There were a total of 4 seats up for election in 2012 in Mississippi. 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
Mississippi, District 1 Republican Party Alan Nunnelee 23.5% 309,177 Brad Morris
Mississippi, District 2 Democratic Party Bennie Thompson 36.2% 320,244 Bill Marcy
Mississippi, District 3 Republican Party Gregg Harper 60% 293,322 John Luke Pannell
Mississippi, District 4 Republican Party Steven Palazzo 35.3% 285,432 Matthew Moore

General election candidates

This is a map of the congressional districts of Mississippi 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 Brad Morris
Republican Party Alan Nunnelee
Constitution Party Jim R. Bourland
Libertarian Party Danny Bedwell
Reform Party Chris Potts
Alan Nunnelee Republican Party Alan Nunnelee No
2nd Democratic Party Bennie Thompson
Republican Party Bill Marcy
Independent Cobby Williams
Reform Party Lajena Williams
Bennie Thompson Democratic Party Bennie Thompson No
3rd Democratic Party Vicki Slater
Republican Party Gregg Harper
Reform Party John Luke Pannell
Gregg Harper Republican Party Gregg Harper No
4th Democratic Party Matthew Moore
Republican Party Steven Palazzo
Libertarian Party Ron Williams
Reform Party Robert W. Claunch
Steven Palazzo Republican Party Steven Palazzo No

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 Brad Morris
Republican Party Alan NunneleeGreen check mark transparent.png
Constitution Party Jim R. Bourland
Libertarian Party Danny Bedwell
Reform Party Chris Potts


March 13, 2012 primary results
Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Constitution Party Constitution Party candidate

Libertarian Party Libertarian Party candidate

Reform Party Reform Party candidate

2nd Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Bennie ThompsonGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Bill Marcy
Independent Cobby Williams
Reform Party Lajena Williams


Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Independent Non-partisan candidate

Reform Party Reform Party candidate

3rd Congressional District

General election candidates

Republican Party Gregg HarperGreen check mark transparent.png
Reform Party John Luke Pannell
Note: Crystal C. Biggs (D) withdrew from the race in September 2012 after winning the primary, citing an illness. Vicki Slater was set to replace her on the ballot but declined to enter the race.[7]


Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Reform Party Reform Party candidate

4th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Matthew Moore
Republican Party Steven PalazzoGreen check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Ron Williams
Reform Party Robert W. Claunch
Note: Michael Herrington (D) withdrew from the race in September 2012 after winning the primary, citing an illness in the family.[10]


Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Party candidate

Reform Party Reform Party candidate


See also

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