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|Voter registration=Voters had to register to [[Voting in the 2012 primary elections|vote in the primary]] by April 13. For the [[Voting in the 2012 general elections|general election]], the voter registration deadline was October 12.<ref>[http://www.ncsbe.gov/content.aspx?id=1&s=1 ''North Carolina State Board of Elections'' "Registering to Vote in North Carolina," accessed July 26, 2012]</ref>
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Runoffs for primaries with top vote-getters receiving less than 40% of the vote were held on July 17.
 
Runoffs for primaries with top vote-getters receiving less than 40% of the vote were held on July 17.
  
According to the ''New York Times'' race ratings in October 2012, four of the 13 districts were considered to be in play. Those were the [[North Carolina's 7th Congressional District elections, 2012|7th]], [[North Carolina's 8th Congressional District elections, 2012|8th]], [[North Carolina's 11th Congressional District elections, 2012|11th]] and [[North Carolina's 13th Congressional District elections, 2012|13th]] districts.<ref>[http://elections.nytimes.com/2012/ratings/house ''New York Times'' "House Race Ratings," accessed July 25, 2012]</ref>
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According to the ''New York Times'' race ratings in October 2012, four of the 13 districts were considered to be in play. Those were the [[North Carolina's 7th Congressional District elections, 2012|7th]], [[North Carolina's 8th Congressional District elections, 2012|8th]], [[North Carolina's 11th Congressional District elections, 2012|11th]] and [[North Carolina's 13th Congressional District elections, 2012|13th]] districts.<ref>[http://elections.nytimes.com/2012/ratings/house ''New York Times'', "House Race Ratings," accessed July 25, 2012]</ref>
  
 
The ''Center for Voting and Democracy'' (Fairvote) [[FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012|projected]] that Democrats would win three districts while Republicans would win 10 seats.<ref>[http://www.fairvote.org/assets/2012-Redistricting/NCRedistrictingAnalysis.pdf'', "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in North Carolina," September 2012]</ref> Democrats won four of the 13 U.S. House seats -- despite winning the overall statewide popular vote in U.S. House races.<ref>[http://www.fairvote.org/fairvote-s-unique-methodology-shows-that-52-of-voters-wanted-a-democratic-house#.UKOh9oe5-QK ''Fairvote'', "FairVote's Unique Methodology Shows That 52% of Voters Wanted a Democratic House," November 13, 2012]</ref>
 
The ''Center for Voting and Democracy'' (Fairvote) [[FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012|projected]] that Democrats would win three districts while Republicans would win 10 seats.<ref>[http://www.fairvote.org/assets/2012-Redistricting/NCRedistrictingAnalysis.pdf'', "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in North Carolina," September 2012]</ref> Democrats won four of the 13 U.S. House seats -- despite winning the overall statewide popular vote in U.S. House races.<ref>[http://www.fairvote.org/fairvote-s-unique-methodology-shows-that-52-of-voters-wanted-a-democratic-house#.UKOh9oe5-QK ''Fairvote'', "FairVote's Unique Methodology Shows That 52% of Voters Wanted a Democratic House," November 13, 2012]</ref>
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==Race background==
 
==Race background==
The [http://www.Washingtonpost.com Washington Post] listed the [[United States House of Representatives|House of Representatives]] elections in [[North Carolina]] in 2012 as one of the [http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/the-10-states-that-will-determine-control-of-the-house-in-2012/2011/11/18/gIQAXZYCZN_blog.html10 states that could have determined whether Democrats retook the House] or [[Republican]]s held their majority in 2013.<ref name="WP">[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/the-10-states-that-will-determine-control-of-the-house-in-2012/2011/11/18/gIQAXZYCZN_blog.html ''Washington Post'', "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012" Accessed April 25, 2012]</ref> [[North Carolina]] was rated 8th on the list.<ref name="WP"/>
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The [http://www.Washingtonpost.com Washington Post] listed the [[United States House of Representatives|House of Representatives]] elections in [[North Carolina]] in 2012 as one of the [http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/the-10-states-that-will-determine-control-of-the-house-in-2012/2011/11/18/gIQAXZYCZN_blog.html10 states that could have determined whether Democrats retook the House] or [[Republican]]s held their majority in 2013.<ref name="WP">[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/the-10-states-that-will-determine-control-of-the-house-in-2012/2011/11/18/gIQAXZYCZN_blog.html ''Washington Post'', "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012" accessed April 25, 2012]</ref> [[North Carolina]] was rated 8th on the list.<ref name="WP"/>
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==

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2012 U.S. House Elections in North Carolina

Primary Date
May 8, 2012

Partisan breakdownCandidates

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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2012 U.S. House of Representatives elections in North Carolina took place on November 6, 2012. Voters elected 13 candidates to serve in the U.S. House, one from each of the state's 13 congressional districts.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
February 29, 2012
May 8, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: North Carolina 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 April 13. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 12.[1]

See also: North Carolina elections, 2012


Runoffs for primaries with top vote-getters receiving less than 40% of the vote were held on July 17.

According to the New York Times race ratings in October 2012, four of the 13 districts were considered to be in play. Those were the 7th, 8th, 11th and 13th districts.[2]

The Center for Voting and Democracy (Fairvote) projected that Democrats would win three districts while Republicans would win 10 seats.[3] Democrats won four of the 13 U.S. House seats -- despite winning the overall statewide popular vote in U.S. House races.[4]

Primary competitiveness

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

North Carolina had the 13th most competitive congressional primaries in 2012, with 69.23% of major party primaries having been contested (18 out of 26). The national average was 54.31%.

Ten U.S. House incumbents sought re-election in North Carolina in 2012. 7 of those 10 (70%) 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 seven of the 13 Congressional seats from North Carolina.

Members of the U.S. House from North Carolina -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 7 4
     Republican Party 6 9
Total 13 13

Incumbents

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

Name Party District
Brad Miller Electiondot.png Democratic 13
David Price Electiondot.png Democratic 4
G.K. Butterfield Electiondot.png Democratic 1
Heath Shuler Electiondot.png Democratic 11
Howard Coble Ends.png Republican 6
Larry Kissell Electiondot.png Democratic 8
Melvin L. Watt Electiondot.png Democratic 12
Mike McIntyre Electiondot.png Democratic 7
Patrick T. McHenry Ends.png Republican 10
Renee Ellmers Ends.png Republican 2
Sue Wilkins Myrick Ends.png Republican 9
Virginia Foxx Ends.png Republican 5
Walter B. Jones Ends.png Republican 3

Margin of victory for winners

There were a total of 13 seats up for election in 2012 in North Carolina. 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
North Carolina, District 10 Republican Party Patrick McHenry 14% 334,849 Patricia Keever
North Carolina, District 11 Republican Party Mark Meadows 14.8% 331,426 Hayden Rogers
North Carolina, District 12 Democratic Party Melvin L. Watt 59.3% 310,908 Jack Brosch
North Carolina, District 13 Republican Party George E.B. Holding 13.6% 370,610 Charles Malone
North Carolina, District 1 Democratic Party G.K. Butterfield 52.5% 338,066 Pete DiLauro
North Carolina, District 2 Republican Party Renee Ellmers 14.5% 311,397 Steve Wilkins
North Carolina, District 3 Republican Party Walter B. Jones 26.2% 309,885 Erik Anderson
North Carolina, District 4 Democratic Party David E. Price 48.9% 348,485 Tim D'Annunzio
North Carolina, District 5 Republican Party Virginia Foxx 15.1% 349,197 Elisabeth Motsinger
North Carolina, District 6 Republican Party Howard Coble 21.8% 364,583 Tony Foriest
North Carolina, District 7 Democratic Party Mike McIntyre 0.2% 336,736 David Rouzer
North Carolina, District 8 Republican Party Richard Hudson 7.8% 302,280 Larry Kissell
North Carolina, District 9 Republican Party Robert Pittenger 6.1% 375,690 Jennifer Roberts

General election candidates

District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party G.K. Butterfield
Republican Party Pete DiLauro
Libertarian Party Darryl Holloman
G.K. Butterfield Democratic Party G.K. Butterfield No
2nd Democratic Party Steve Wilkins
Republican Party Renee Ellmers
Libertarian Party Brian Irving
Renee Ellmers Republican Party Renee Ellmers No
3rd Democratic Party Erik Anderson
Republican Party Walter B. Jones
Walter B. Jones Republican Party Walter B. Jones No
4th Democratic Party David E. Price
Republican Party Tim D'Annunzio
David Price Democratic Party David E. Price No
5th Democratic Party Elisabeth Motsinger
Republican Party Virginia Foxx
Virginia Foxx Republican Party Virginia Foxx No
6th Democratic Party Tony Foriest
Republican Party Howard Coble
Howard Coble Republican Party Howard Coble No
7th Democratic Party Mike McIntyre
Republican Party David Rouzer
Mike McIntyre Democratic Party Mike McIntyre No
8th Democratic Party Larry Kissell
Republican Party Richard Hudson
Larry Kissell Republican Party Richard Hudson Yes
9th Democratic Party Jennifer Roberts
Republican Party Robert Pittenger
Libertarian Party Curtis Campbell
Sue Wilkins Myrick Republican Party Robert Pittenger No
10th Democratic Party Patricia Keever
Republican Party Patrick McHenry
Patrick T. McHenry Republican Party Patrick McHenry No
11th Democratic Party Hayden Rogers
Republican Party Mark Meadows
Heath Shuler Republican Party Mark Meadows Yes
12th Democratic Party Melvin L. Watt
Republican Party Jack Brosch
Melvin L. Watt Democratic Party Melvin L. Watt No
13th Democratic Party Charles Malone
Republican Party George E.B. Holding
Brad Miller Republican Party George E.B. Holding Yes

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 G.K. ButterfieldGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Pete DiLauro
Libertarian Party Darryl Holloman


May 8, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Candidate

2nd Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Steve Wilkins
Republican Party Renee EllmersGreen check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Brian Irving


May 8, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Republican Party Republican primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Candidate

  • Note: Jim Bibbs initially declared but did not appear on the primary ballot:[12]

3rd Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Erik Anderson
Republican Party Walter B. JonesGreen check mark transparent.png


May 8, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

4th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party David E. PriceGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Tim D'Annunzio


May 8, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Republican Party Republican primary

Note: Doug Yopp initially declared but did not appear on the primary ballot:[18]

5th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Elisabeth Motsinger
Republican Party Virginia FoxxGreen check mark transparent.png


May 8, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

6th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Tony Foriest
Republican Party Howard CobleGreen check mark transparent.png


May 8, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

7th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Mike McIntyre Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party David Rouzer


May 8, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Note: Timothy Alan Wilkes appeared on initial lists but ultimately withdrew prior to the primary.[21]

8th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Larry Kissell[22]
Republican Party Richard HudsonGreen check mark transparent.png


July 17, 2012 Republican Runoff candidates


May 8, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

9th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Jennifer Roberts
Republican Party Robert PittengerGreen check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Curtis Campbell


July 17, 2012 Republican primary runoff candidates


May 8, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Republican Party Republican primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Candidate

10th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Patricia Keever
Republican Party Patrick McHenryGreen check mark transparent.png


May 8, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

11th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Hayden Rogers
Republican Party Mark MeadowsGreen check mark transparent.png


July 17, 2012 Republican primary runoff candidates


May 8, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Republican Party Republican primary

Note: Dan Eichenbaum appeared on initial lists but ultimately withdrew prior to the primary.[47]

12th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Melvin L. WattGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Jack Brosch


May 8, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

13th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Charles Malone
Republican Party George E.B. HoldingGreen check mark transparent.png


May 8, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary


Race background

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in North Carolina in 2012 as one of the states that could have determined whether Democrats retook the House or Republicans held their majority in 2013.[51] North Carolina was rated 8th on the list.[51]

See also

External links

References

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  2. New York Times, "House Race Ratings," accessed July 25, 2012
  3. , "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in North Carolina," September 2012
  4. Fairvote, "FairVote's Unique Methodology Shows That 52% of Voters Wanted a Democratic House," November 13, 2012
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  6. wbtv.com "NC candidate filings for federal, statewide races" accessed March 2, 2012
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  10. Fayetteville Observer" Renee Ellmers gets another opponent in U.S. congressional race" accessed February 25, 2012
  11. wral.com "NC GOP candidates seek Ellmers, Myrick seats" accessed February 25, 2012
  12. NBC17 "Republican challenger joins race for District 4" "Democrat Jim Bibbs dropping out of 2nd District congressional election" accessed April 27, 2012
  13. wbtv.com "NC candidate filings for federal, statewide races" accessed March 2, 2012
  14. New Bern Sun Journal "Former New Bern Police chief to run for Congress" accessed January 27, 2012
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 15.5 15.6 15.7 15.8 Roll Call "Brad Miller opens door to running in different district," accessed December 26, 2011
  16. Burlington Times-News "Burlington man to run against Coble for Congress" accessed February 28, 2012
  17. Official George Hutchins Campaign Website
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  19. Ashe Mountain Times "Second Democrat confirms run for US 5th District" accessed February 25, 2012
  20. digtriad.com "Alsotn not seeking re-election, Yow running for Congress" accessed February 25, 2012
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  22. Coshocton Tribune "GOP candidates Hudson, Keadle face runoff," May 8, 2012
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 Charlotte Observer "8th District GOP field grows," accessed December 26, 2011
  24. Salisbury Post "Steen makes it official as Republican field taking on Kissell Grows," accessed December 26, 2011
  25. Charlotte Observer "Roberts jumps in 9th District" accessed February 25, 2012
  26. CarolinaPoliticsonline "Dan Barry switches from 8th District to 9th" accessed February 25, 2012
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  50. News & Observer "Holding to run for Miller's seat," accessed December 26, 2011
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