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{{Vaelecbanner12}}{{Vacong2012toc}}The [[United States House of Representatives elections, 2012|2012 U.S. House of Representatives]] elections in [[Virginia]] will take place on [[United States Congress elections, 2012|November 6, 2012]]. Voters will '''elect 11 candidates to serve in the [[U.S. House]]''', one from each of the state's 11 congressional districts.  
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{{Vaelecbanner12}}{{Vacong2012toc}}The [[United States House of Representatives elections, 2012|2012 U.S. House of Representatives]] elections in [[Virginia]] took place on [[United States Congress elections, 2012|November 6, 2012]]. Voters '''elected 11 candidates to serve in the [[U.S. House]]''', one from each of the state's 11 congressional districts.
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|Primary=Virginia has an [[Open primary|open primary]] system, in which any registered voter may choose which party's primary to vote in.
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|Voter registration=Voters had to register to [[Voting in the 2012 primary elections|vote in the primary]] by May 21. For the [[Voting in the 2012 general elections|general election]], the voter registration deadline was October 15.<ref>[http://www.sbe.virginia.gov/cms/documents/ElecCal/Website%20-%20November%20Calendar.pdf ''Virginia State Board of Elections'' "2012 November Election Calendar," Accessed July 7, 2012]</ref>
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According to the ''New York Times'' race ratings in October 2012, one of the 11 districts was considered to be in play, [[Virginia's 2nd congressional district elections, 2012|District 2]].<ref>[http://elections.nytimes.com/2012/ratings/house ''New York Times'' "House Race Ratings," Accessed July 25, 2012]</ref>
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The ''Center for Voting and Democracy'' (Fairvote) [[FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012|projected]] that Democrats would win three districts while Republicans would win six seats.  It did not make a projection for the remaining two districts.<ref>[http://www.fairvote.org/assets/2012-Redistricting/VARedistrictingAnalysis.pdf'' "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Virginia," September 2012]</ref>
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==Primary competitiveness==
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:: ''See also: [[National contested primary average during the 2012 U.S. congressional elections]]''
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Virginia had the '''43rd''' most competitive congressional primaries in 2012, with 27.27% of major party primaries having been contested (6 out of 22).  The national average was 54.31%.
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Eleven [[U.S. House]] incumbents sought re-election in Virginia in 2012.  4 of those 11 (36.36%) faced a primary challenger.  Nationwide, 200 out of the 386 incumbents seeking re-election faced a primary challenger (51.81%).
  
The [[Signature requirements and deadlines for 2012 U.S. Congress elections|signature filing deadline]] for candidates wishing to run was March 29, 2012. The primary elections were held on June 12, 2012.
 
 
==Partisan breakdown==
 
==Partisan breakdown==
Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party holds eight of the 11 congressional seats from [[Virginia]].  
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Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party held eight of the 11 congressional seats from [[Virginia]].  
 
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===Incumbents===
 
===Incumbents===
Heading into the 2012 election, the incumbents for the 11 congressional districts are:
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Heading into the 2012 election, the incumbents for the 11 congressional districts were:
 
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==Margin of victory for winners==
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There were a total of 11 seats up for election in 2012 in Virginia. 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%.
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| Virginia, District 10 ||{{reddot}} [[Frank Wolf]]||19.7%||366,444||Kristin Cabral
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| Virginia, District 11 ||{{bluedot}} [[Gerald Connolly]]||25.5%||332,243||Chris Perkins
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| Virginia, District 1 ||{{reddot}} [[Robert J. Wittman]]||15.1%||356,806||Adam Cook
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| Virginia, District 2 ||{{reddot}} [[Scott Rigell]]||7.7%||309,222||Paul Hirschbiel
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| Virginia, District 3 ||{{bluedot}} [[Robert C. Scott]]||62.8%||318,936||Dean Longo
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| Virginia, District 4 ||{{reddot}} [[Randy Forbes]]||14%||350,046||Ella Ward
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| Virginia, District 5 ||{{reddot}} [[Robert Hurt]]||12.6%||348,111||John Douglass
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| Virginia, District 6 ||{{reddot}} [[Bob Goodlatte]]||30.7%||323,893||Andy Schmookler
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| Virginia, District 7 ||{{reddot}} [[Eric Cantor]]||17%||381,909||E. Wayne Powell
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| Virginia, District 8 ||{{bluedot}} [[Jim Moran]]||34%||351,187||Patrick Murray
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| Virginia, District 9 ||{{reddot}} [[Morgan Griffith]]||22.7%||301,658||Anthony Flaccavento
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[[File:Virginia's Congressional Districts Before and After the 2010 Census Redistricting.jpg|link=http://www.censusviewer.com/district-maps/2012/09/Virginia-congressional-districts-comparison-2001-2011/|thumb|450px|This is [http://www.censusviewer.com/district-maps/2012/09/Virginia-congressional-districts-comparison-2001-2011/ a map of the congressional districts of Virginia] before and after the [[Redistricting in Virginia|2010 redistricting]]. The image also includes the partisan breakdown of the districts that are close in registration figures.]]
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==Candidates==
 
==Candidates==
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{{Candidate list noteB|Date=October 20, 2012}}
 
===[[Virginia's 1st congressional district elections, 2012|1st Congressional District]]===
 
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2012 U.S. House Elections in Virginia

Primary Date
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2012 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Virginia took place on November 6, 2012. Voters elected 11 candidates to serve in the U.S. House, one from each of the state's 11 congressional districts.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 29, 2012
June 12, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Virginia has an open primary system, in which any registered voter may choose which party's primary to vote in.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by May 21. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 15.[1]

See also: Virginia elections, 2012


According to the New York Times race ratings in October 2012, one of the 11 districts was considered to be in play, District 2.[2]

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

Primary competitiveness

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

Virginia had the 43rd most competitive congressional primaries in 2012, with 27.27% of major party primaries having been contested (6 out of 22). The national average was 54.31%.

Eleven U.S. House incumbents sought re-election in Virginia in 2012. 4 of those 11 (36.36%) 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 11 congressional seats from Virginia.

Members of the U.S. House from Virginia -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 3 3
     Republican Party 8 8
Total 11 11

Incumbents

Heading into the 2012 election, the incumbents for the 11 congressional districts were:

Name Party District
Bob Goodlatte Ends.png Republican 6
Eric Cantor Ends.png Republican 7
Frank Wolf Ends.png Republican 10
Gerry Connolly Electiondot.png Democratic 11
Jim Moran Electiondot.png Democratic 8
Morgan Griffith Ends.png Republican 9
Randy Forbes Ends.png Republican 4
Bobby Scott Electiondot.png Democratic 3
Robert Hurt Ends.png Republican 5
Rob Wittman Ends.png Republican 1
Scott Rigell Ends.png Republican 2

Margin of victory for winners

There were a total of 11 seats up for election in 2012 in Virginia. 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
Virginia, District 10 Republican Party Frank Wolf 19.7% 366,444 Kristin Cabral
Virginia, District 11 Democratic Party Gerald Connolly 25.5% 332,243 Chris Perkins
Virginia, District 1 Republican Party Robert J. Wittman 15.1% 356,806 Adam Cook
Virginia, District 2 Republican Party Scott Rigell 7.7% 309,222 Paul Hirschbiel
Virginia, District 3 Democratic Party Robert C. Scott 62.8% 318,936 Dean Longo
Virginia, District 4 Republican Party Randy Forbes 14% 350,046 Ella Ward
Virginia, District 5 Republican Party Robert Hurt 12.6% 348,111 John Douglass
Virginia, District 6 Republican Party Bob Goodlatte 30.7% 323,893 Andy Schmookler
Virginia, District 7 Republican Party Eric Cantor 17% 381,909 E. Wayne Powell
Virginia, District 8 Democratic Party Jim Moran 34% 351,187 Patrick Murray
Virginia, District 9 Republican Party Morgan Griffith 22.7% 301,658 Anthony Flaccavento

General election candidates

This is a map of the congressional districts of Virginia 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 Adam Cook
Republican Party Robert J. Wittman
Independent Gail Parker
Rob Wittman Republican Party Robert J. Wittman No
2nd Democratic Party Paul Hirschbiel
Republican Party Scott Rigell
Scott Rigell Republican Party Scott Rigell No
3rd Democratic Party Robert C. Scott
Republican Party Dean Longo
Bobby Scott Democratic Party Robert C. Scott No
4th Democratic Party Ella Ward
Republican Party Randy Forbes
Randy Forbes Republican Party Randy Forbes No
5th Democratic Party John Douglass
Republican Party Robert Hurt
Green Party Kenneth Hildebrandt
Robert Hurt Republican Party Robert Hurt No
6th Democratic Party Andy Schmookler
Republican Party Bob Goodlatte
Bob Goodlatte Republican Party Bob Goodlatte No
7th Democratic Party E. Wayne Powell
Republican PartyEric Cantor
Eric Cantor Republican PartyEric Cantor No
8th Democratic Party Jim Moran
Republican Party Patrick Murray
Green Party Janet Murphy
Independent Jason Howell
Jim Moran Democratic Party Jim Moran No
9th Democratic Party Anthony Flaccavento
Republican Party Morgan Griffith
Morgan Griffith Republican Party Morgan Griffith No
10th Democratic Party Kristin Cabral
Republican Party Frank Wolf
Independent Kevin Chisholm
Frank Wolf Republican Party Frank Wolf No
11th Democratic Party Gerald Connolly
Republican Party Chris Perkins
Green Party Joe Galdo
Independent Peter Marchetti
Independent Chris DeCarlo
Independent Mark Gibson
Gerry Connolly Democratic Party Gerald Connolly No

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 Adam Cook
Republican Party Robert J. Wittman Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Gail Parker


June 12, 2012,, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Adam Cook: Afghanistan veteran[4]Approveda

Republican Party Republican Primary

Robert J. Wittman: Incumbent[5]Approveda

2nd Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Paul Hirschbiel
Republican Party Scott Rigell Green check mark transparent.png


June 12, 2012,, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

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3rd Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Robert C. Scott Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Dean Longo


June 12, 2012,, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

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4th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Ella Ward
Republican Party Randy Forbes Green check mark transparent.png


June 12, 2012,, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

5th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party John Douglass
Republican Party Robert Hurt Green check mark transparent.png
Green Party Kenneth Hildebrandt


June 12, 2012,, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Green Party Green Party candidate

6th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Andy Schmookler
Republican Party Bob Goodlatte Green check mark transparent.png


June 12, 2012,, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

7th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party E. Wayne Powell
Republican Party Eric Cantor Green check mark transparent.png


June 12, 2012,, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

8th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Jim Moran Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Patrick Murray
Green Party Janet Murphy
Independent Jason Howell


June 12, 2012,, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Green Party Green Party candidate

Independent Independent candidate

9th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Anthony Flaccavento
Republican Party Morgan Griffith Green check mark transparent.png


June 12, 2012,, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

10th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Kristin Cabral
Republican Party Frank Wolf Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Kevin Chisholm


June 12, 2012,, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Independent Independent candidate

11th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Gerald Connolly Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Chris Perkins
Green Party Joe Galdo
Independent Peter Marchetti
Independent Chris DeCarlo
Independent Mark Gibson


June 12, 2012,, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Green Party Green Party candidate

Independent Independent candidates

See also

References

  1. Virginia State Board of Elections "2012 November Election Calendar," Accessed July 7, 2012
  2. New York Times "House Race Ratings," Accessed July 25, 2012
  3. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Virginia," September 2012
  4. Fredericksburg Freelance-Star "Wittman re-election bid to make stop in Stafford," May 18, 2012
  5. Virginia State Board of Elections "Candidates List," accessed April 5, 2012
  6. Virginian-Pilot "Va. Beach businessman seeks U.S. House seat," accessed December 5, 2011
  7. Virginian-Pilot "Rigell's rookie year: No triumph, many tests," accessed December 5, 2011
  8. Washington Post "Scott will not run for U.S. Senate race; endorses Kaine," accessed December 6, 2011
  9. Chuck Smith 2012 Campaign website, accessed December 6, 2011
  10. 10.0 10.1 Virginia State Board of Elections "Election Results" accessed June 12, 2012
  11. The Roanoke Times "Democrat Schmookler announces bid for 6th District congressional seat," accessed December 6, 2011
  12. NBC 29 "Kwiatkowski announces run for 6th District seat," accessed December 6, 2011
  13. CBS 6 "Richmond lawyer announces campaign for Cantor's seat," accessed December 6, 2011
  14. Washington Post blog "UPDATE: After initial rejection, Moran challenger will be on primary ballot," April 9, 2012
  15. ARL Now "Patrick Murray: Rematch With Jim Moran in 2012," accessed December 6, 2011
  16. The Roanoke Times "Democrats pick Douglass, Flaccavento to challenge in 5th, 9th Districts," May 20, 2012
  17. Fairfax Times "McLean attorney to challenge Wolf in 10th Congressional District," April 18, 2012
  18. The Hill "Rep. Connolly rules out 2012 Senate run; hopes for Kaine," accessed December 6, 2011
  19. Politico "Perkins: Ryan plans needs better sales pitch," accessed December 6, 2011