United States House of Representatives elections in Wisconsin, 2012

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2012 U.S. House Elections in Wisconsin

Primary Date
August 14, 2012

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Wisconsin District Pages
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2012 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Wisconsin took place on November 6, 2012. Voters elected eight candidates to serve in the U.S. House, one from each of the state's eight congressional districts.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
June 1, 2012
August 14, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Wisconsin has an open primary system, in which any registered voter can choose which party's primary to vote in, without having to be a member of that party.

Voter registration: Voter registration requirements may vary by municipality, although voters with valid ID must be granted a provisional ballot at the polls.[1]

See also: Wisconsin elections, 2012


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

The Center for Voting and Democracy (Fairvote) projected that both Democrats and Republicans would win three 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

Wisconsin had the 47th most competitive congressional primaries in 2012, with 12.5% of major party primaries having been contested (2 out of 16). The national average was 54.31%.

Seven U.S. House incumbents sought re-election in Wisconsin in 2012. 1 of those 7 (14.29%) 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 five of the eight Congressional seats from Wisconsin.

Members of the U.S. House from Wisconsin -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 3 3
     Republican Party 5 5
Total 8 8

Incumbents

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

Name Party District
Gwen Moore Electiondot.png Democratic 4
Jim Sensenbrenner Ends.png Republican 5
Paul Ryan Ends.png Republican 1
Reid Ribble Ends.png Republican 8
Ron Kind Electiondot.png Democratic 3
Sean Duffy Ends.png Republican 7
Tammy Baldwin Electiondot.png Democratic 2
Tom Petri Ends.png Republican 6

Margin of victory for winners

There were a total of 8 seats up for election in 2012 in Wisconsin. 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
Wisconsin, District 1 Republican Party Paul Ryan 11.5% 365,058 Rob Zerban
Wisconsin, District 2 Democratic Party Mark Pocan 36% 390,898 Chad Lee
Wisconsin, District 3 Democratic Party Ron Kind 28.3% 339,764 Ray Boland
Wisconsin, District 4 Democratic Party Gwen Moore 47.4% 325,788 Dan Sebring
Wisconsin, District 5 Republican Party Jim Sensenbrenner 35.7% 369,664 Dave Heaster
Wisconsin, District 6 Republican Party Tom Petri 24.3% 359,745 Joe Kallas
Wisconsin, District 7 Republican Party Sean Duffy 12.3% 359,669 Pat Kreitlow
Wisconsin, District 8 Republican Party Reid Ribble 12% 355,464 Jamie Wall

General election candidates

District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party Rob Zerban
Republican Party Paul Ryan
Libertarian Party Keith Deschler
Paul Ryan Republican Party Paul Ryan No
2nd Democratic Party Mark Pocan
Republican Party Chad Lee
Tammy Baldwin Democratic Party Mark Pocan No
3rd Democratic Party Ron Kind
Republican Party Ray Boland
Ron Kind Democratic Party Ron Kind No
4th Democratic Party Gwen Moore
Republican Party Dan Sebring
Independent Robert Raymond
Gwen Moore Democratic Party Gwen Moore No
5th Democratic Party Dave Heaster
Republican Party Jim Sensenbrenner
Jim Sensenbrenner Republican Party Jim Sensenbrenner No
6th Democratic Party Joe Kallas
Republican Party Tom Petri
Tom Petri Republican Party Tom Petri No
7th Democratic Party Pat Kreitlow
Republican Party Sean Duffy
Sean Duffy Republican Party Sean Duffy No
8th Democratic Party Jamie Wall
Republican Party Reid Ribble
Reid Ribble Republican Party Reid Ribble 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 Rob Zerban
Republican Party Paul Ryan Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Keith Deschler


August 14, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

  • Rob Zerban:Approveda Kenosha County board member, former small-business owner[4]

Republican Party Republican primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian candidate

2nd Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Mark Pocan Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Chad Lee


August 14, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Note: Dave Worzala[8] withdrew prior to the primary.[9]

Republican Party Republican Primary

Independent Third party candidates

Note: Joe Kopsick[10] and Rocky Ison did not collect the necessary signatures to appear on the ballot.[5]


3rd Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Ron KindGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Ray Boland


August 14, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

  • Ray Boland:Approveda Retired Army colonel, former Wisconsin state Veterans' Affairs secretary[11]

4th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Gwen MooreGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Dan Sebring
Independent Robert Raymond


August 14, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Independent Independent candidate


5th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Dave Heaster
Republican Party Jim Sensenbrenner Green check mark transparent.png


August 14, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

6th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Joe Kallas
Republican Party Tom PetriGreen check mark transparent.png


August 14, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary


7th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Pat Kreitlow
Republican Party Sean Duffy Green check mark transparent.png


August 14, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Independent Independent candidate

8th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Jamie Wall
Republican Party Reid Ribble Green check mark transparent.png


August 14, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

See also

References