Virginia's 11th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Virginia's 11th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
June 12, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Gerald Connolly Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Gerald Connolly Democratic Party
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Virginia U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 11th Congressional District of Virginia held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This is the 11th Congressional District prior to the 2012 redistricting.

Gerald Connolly was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[1]

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, 2012. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 15, 2012.[2]

See also: Virginia elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Gerald Connolly (D), who was first elected to the House in 2008.

This was the first election which used new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Virginia's 11th Congressional District is located in the northern portion of the state, and includes parts of Prince William and Fairfax counties.[3]


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.

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

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Virginia District 11 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGerald Connolly Incumbent 61% 202,606
     Republican Chris Perkins 35.5% 117,902
     Green Joe Galdo 0.7% 2,195
     Independent Peter Marchetti 0.6% 1,919
     Independent Chris DeCarlo 0.9% 3,027
     Independent Mark Gibson 1.1% 3,806
     Write-In N/A 0.2% 788
Total Votes 332,243
Source: Virginia State Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Virginia

Following the 2010 Census, Virginia was redistricted. The state remained at 11 congressional seats. Redistricting plans were not solidified by the end of the 2011 session of the Virginia General Assembly.

In redistricting, The Hill published a list of the Top Ten House Members who were helped by redistricting.[6] Gerald Connolly ranked 8th on the list.[6] The article notes that Connolly inadvertently benefited from a Republican plan to build up Republican incumbent districts in the redistricting process. Connolly's 11th District lost portions of its Republican base to neighboring Frank Wolf's 10th District, resulting in a more Democratic district for Connolly.[6].

The 11th District was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[7][8]

District partisanship

FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012 study

See also: FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012

In 2012, FairVote did a study on partisanship in the congressional districts, giving each a percentage ranking (D/R) based on the new 2012 maps and comparing that to the old 2010 maps. Virginia's 11th District became more Democratic because of redistricting.[9]

  • 2012: 59D / 41R
  • 2010: 54D / 46R

Cook Political Report's PVI

See also: Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index

In 2012, Cook Political Report released its updated figures on the Partisan Voter Index, which measures each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. Virginia's 11th Congressional District has a PVI of D+7, which is the 126th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 63-37 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 54-46 percent over George W. Bush (R).[10]

Campaign contributions

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are the candidate's reports.

Gerald Connolly

Gerald Connolly Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]April 15, 2012$731,868.72$400,250.74$(116,005.33)$1,016,114.13
July Quarterly[12]July 15, 2012$1,044,235.77$171,887.77$(42,040.33)$1,174,083.21
Running totals

Chris Perkins

Chris Perkins Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[13]April 15, 2012$46,763.58$73,760.39$(35,162.74)$85,361.23
July Quarterly[14]July 15, 2012$60,340.78$40,603.76$(56,513.67)$44,430.87
Running totals

Joe Galdo

Joe Galdo Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[15]April 15, 2012$100$207.46$(207.46)$100
July Quarterly[16]July 15, 2012$100$4,456.22$(2,685.22)$1,871
Running totals

District history

Candidate ballot access
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On November 2, 2010, Gerry Connolly won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Keith S. Fimian (R), Christopher F. DeCarlo (I), David L. Dotson (L), David William Gillis, Jr. (Independent Green), and a write-in.[17]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Virginia, Congressional District 11, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGerald E. Connolly Incumbent 49.2% 111,720
     Republican Keith S. Fimian 48.8% 110,739
     Independent Christopher F. DeCarlo 0.8% 1,846
     Libertarian David L. Dotson 0.6% 1,382
     Independent Green David William Gillis, Jr. 0.4% 959
     Write-in Unlisted 0.1% 305
Total Votes 226,951

See also


  1. ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  2. Virginia State Board of Elections, "2012 November Election Calendar," accessed July 7, 2012
  3. Virginia Redistricting Map, "Map" accessed September 25, 2012
  4. The Hill "Rep. Connolly rules out 2012 Senate run; hopes for Kaine," accessed December 6, 2011
  5. Politico "Perkins: Ryan plans needs better sales pitch," accessed December 6, 2011
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 The Hill, "House members most helped by redistricting," accessed April 17, 2012
  7. Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer, "Virginia's congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
  8. Labels & Lists, "VoterMapping software voter counts"
  9. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Virginia," September 2012
  10. Cook Political Report "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" accessed October 2012
  11. Federal Election Commission, Gerald Connolly's April Quarterly report," accessed September 26, 2012
  12. Federal Election Commission, "Gerald Connolly's July Quarterly report," accessed September 26, 2012
  13. Federal Election Commission, Chris Perkins' April Quarterly report," accessed September 26, 2012
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Chris Perkins' July Quarterly report," accessed September 26, 2012
  15. Federal Election Commission, Joe Galdo's April Quarterly report," accessed September 26, 2012
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Joe Galdo's July Quarterly report," accessed September 26, 2012
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"