Virginia's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

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Virginia's 2nd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
June 12, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Scott Rigell Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Scott Rigell Republican Party
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2nd Congressional District of Virginia held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This is the 2nd Congressional District prior to the 2012 redistricting.

Scott Rigell 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 Scott Rigell (R), who was first elected to the House in 2010.

This was the first election which used new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Virginia's 2nd Congressional District is located in the eastern portion of the state, and includes Accomack, Northampton, and Virginia Beach City counties.[3]

Candidates

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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

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Virginia District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Paul Hirschbiel 46.1% 142,548
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngScott Rigell Incumbent 53.8% 166,231
     Write-In N/A 0.1% 443
Total Votes 309,222
Source: Virginia State Board of Elections, "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Race background

Virginia's 2nd was considered to be Leaning Republican according to the New York Times race ratings. Republican incumbent Scott Rigell was challenged by Paul Hirschbiel, a moderate Democrat.[6]

Virginia's 2nd District was included in the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's "Red to Blue List," which identified districts that the organization specifically targeted to flip from Republican to Democratic control.[7]

Incumbent Scott Rigell was a part of the National Republican Congressional Committee's Patriot Program, a program to help House Republicans stay on offense and increase their majority in 2012.[8]

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Virginia

Following the results of the 2010 Census, Virginia was redistricted in order to more evenly distribute representation among the population.

The 2nd District was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[9][10]

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 2nd District partisan breakdown did not change because of redistricting.[11]

  • 2012: 47D / 53R
  • 2010: 47D / 53R

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 2nd Congressional District has a PVI of R+5, which is the 181st most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 51-49 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 58-42 percent over John Kerry (D).[12]

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.

Paul Hirschbiel

Paul Hirschbiel Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[13]April 14, 2012$438,000.54$326,766.53$(85,512.38)$679,254.69
July Quarterly[14]July 15, 2012$650,736.18$228,042.10$(61,696.21)$797,082.07
Running totals
$554,808.63$(147,208.59)

Scott Rigell

Scott Rigell Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[15]April 15, 2012$712,322.21$293,257.19$(107,327.37)$898,252.07
July Quarterly[16]July 13, 2012$890,976.48$233,029.54$(53,888.55)$1,070,117.47
Running totals
$526,286.73$(161,215.92)

District history

Candidate ballot accecss
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2010

On November 2, 2010, Scott Rigell won election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating incumbent Glenn C. Nye (D), Kenny E. Golden (I), and a write-in.[17]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Virginia, Congressional District 2, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngE. Scott Rigell 53.1% 88,340
     Democratic Glenn C. Nye Incumbent 42.5% 70,591
     Independent Kenny E. Golden 4.3% 7,194
     Write-in Unnamed 0.1% 164
Total Votes 166,289

See also

References