Virginia's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012

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Virginia's 3rd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
June 12, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Robert C. Scott Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Robert C. Scott Democratic Party
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 3rd Congressional District of Virginia held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This is the 3rd Congressional District prior to the 2012 redistricting.

Robert C. Scott 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 Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (D), who was first elected to the House in 1992.

This was the first election which used new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Virginia's 3rd Congressional District is located in the eastern portion of the state, and includes Charles City, colonial Heights City, Surry, Hampton City and Norfolk City counties.[3]

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.

General election candidates

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


June 12, 2012,, primary results

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Republican Party Republican Primary

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Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Virginia District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRobert C. Scott Incumbent 81.3% 259,199
     Republican Dean Longo 18.5% 58,931
     Write-In N/A 0.3% 806
Total Votes 318,936
Source: Virginia State Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

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 3rd District was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[6][7]

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 3rd District became more Democratic because of redistricting.[8]

  • 2012: 75D / 25R
  • 2010: 72D / 28R

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 3rd Congressional District has a PVI of D+23, which is the 34th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 79-21 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 70-30 percent over George W. Bush (R).[9]

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.

Robert Scott

Robert Scott Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[10]April 15, 2012$36,811.24$20,385$(29,239.43)$27,956.81
July Quarterly[11]July 15, 2012$28,265.22$111,100$(17,042.92)$122,322.30
Running totals
$131,485$(46,282.35)

Dean Longo

Paul Dean Longo Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[12]April 15, 2012$25.22$5,610$(5,503.08)$132.14
July Quarterly[13]July 15, 2012$8,201.37$1,050$(2,386.50)$6,864.87
Running totals
$6,660$(7,889.58)

District history

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2010

On November 2, 2010, Robert Scott won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating C.L. "Chuck" Smith, Jr. (R), John D. Kelly (I), James J. Quigley (L), and a write-in.[14]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Virginia, Congressional District 3rd, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRobert C. "Bobby" Scott Incumbent 70% 114,754
     Republican C.L. "Chuck" Smith, Jr. 27.2% 44,553
     Independent John D. Kelly 1.2% 2,039
     Libertarian James J. Quigley 1.5% 2,383
     Write-in Unnamed 0.1% 171
Total Votes 163,900

See also

References