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Virginia's 5th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Virginia's 5th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
June 12, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Robert Hurt Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Robert Hurt Republican Party
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Virginia U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 5th congressional district of Virginia held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This is the 5th congressional district prior to the 2012 redistricting.

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

See also: Virginia elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Robert Hurt (R), who was first elected to the House in 2010. He unseated incumbent Tom Perriello, who has declared no intention to run in 2012.[3]

This was the first election which used new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Virginia's 5th congressional district is located in the central portion of the state, stretching vertically across the state and includes Brunswick, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Halifax, Charlotte, Prince Edward, Powhatan, Fluvanna, Charlottesville City, Buckinham, Appomattox, Greene, Madison, Fauquier, Rappahannock, Nelson, Campbell, Bedford, Bedford City, Franklin, Pittsylvania, Henry, and Danville City counties.[4]

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 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

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 5th district was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[5][6]

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 5th District partisan breakdown did not change because of redistricting.[7]

  • 2012: 45D / 55R
  • 2010: 45D / 55R

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 5th congressional district has a PVI of R+6, which is the 170th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 52-48 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 57-43 percent over John Kerry (D).[8]

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.

John Douglass

John Douglass Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[9]April 15, 2012$169,620.37$159,883.51$(100,519.37)$228,984.51
July Quarterly[10]July 14, 2012$194,474.53$143,151.83$(59,347.25)$278,279.11
Running totals
$303,035.34$(159,866.62)

Robert Hurt

Robert Hurt Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]April 14, 2012$466,905.28$201,391.33$(150,673.49)$517,623.12
July Quarterly[12]July 13, 2012$555,827.99$281,760$(94,208.56)$743,379.43
Running totals
$483,151.33$(244,882.05)

District history

2010

On November 2, 2010, Robert Hurt won election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating incumbent Thomas S. P. Perriello (D), Jeffrey A. Clark (I), and a write-in.[13]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Virginia, Congressional District 5, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Hurt 50.8% 119,560
     Democratic Thomas S. P. Perriello Incumbent 47% 110,562
     Independent Jeffrey A. Clark 2.1% 4,992
     Write-in 0.1% 185
Total Votes 235,299

See also

References