Washington's 1st Congressional District special election, 2012
The 1st congressional district of Washington will hold a special election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. The election is to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Representative Jay Inslee (D). Candidates wishing to run must file by the signature filing deadline May 18, 2012. The primary elections will be held on August 7, 2012. Washington has a top-two primary system, in which the top two vote-getters, regardless of party, go on to the general election. 
Incumbent Jay Inslee retired in 2012 order to run for Washington governor. Washington is required under the U.S. Constitution to replace him, even though the winner of the special election will serve for just one month -- December 2012 -- before the newly elected representative takes office for the next full term.
Voters will select both the short-term and two-year replacements at the same time: in the November 6, 2012 election. Further complicating matters is the fact that redistricting has significantly changed the boundaries of the 1st district for 2012. The short-term replacement will be elected by the pre-2012 district, and the representative for 2012-2014 will be elected by the newly redrawn district.
- United States House of Representatives elections in Washington, 2012
- United States House of Representatives elections, 2012
- Washington Secretary of State "Top 2 Primary: FAQ," Accessed May 17, 2012
- Seattle Times "Gregoire calls a special election to replace Inslee for a month," April 2, 2012
- Washington Secretary of State "Candidate Filings," Accessed May 17, 2012
- Seattle Times Seattle Times "Special election to replace Inslee for 1 month," April 2, 2012