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On November 2, 2010, Paul Ryan won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating John Heckenlively (D) and Joseph Kexel (L).<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/2010election.pdf ''U.S. Congress House Clerk'' "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"]</ref>
 
On November 2, 2010, Paul Ryan won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating John Heckenlively (D) and Joseph Kexel (L).<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/2010election.pdf ''U.S. Congress House Clerk'' "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"]</ref>

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Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 14, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Paul Ryan Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Paul Ryan Republican Party
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Wisconsin U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 1st Congressional District of Wisconsin held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Paul Ryan won the election.[1]
This is the 1st Congressional District prior to the 2011 redistricting.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
June 1, 2012
August 14, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Wisconsin has an open primary system, in which any registered voter can choose which party's primary to vote in, without having to be a member of that party.

Voter registration: Voter registration requirements may vary by municipality, although voters with valid ID must be granted a provisional ballot at the polls.[2]

See also: Wisconsin elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Paul Ryan (R), who was first elected to the House in 1998. In 2011 redistricting, The Hill published a list of the Top Ten House Members who were helped by redistricting.[3] Ryan ranked 9th on the list.[3]

While Ryan was selected by Mitt Romney on August 11, 2012 to be his running mate, Wisconsin law allowed Ryan to pursue his House re-election at the same time. If Ryan was elected for both offices, the state would have held a special election to fill his U.S. House seat. Ryan chose to continue with his re-election campaign.[4]

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District encompasses Rock, Walworth, Waukesha, Milwaukee, Racine, and Kenosha counties.[5]

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 Rob Zerban
Republican Party Paul Ryan Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Keith Deschler


August 14, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

  • Rob Zerban:Approveda Kenosha County board member, former small-business owner[6]

Republican Party Republican primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian candidate

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Wisconsin District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Rob Zerban 43.4% 158,414
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Ryan Incumbent 54.9% 200,423
     Libertarian Keith Deschler 1.7% 6,054
     Miscellaneous N/A 0% 167
Total Votes 365,058
Source: Wisconsin Government Accountability Board "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election" (dead link)

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Wisconsin

Following the 2010 Census, Wisconsin kept its 8 congressional seats. In redistricting, the Wisconsin Legislature sought to even out the districts, which due to the census information, required making the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Districts smaller, and making the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th larger. The new district map was signed into law on August 9, 2011.

Under the new map, the 1st District was more solidly Republican.

In redistricting, The Hill published a list of the Top Ten House Members who were helped by redistricting.[3] Ryan ranked 9th on the list.[3] The article noted that the redistricting process, controlled by Republicans in the state House, was rushed through rather quickly ahead of recalls happening in the state, and added a few more points to the Republican base in Ryan's district.[3]

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. Wisconsin's 1st District became more balanced because of redistricting.[8]

  • 2012: 48D / 52R
  • 2010: 48D / 52R

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 measured each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District had a PVI of R+3, which was the 209th 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 54-46 percent over John Kerry (D).[9]

District history

Candidate ballot accecss
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2010

On November 2, 2010, Paul Ryan won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating John Heckenlively (D) and Joseph Kexel (L).[10]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Wisconsin, Congressional District 1, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Ryan Incumbent 68.2% 179,819
     Democratic John Heckenlively 30.1% 79,363
     Libertarian Joseph Kexel 1.6% 4,311
Total Votes 263,493

See also

References