Wisconsin's 5th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Wisconsin's 5th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 14, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Jim Sensenbrenner Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Jim Sensenbrenner Republican Party
Jim Sensenbrenner.jpg

Wisconsin U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 5th congressional district of Wisconsin held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Jim Sensenbrenner won the election.[1]
This is the 5th 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 Jim Sensenbrenner (R), who was first elected to the House in 1978.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Wisconsin's 5th congressional district includes Ozaukee, Washington, and Waukesha counties, and includes portions of Milwaukee and Jefferson counties.[3]


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General election candidates

Democratic Party Dave Heaster
Republican Party Jim Sensenbrenner Green check mark transparent.png

August 14, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Election Results

General Election

U.S. House, Wisconsin District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Dave Heaster 32.1% 118,478
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJim Sensenbrenner Incumbent 67.7% 250,335
     Miscellaneous N/A 0.2% 851
Total Votes 369,664
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.

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 5th District became more Republican because of redistricting.[5]

  • 2012: 39D / 61R
  • 2010: 38D / 62R

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. Wisconsin's 5th congressional district has a PVI of R+12, which is the 89th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 58-42 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 63-37 percent over John Kerry (D).[6]

District history


On November 2, 2010, Jim Sensenbrenner won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Todd P. Kolosso (D) and Robert R. Raymond (I).[7]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Wisconsin, Congressional District 5, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngF. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. Incumbent 69.4% 229,642
     Democratic Todd P. Kolosso 27.4% 90,634
     Independent Robert R. Raymond 3.3% 10,813
Total Votes 331,089

See also