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Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 14, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Sean Duffy Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Sean Duffy 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 7th congressional district of Wisconsin held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Sean Duffy won the election.[1]
This is the 7th 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 Sean Duffy (R), who was first elected to the House in 2010. In redistricting, The Hill published a list of the Top Ten House Members who were helped by redistricting.[3] Duffy ranked 7th on the list.[3]

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Wisconsin's 7th congressional district includes Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland, Iron, Price, Oneida, Lincoln, Langlade, Marathon, Portage, Wood, Clark, Taylor, Chippewa, Rusk, Sawyer, Washburn, Barron, Polk and Burnett counties.[4]

Candidates

Note: Election results were added on election night as races were called. Vote totals will be added when official election results are 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 Pat Kreitlow
Republican Party Sean Duffy Green check mark transparent.png


August 14, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Independent Independent candidate

Election Results

General Election

U.S. House, Wisconsin District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Pat Kreitlow 43.8% 157,524
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSean Duffy Incumbent 56.1% 201,720
     Independent Dale Lehner 0% 20
     Miscellaneous N/A 0.1% 405
Total Votes 359,669
Source: Wisconsin Government Accountability Board "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Race background

Wisconsin's 7th was considered to be Leaning Republican according to the New York Times race ratings. Republican incumbent Sean Duffy was challenged by Pat Kreitlow (D). Democrats said there was an opportunity to take back the seat from the freshman representative in 2012.[7]

Wisconsin's 7th District was included in the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's "Red to Blue List," which identified districts that the organization specifically targeted to flip from Republican to Democratic control.[8]

Incumbent Sean Duffy was a part of the National Republican Congressional Committee's Patriot Program, a program to help House Republicans stay on offense and increase their majority in 2012.[9]

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 7th district is more solidly Republican. Incumbent Sean Duffy says he requested that the redistricting keep his opponent Pat Kreitlow in the 7th district.[10]

In redistricting, The Hill published a list of the Top Ten House Members who were helped by redistricting.[3] Duffy ranked 7th on the list.[3] The article notes that Republican state legislators traded some of the Democratic leaning areas with Republican areas, "making the district a toss-up and giving him a better chance of holding on to the seat."[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 7th District became more balanced because of redistricting.[11]

  • 2012: 50D / 50R
  • 2010: 53D / 47R

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 7th congressional district has a PVI of even, which is the 236th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 54-46 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 52-48 percent over John Kerry (D).[12]

District history

2010

On November 2, 2010, Sean Duffy won election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Julie M. Lassa (D) and Gary Kauther (Independent No War No Bailout).[13] Incumbent Dave Obey did not seek re-election.

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Wisconsin, Congressional District 7, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSean Duffy 52.2% 132,551
     Democratic Julie M. Lassa 44.5% 113,018
     Independent Gary Kauther 3.3% 8,397
Total Votes 253,966

See also

References