United States House of Representatives elections in Connecticut, 2012

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The 2012 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Connecticut were held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012, to elect the five congressional representatives from the state, one from each of the state's five congressional districts. The elections coincided with the elections of other federal and state offices, including a quadrennial presidential election, a U.S. Senate election, and state legislature races.

Primaries to select Republican and Democratic candidates in some districts were held on Tuesday, August 14, 2012.[1]

The Democratic Party candidate won in each of the five districts on Election Day.

Overview[edit]

The table below shows the total number and percentage of votes, as well as the number of seats gained and lost by each political party in the election for the United States House of Representatives in Connecticut. In addition, the voter turnout and the number of votes not valid will be listed below.

United States House of Representatives elections in Connecticut, 2012[2]
Party Votes Percentage Seats
Democratic 951,281* 64.87% 5
Republican 490,490 33.45% 0
Green 9,115 0.62% 0
Libertarian 3,511 0.24% 0
Others 12,022 0.82% 0
Total 1,466,419 100% 5

District 1[edit]

Democratic incumbent John Larson, who has represented the 1st district since 1999, will seek re-election.[3] John Decker, a financial planner,[4] and Mike McDonald, a member of the Windsor Town Council,[5] sought the Republican nomination to challenge Larson. Decker won the nomination[6] at the Republican state convention on May 18, garnering 69% of available delegates.

General Election Results[edit]

Connecticut 1st Congressional District 2012 [7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John B. Larson (Incumbent) 206,973[8] 69.67%
Republican John Henry Decker 82,321 27.71%
Green S. Michael DeRosa 5,477 1.84%
Petitioning Candidate Matthew M. Corey 2,290 0.77%
Totals 297,061 100.0%
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District 2[edit]

Democratic incumbent Joe Courtney, who has represented the 2nd district since 2007, said in February 2011 that he would not run for the U.S. Senate seat to be vacated by Joe Lieberman.[9] Courtney will run for re-election.[3]

Doug Dubitsky, a lawyer who ran unsuccessfully in the Republican primary for the 2nd district in 2010; Paul Formica, the First selectman of the East Lyme Board of Selectmen; and Daria Novak, a business consultant and former State Department employee who also ran unsuccessfully in the Republican primary in 2010, will seek the Republican nomination to challenge Courtney. State Representative Christopher Coutu had also planned to run, but dropped out of the race in May 2012.[10][11]

At the Republican state convention on May 18, delegates in the second district endorsed Formica. Formica and Novak took part in the August 14 primary, which Formica won.[12]

Dan Reale, the chair of the Libertarian Party of Connecticut, declared his candidacy in 2010. As of April 2011, G. Scott Deshefy, who ran for the seat in 2008 and 2010, had yet to decide whether he would run again.[10]

General Election Results[edit]

Connecticut 2nd Congressional District 2012 [7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Joe Courtney (Incumbent) 204,708[13] 68.25%
Republican Paul M. Formica 88,103 29.37%
Green Colin D. Bennett 3,638 1.21%
Libertarian Daniel J. Reale 3,511 1.17%
Totals 299,960 100.0%
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District 3[edit]

Democratic incumbent Rosa DeLauro, who has represented the 3rd district since 1991, will seek re-election.[3] Motivational speaker Wayne Winsley will seek the Republican nomination to challenge DeLauro.[14] Steve Packard also sought the Republican nomination.[15] At the Republican state convention on May 18, delegates in the third district endorsed Winsley.[16] Following the Republican state convention, Steve Packard announced his intention to run for the office as an independent.[17]

General Election Results[edit]

Connecticut 3rd Congressional District 2012 [7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Rosa DeLauro (Incumbent) 217,573[18] 74.69%
Republican Wayne Winsley 73,726 25.31%
Write-In Hector W. Concepcion 1 0.00%
Write-In Stephen "Steve" Packard 1 0.00%
Totals 291,301 100.0%
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District 4[edit]

Democratic incumbent Jim Himes, who has represented the 4th district since 2009, said in December 2010 that he would not run for the U.S. Senate in 2012.[19] Himes will run for re-election.[3]

Chris Meek, the founder of START Now!, a non-profit organization;[20] Steve Obsitnik, the chair and chief executive of Quintel Technology;[21] David Orner, an executive with CIT Group;[22] and Richard Wieland, a retired businessman,[23] sought the Republican nomination to challenge Himes. Former state senator Dan Debicella, who unsuccessfully challenged Himes as the Republican nominee in 2010, did not run.[24]

At the Republican state convention on May 18, delegates in the fourth district endorsed Obsitnik. Meek met the threshold required to force a primary, but decided not to challenge the endorsed candidate.[25]

General Election Results[edit]

Connecticut 4th Congressional District 2012 [7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jim Himes (Incumbent) 175,929[26] 59.96%
Republican Steve Obsitnik 117,503 40.04%
Totals 293,432 100.0%
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District 5[edit]

Incumbent Democrat Chris Murphy has represented the 5th district since 2007. Murphy has announced that he will not seek re-election for a fourth term. He will instead run for the U.S. Senate to replace Independent Democrat Joe Lieberman, who has announced he will be retiring from the Senate.[27]

Chris Donovan, the speaker of the Connecticut House of Representatives;[28] Elizabeth Esty, a former state representative;[29] and Daniel Roberti, who works for a public relations firm,[30] are running for the Democratic nomination. Randy Yale, an insurance underwriter, had also been seeking the Democratic nomination,[31] but did not receive the required number of delegates at the nominating convention to be eligible for the primary ballot.[32] Mike Williams, an advisor to Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, had planned to run;[33] however he suspended his campaign in October 2011.[34]

Prior to the Democratic primary, Donovan received the endorsement of the Connecticut Working Families Party and was granted placement on its ballot line for the general election.[35] On August 30, Donovan withdrew his name from the Working Families line to allow the minor party to endorse Elizabeth Esty, the primary winner.[36]

Justin Bernier, a member of former Governor Jodi Rell's cabinet who ran for the seat in 2010;[37] businessman Mark Greenberg, who also ran in 2010;[30] state senator Andrew Roraback;[38] and businesswoman Lisa Wilson-Foley[39] are running for the Republican nomination. Mike Clark, the chair of the Farmington Town Council and a former FBI agent, had decided to run[40] but dropped out of the race in May 2012.[41] Sam Caligiuri, a former state senator who unsuccessfully challenged Murphy as the Republican nominee in 2010, said in February 2011 that he would not run again.[42]

At the Republican state convention on May 18, delegates in the fifth district endorsed Roraback. Roraback, Wilson-Foley, Bernier, and Greenberg took part in the August 14 primary.

John Pistone will run as an independent write-in candidate.[43]

On August 14, 2012, Andrew Roraback won the Republican primary and will run against Elizabeth Esty, who won the Democratic contest,[12] and Libertarian nominee Robert Lombardo.[44]

General Election Results[edit]

Connecticut 5th Congressional District 2012 [7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Elizabeth Esty 146,098[26] 51.31%
Republican Andrew Roraback 138,637[45] 48.69%
Write-In John Pistone 12 0.00%
Write-In Russ Jaeger 10 0.00%
Totals 284,757 100.0%
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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Candidate Committees, Exploratory Committees, and Durational Political Committees Organized for the November 6, 2012 Election" (PDF). State of Connecticut, State Elections Enforcement Commission. Retrieved August 13, 2011. 
  2. ^ http://www.statementofvote-sots.ct.gov/StatementOfVote/WebModules/ReportsLink/RepCong.aspx
  3. ^ a b c d Lewis, Charles J. (February 14, 2012). "Himes has commanding fundraising lead". The Stamford Advocate. Retrieved February 20, 2012. 
  4. ^ Collins, Steve (March 19, 2012). "John Decker to run for Larson's 1st District seat". The Bristol Press. Retrieved May 15, 2012. 
  5. ^ McKinley, Julian (January 5, 2012). "McDonald to Run for Congress". Windsor Patch. Retrieved January 12, 2012. 
  6. ^ Martel, Allen (My 18, 2012). "John Decker Wins GOP Endorsement to Face Larson for US Congress". The Hartford Courant. Retrieved May 18, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c d e http://www.sots.ct.gov/sots/lib/sots/electionservices/electionresults/2012/2012_election_results.pdf
  8. ^ Includes 14,133 votes received on the line of the Connecticut Working Families Party, which cross-endorsed
  9. ^ "Joe Courtney: Not Running For U.S. Senate". Hartford Courant. February 21, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011. 
  10. ^ a b "Republican declares 2nd run for Congress". Norwich Bulletin. April 22, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011. 
  11. ^ Altimari, Daniela (May 14, 2012). "Two More Republicans Jump Into CT2". Hartford Courant. Retrieved May 15, 2012. 
  12. ^ a b Mark Pazniokas; Jacqueline Rabe Thomas; Aroosa Masroor (August 14, 2012). "Esty, Roraback emerge as victors in 5th District race". Retrieved August 15, 2012. 
  13. ^ Includes 15,264 votes received on the line of the Connecticut Working Families Party, which cross-endorsed
  14. ^ Malik, Alia (October 18, 2011). "Motivational speaker from Naugatuck to take on DeLauro". Republican-American. Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Statement of Organization" (PDF). Federal Election Commission. Retrieved May 2, 2012. 
  16. ^ Christopher Keating; Daniela Altimari (18 May 2012). "Roraback Wins GOP Endorsement In 5th District But Primary Assured". Hartford Courant. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 
  17. ^ Packard, Steve. "Steve Packard 2012". Retrieved 24 June 2012. 
  18. ^ Includes 20,410 votes received on the line of the Connecticut Working Families Party, which cross-endorsed
  19. ^ House, Dennis (December 10, 2010). "Himes Rules out Running for Lieberman Seat in 2012". The Hartfordite. Retrieved April 23, 2011. 
  20. ^ Altimari, Daniela (November 17, 2011). "Republican Chris Meek Formally Announces His Run for Congress in CT-4". Hartford Courant. Retrieved November 19, 2011. 
  21. ^ Lockhart, Brian (November 16, 2011). "Westport businessman running for Congress". Connecticut Post. Retrieved November 19, 2011. 
  22. ^ Vigdor, Neil (October 6, 2011). "Himes faces growing field of challengers". Connecticut Post. Retrieved October 26, 2011. 
  23. ^ Vigdor, Neil (March 9, 2012). "Greenwich Tea Party event sparsely attended". Connecticut Post. Retrieved March 13, 2012. 
  24. ^ Vigdor, Neil (January 16, 2012). "Debicella to GOP: Not your fella in 2012". Hearst Connecticut Media Group. Retrieved January 19, 2012. 
  25. ^ Vigdor, Neil (May 26, 2012). "Obsitnik won't face primary for GOP House nod". Retrieved June 3, 2012. 
  26. ^ a b Includes 8,609 votes received on the line of the Connecticut Working Families Party, which cross-endorsed
  27. ^ Perrefort, Dirk (January 21, 2011). "Chris Murphy announces 2012 Senate bid". The News-Times. Retrieved February 21, 2011. 
  28. ^ Connors, Bob (May 23, 2011). "Donovan Running for Congress". NBC Connecticut. Retrieved May 24, 2011. 
  29. ^ Turmelle, Luther (March 29, 2011). "Wife of DEP Commissioner May Get in Fifth District Race". Litchfield County Times. Retrieved May 24, 2011. 
  30. ^ a b Boughton, Kathryn (April 13, 2011). "Kent Democrat Dan Roberti Entering 5th District Race". Litchfield County Times. Retrieved May 24, 2011. 
  31. ^ Pazniokas, Mark (February 26, 2012). "Donovan tries to bar negative ads in 5th CD primary". The Connecticut Mirror. Retrieved March 13, 2012. 
  32. ^ Godin, Mary Ellen (May 14, 2012). "Donovan easily wins nomination, but two opponents to primary". Record-Journal. Retrieved May 15, 2012. 
  33. ^ Tuz, Susan (May 12, 2011). "New Preston man seeks 5th District seat". Connecticut Post. Retrieved May 24, 2011. 
  34. ^ House, Dennis (October 30, 2011). "Williams Drops out of Race for CT-5, Calls on Donovan to Step Down from Redistricting Panel". The Hartfordite. Retrieved October 31, 2011. 
  35. ^ Altimari, Daniela (December 20, 2011). "Endorsements Boost 2 Democrats In 5th District Race". Hartford Courant. Retrieved May 15, 2012. 
  36. ^ Jacqueline Rabe Thomas; Keith M. Phaneuf (August 30, 2012). "It's official, Donovan drops out of race". CTMirror.org. Retrieved September 1, 2012. 
  37. ^ Miller, Robert (January 26, 2011). "Bernier announces he'll run in 5th District". The News-Times. Retrieved May 24, 2011. 
  38. ^ Thomason, Rick (October 21, 2011). "Roraback officially in the running for 5th District seat". The Register Citizen. Retrieved October 22, 2011. 
  39. ^ Campbell, Ricky (June 24, 2011). "Fifth Congressional District GOP candidates bat around the issues at meeting". The Register Citizen. Retrieved June 28, 2011. 
  40. ^ Sposato, Jennifer (April 5, 2011). "Former FBI Agent Running for Congress". NBC Connecticut. Retrieved May 24, 2011. 
  41. ^ Stuart, Christine (May 16, 2012). "Clark Drops Bid, Endorses Roraback". CT News Junkie. Retrieved May 17, 2012. 
  42. ^ D'Aprile, Shane (February 1, 2011). "Caligiuri passes on another run for Rep. Murphy's seat". The Hill. Retrieved May 24, 2011. 
  43. ^ Miller, Robert (October 17, 2011). "Roraback to announce plans Thursday". The News-Times. Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
  44. ^ Libertarian Party Candidates 2012, Libertarian Party
  45. ^ Includes 9,710 votes as listed as an Independent on the ballot.

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Preceded by
2010 elections
United States House elections in Connecticut
2012
Succeeded by
2014 elections