United States House of Representatives elections in Georgia, 2012

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The 2012 United States House of Representatives elections in Georgia were held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 and elected the 14 U.S. Representatives from the state, one from each of the state's 14 congressional districts, an increase of one seat following the 2010 United States Census. The elections coincided with the elections of other federal and state offices, including a quadrennial presidential election. The party primary elections were held July 31, 2012 and the run-off on August 21, 2012.

The new congressional map, drawn and passed by the Republican-controlled Georgia General Assembly, was signed into law by Governor Nathan Deal on September 7, 2011. The new district, numbered the 9th, is based in Hall County. The map also makes the 12th district, currently represented by Democrat John Barrow, much more favorable to Republicans.[1]

Overview[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections in Georgia, 2012[2]
Party Votes Percentage Seats Before Seats After +/–
Republican 2,104,098 53.68% 8 9 +1
Democratic 1,448,869 36.96% 5 5 ±0
Others 366,388 10.30% 0 0 -
Totals 3,919,355 100.00% 13 14 +1

District 1[edit]

Republican incumbent Jack Kingston, who has represented Georgia's 1st congressional district since 1993, is running for re-election.[3]

Lesli Rae Messinger, a businesswoman,[4] defeated Nathan Russo, a retired businessman,[5] to win the Democratic nomination.[6]

Election results, Georgia 1st District, November 6, 2012[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jack Kingson (incumbent) 157,181 62.98%
Democratic Lesli Messinger 92,399 37.02%
Totals 249,580 100%
Republican hold Swing {{{swing}}}
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District 2[edit]

Democratic incumbent Sanford Bishop, who has represented Georgia's 2nd congressional district since 1993, is running for re-election.[7] In redistricting, the 2nd district was made majority-African American[8] and Macon was moved from the 8th district to the 2nd.[9]

Army veteran John House won the Republican nomination.[10] He defeated Rick Allen, who unsuccessfully ran in the 2nd district in 2010,[11] and Ken DeLoach, a pastor and Christian school dean who ran in the Republican primary in the 8th district in 2010.[12]

Election results, Georgia 2nd District, November 6, 2012[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John House 92,410 36.78%
Democratic Sanford Bishop (incumbent) 162,751 63.78%
Totals 255,161 100%
Democratic hold Swing {{{swing}}}
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District 3[edit]

Republican incumbent Lynn Westmoreland, who has represented Georgia's 3rd congressional district since 2007, and had previously represented the 8th district from 2005 to 2007, is running for re-election. Chip Flanegan; and Kent Kingsley, a former chairman of the Lamar County Commission and retired Army lieutenant colonel, unsuccessfully challenged Westmoreland in the Republican primary.[13][14][15]

Election results, Georgia 3rd District, November 6, 2012[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Lynn Westmoreland (incumbent) 232,380 100%
Totals 232,380 100%
Republican hold Swing {{{swing}}}
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District 4[edit]

Democratic incumbent Hank Johnson, who has represented Georgia's 4th congressional district since 2007, is running for re-election.[16] Courtney Dillard, a candidate for the Rockdale County Board of Commissioners in 2010,[17] and Lincoln Nunnally, a business consultant,[18] unsuccessfully challenged Johnson in the Democratic primary.[19]

Chris Vaughn, a pastor and motivational speaker,[20] defeated businessman Greg Pallen[21] to win the Republican nomination.[19]

Former U.S. Representative Cynthia McKinney, who represented the 4th district from 1997 to 2003 and from 2005 to 2007 and ran for president as the Green Party nominee in 2008, will run as the Green Party candidate.[22]

Election results, Georgia 4th District, November 6, 2012[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican J. Chris Vaughn 75,041 26.43%
Democratic Henry C. "Hank" Johnson (incumbent) 208,861 73.57%
Totals 283,902 100%
Democratic hold Swing {{{swing}}}
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District 5[edit]

Democratic incumbent John Lewis, who has represented Georgia's 5th congressional district since 1987, is running for re-election.[23] Former Fulton County superior court judge Michael Johnson unsuccessfully challenged Lewis in the Democratic primary.[19][24]

Howard Stopeck, a retired attorney, won the Republican nomination without opposition.[19]

Election results, Georgia 5th District, November 6, 2012[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Howard Stopeck 43,335 15.61%
Democratic John Lewis (incumbent) 234,330 84.39%
Totals 277,665 100%
Democratic hold Swing {{{swing}}}
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District 6[edit]

Republican incumbent Tom Price, who has represented Georgia's 6th congressional district since 2005, is running for re-election.[25] In redistricting, the 6th district was made slightly less favorable to Republicans: Cherokee County was removed from the district, while parts of DeKalb County were added to it.[8]

Jeff Kazanow, a business consultant,[25] defeated Robert Montigel, a businessman,[26] to win the Democratic nomination to challenge Price.[19]

Election results, Georgia 6th District, November 6, 2012[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom Price (incumbent) 189,669 64.51%
Democratic Jeff Kazanow 104,365 35.49%
Totals 294,034 100%
Republican hold Swing {{{swing}}}
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District 7[edit]

Republican incumbent Rob Woodall, who has represented Georgia's 7th congressional district since January 2011, is running for re-election.[27] David Hancock, a software company executive, unsuccessfully challenged Woodall in the Republican primary.[19][28]

Steve Reilly, an attorney, won the Democratic nomination without opposition.[28]

Election results, Georgia 7th District, November 6, 2012[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Rob Woodall (incumbent) 156,689 62.16%
Democratic Steve Reilly 95,377 37.84%
Totals 252,066 100%
Republican hold Swing {{{swing}}}
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District 8[edit]

Republican incumbent Austin Scott, who was first elected to represent Georgia's 8th congressional district in 2010, is running unopposed in the primary as well as the general election.[29] In redistricting, most of Macon—the heart of the 8th and its predecessors for over a century—was shifted to the neighboring 2nd, thereby making the 8th district more favorable to Republicans.[9]

Election results, Georgia 8th District, November 6, 2012[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Austin Scott (incumbent) 197,789 100%
Totals 197,789 100%
Republican hold Swing {{{swing}}}
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District 9[edit]

In redistricting, the new 9th district is centered around Gainesville and has no incumbent.[30] State Representative Doug Collins;[31] Roger Fitzpatrick, a school principal;[32] and radio personality Martha Zoller,[33] sought the Republican nomination. Collins defeated Zoller in an August runoff election.[34]

Hunter Bicknell, the chairman of the Jackson County Commission, had also planned to seek the Republican nomination,[35] but dropped out of the race in May 2012.[36] Lieutenant governor Casey Cagle chose not to run.[37]

Jody Cooley, an attorney, won the Democratic nomination unopposed.[38]

Election results, Georgia 9th District, November 6, 2012[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Doug Collins 192,101 76.18%
Democratic Jody Cooley 60,052 23.82%
Totals 252,153 100%
Republican hold Swing {{{swing}}}
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District 10[edit]

Republican incumbent Paul Broun, who has represented Georgia's 10th congressional district since 2007, ran for re-election.[27] Stephen Simpson, a businessman and retired Army officer, unsuccessfully challenged Broun in the Republican primary.[39]

Former U.S. Representative Mac Collins, who represented the 3rd district from 1993 until 2003 and the 8th district from 2003 until 2005 and had considered challenging Broun in the Republican primary, chose not to run.[40]

In a leaked video of a speech given at Liberty Baptist Church Sportsman's Banquet on September 27, Broun is heard telling supporters that, “All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the Big Bang Theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell.” Broun also believes that the world is less than 9000 years old and that it was created in six literal days. In response to this, and as Broun is also on the House Science Committee, libertarian radio talk show host Neil Boortz spearheaded a campaign to run deceased biologist Charles Darwin against Broun as the Democrat candidate, with the intention of drawing attention to these comments from the scientific community and having him removed from his post on the House Science Committee.[41] Darwin received nearly 4,000 write-in votes in the election, which Broun won.[42]

Election results, Georgia 10th District, November 6, 2012[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Paul C. Broun (incumbent) 211,065 100%
Totals 211,065 100%
Republican hold Swing {{{swing}}}
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District 11[edit]

Republican incumbent Phil Gingrey, who has represented Georgia's 11th congressional district since 2003, is running for re-election. Allan Levene, an information technology specialist,[43] William Llop, an certified public accountant, and Michael Opitz, unsuccessfully challenged Gingrey in the Republican primary.[19][44]

Patrick Thompson won the Democratic nomination unopposed.[45]

Election results, Georgia 11th District, November 6, 2012[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Phil Gingrey (incumbent) 196,968 68.55%
Democratic Patrick Thompson 90,353 31.45%
Totals 287,321 100%
Republican hold Swing {{{swing}}}
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District 12[edit]

In redistricting, Savannah was removed from Georgia's 12th congressional district and replaced with the Augusta area, thereby making the district more favorable to Republicans.[9] The former 12th district gave 55 per cent of its vote in the 2008 presidential election to Democratic nominee, whereas only 40 per cent of the new district's voters voted for Obama.[8] Democratic incumbent John Barrow, who has represented the 12th district since 2005, is running for re-election.[46]

Rick Allen, a businessman;[47] state Representative Lee Anderson;[47] Wright McLeod, a real estate lawyer and retired Navy commander;[48] and Maria Sheffield, an attorney who unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for state insurance commissioner in 2010,[49] sought the Republican nomination to challenge Barrow. Anderson defeated Allen in an August runoff election, winning the Republican nomination.[50] Tommie Williams, the state Senate president pro tempore, said in August 2011 that he was not considering seeking the Republican nomination.[51]

Election results, Georgia 12th District, November 6, 2012[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Lee Anderson 119,973 46.30%
Democratic John Barrow (incumbent) 139,148 53.70%
Totals 259,121 100%
Democratic hold Swing {{{swing}}}
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District 13[edit]

Democratic incumbent David Scott, who has represented Georgia's 13th congressional district since 2003, is running for re-election.[52]

S. Malik won the Republican nomination unopposed.[19]

Election results, Georgia 13th District, November 6, 2012[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican S. Malik 79,550 28.26%
Democratic David Scott (incumbent) 201,988 71.74%
Totals 281,538 100%
Democratic hold Swing {{{swing}}}
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District 14[edit]

In redistricting, the new 14th district includes almost all of northwestern Georgia. Republican incumbent Tom Graves, who has represented the 9th district since May 2010, lives in this new district and is running for re-election here.[30]

Former U.S. Representative Bob Barr, who represented the 7th district from 1995 until 2003 and ran for president as the Libertarian Party nominee in 2008;[53] Jerry Shearin, the former chair of the Paulding County Commission;[54] and Steve Tarvin, a businessman and former member of the Chickamauga City Council who unsuccessfully challenged Graves in 2010,[55] chose not to challenge Graves in the Republican primary.

Danny Grant, an electrician, won the Democratic nomination to challenge Graves unopposed.[56]

Election results, Georgia 14th District, November 6, 2012[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom Graves (incumbent) 159,947 72.97%
Democratic Daniel "Danny" Grant 59,245 27.03%
Totals 219,192 100%
Republican hold Swing {{{swing}}}
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