United States House of Representatives elections in Virginia, 2012

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The 2012 United States House of Representatives elections in Virginia were held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 to elect the 11 U.S. Representatives from Virginia, one from each of the state's 11 congressional districts. Representatives are elected for two-year terms; those elected will serve in the 113th Congress from January 2013 until January 2015. The elections coincided with the elections of other federal and state offices, including a quadrennial presidential election, and a U.S. Senate election.

Overview[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections in Virginia, 2012[1]
Party Votes Percentage Seats Before Seats After +/–
Republican 1,876,760 50.17% 8 8 -
Democratic 1,806,025 48.28% 3 3 -
Independent Greens 21,712 0.58% 0 0 -
Greens 2,195 0.06% 0 0 -
Independents/Write-In 33,762 0.90% 0 0 -
Totals 3,740,455 100.00% 11 11 -

District 1[edit]

Republican Rob Wittman, who has represented the 1st District since December 2007, won re-election.[2] Adam Cook, a lawyer and Air Force reservist, won the Democratic nomination unopposed to challenge Wittman.[3] Gail Parker is the nominee of the Independent Greens of Virginia.

Results
Virginia's 1st Congressional District election, 2012 [4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Rob Wittman 200,845 56.3%
Democratic Adam M. Cook 147,036 41.2%
Independent Greens G. Gail Parker 8,308 2.3%
Write-in 617 0.2%
Totals 356,806 100%
Republican hold
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Adam Cook
Rob Wittman
Gail Parker

District 2[edit]

Republican Scott Rigell, who has represented the 2nd District since January 2011, ran for re-election.[5] Paul Hirschbiel, a businessman, ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination.[6] Democrat Glenn Nye, who represented the district from January 2009 until January 2011, losing his seat to Rigell in the 2010 election, decided not to run again.[7]

Results
Virginia's 2nd Congressional District election, 2012 [4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Scott Rigell 166,231 53.8%
Democratic Paul O. Hirschbiel, Jr. 142,548 46.1%
Write-in 443 0.1%
Totals 309,222 100%
Republican hold
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Paul Hirschbiel
Scott Rigell

District 3[edit]

Democrat Bobby Scott, who has represented the 3rd District since 1993, won re-election.[8] Dean Longo, a businessman and retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force, will seek the Republican nomination unopposed to challenge Scott along with Air Force Reserve member Xavian Draper, the Libertarian candidate.[9][10]

Results
Virginia's 3rd Congressional District election, 2012 [4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bobby Scott 259,199 81.3%
Republican Dean J. Longo 58,931 18.5%
Write-in 806 0.3%
Totals 318,936 100%
Democratic hold
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District 4[edit]

Republican Randy Forbes, who has represented the 4th District since 2001, won re-election. Bonnie Girard, a businesswoman, challenged Forbes in the Republican primary and was defeated overwhelmingly.[11]

Ella Ward, a member of the Chesapeake City Council, won the Democratic primary against Joe Elliott, a minister from Surry.[11][12]

Results
Virginia's 4th Congressional District election, 2012 [4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Randy Forbes 199,292 56.9%
Democratic Ella Ward 150,190 42.9%
Write-in 564 0.2%
Totals 350,046 100%
Republican hold
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District 5[edit]

Republican Robert Hurt, who has represented the 5th District since January 2011, won re-election.[13] John Douglass, a retired United States Air Force Brigadier General and former Assistant Secretary of the Navy defeated Peyton Williams, a defense systems engineer and retired Army Special Forces Lieutenant Colonel in a series of caucuses for the Democratic nomination.[14][15] Democrat Tom Perriello, who represented the district from 2009 until 2011 and lost his seat to Hurt in 2010, said in June 2011 that he had no plans to run again.[16]

Kenneth J. Hildebrandt was the nominee of the Independent Greens of Virginia.[17]

Results
Virginia's 5th Congressional District election, 2012 [4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Robert Hurt 193,009 55.4%
Democratic John Douglass 149,214 42.9%
Independent Greens Kenneth J. Hildebrandt 5,500 1.6%
Write-in 388 0.1%
Totals 348,111 100%
Republican hold
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District 6[edit]

Republican Bob Goodlatte, who has represented the 6th District since 1993, was again the Republican nominee. Karen Kwiatkowski, a farmer and retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force, lost to Goodlatte in the primary.[18]

Andy Schmookler won the Democratic nomination, running unopposed.[19]

Results
Virginia's 6th Congressional District election, 2012 [4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bob Goodlatte 211,278 65.2%
Democratic Andy Schmookler 111,949 34.6%
Write-in 666 0.2%
Totals 323,893 100%
Republican hold
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District 7[edit]

Republican Eric Cantor, the U.S. House Majority Leader who has represented the 7th District since 2001, won re-election. He was unsuccessfully challenged in the Republican primary by Floyd Bayne, who ran as the Independent Green candidate in 2010.[20]

Wayne Powell, a lawyer and former Army officer, will run as the Democratic nominee. David Hunsicker, a real estate businessman and Vietnam War veteran, had also been seeking the nomination,[21] but dropped his bid in April 2012.[20]

Vivek Jain, a medical doctor affiliated with the Occupy movement, is running as an Independent.

Results
Virginia's 7th Congressional District election, 2012 [4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Eric Cantor 222,983 58.4%
Democratic Wayne Powell 158,012 41.4%
Write-in 914 0.2%
Totals 381,909 100%
Republican hold
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Floyd Bayne
Eric Cantor
Vivek Jain
Wayne Powell

District 8[edit]

Democrat Jim Moran, who has represented the 8th District since 1991, won re-election. Bruce Shuttleworth, a business consultant and former Navy pilot, challenged Moran in the Democratic primary.[22][23] A controversy erupted when the Democratic Party of Virginia disqualified Shuttleworth, saying he had fallen 17 signatures short of the 1,000 threshold required. Shuttleworth cried foul and filed a federal lawsuit; the party then changed course without explanation and allowed Shuttleworth on the ballot.[24] Will Radle, a financial advisor, had planned to run in the Democratic primary,[25] but dropped his bid in April 2012.[26] Moran won the primary against Shuttleworth by a sizable margin.

Patrick Murray, a retired Army Colonel who unsuccessfully challenged Moran as the Republican nominee in 2010, is running again.[27] Jason Howell, an accountant and author, will run as an Independent.[28]

Results
Virginia's 8th Congressional District election, 2012 [4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jim Moran 226,847 64.6%
Republican Patrick Murray 107,370 30.6%
Independent Jason Howell 10,180 2.9%
Independent Greens Janet Murphy 5,985 1.7%
Write-in 805 0.2%
Totals 351,187 100%
Democratic hold
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District 9[edit]

Republican Morgan Griffith, who has represented the 9th District since January 2011, won re-election.[29] Anthony Flaccavento, a farmer and sustainability consultant, will seek the Democratic nomination to challenge Griffith. Jim Werth, a psychology professor at Radford University, had planned to seek the Democratic nomination, but dropped his bid in March 2012.[30] Jeremiah Heaton, an Independent candidate in the 2010 House race, withdrew his candidacy on May 1, 2012.[31]

Results
Virginia's 9th Congressional District election, 2012 [4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Morgan Griffith 184,882 61.3%
Democratic Anthony Flaccavento 116,400 38.6%
Write-in 376 0.1%
Totals 301,658 100%
Republican hold
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Anthony Flaccavento
Morgan Griffith

District 10[edit]

Republican Frank Wolf, who has represented the 10th District since 1981, won re-election.[32] Kristin Cabral, an attorney, won the Democratic nomination unopposed to challenge Wolf.[33] Kevin Chisholm, an independent and practicing engineer, has also qualified for the ballot as an independent candidate. John Douglass, a retired United States Air Force Brigadier General and former Assistant Secretary of the Navy, had planned to seek the Democratic nomination,[34] but is now running in the 5th district.[35] Jeff Barnett, a retired Air Force Colonel who unsuccessfully challenged Wolf as the Democratic nominee in 2010, will not run.[36]

Results
Virginia's 10th Congressional District election, 2012 [4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Frank Wolf 214,038 58.4%
Democratic Kristin Cabral 142,024 38.8%
Independent Kevin Chisholm 9,855 2.7%
Write-in 527 0.1%
Totals 366,444 100%
Republican hold
External links
Kristin Cabral
Frank Wolf
Kevin Chisholm

District 11[edit]

Democrat Gerry Connolly, who has represented the 11th District since 2009, won re-election.[37] Connolly won the 2010 election by just 981 votes (0.4%). Christopher Perkins, a retired Army colonel, and Ken Vaughn, a traffic engineer, will seek the Republican nomination to challenge Connolly.[38] Keith Fimian, the founder of a property inspection company who unsuccessfully challenged Connolly as the Republican nominee in 2008 and 2010, will not run.[39]

Results
Virginia's 11th Congressional District election, 2012 [4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Gerry Connolly 202,606 61.0%
Republican Christopher Perkins 117,902 35.5%
Independent Mark T. Gibson 3,806 1.1%
Independent Christopher F. DeCarlo 3,027 0.9%
Green Joe F. Galdo, Jr. 2,195 0.7%
Independent Greens Peter M. Marchetti 1,919 0.6%
Write-in 788 0.2%
Totals 332,243 100%
Democratic hold
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References[edit]

  1. ^ Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives
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