United States House of Representatives elections in Wisconsin, 2012

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The 2012 United States House of Representatives elections in Wisconsin were held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 to elect the eight U.S. Representatives from Wisconsin, one from each of the state's eight congressional districts. Representatives are elected for two-year terms; those elected will serve in the 112th 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 an election to the U.S. Senate. Primary elections were held on August 14, 2012.[1]

Overview[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections in Wisconsin, 2012[2][3]
Party Votes Percentage Seats Before Seats After +/–
Republican 1,401,995 48.92% 5 5 -
Democratic 1,445,015 50.42% 3 3 -
Libertarian 6,054 0.20% 0 0 -
Independent 9,277 0.32% 0 0 -
Write-In 26 0.00% 0 0 -
Scattering 3,683 0.13% 0 0 -
Totals 2,956,050 100.00% 8 8 -

District 1[edit]

Republican Paul Ryan, who has represented Wisconsin's 1st congressional district since 1999, ran for reelection after deciding not to run for the U.S. Senate[4] or seek the Republican presidential nomination[5] in 2012.

Though Ryan was selected to be the Republican nominee for Vice President of the United States on August 11, 2012, he was allowed, and continued to, run for re-election to his House seat.[6][7]

Rob Zerban, a member of the Kenosha County Board and former small business owner, sought and received the Democratic nomination to challenge Ryan.[8]

Keith Deschler, a factory worker, ran as a Libertarian.[9]

General Election Results[edit]

Wisconsin 1st Congressional District 2012 [2][3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Paul Ryan (Incumbent) 200,423 54.90%
Democratic Rob Zerban 158,414 43.39%
Libertarian Keith Deschler 6,054 1.66%
none Scattering 167 0.05%
Totals 365,058 100.0%
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Paul Ryan
Rob Zerban

District 2[edit]

Democrat Tammy Baldwin, who represented Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district since 1999, ran for the U.S. Senate.[10] State Representative Mark Pocan sought and received the Democratic nomination to succeed Baldwin. He defeated Dennis Hall, a former member of the Janesville City Council;[11] state Representative Kelda Roys;[12] and Matt Silverman, an attorney and decorated combat veteran,[11][13] in the Democratic primary. Dane County Treasurer Dave Worzala had also been seeking the Democratic nomination,[14] but dropped out of the race in May 2012.[11] State Senator Jon Erpenbach, who had been considering a bid, chose not to run.[15]

Chad Lee, a businessman who unsuccessfully challenged Baldwin as the Republican nominee in 2010, chose to run again.[16]

Primary results
Democratic primary results[17]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mark Pocan 43,171 72.2%
Democratic Kelda Roys 13,081 21.9%
Democratic Matt Silverman 2,365 4.0%
Democratic Dennis Hall 1,163 1.9%
Totals 59,826 100%

General Election Results[edit]

Wisconsin 2nd Congressional District 2012 [2][3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mark Pocan 265,422 67.90%
Republican Chad Lee 124,683 31.90%
Write-In Joe Kopsick 6 0.00%
none Scattering 787 0.20%
Totals 390,898 100.0%


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District 3[edit]

Democrat Ron Kind, who has represented Wisconsin's 3rd congressional district since 1997, did not run for the U.S. Senate[18] and is running for re-election.[19]

Ray Boland, a former state Secretary of Veterans Affairs and former commander at Fort McCoy, sought and received the Republican nomination to challenge Kind.[20]

General Election Results[edit]

Wisconsin 3rd Congressional District 2012 [2][3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ron Kind (Incumbent) 217,712 64.08%
Republican Ray Boland 121,713 35.82%
none Scattering 339 0.10%
Totals 339,764 100.0%


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District 4[edit]

Democrat Gwen Moore, who has represented Wisconsin's 4th congressional district since 2005, is running for re-election.

Dan Sebring, an automobile repair shop owner who unsuccessfully challenged Moore as the Republican nominee in 2010, is running again.[21]

Robert R. Raymond, a perennial candidate, is running as an Independent.[22]

General Election Results[edit]

Wisconsin 4th Congressional District 2012 [2][3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Gwen Moore (incumbent) 235,257 72.21%
Republican Dan Sebring 80,787 24.80%
Independent Robert R. Raymond 9,277 2.85%
none Scattering 467 0.14%
Totals 325,788 100.0%
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District 5[edit]

Republican Jim Sensenbrenner, who has represented Wisconsin's 5th congressional district since 2003 (and previously represented Wisconsin's 9th congressional district from 1979 to 2003), is running for re-election.[23]

Dave Heaster, a technology employee at the Kohler Company, sought and received the Democratic nomination to challenge Sensenbrenner.[24]

General Election Results[edit]

Wisconsin 5th Congressional District 2012 [2][3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (Incumbent) 250,335 67.72%
Democratic Dave Heaster 118,478 32.05%
none Scattering 851 0.23%
Totals 369,664 100.0%


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District 6[edit]

Republican Tom Petri, who has represented Wisconsin's 6th congressional district since 1979, is running for re-election. Lauren Stephens, the founder of a conservative political action committee, unsuccessfully challenged Petri in the Republican primary.[25]

Joe Kallas, a former member of the Green Lake County Board who unsuccessfully challenged Petri as the Democratic nominee in 2010, is running again.[26]

Primary results
Republican primary results[17]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom Petri (incumbent) 73,376 82.2%
Republican Lauren Stephens 15,821 17.8%
Totals 89,272 100%

General Election Results[edit]

Wisconsin 6th Congressional District 2012 [2][3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom Petri (Incumbent) 223,460 62.12%
Democratic Joe Kallas 135,921 37.78%
none Scattering 364 0.10%
Totals 359,745 100.0%


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District 7[edit]

Republican Sean Duffy, who has represented Wisconsin's 7th congressional district since 2011, is running for re-election.[27]

Former state Senator Pat Kreitlow sought and received the Democratic nomination to challenge Duffy.[28] State Representative Janet Bewley chose not to run.[29]

General Election Results[edit]

Wisconsin 7th Congressional District 2012 [2][3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Sean Duffy (Incumbent) 201,720 56.08%
Democratic Pat Kreitlow 157,524 43.80%
Write-In Dale C. Hehner 20 0.01%
none Scattering 405 0.11%
Totals 359,669 100.0%
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District 8[edit]

Republican Reid Ribble, who has represented Wisconsin's 8th congressional district since 2011, is running for re-election.[30]

Jamie Wall, a business consultant and unsuccessful primary candidate for the 8th district in 2006, sought and received the Democratic nomination to challenge Ribble.[31]

General Election Results[edit]

Wisconsin 8th Congressional District 2012 [2][3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Reid J. Ribble (Incumbent) 198,874 55.95%
Democratic Jamie Wall 156,287 43.97%
none Scattering 303 0.09%
Totals 355,464 100.0%
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Reid Ribble
Jamie Wall

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Wisconsin Government Accountability Board County by County Congress Seats". State of Wisconsin Government Accountability Board. November 21, 2012. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Scatterings votes are included as they were reported to the Clerk of the House of Representatives"Election Statistics US House of Representatives - 2012". Karen Haas, Clerk of the United States House of Representatives. February 28, 2013. Retrieved March 31, 2013. 
  4. ^ Shear, Michael D. (May 17, 2011). "Paul Ryan Opts Out of Wisconsin Senate Run". The New York Times. Retrieved August 16, 2011. 
  5. ^ Drucker, David M. (August 22, 2011). "Paul Ryan Won't Run for President". Roll Call. Retrieved August 23, 2011. 
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  10. ^ Glauber, Bill (September 6, 2011). "Tammy Baldwin enters race for open Senate seat". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved September 7, 2011. 
  11. ^ a b c Novak, Bill (May 8, 2012). "Worzala quits race for Congress". The Capital Times. Retrieved May 8, 2012. 
  12. ^ Spicuzza, Mary (September 7, 2011). "State Reps. Kelda Helen Roys, Mark Pocan to run for US Congress". Wisconsin State Journal. Retrieved September 7, 2011. 
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  14. ^ Van Egeren, Jessica (September 14, 2011). "Dane County treasurer enters race for Congress". The Capital Times. Retrieved September 14, 2011. 
  15. ^ Van Egeren, Jessica (September 27, 2011). "Erpenbach says he's not running for Baldwin's seat". The Capital Times. Retrieved September 27, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Chad Lee 'Leaps' Into Race". The Wheeler Report. Retrieved February 29, 2012. 
  17. ^ a b "Canvass Results for 2012 PARTISAN PRIMARY - 8/14/2012". Wisconsin Government Accountability Board. Retrieved September 22, 2012. 
  18. ^ Joseph, Cameron (September 15, 2011). "Rep. Kind won't run for Senate in Wisconsin". The Hill. Retrieved September 28, 2011. 
  19. ^ Lamoreaux, Kim (September 1, 2012). "Rep. Kind hears common themes; Congressman, who is losing Sauk County from district, visits Reedsburg". Reedsburg Times-Press. Retrieved September 22, 2012. 
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  21. ^ "Dan Sebring, Republican Candidate for 4th U.S. Congressional District". Shorewood, WI Patch. July 1, 2012. Retrieved September 22, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Robert R. Raymond". Wisconsin Vote. Retrieved September 22, 2012. 
  23. ^ Engelking, Carl (April 5, 2012). "Sensenbrenner Will Again Seek Re-election". Brookfield, WI Patch. Retrieved May 8, 2012. 
  24. ^ "Dave Heaster". Wisconsin Vote. Retrieved September 22, 2012. 
  25. ^ Ramde, Dinesh (August 3, 2012). "2nd, 6th House districts face primaries". Associated Press. WLUK-TV. Retrieved September 22, 2012. 
  26. ^ Opoien, Jessica (February 27, 2012). "Democrat Joe Kallas to oppose Rep. Tom Petri in 6th Congressional District". Oshkosh Northwestern. Retrieved March 4, 2012. 
  27. ^ "Duffy announces bid for reelection". WEAU-TV. August 9, 2012. Retrieved September 22, 2012. 
  28. ^ Kleefeld, Eric (April 25, 2011). "Sean Duffy Gets First Opponent Of 2012 Cycle". Talking Points Memo. Retrieved September 22, 2012. 
  29. ^ Simonson, Mike (October 5, 2011). "Bewley won’t challenge Duffy for congress". Superior Telegram. Retrieved September 22, 2012. 
  30. ^ Vinson, Michael Louis (August 26, 2011). "PACs help U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble, R-De Pere, amass campaign war chest". The Post-Crescent. Retrieved September 22, 2012. 
  31. ^ Vinson, Michael Louis (October 5, 2011). "Green Bay business consultant Jamie Wall first Democrat to enter race against Congressman Reid Ribble". The Post-Crescent. Retrieved September 22, 2012. 

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