United States House of Representatives election in the District of Columbia, 2010

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Map of the District of Columbia At-Large district.

The 2010 congressional election for the Delegate from the District of Columbia was held on November 2, 2010. The winner of the race is to serve in the 112th Congress from January 3, 2011, until January 3, 2013.

The non-voting delegate to the United States House of Representatives from the District of Columbia is elected for two-year terms.

Match-up summary[edit]

District Incumbent 2010 Status Democratic Republican Green
At-large Eleanor Holmes Norton Eleanor Holmes Norton Missy Reilly Smith Rick Tingling-Clemmons


Eleanor Holmes Norton, a Democrat, has held the seat since 1991 and was up for reelection in 2010. Her Democratic opponent in the primary election was Douglass Sloan, who is only the second candidate to ever challenge Holmes Norton in a primary since she took office in 1991.[1]

Missy Reilly Smith, an anti-abortion activist, was the Republican candidate. She ran unopposed in the primary election. Smith caused a controversy by running television ads featuring graphic images of aborted fetuses. Smith herself had undergone two abortions in the past. [2]


The primary election took place on for September 14[3] for both the offices of Delegate and Shadow Representative. Incumbent Eleanor Norton Holmes faced only the second primary challenge since she took office in 1991.[1]

Democratic Primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Eleanor Holmes Norton 96,808 90.01%
Democratic Doug Sloan 10,069 9.36%
Democratic Write-ins 676 0.63%

General election[edit]

District of Columbia At-Large congressional district election, 2010 [4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Eleanor Holmes Norton (inc.) 117,990 88.94%
Republican Missy Reilly Smith 8,109 6.11%
D.C. Statehood Green Rick Tingling-Clemmons 4,413 3.33%
Independent Sarah "Queen" Noble 785 0.59%
Write-in 1,359 1.02%
Totals 132,656 100%


  1. ^ a b Heil, Emily (2010-09-02). "Sloan Wages Quixotic Campaign Against Norton". Roll Call (Congressional Quarterly). Retrieved 2010-09-03. 
  2. ^ "Ad Watch: Extremely Graphic Abortion Ad Airs in D.C. Metro". 
  3. ^ "DC Board of Elections and Ethics: Election Schedule Year 2010". Dcboee.org. 2010-01-30. Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  4. ^ Heil, Emily (2010-11-03). "General Election Results, Election Date: Tuesday, November 02, 2010". District of Columbia Board of Elections. Retrieved 2010-11-07.