United States Senate election in Washington, 2012

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United States Senate election in Washington, 2012
Washington (state)
2006 ←
November 6, 2012
Class 1 Senator
→ 2018

Turnout 64.1% (voting eligible)[1]
  Maria Cantwell, official portrait, 110th Congress.jpg Michael Baumgartner crop.jpg
Nominee Maria Cantwell Michael Baumgartner
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 1,855,493 1,213,924
Percentage 60.45% 39.55%

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County results

U.S. Senator before election

Maria Cantwell
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Maria Cantwell
Democratic

The 2012 United States Senate election in Washington took place on November 6, 2012, concurrently with the 2012 U.S. presidential election as well as other elections to the United States Senate and House of Representatives and various state and local elections. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell won re-election to a third term by a significant margin.

Background[edit]

Maria Cantwell won re-election to serve a second term with 56.85% of the vote against Mike McGavick in the 2006 Washingtonian U.S. senatorial election.

Top-two primary election[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Democratic[edit]

Republican[edit]

Declined[edit]

Others[edit]

  • Will Baker (Reform Party)[6]

Results[edit]

Blanket primary results[17]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Maria Cantwell (Incumbent) 626,360 55.42%
Republican Michael Baumgartner 344,729 30.50%
Republican Art Coday 59,255 5.24%
Democratic Timothy Wilson 26,850 2.38%
Republican Chuck Jackson 21,870 1.94%
Republican Glenn R. Stockwell 21,731 1.92%
Republican Mike the Mover 16,459 1.46%
Reform Will Baker 12,865 1.14%
Totals 1,130,119 100%

General election[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Debates[edit]

Fundraising[edit]

Candidate (party) Receipts Disbursements Cash on hand Debt
Maria Cantwell (D) $8,032,254 $6,355,260 $2,176,258 $2,171,350
Michael Baumgartner (R) $689,690 $422,428 $181,841 $45,689
Source: Federal Election Commission[18][19]

Top contributors[edit]

[20]

Maria Cantwell Contribution Michael Baumgartner Contribution
Microsoft Corp $83,982 Anderson Hay & Grain $5,000
EMILY's List $77,900 Columbia Management Systems, By Lar $5,000
Morgan & Morgan $40,000 Ignition Partners $5,000
League of Conservation Voters $39,900 Kvc Development Co $5,000
University of Washington $35,900 Acorn Campus Ventures $4,000
K&L Gates $35,048 Legacy LLC $3,523
Boeing Co. $30,625 Inland Empire Paper $3,750
Intellectual Ventures LLC $27,250 Savers Inc $3,523
McBee Strategic Consulting $26,650 Red Lion Hotels $3,500
Second Avenue Partners $24,500 National Cotton Council $3,300

Top industries[edit]

[21]

Maria Cantwell Contribution Michael Baumgartner Contribution
Lawyers/Law Firms $696,936 Retired $45,756
Retired $621,231 Financial Institutions $10,000
Lobbyists $539,418 Financial Institutions $310,487
Financial Institutions $310,487 Agribusiness $9,550
Computers/Internet $206,970 Health Professionals $6,150
Real Estate $179,169 Misc Finance $4,250
Health Professionals $169,937 Mining $4,25
Business Services $167,629 Timber/Forest Products $3,750
Casinos/Gambling $165,850 General Contractors $3,000
Entertainment Industry $136,457 Real Estate $2,950

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Maria
Cantwell (D)
Michael
Baumgartner (R)
Other Undecided
Public Policy Polling November 1–3, 2012 932 ± 3.2% 57% 39% 4%
KCTS 9/Washington Poll October 18–31, 2012 632 ± 3.9% 61% 33% 6%
Rasmussen Reports October 14, 2012 500 ± 4.5% 52% 37% 1% 9%
The Washington Poll October 1–16, 2012 782 ± 3.5% 58% 35% 7%
SurveyUSA September 28–30, 2012 540 ± 4.3% 53% 40% 6%
Rasmussen Reports September 26, 2012 500 ± 4.5% 57% 37% 1% 5%
Survey USA September 7–9, 2012 524 ± 4.4% 54% 38% 8%
Survey USA July 16–17, 2012 630 ± 4.0% 51% 40% 9%
Public Policy Polling June 14–17, 2012 1,073 ± 3.0% 51% 35% 14%
Public Policy Polling February 16–19, 2012 1,264 ± 2.76% 51% 36% 13%
Survey USA January 12–16, 2012 617 ± 4.0% 50% 41% 8%
Survey USA November 21–23, 2011 549 ± 4.3% 51% 39% 10%

Results[edit]

United States Senate election in Washington, 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Maria Cantwell (incumbent)[22] 1,657,952 60.11
Republican Michael Baumgartner 1,100,161 39.89
Majority
Turnout 2,758,113 72.89

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dr. Michael McDonald (February 9, 2013). "2012 General Election Turnout Rates". George Mason University. Retrieved April 6, 2013. 
  2. ^ Blumenthal, Les (November 21, 2010). "Washington state's Cantwell not looking ahead to 2012 -- yet". McClatchy Newspapers. Retrieved December 9, 2010. 
  3. ^ http://www.timwilsonforsenate.org
  4. ^ Makupfront: Up Front With Robert Mak
  5. ^ Camden, Jim (January 30, 2012). "U.S. Senate race: Cantwell has $4 million in bank". The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved February 24, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c d "2012 Candidates Appearing in the Primary". Secretary of State of Washington. Retrieved 2012-08-01. 
  7. ^ "Candidate Statement". Secretary of State of Washington. Retrieved 2012-08-01. 
  8. ^ "Corporation Registration Detail". Secretary of State of Washington. Retrieved 2012-08-01. 
  9. ^ Myrick, Bryan (March 12, 2012). "Port Commission President Bill Bryant Will Not Challenge Cantwell for U.S. Senate". NW Daily Marker. 
  10. ^ Endorsements - Art Coday for US Senate, Washington 2012
  11. ^ Faulk, Mike (February 24, 2012). "Doc Hastings rules out reform". Yakima Herald-Republic. Tri-City Herald. Retrieved February 24, 2012. 
  12. ^ Mathieu, Stevie (January 16, 2012). "Congresswoman talks town halls, confirms re-election bid". The Columbian. Retrieved February 24, 2012. 
  13. ^ John Koster officially files to unseat Rep. Rick Larsen | Politics | Everett News
  14. ^ Camden, Jim; Brunt, Jonathan (March 17, 2011). "McMorris Rodgers starting 2012 campaign". The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved February 24, 2012. 
  15. ^ Brunner, Jim (February 2, 2012). "Reichert won't challenge Cantwell for U.S. Senate seat". The Seattle Times. 
  16. ^ Mak, Robert (October 26, 2011). "GOP Senate hopeful drops out of race". KING 5 News. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  17. ^ http://vote.wa.gov/results/current/US-Senator.html
  18. ^ Cantwell Campaign Finances
  19. ^ Baumgartner Campaign Finances
  20. ^ [http://www.opensecrets.org/races/contrib.php?cycle=2012&id=WAS1 Center for Responsive Politics
  21. ^ Donors by Industry (opensecrets.org)
  22. ^ Seattle Times, As expected, Cantwell breezes to a third term in the U.S. Senate, November 6, 2012, retrieved Nov 8, 2012

External links[edit]

Official campaign websites