2012 United States House of Representatives elections in Nebraska

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2012 United States House of Representatives elections in Nebraska

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All 3 Nebraska seats to the United States House of Representatives
  Majority party Minority party
 
Party Republican Democratic
Last election 3 0
Seats won 3 0
Seat change Steady Steady
Popular vote 496,276 276,239
Percentage 64.24% 35.75%
Swing Decrease3.31% Increase7.43%

The 2012 United States House of Representatives elections in Nebraska were held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 and elected the three U.S. Representatives from the state of Nebraska. 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 May 15, 2012.[1]

Redistricting[edit]

A redistricting plan was passed by the Nebraska Legislature on May 24, 2011,[2] after a five-hour Democratic-led filibuster was defeated.[3][4] The plan signed into law by Republican Governor Dave Heineman.[5]

District 1[edit]

Republican Jeff Fortenberry, who has represented Nebraska's 1st congressional district since 2005, did not run for the U.S. Senate, and is running for re-election.[6]

Democratic primary[edit]

Korey Reiman, an attorney, sought and won the Democratic nomination to challenge Fortenberry unopposed.[7] Robert Way, an Army combat medic, had planned to run but dropped out of the race in March 2012. (Way's name still appeared on the Democratic primary ballot.)[7][8]

Primary results[edit]

Democratic primary results[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Korey Reiman 14,804 62.9
Democratic Robert Way 8,728 37.1
Total votes 23,532 100.0

Republican primary[edit]

Dennis Parker, a former professional musician who unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination in the 3rd district in 2010,[10] and Jessica Turek,[11] unsuccessfully challenged Fortenberry in the Republican primary.

Primary results[edit]

Republican primary results[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jeff Fortenberry (incumbent) 55,658 86.4
Republican Jessica Turek 5,255 8.2
Republican Dennis Parker 3,511 5.4
Total votes 64,424 100.0

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

Nebraska's 1st congressional district, 2012[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jeff Fortenberry (incumbent) 174,889 68.3
Democratic Korey L. Reiman 81,206 31.7
Total votes 256,095 100.0
Republican hold

District 2[edit]

Republican Lee Terry, who has represented Nebraska's 2nd congressional district since 1999, did not run for the U.S. Senate, and ran for re-election.[6]

David Wasserman of The Cook Political Report rates the race as "Likely Republican."[13]

Democratic primary[edit]

Douglas County Treasurer John Ewing[14] won the Democratic nomination. He defeated state Senator Gwen Howard in the primary.[15] Howard Warren Buffett, the director of the U.S. Department of Defense's agriculture development program in Iraq and Afghanistan and the grandson of investor and philanthropist Warren Buffett, chose not to run.[16]

Primary results[edit]

Democratic primary results[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Ewing 17,954 62.0
Democratic Gwen Howard 11,009 38.0
Total votes 28,963 100.0

Republican primary[edit]

Paul Anderson, an employee of BNSF Railway;[17] Glenn Freeman, a former chairman of the Douglas County Republican Party;[18] Jack Heidel, the chairman of the mathematics department at the University of Nebraska at Omaha;[19] and Brett Lindstrom, a financial adviser and former Nebraska Cornhuskers quarterback,[20] unsuccessfully challenged Terry in the Republican primary.

Republican primary results[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Lee Terry (incumbent) 27,998 59.5
Republican Brett Lindstrom 10,753 22.8
Republican Jack Heidel 5,406 11.5
Republican Glenn Freeman 1,885 4.0
Republican Paul Anderson 1,051 2.2
Total votes 47,093 100.0

General election[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Lee
Terry (R)
John
Ewing (D)
Undecided
World-Herald Poll September 17–20, 2012 400 ± 4.9% 50% 38% 12%

Results[edit]

Nebraska's 2nd congressional district, 2012[21]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Lee Terry (incumbent) 133,964 50.8
Democratic John W. Ewing Jr. 129,767 49.2
Total votes 263,731 100.0
Republican hold

District 3[edit]

Republican Adrian Smith, who has represented Nebraska's 3rd congressional district since 2007, is running for re-election.

Democratic primary[edit]

Mark Sullivan, a farmer, sought and received the Democratic nomination unopposed.[7]

Primary results[edit]

Democratic primary results[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mark Sullivan 17,500 100.0
Total votes 17,500 100.0

Republican primary[edit]

Bob Lingenfelter, a farmer and former NFL offensive lineman, unsuccessfully challenged Smith in the Republican primary.[11]

Primary results[edit]

Republican primary results[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Adrian Smith (incumbent) 62,645 81.4
Republican Bob Lingenfelter 14,297 18.6
Total votes 76,942 100.0

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

Nebraska's 3rd congressional district, 2012[22]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Adrian Smith (incumbent) 187,423 74.2
Democratic Mark Sullivan 65,266 25.8
Total votes 252,689 100.0
Republican hold

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2012 Elections". Nebraska Secretary of State. Retrieved August 16, 2011.
  2. ^ Hammel, Paul; Stoddard, Martha (May 25, 2011). "Redistricting bill advances". Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved June 11, 2011.
  3. ^ Walton, Don (May 23, 2011). "Congressional redistricting plan jumps Democratic roadblock". Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved June 11, 2011.
  4. ^ Hammel, Paul (May 24, 2011). "Redistricting rides to final vote". Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved June 11, 2011.
  5. ^ Schulte, Grant (May 26, 2011). "Nebraska lawmakers approve, governor signs congressional and legislative redistricting maps". Times-Post. Retrieved June 11, 2011.
  6. ^ a b Tysver, Robynn (January 9, 2012). "No Senate bids for Terry, Fortenberry". Omaha World-Herald. Archived from the original on January 31, 2013. Retrieved January 9, 2012.
  7. ^ a b c Walton, Don (March 1, 2012). "Democrats will contest all House races". Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved March 4, 2012.
  8. ^ Triebsch, Chris (March 24, 2012). "Robert Way Withdraws from Congressional Race, Endorses Korey Reiman". Nebraska Democratic Party. Retrieved May 7, 2012.
  9. ^ a b c d e f "Official Report of the Board of State Canvassers of the State of Nebraska" (PDF). Secretary of State of Nebraska. Retrieved June 17, 2012.
  10. ^ Walton, Don (October 11, 2011). "1st district congressional candidate plans faith-based message". Lincoln Journal Star.
  11. ^ a b Warneke, Kent (March 2, 2012). "Final day sets up contested races in area". Norfolk Daily News. Retrieved March 4, 2012.
  12. ^ http://www.sos.ne.gov/elec/2012/pdf/2012-general-canvass.pdf
  13. ^ Green, Joshua (June 3, 2011). "Is Warren Buffett's Grandson Running for Congress?". The Atlantic. Retrieved June 11, 2011.
  14. ^ Walton, Don (July 18, 2011). "Douglas County treasurer seeks Terry's House seat". Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved July 19, 2011.
  15. ^ Szalewski, Susan (October 4, 2011). "Gwen Howard to run for Congress". Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved October 4, 2011.
  16. ^ Jordon, Steve (June 10, 2011). "Buffett grandson to run dad's foundation". Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved February 15, 2012.
  17. ^ "5 Republicans Hope To Be U.S. Congressman". KETV. April 19, 2012. Retrieved May 7, 2012.
  18. ^ O'Brien, Maggie (January 5, 2012). "Freeman to challenge Terry". Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved January 9, 2012.
  19. ^ "UNO chairman to run for Congress". Omaha World-Herald. September 6, 2011. Retrieved September 6, 2011.
  20. ^ Walton, Don (June 22, 2011). "GOP opponent challenges Terry leadership". Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved June 24, 2011.
  21. ^ http://www.sos.ne.gov/elec/2012/pdf/2012-general-canvass.pdf
  22. ^ http://www.sos.ne.gov/elec/2012/pdf/2012-general-canvass.pdf

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