2012 United States House of Representatives elections in North Carolina

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2012 United States House of Representatives elections in North Carolina

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All 13 North Carolina seats in the United States House of Representatives
  Majority party Minority party
 
Party Democratic Republican
Last election 7 6
Seats won 4 9
Seat change Decrease3 Increase3
Popular vote 2,218,357 2,137,167
Percentage 50.60% 48.75%

The 2012 United States House of Representatives elections in North Carolina were held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012, to elect the 13 U.S. Representatives from the state of North Carolina. The elections coincided with the U.S. presidential election, N.C. gubernatorial election, statewide judicial elections, Council of State elections and various local elections. Primary elections were held on May 8, 2012; for races in which no candidate received 40 percent of the vote in the primary, runoff elections (officially known as "second" primaries) were held on July 17.[1][2]

Contents

Overview[edit]

2012 United States House of Representatives elections in North Carolina[3]
Party Votes Percentage Seats before Seats after +/–
Democratic 2,218,357 50.60% 7 4 -3
Republican 2,137,167 48.75% 6 9 +3
Libertarian 24,142 0.55% 0 0 -
Write-in 4,446 0.10% 0 0 -
Totals 4,384,112 100.00% 13 13

Redistricting[edit]

A redistricting map, drawn to reflect changes observed in the 2010 United States Census, was passed into law in July 2011. The map must receive approval from either the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia or the U.S. Department of Justice before it can be enforced (under the 1965 Voting Rights Act).[4] The North Carolina chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People challenged the map on the grounds that it reduces the influence of African American voters.[5]

North Carolina's congressional districts after 2010 Census redistricting[6]

District 1[edit]

Democrat G. K. Butterfield, who has represented North Carolina's 1st congressional district since 2004, ran for re-election. The 1st district, which is majority-minority and already strongly favored Democrats, favored them even more so after redistricting.[4] Butterfield ran against Republican ex-law enforcement officer Pete DiLauro and Libertarian Darryl Holloman in the general election.[7]

Democratic primary[edit]

Primary results[edit]

Democratic primary results[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic G. K. Butterfield (incumbent) 89,531 81.1
Democratic Dan Whittacre 20,822 18.9
Total votes 28,582 100.0

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

North Carolina's 1st congressional district, 2012[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic G. K. Butterfield (incumbent) 254,644 75.3
Republican Pete DiLauro 77,288 22.9
Libertarian Darryl Holloman 6,134 1.8
Total votes 338,066 100.0
Democratic hold

District 2[edit]

Republican Renee Ellmers, who has represented North Carolina's 2nd congressional district since January 2011, ran for re-election. The 2nd district was made more favorable to Republicans in redistricting.

Brian Irving, a retired US Air Force officer, ran as the Libertarian Party candidate.

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates
  • Jim Bibbs
  • Toni Morris, professional counselor
  • Steve Wilkins, retired US Army officer and businessman
Declined

Primary results[edit]

Democratic primary results[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Steve Wilkins 24,327 50.7
Democratic Toni Morris 20,431 42.6
Democratic Jim Bibbs 3,238 6.7
Total votes 47,996 100.0

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[11]
  • Renee Ellmers, incumbent
  • Sonya Holmes
  • Clement F. Munno
  • Richard Speer, contract farmer

Primary results[edit]

Republican primary results[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Renee Ellmers (incumbent) 37,661 56.0
Republican Richard Speer 20,099 29.9
Republican Sonya Holmes 6,535 9.7
Republican Clement F. Munno 2,982 4.4
Total votes 67,277 100.0

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

North Carolina's 2nd congressional district, 2012[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Renee Ellmers (incumbent) 174,066 55.9
Democratic Steve Wilkins 128,973 41.4
Libertarian Brian Irving 8,358 2.7
Total votes 311,397 100.0
Republican hold

District 3[edit]

Republican Walter Jones, Jr., who has represented North Carolina's 3rd congressional district since 1995, ran for re-election.[12] The 3rd district was made slightly more favorable to Democrats in redistricting, but continued to strongly favor Republicans.[4]

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates

Primary results[edit]

Republican primary results[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Walter B. Jones (incumbent) 42,644 69.0
Republican Frank Palombo 19,166 31.0
Total votes 61,810 100.0

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

North Carolina's 3rd congressional district, 2012[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Walter B. Jones (incumbent) 195,571 63.1
Democratic Erik Anderson 114,314 36.9
Total votes 309,885 100.0
Republican hold

District 4[edit]

Democrat David Price, who has represented North Carolina's 4th congressional district since 1997 and previously served from 1987 until 1995, ran for re-election.[14]

Democratic primary[edit]

Brad Miller, who has represented the 13th district since 2003, considered challenging Price in the 4th district primary after having his home drawn into it, but announced in January 2012 that he would not seek either seat and would instead retire.[15] Price was unopposed in the Democratic primary.[16]

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates
  • Jim Allen
  • Tim D'Annunzio, businessman and who previously sought the 2010 candidate for North Carolina's 8th congressional district
  • George Hutchins, former US Marine veteran of the first Gulf War and 2010 candidate for North Carolina's 8th congressional district[16]
Withdrew

Primary results[edit]

Republican primary results[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tim D'Annunzio 14,065 46.4
Republican Jim Allen 10,430 34.4
Republican George Frank Hutchins 5,811 19.2
Total votes 30,306 100.0

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

North Carolina's 4th congressional district, 2012[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic David Price (incumbent) 259,534 74.5
Republican Tim D'Annunzio 88,951 25.5
Total votes 348,485 100.0
Democratic hold

District 5[edit]

Republican Virginia Foxx, who has represented North Carolina's 5th congressional district since 2005, ran for re-election. The 5th district was made slightly more favorable to Democrats in redistricting, but continued to strongly favor Republicans.[4]

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates
Withdrew

Primary results[edit]

Democratic primary results[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Elisabeth Motsinger 38,512 69.7
Democratic Bruce G. Peller 16,716 30.3
Total votes 55,228 100.0

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

North Carolina's 5th congressional district, 2012[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Virginia Foxx (incumbent) 200,945 57.5
Democratic Elisabeth Motsinger 148,252 42.5
Total votes 349,197 100.0
Republican hold

District 6[edit]

Republican Howard Coble, who has represented North Carolina's 6th congressional district since 1985, ran for re-election.[22] The 6th district was expected to continue to strongly favor Republicans.[4]

Democratic primary[edit]

Former two-term State senator Tony Foriest was the only Democrat to file against Coble.[23]

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates

Primary results[edit]

Republican primary results[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Howard Coble (incumbent) 50,701 57.3
Republican Bill Flynn 19,741 22.3
Republican Billy Yow 18,057 20.4
Total votes 88,499 100.0

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

North Carolina's 6th congressional district, 2012[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Howard Coble (incumbent) 222,116 60.9
Democratic Anthony Foriest 142,467 39.1
Total votes 364,583 100.0
Republican hold

District 7[edit]

The home of Democrat Mike McIntyre, who has represented North Carolina's 7th congressional district since 1997, was drawn into the 8th district in redistricting. McIntyre, who had briefly considered running for governor following Bev Perdue's announcement that she would not seek re-election,[26] decided to seek re-election in the newly redrawn 7th district.[27]

McIntyre was endorsed by the National Rifle Association,[28] the United States Chamber of Commerce,[29] the National Federation of Independent Business,[30] and the National Right to Life Committee.[31] In this election cycle, he was the lone Democratic federal candidate endorsed by NRLC.[32]

The district was made more favorable to Republicans in redistricting: 58% of its residents voted for Republican nominee John McCain in the 2008 presidential election.[4]

The election outcome left McIntyre the winner by 655 votes. A recount requested by Rouzer began on November 26, 2012; two days later, Rouzer conceded the race to McIntyre.[33][34]

Republican primary[edit]

Primary results[edit]

Republican primary results[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican David Rouzer 34,647 48.5
Republican Ilario Gregory Pantano 31,752 44.5
Republican Randy Crow 5,012 7.0
Total votes 71,411 100.0

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

North Carolina's 7th congressional district, 2012[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mike McIntyre (incumbent) 168,695 50.1
Republican David Rouzer 168,041 49.9
Total votes 336,736 100.0
Democratic hold

District 8[edit]

Democrat Larry Kissell, who had represented North Carolina's 8th congressional district since 2009, ran for re-election.[35] The home of Kissell's fellow Democrat Mike McIntyre, who has represented the 7th district since 1997, was drawn into the 8th district in redistricting, but McIntyre sought re-election in the 7th district. The 8th district was made more favorable to Republicans in redistricting: only 42% of its residents voted for Democratic nominee Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election.[4]

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates
  • Larry Kissell, incumbent
  • Marcus Williams, attorney and 2008 candidate for U.S. Senate election in North Carolina[36]

Primary results[edit]

Democratic primary results[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Larry Kissell (incumbent) 45,987 72.6
Democratic Marcus Williams 17,393 27.4
Total votes 63,380 100.0

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates
Withdrew
  • Daniel Barry, insurance executive[41][42]
Declined

Primary results[edit]

Republican primary results[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Richard Hudson 21,451 32.1
Republican Scott Keadle 14,687 22.0
Republican Vernon Robinson 12,181 18.2
Republican Fred F. Steen II 9,670 14.4
Republican John M. Whitley 8,894 13.3
Total votes 67,277 100.0

Runoff results[edit]

Republican primary runoff results[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Richard Hudson 10,699 63.6
Republican Scott Keadle 6,118 36.4
Total votes 16,817 100.0

General election[edit]

Result[edit]

North Carolina's 8th congressional district, 2012[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Richard Hudson 160,695 53.2
Democratic Larry Kissell (incumbent) 137,139 45.4
Independent Antonio Blue (write-in) 3,990 1.3
n/a Write-ins 456 0.1
Total votes 302,280 100.0
Republican gain from Democratic

District 9[edit]

Republican Sue Myrick, who had represented North Carolina's 9th congressional district since 1995, did not seek another term.[45] Curtis Campbell ran as the Libertarian nominee.

Democratic primary[edit]

Mecklenburg County Commissioner Jennifer Roberts was the only candidate seeking the Democratic nomination.[46] Patrick Cannon, the mayor pro tem of Charlotte, did not run.[47]

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates
Withdrew
  • Michael Schaffer (endorsed Barry)[55]
Declined
  • Bob Rucho, State Senator[56] In the Republican primary, Pittenger and Pendergraph qualified for the runoff election, earning 33% and 25% of the vote, respectively. On July 17, Pittenger won the primary runoff.[57]

Primary results[edit]

Republican primary results[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Robert Pittenger 29,999 32.4
Republican Jim Pendergraph 23,401 25.3
Republican Edwin B. Peacock III 11,336 12.3
Republican Ric Killian 9,691 10.5
Republican Dan Barry 5,515 6.0
Republican Andy Dulin 4,526 4.9
Republican Mike Steinberg 2,297 2.5
Republican Jon Gauthier 2,056 2.2
Republican Ken Leonczyk 2,047 2.2
Republican Richard Lynch 1,000 1.1
Republican Michael Shaffer (withdrew) 579 0.6
Total votes 92,447 100.0

Runoff results[edit]

Republican primary runoff results[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Robert Pittenger 18,982 52.9
Republican Jim Pendergraph 16,902 47.1
Total votes 35,884 100.0

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

North Carolina's 9th congressional district, 2012[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Robert Pittenger 194,537 51.8
Democratic Jennifer Roberts 171,503 45.6
Libertarian Curtis Campbell 9,650 2.6
Total votes 375,690 100.0
Republican hold

District 10[edit]

Republican Patrick McHenry, who has represented North Carolina's 10th congressional district since 2005, ran for re-election. Though the 10th district was made more favorable to Democrats in redistricting, it was expected to continue to strongly favor Republicans.[4]

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates
Withdrew

Primary results[edit]

Democratic primary results[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Patsy Keever 36,791 57.9
Democratic Terry Michelle Bellamy 16,865 26.5
Democratic Timothy Murphy 9,908 15.6
Total votes 63,564 100.0

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates

Primary results[edit]

Republican primary results[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Patrick McHenry (incumbent) 58,844 72.5
Republican Ken H. Fortenberry 15,936 19.7
Republican Don Peterson 6,337 7.8
Total votes 81,117 100.0

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

North Carolina's 10th congressional district, 2012[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Patrick McHenry (incumbent) 190,826 57.0
Democratic Patsy Keever 144,023 43.0
Total votes 334,849 100.0
Republican hold

District 11[edit]

Democrat Heath Shuler, who had represented North Carolina's 11th congressional district since 2007, chose not to run for re-election.[63] The 11th district was made more favorable to Republicans in redistricting: more than three-quarters of voters in Asheville were removed from the district, while Avery, Burke, Caldwell and Mitchell counties, all of which favor Republicans, were added to it.[4]

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates

Primary results[edit]

Democratic primary results[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Hayden Rogers 35,518 55.7
Democratic Cecil Bothwell 19,161 30.1
Democratic Tom Hill 9,049 14.2
Total votes 63,728 100.0

Republican primary[edit]

Declined

Primary results[edit]

Republican primary results[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mark Meadows 35,733 37.8
Republican Vance Patterson 22,306 23.6
Republican Jeff Hunt 13,353 14.2
Republican Ethan Wingfield 10,697 11.3
Republican Susan Harris 5,825 6.2
Republican Kenny West 3,970 4.2
Republican Spence Campbell 1,799 1.9
Republican Chris Petrella 778 0.8
Total votes 94,461 100.0

Runoff results[edit]

Republican primary runoff results[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mark Meadows 17,520 76.2
Republican Vance Patterson 5,471 23.8
Total votes 22,991 100.0

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

North Carolina's 11th congressional district, 2012[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mark Meadows 190,319 57.4
Democratic Hayden Rogers 141,107 42.6
Total votes 331,426 100.0
Republican gain from Democratic

District 12[edit]

Democrat Mel Watt, who has represented North Carolina's 12th congressional district since 1993, ran for re-election.[72] The 12th district was made more favorable to Democrats in redistricting.[4]

Watt faced Republican Jack Brosch [73] and Libertarian Lon Cecil in the general election in November.

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates
Declined

Primary results[edit]

Democratic primary results[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mel Watt (incumbent) 52,968 80.9
Democratic Matt Newton 12,495 19.1
Total votes 65,463 100.0

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

North Carolina's 12th congressional district, 2012[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Melvin Watt (incumbent) 247,591 79.6
Republican Jack Brosch 63,317 20.4
Total votes 310,908 100.0
Democratic hold

District 13[edit]

Democrat Brad Miller, who had represented North Carolina's 13th congressional district since 2003, did not seek re-election.[76] The 13th district was made more favorable to Republicans in redistricting.[4]

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates
  • Bernard Holliday, baptist minister[77]
  • Charles Malone, state employee and 2010 candidate for the North Carolina Senate

Primary results[edit]

Democratic primary results[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Charles Malone 45,865 66.9
Democratic Bernard Holliday 22,703 33.1
Total votes 68,568 100.0

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates

Primary results[edit]

Republican primary results[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican George Holding 37,341 43.5
Republican Paul Coble 29,354 34.2
Republican Bill Randall 19,119 22.3
Total votes 85,814 100.0

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

North Carolina's 13th congressional district, 2012[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican George Holding 210,495 56.8
Democratic Charles Malone 160,115 43.2
Total votes 370,610 100.0
Republican gain from Democratic

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