United States House of Representatives Elections in Wisconsin, 2012
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United States House of Representatives Elections in Wisconsin, 2012
2012 United States House of Representatives elections in Wisconsin

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All 8 Wisconsin seats to the United States House of Representatives
  Majority party Minority party
  John Boehner official portrait.jpg Nancy Pelosi 113th Congress 2013.jpg
Leader John Boehner Nancy Pelosi
Party Republican Democratic
Last election 5 3
Seats won 5 3
Seat change Steady Steady
Popular vote 1,401,995 1,445,015
Percentage 48.92% 50.42%
Swing Decrease5.54% Increase6.57%

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Popular vote by congressional district.

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

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

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

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
Total votes 365,058 100.0
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Paul Ryan
Rob Zerban

District 2

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
Total votes 59,826 100

General Election Results

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
Total votes 390,898 100.0
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District 3

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

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
Total votes 339,764 100.0


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District 4

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, ran again.[21]

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

General Election Results

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
Total votes 325,788 100.0
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District 5

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

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
Total votes 369,664 100.0


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District 6

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
Total votes 89,272 100

General Election Results

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
Total votes 359,745 100.0


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District 7

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

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
Total votes 359,669 100.0
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District 8

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

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
Total votes 355,464 100.0
External links
Reid Ribble
Jamie Wall

References

  1. ^ Marley, Patrick (November 17, 2011). "Walker signs bills on partisan primary, nursing home penalties". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Wisconsin Government Accountability Board County by County Congress Seats" (PDF). State of Wisconsin Government Accountability Board. November 21, 2012. Retrieved 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 2013.
  4. ^ Shear, Michael D. (May 17, 2011). "Paul Ryan Opts Out of Wisconsin Senate Run". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011.
  5. ^ Drucker, David M. (August 22, 2011). "Paul Ryan Won't Run for President". Roll Call. Retrieved 2011.
  6. ^ Rucker, Philip; Balz, Dan (August 10, 2012). "Romney picks Paul Ryan as running mate". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2012.
  7. ^ Bauter, Alison (August 11, 2012). "Ryan to stay on ballot for re-election". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 2012.
  8. ^ Taylor, Jessica (June 16, 2011). "The Big Get". National Journal. Archived from the original on September 10, 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  9. ^ Potente, Joe (August 18, 2012). "Libertarian to vie for Ryan's seat". Kenosha News. Retrieved 2012.
  10. ^ Glauber, Bill (September 6, 2011). "Tammy Baldwin enters race for open Senate seat". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 2011.
  11. ^ a b c Novak, Bill (May 8, 2012). "Worzala quits race for Congress". The Capital Times. Retrieved 2012.
  12. ^ Spicuzza, Mary (September 7, 2011). "State Reps. Kelda Helen Roys, Mark Pocan to run for US Congress". Wisconsin State Journal. Retrieved 2011.
  13. ^ Linscheid, Leah (November 29, 2011). "UW grad enters congressional race against Madison reps". The Badger Herald. Retrieved 2011.
  14. ^ Van Egeren, Jessica (September 14, 2011). "Dane County treasurer enters race for Congress". The Capital Times. Retrieved 2011.
  15. ^ Van Egeren, Jessica (September 27, 2011). "Erpenbach says he's not running for Baldwin's seat". The Capital Times. Retrieved 2011.
  16. ^ "Chad Lee 'Leaps' Into Race". The Wheeler Report. Retrieved 2012.
  17. ^ a b "Canvass Results for 2012 PARTISAN PRIMARY - 8/14/2012" (PDF). Wisconsin Government Accountability Board. Retrieved 2012.
  18. ^ Joseph, Cameron (September 15, 2011). "Rep. Kind won't run for Senate in Wisconsin". The Hill. Retrieved 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 2012.
  20. ^ Hubbuch, Chris (December 6, 2011). "Former Wis. Veterans secretary to challenge Kind". La Crosse Tribune. Retrieved 2012.
  21. ^ "Dan Sebring, Republican Candidate for 4th U.S. Congressional District". Shorewood, WI Patch. July 1, 2012. Retrieved 2012.[permanent dead link]
  22. ^ "Robert R. Raymond". Wisconsin Vote. Archived from the original on September 21, 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  23. ^ Engelking, Carl (April 5, 2012). "Sensenbrenner Will Again Seek Re-election". Brookfield, WI Patch. Retrieved 2012.[permanent dead link]
  24. ^ "Dave Heaster". Wisconsin Vote. Archived from the original on September 21, 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  25. ^ Ramde, Dinesh (August 3, 2012). "2nd, 6th House districts face primaries". Associated Press. WLUK-TV. Archived from the original on August 7, 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  26. ^ Opoien, Jessica (February 27, 2012). "Democrat Joe Kallas to oppose Rep. Tom Petri in 6th Congressional District". Oshkosh Northwestern. Retrieved 2012.
  27. ^ "Duffy announces bid for reelection". WEAU-TV. August 9, 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  28. ^ Kleefeld, Eric (April 25, 2011). "Sean Duffy Gets First Opponent Of 2012 Cycle". Talking Points Memo. Retrieved 2012.
  29. ^ Simonson, Mike (October 5, 2011). "Bewley won't challenge Duffy for congress". Superior Telegram. Retrieved 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 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 2012.

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