2012 United States House of Representatives elections in Georgia

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2012 United States House of Representatives elections in Georgia

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All 14 Georgia seats to the United States House of Representatives
  Majority party Minority party
 
Party Republican Democratic
Last election 8 5
Seats won 9 5
Seat change Increase1 Steady
Popular vote 2,104,098 1,448,869
Percentage 59.21% 40.77%

The 2012 United States House of Representatives elections in Georgia were held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012, and elected the 14 U.S. Representatives from the state, one from each of the state's 14 congressional districts, an increase of one seat following the 2010 United States Census. The elections coincided with the elections of other federal and state offices, including a quadrennial presidential election. The party primary elections were held July 31, 2012, and the run-off on August 21, 2012.

The new congressional map, drawn and passed by the Republican-controlled Georgia General Assembly, was signed into law by Governor Nathan Deal on September 7, 2011. The new district, numbered the 9th, is based in Hall County. The map also makes the 12th district, currently represented by Democrat John Barrow, much more favorable to Republicans.[1]

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Overview[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections in Georgia, 2012[2]
Party Votes Percentage Seats before Seats after +/–
Republican 2,104,098 59.2% 8 9 +1
Democratic 1,448,869 40.8% 5 5 ±0
Others[3] 611 0.0% 0 0 -
Totals 3,553,578 100.00% 13 14 +1

District 1[edit]

Republican incumbent Jack Kingston, who has represented Georgia's 1st congressional district since 1993, is running for re-election.[4]

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates
  • Lesli Rae Messinger, businesswoman,[5]
  • Nathan Russo, retired businessman[6]

Primary results[edit]

Democratic primary results[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Lesli Rae Messinger 15,390 54.3
Democratic Nathan C. Russo 55,880 45.7
Total votes 28,342 100.0

Republican primary[edit]

Primary results[edit]

Republican primary results[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jack Kingston (incumbent) 61,353 100.0
Total votes 61,353 100.0

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

Georgia's 1st congressional district, 2012[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jack Kingston (incumbent) 157,181 63.0
Democratic Lesli Messinger 92,399 37.0
Total votes 249,580 100.0
Republican hold

District 2[edit]

Democratic incumbent Sanford Bishop, who has represented Georgia's 2nd congressional district since 1993, is running for re-election.[8] In redistricting, the 2nd district was made majority-African American[9] and Macon was moved from the 8th district to the 2nd.[10]

Democratic primary[edit]

Primary results[edit]

Democratic primary results[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sanford Bishop (incumbent) 68,981 100.0
Total votes 68,981 100.0

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates

Primary results[edit]

Republican primary results[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Rick Allen 11,312 42.0
Republican John House 8,614 31.9
Republican Ken DeLoach 7,043 26.1
Total votes 26,969 100.0

Runoff results[edit]

Republican primary runoff results[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John House 2,705 55.0
Republican Rick Allen 2,217 45.0
Total votes 4,922 100.0

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

Georgia's 2nd congressional district, 2012[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sanford Bishop (incumbent) 162,751 63.8
Republican John House 92,410 36.2
Total votes 255,161 100.0
Democratic hold

District 3[edit]

Republican incumbent Lynn Westmoreland, who has represented Georgia's 3rd congressional district since 2007, and had previously represented the 8th district from 2005 to 2007, is running for re-election.

Republican primary[edit]

Primary results[edit]

Republican primary results[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Lynn Westmoreland (incumbent) 64,765 71.6
Republican Chip Flanegan 13,139 14.5
Republican Kent Kingsley 12,517 13.9
Total votes 90,421 100.0

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

Georgia's 3rd congressional district, 2012[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Lynn Westmoreland (incumbent) 232,380 100.0
Total votes 232,380 100.0
Republican hold

District 4[edit]

Democratic incumbent Hank Johnson, who has represented Georgia's 4th congressional district since 2007, is running for re-election.[17]

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates
  • Courtney Dillard, 2010 candidate for Rockdale County Board of Commissioners[18]
  • Hank Johnson, incumbent
  • Lincoln Nunnally, business consultant,[19]

Primary results[edit]

Democratic primary results[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Hank Johnson (incumbent) 52,982 77.0
Democratic Courtney L. Dillard 13,130 19.1
Democratic Lincoln Nunnally 2,728 3.9
Total votes 68,840 100.0

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates
  • Greg Pallen, businessman[20]
  • Chris Vaughn, pastor and motivational speaker[21]

Primary results[edit]

Republican primary results[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Chris Vaughn 17,261 54.5
Republican Greg Pallen 14,422 45.5
Total votes 31,683 100.0

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

Georgia's 4th congressional district, 2012[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Hank Johnson (incumbent) 208,861 73.6
Republican Chris Vaughn 75,041 26.4
Total votes 283,902 100.0
Democratic hold

District 5[edit]

Democratic incumbent John Lewis, who has represented Georgia's 5th congressional district since 1987, is running for re-election.[22]

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates

Primary results[edit]

Democratic primary results[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Lewis (incumbent) 69,985 80.8
Democratic Michael Johnson 16,666 19.2
Total votes 86,651 100.0

Republican primary[edit]

Howard Stopeck, a retired attorney, won the Republican nomination without opposition.[24]

Primary results[edit]

Republican primary results[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Howard Stopeck 11,426 100.0
Total votes 11,426 100.0

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

Georgia's 5th congressional district, 2012[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Lewis (incumbent) 234,330 84.4
Republican Howard Stopeck 43,335 15.6
Total votes 277,665 100.0
Democratic hold

District 6[edit]

Republican incumbent Tom Price, who has represented Georgia's 6th congressional district since 2005, is running for re-election.[25] In redistricting, the 6th district was made slightly less favorable to Republicans: Cherokee County was removed from the district, while parts of DeKalb County were added to it.[9]

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates
  • Jeff Kazanow, business consultant[25]
  • Robert Montigel, businessman[26]

Primary results[edit]

Democratic primary results[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jeff Kazanow 10,313 51.1
Democratic Robert Montigel 9,881 48.9
Total votes 20,194 100.0

Republican primary[edit]

Primary results[edit]

Republican primary results[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom Price (incumbent) 71,032 100.0
Total votes 71,032 100.0

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

Georgia's 6th congressional district, 2012[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom Price (incumbent) 189,669 64.5
Democratic Jeff Kazanow 104,365 35.5
Total votes 294,034 100.0
Republican hold

District 7[edit]

Republican incumbent Rob Woodall, who has represented Georgia's 7th congressional district since January 2011, is running for re-election.[27]

Democratic primary[edit]

Steve Reilly, an attorney, won the Democratic nomination without opposition.[28]

Primary results[edit]

Democratic primary results[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Steve Reilly 12,394 54.3
Total votes 12,394 100.0

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates
  • David Hancock, software company executive[28]
  • Rob Woodall, incumbent

Primary results[edit]

Republican primary results[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Rob Woodall (incumbent) 45,157 71.8
Republican David Hancock 17,730 28.2
Total votes 62,887 100.0

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

Georgia's 7th congressional district, 2012[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Rob Woodall (incumbent) 156,689 62.2
Democratic Steve Reilly 95,377 37.8
Total votes 252,066 100.0
Republican hold

District 8[edit]

Republican incumbent Austin Scott, who was first elected to represent Georgia's 8th congressional district in 2010, is running unopposed in the primary as well as the general election.[29] In redistricting, most of Macon—the heart of the 8th and its predecessors for over a century—was shifted to the neighboring 2nd, thereby making the 8th district more favorable to Republicans.[10]

Republican primary[edit]

Primary results[edit]

Republican primary results[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Austin Scott (incumbent) 59,300 100.0
Total votes 59,300 100.0

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

Georgia's 8th congressional district, 2012[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Austin Scott (incumbent) 197,789 100.0
Total votes 197,789 100.0
Republican hold

District 9[edit]

In redistricting, the new 9th district is centered around Gainesville and has no incumbent.[30]

Democratic primary[edit]

Jody Cooley, an attorney, won the Democratic nomination unopposed.[31]

Primary results[edit]

Democratic primary results[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jody Cooley 8,963 54.3
Total votes 8,963 100.0

Republican primary[edit]

Collins defeated Zoller in an August runoff election.[32]

Candidates

Primary results[edit]

Republican primary results[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Doug Collins 45,894 41.8
Republican Martha Zoller 45,160 41.1
Republican Roger Fitzpatrick 18,730 17.1
Total votes 109,784 100.0

Runoff results[edit]

Republican primary runoff results[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Doug Collins 39,016 54.6
Republican Martha Zoller 32,417 45.4
Total votes 71,433 100.0

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

Georgia's 9th congressional district, 2012[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Doug Collins 192,101 76.2
Democratic Jody Cooley 60,052 23.8
Total votes 252,153 100.0
Republican win (new seat)

District 10[edit]

Republican incumbent Paul Broun, who has represented Georgia's 10th congressional district since 2007, ran for re-election.[27]

In a leaked video of a speech given at Liberty Baptist Church Sportsman's Banquet on September 27, Broun is heard telling supporters that, "All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the Big Bang Theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell." Broun also believes that the world is less than 9000 years old and that it was created in six literal days. In response to this, and as Broun is also on the House Science Committee, libertarian radio talk show host Neil Boortz spearheaded a campaign to run deceased biologist Charles Darwin against Broun as the Democratic candidate, with the intention of drawing attention to these comments from the scientific community and having him removed from his post on the House Science Committee.[36] Darwin received nearly 4,000 write-in votes in the election, which Broun won.[37]

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates
  • Paul Broun, incumbent
  • Stephen Simpson, businessman and retired Army officer[38]

Primary results[edit]

Republican primary results[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Paul Broun (incumbent) 58,405 69.0
Republican Stephen K. Simpson 26,256 31.0
Total votes 84,661 100.0

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

Georgia's 10th congressional district[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Paul Broun (incumbent) 211,065 100.0
Total votes 211,065 100.0
Republican hold

District 11[edit]

Republican incumbent Phil Gingrey, who has represented Georgia's 11th congressional district since 2003, is running for re-election.

Democratic primary[edit]

Patrick Thompson won the Democratic nomination unopposed.[39]

Primary results[edit]

Democratic primary results[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Patrick Thompson 14,162 100.0
Total votes 14,162 100.0

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates

Primary results[edit]

Republican primary results[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Phil Gingrey (incumbent) 75,697 80.9
Republican Michael Opitz 9,231 9.9
Republican William Llop 8,604 9.2
Total votes 93,532 100.0

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

Georgia's 11th congressional district, 2012[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Phil Gingrey (incumbent) 196,968 68.5
Democratic Patrick Thompson 90,353 31.5
Total votes 287,321 100.0
Republican hold

District 12[edit]

In redistricting, Savannah was removed from Georgia's 12th congressional district and replaced with the Augusta area, thereby making the district more favorable to Republicans.[10] The former 12th district gave 55 per cent of its vote in the 2008 presidential election to Democratic nominee, whereas only 40 per cent of the new district's voters voted for Obama.[9] Democratic incumbent John Barrow, who has represented the 12th district since 2005, is running for re-election.[41]

Democratic primary[edit]

Primary results[edit]

Democratic primary results[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Barrow (incumbent) 41,587 100.0
Total votes 41,587 100.0

Republican primary[edit]

Anderson defeated Allen in an August runoff election, winning the Republican nomination.[42]

Candidates

Primary results[edit]

Republican primary results[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Lee Anderson 20,551 34.2
Republican Rick Allen 15,436 25.7
Republican Wright McLeod 14,856 24.8
Republican Maria Sheffield 9,207 15.3
Total votes 60,050 100.0

Runoff results[edit]

Republican primary runoff results[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Lee Anderson 13,785 50.3
Republican Rick Allen 13,626 49.7
Total votes 27,411 100.0

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

Georgia's 12th congressional district, 2012[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Barrow (incumbent) 139,148 53.7
Republican Lee Anderson 119,973 46.3
Total votes 259,121 100.0
Democratic hold

District 13[edit]

Democratic incumbent David Scott, who has represented Georgia's 13th congressional district since 2003, is running for re-election.[46]

Democratic primary[edit]

Primary results[edit]

Democratic primary results[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic David Scott (incumbent) 55,214 100.0
Total votes 55,214 100.0

Republican primary[edit]

S. Malik won the Republican nomination unopposed.[24]

Primary results[edit]

Republican primary results[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican S. Malik 28,693 100.0
Total votes 28,693 100.0

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

Georgia's 13th congressional district, 2012[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic David Scott (incumbent) 201,988 71.7
Republican S. Malik 79,550 28.3
Total votes 281,538 100.0
Democratic hold

District 14[edit]

In redistricting, the new 14th district includes almost all of northwestern Georgia. Republican incumbent Tom Graves, who has represented the 9th district since May 2010, lives in this new district and is running for re-election here.[30]

Democratic primary[edit]

Danny Grant, an electrician, won the Democratic nomination to challenge Graves unopposed.[47]

Primary results[edit]

Democratic primary results[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Danny Grant 10,228 100.0
Total votes 10,228 100.0

Republican primary[edit]

Primary results[edit]

Republican primary results[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom Graves (incumbent) 65,873 100.0
Total votes 65,873 100.0

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

Georgia's 14th congressional district, 2012[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom Graves (incumbent) 159,947 73.0
Democratic Daniel "Danny" Grant 59,245 27.0
Total votes 219,192 100.0
Republican hold

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