2012 United States House of Representatives elections in Mississippi

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All 4 Mississippi seats to the United States House of Representatives
  Majority party Minority party Third party
 
Party Republican Democratic Reform
Last election 3 1 0
Seats won 3 1 0
Seat change Steady Steady Steady
Popular vote 703,635 411,398 64,581
Percentage 58.24% 34.05% 5.35%

The 2012 United States House of Representatives elections in Mississippi were held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 and elected the four U.S. Representatives from the state of Mississippi. 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.

Overview

United States House of Representatives elections in Mississippi, 2012[1]
Party Votes Percentage Seats +/–
Republican 703,635 58.24% 3 Steady
Democratic 411,398 34.05% 1 Steady
Reform 64,581 5.35% 0 Steady
Libertarian 21,566 1.79% 0 Steady
Constitution 2,390 0.20% 0 Steady
Independents 4,605 0.38% 0 Steady
Totals 1,208,175 100.00% 4 Steady

District 1

Republican Alan Nunnelee, who has represented Mississippi's 1st congressional district since January 2011, ran for re-election.[2]

Danny Bedwell ran as the Libertarian nominee. Jim Bourland ran as the Constitution Party nominee. Chris Potts ran as the Reform Party nominee.[3]

Democratic primary

Brad Morris, an attorney and chief of staff to former 1st district representative Travis Childers, sought and received the Democratic nomination. Former state Representative Mark DuVall had decided to run, but dropped out in order to avoid a Democratic primary.[4]

Primary results

Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Brad Morris 11,120 100.0
Total votes 11,120 100.0

Republican primary

Robert Estes, the owner of Estes Grading and Trucking; and Henry Ross, a former mayor of Eupora who unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination in the 1st district in 2010, challenged Nunnelee in the Republican primary.[5]

Primary results

Republican primary results[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Alan Nunnelee (incumbent) 43,518 57.4
Republican Henry Ross 22,067 28.9
Republican Robert Estes 10,394 13.7
Total votes 75,979 100.0

General election

Results

Mississippi's 1st congressional district, 2012 [1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Alan Nunnelee (incumbent) 186,760 60.4
Democratic Brad Morris 114,076 36.9
Libertarian Danny Bedwell 3,584 1.2
Constitution Jim R. Bourland 2,390 0.8
Reform Chris Potts 2,367 0.8
Total votes 309,177 100.0
Republican hold

District 2

Democrat Bennie Thompson, who has represented Mississippi's 2nd congressional district since 1993, is running for re-election.[7] Lajena Williams is running as the Reform Party nominee. Cobby Williams, a motivational speaker, is running as an Independent.[3][7][8]

Democratic primary

Greenville mayor Heather McTeer challenged Thompson in the Democratic primary.[8]

Primary results

Democratic primary results[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bennie Thompson (incumbent) 49,083 87.5
Democratic Heather McTeer 7,040 12.5
Total votes 56,123 100.0

Republican primary

Bill Marcy, who unsuccessfully challenged Thompson as the Republican nominee in 2010, is running again.[3]

Primary results

Republican primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bill Marcy 26,041 100.0
Total votes 26,041 100.0

General election

Results

Mississippi's 2nd congressional district, 2012 [1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bennie Thompson (incumbent) 214,978 67.1
Republican Bill Marcy 99,160 31.0
Independent Cobby Mondale Williams 4,605 1.4
Reform Lajena Williams 1,501 0.5
Total votes 320,244 100.0
Democratic hold

District 3

Republican Gregg Harper, who has represented Mississippi's 3rd congressional district since 2009, is running for re-election.[7]

John "Luke" Pannell is running as the Reform Party nominee.[3]

Democratic primary

Crystal Biggs, who had sought and received the Democratic nomination unopposed in the primary, dropped out of the race in September 2012 because of an illness.[10]

Primary results

Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Crystal Biggs 15,291 100.0
Total votes 15,291 100.0

Republican primary

Robert Allen, a Tea Party activist, challenged Harper in the Republican primary.[3][7]

Primary results

Republican primary results[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Gregg Harper (incumbent) 78,735 91.8
Republican Robert Allen 7,027 8.2
Total votes 85,762 100.0

General election

Results

Mississippi's 3rd congressional district, 2012 [1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Gregg Harper (incumbent) 234,717 80.0
Reform John Luke Pannell 58,605 20.0
Total votes 293,322 100.0
Republican hold

District 4

Republican Steven Palazzo, who has represented Mississippi's 4th congressional district since January 2011, is running for re-election.[11]

Ron Williams, a businessman and Republican primary candidate for governor in 2011, is running as the Libertarian nominee.[12] Robert Claunch is running as the Reform Party nominee.[3]

Democratic primary

Matthew Moore, an honors student at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, is challenging Palazzo as the Democratic nominee. Michael Herrington, a service manager who received the Democratic nomination after defeating businessman Jason Vitosky in the Democratic primary, dropped out of the race in September 2012 because of his mother's illness and financial concerns.[10][11][13] Former U.S. Representative Gene Taylor, a Democrat who represented the 4th district from 1989 until 2011 and lost re-election to Palazzo in 2010, chose not to run.[14]

Primary results

Democratic primary results[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Michael Herrington 8,988 83.8
Democratic Jason Vitosky 1,743 16.2
Total votes 10,731 100.0

Republican primary

Cindy Burleson, a political activist;[13] and Ron Vincent, a Tea Party activist and retired engineer,[13][15] challenged Palazzo in the Republican primary. State Senator Chris McDaniel;[16] Brian Sanderson, a lawyer;[17] and state Senator Michael Watson[17][16] were rumored to have considered seeking the Republican nomination but chose not to.

Primary results

Republican primary results[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Steven Palazzo (incumbent) 60,897 73.9
Republican Ron Vincent 15,391 18.7
Republican Cindy Burleson 6,100 7.4
Total votes 82,388 100.0

General election

Results

Mississippi's 4th congressional district, 2012 [1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Steven Palazzo (incumbent) 182,998 64.1
Democratic Matt Moore 82,344 28.9
Libertarian Ron Williams 17,982 6.3
Reform Robert Claunch 2,108 0.7
Total votes 285,432 100.0
Republican hold

References

  1. ^ a b c d e "Secretary of State :: Elections". State of Mississippi Secretary of State. Archived from the original on January 1, 2013. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
  2. ^ Corder, Frank (January 4, 2012). "And They're Off!". Y'all Politics. Retrieved January 13, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Amy, Jeff (March 14, 2012). "Wicker, four congressmen turn to general election". The Commercial Dispatch. Associated Press. Retrieved March 14, 2012.
  4. ^ Brumfield, Patsy R. (January 13, 2012). "Congress update: Ex-Childers aide Morris in, DuVall may be out". Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. Retrieved March 14, 2012.
  5. ^ Clark, JB (January 10, 2012). "Estes, Ross qualify for congress". Desoto Times Tribune. Retrieved January 10, 2012.
  6. ^ a b c "2012 Republican Primary Results". Secretary of State of Mississippi. March 23, 2012. Archived from the original on February 23, 2013. Retrieved March 29, 2012.
  7. ^ a b c d "Candidates line up for March 13 Miss. primaries; all 4 US House members expected to run again". The Columbus Republic. Associated Press. January 4, 2012. Retrieved January 13, 2012.
  8. ^ a b Miller, Joshua (August 4, 2011). "Thompson's Primary Unlikely to Get Nasty in Mississippi". Roll Call. Retrieved August 6, 2011.
  9. ^ a b "2012 Democratic Primary Results". Secretary of State of Mississippi. March 23, 2012. Archived from the original on May 1, 2012. Retrieved March 29, 2012.
  10. ^ a b "Biloxi's Matthew Moore replacement Democrat to run against Steven Palazzo". Associated Press. The Mississippi Press. September 6, 2012. Retrieved September 8, 2012.
  11. ^ a b Doherty, Tim (January 5, 2012). "Dem wants to oust Palazzo". Hattiesburg American. Retrieved January 13, 2012.
  12. ^ Biggs, DeMiktric (February 6, 2012). "Ron Williams Planning Congressional Bid as Libertarian". Mississippi Political Pulse. Retrieved February 19, 2012.
  13. ^ a b c Farrell, David A. (February 10, 2012). "Saturday noon is last chance to register to vote in March 13 primaries". Picayune Item. Retrieved February 19, 2012.
  14. ^ Newsom, Michael (January 13, 2012). "Taylor won't seek old Congressional seat this year". Sun Herald. Retrieved January 14, 2012.
  15. ^ Farrell, David A. (January 7, 2012). "Congressional candidates campaign here, cite reasons for running". Picayune Item. Retrieved January 13, 2012.
  16. ^ a b Miller, Joshua (December 5, 2011). "Mississippi GOP Cautious on Palazzo". Roll Call. Retrieved December 5, 2011.
  17. ^ a b Pender, Geoff (December 10, 2011). "Potential Palazzo challengers lining up". Sun Herald. Retrieved December 21, 2011.

External links

  • Elections from the Mississippi Secretary of State
  • United States House of Representatives elections in Mississippi, 2012 at Ballotpedia
  • Mississippi U.S. House at OurCampaigns.com
  • Campaign contributions for U.S. Congressional races in Mississippi at OpenSecrets.org
  • Outside spending at the Sunlight Foundation