United States House of Representatives elections in Kentucky, 2012

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United States House of Representatives elections in Kentucky, 2012

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All 6 Kentucky seats to the United States House of Representatives

  Majority party Minority party
Party Republican Democratic
Last election 4 2
Seats won 5 1
Seat change Increase1 Decrease1
Popular vote 1,027,582 684,744
Percentage 58.87% 39.23%
Swing Decrease3.48% Increase1.84%

The 2012 United States House of Representatives elections in Kentucky were held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 to elect the six U.S. Representatives from the state of Kentucky, one from each of the state's six congressional districts. The elections will coincide with the elections of other federal and state offices, including a quadrennial presidential election. Primary elections were held on May 22, 2012.[1]


United States House of Representatives elections in Kentucky, 2012[2]
Party Votes Percentage Seats +/–
Republican 1,027,582 58.87% 5 +1
Democratic 684,744 39.23% 1 -1
Libertarian 4,914 0.28% 0
Others 28,137 1.61% 0
Totals 1,745,377 100.00% 6


Redistricting legislation was passed by both houses of the Kentucky General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Steve Beshear on February 10, 2012.[3]

District 1[edit]

Republican Ed Whitfield, who has represented Kentucky's 1st congressional district since 1995, ran for re-election.[4] In redistricting, the 1st district was made slightly more competitive, but continues to strongly favor Republicans.[5]

2010 nominee Charles Kendall Hatchett defeated James Buckmaster to win the Democratic nomination.[6][7]

General Election Results[edit]

Kentucky 1st Congressional District 2012 [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Edward Whitfield (Incumbent) 199,956 69.63
Democratic Charles Kendall Hatchett 87,199 30.37
Total votes 287,155 100.0
Republican hold
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District 2[edit]

Republican Brett Guthrie, who has represented Kentucky's 2nd congressional district since 2009, ran for re-election.[6] In redistricting, the 2nd district was made slightly more favorable to Republicans.[5]

David Lynn Williams won the Democratic nomination without opposition.[8]

Craig Astor is running as a Libertarian:[9]

General Election Results[edit]

Kentucky 2nd Congressional District 2012 [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican S. Brett Guthrie (Incumbent) 181,508 64.30
Democratic David Lynn Williams 89,541 31.72
Independent Andrew R. Beacham 6,304 2.23
Libertarian Craig R. Astor 4,914 1.74
Total votes 282,267 100.0
Republican hold
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District 3[edit]

Democrat John Yarmuth, who has represented Kentucky's 3rd congressional district since 2007, ran for re-election.[10] The 3rd district was made more favorable to Democrats in redistricting.[5] Yarmuth defeated perennial candidate Burrel Charles Farnsley in the Democratic primary.[11]

Brooks Wicker, a financial advisor and unsuccessful primary candidate for the 3rd district in 2010,[12] won the Republican nomination with no opposition.[11]

General Election Results[edit]

Kentucky 3rd Congressional District 2012 [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Yarmuth (Incumbent) 206,385 63.96
Republican Brooks Wicker 111,452 33.32
Independent Robert L. DeVore, Jr. 4,819 1.49
Total votes 322,656 100.0
Democratic hold
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District 4[edit]

Results of the primary by county. Red indicates a county won by Massie, green by Webb-Edgington. Gray indicates a county that is not within the 4th congressional district.

Republican Geoff Davis, who had represented Kentucky's 4th congressional district from 2005 to 2012, resigned due to family health issues.[6] In redistricting, the 4th district was made more favorable to Republicans.[5]

Walter Christian Schumm, a building contractor; Marcus Carey, a lawyer; Lewis County Judge-Executive Thomas Massie; Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore; Brian Oerther, a teacher; state representative Alecia Webb-Edgington; and Tom Wurtz, a business consultant, sought the Republican nomination to succeed Davis.[6] Thomas Massie won the Republican primary with 45% of the vote.[13]

Lawyer Bill Adkins defeated military veteran Greg Frank to win the Democratic nomination.[13]

Massie won the general election in a landslide.[14]

General Election Results[edit]

Kentucky 4th Congressional District 2012 [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Thomas Massie 186,036 62.13
Democratic William R. "Bill" Adkins 104,734 34.98
Independent David Lewis 8,674 2.90
Total votes 299,444 100.0
Republican hold
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District 5[edit]

Republican Hal Rogers, who has represented Kentucky's 5th congressional district since 1981, ran for re-election.[6] The 5th district was made slightly more competitive in redistricting.[5]

Lawyer Kenneth Stepp[15] defeated Michael Ackerman to win the Democratic nomination.[16]

General Election Results[edit]

Kentucky 5th Congressional District 2012 [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Harold "Hal" Rogers (Incumbent) 195,408 77.90
Democratic Kenneth S. Stepp 55,447 22.10
Total votes 250,855 100.0
Republican hold
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District 6[edit]

Democrat Ben Chandler, who has represented Kentucky's 6th congressional district since 2004, ran for re-election.[6] In redistricting, the 6th district was modified with the effect that, had the 2008 presidential election been held under the new boundaries, Democratic nominee Barack Obama would have received a share of the vote 1.5 percentage points greater than that which he achieved under the former boundaries.[5]

Andy Barr,[17] an attorney who unsuccessfully challenged Chandler in 2010, won the Republican nomination.[11][18] He defeated Patrick J. Kelly II[6] and Curtis Kenimer[6] in the Republican primary.[8]

Randolph S. Vance ran as a write-in candidate.[19]

Andy Barr won the election with 50.57% of the vote.

General Election Results[edit]

Kentucky 6th Congressional District 2012 [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Garland "Andy" Barr 153,222 50.57
Democratic Ben Chandler (Incumbent) 141,438 46.68
Independent Randolph Vance 8,340 2.75
Total votes 303,000 100.0
Republican gain from Democratic
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Ben Chandler


  1. ^ "2012 Kentucky Election Calendar" (PDF). Retrieved August 16, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "2012 Primary and General Election Results". Kentucky State Board of Elections. Retrieved November 6, 2012. 
  3. ^ Brammer, Jack (February 10, 2012). "Beshear approves new congressional map that splits Jessamine". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved February 19, 2012. 
  4. ^ Alessi, Ryan (December 29, 2011). "U.S. Rep. Whitfield to run again in 2012, responds to questions about donations and residency". Pure Politics. cn|2. Retrieved December 29, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f Alessi, Ryan (February 12, 2012). "Analysis: New congressional map only slightly moves the political needle in the 6 districts". Pure Politics. cn|2. Retrieved February 19, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h "7 Republicans file to run for Davis' 4th District seat". The Courier-Journal. February 17, 2012. Retrieved February 19, 2012. 
  7. ^ Grabner, Victoria (May 22, 2012). "Hatchett tops Buckmaster in U.S. House race". Evansville Courier & Press. Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b AP primary results
  9. ^ http://apps.sos.ky.gov/elections/candidatefilings/statewide/default.aspx?id=4
  10. ^ Alessi, Ryan (September 5, 2011). "U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth to run for fourth term in 2012". Pure Politics. cn|2. Retrieved September 6, 2011. 
  11. ^ a b c Carroll, James R. (May 22, 2012). "Three U.S. House races in Kentucky will be reruns this fall". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  12. ^ Alessi, Ryan (October 6, 2011). "Republican Brooks Wicker to run for Kentucky's 3rd Congressional District". Pure Politics. cn|2. Retrieved October 23, 2011. 
  13. ^ a b "Lewis Countian Thomas Massie Wins GOP Nomination in Ky. 4th District". WSAZ-TV. AP. May 22, 2012. Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  14. ^ Gerth, Joe (2012-05-22). "Tea party-backed Thomas Massie gets nod in U.S. House 4th District race". Courier Journal. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 
  15. ^ "Manchester Attorney Files to Challenge Congressman Hal Rogers". WFPL. February 1, 2012. Retrieved February 19, 2012. 
  16. ^ Adams, Steve (May 22, 2012). "Kentucky's primary election has low turnout". WOWK-TV. Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  17. ^ [1]
  18. ^ Hohmann, James (June 9, 2011). "Barr launching a rematch with Chandler". Politico. Retrieved June 10, 2011. 
  19. ^ Carroll, James R. (February 7, 2012). "4 Kentucky congressmen are unopposed in primary". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved February 20, 2012. 

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Preceded by
2010 elections
United States House elections in Kentucky
Succeeded by
2014 elections