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United States House of Representatives elections in Nebraska, 2012

The 2012 United States House of Representatives elections in Nebraska were held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 and elected the three U.S. Representatives from the state of Nebraska. 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 May 15, 2012.[1]

Contents

  • Redistricting 1
  • District 1 2
  • District 2 3
    • Polling 3.1
  • District 3 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Redistricting

A redistricting plan was passed by the Nebraska Legislature on May 24, 2011,[2] after a five-hour Democratic-led filibuster was defeated.[3][4] The plan signed into law by Republican Governor Dave Heineman.[5]

District 1

Republican Jeff Fortenberry, who has represented Nebraska's 1st congressional district since 2005, did not run for the U.S. Senate, and is running for re-election.[6] Dennis Parker, a former professional musician who unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination in the 3rd district in 2010,[7] and Jessica Turek,[8] unsuccessfully challenged Fortenberry in the Republican primary.

Korey Reiman, an attorney, sought and won the Democratic nomination to challenge Fortenberry unopposed.[9] Robert Way, an Army combat medic, had planned to run but dropped out of the race in March 2012. (Way's name still appeared on the Democratic primary ballot.)[9][10]

Primary results
Republican primary results[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jeff Fortenberry 55,658 86.4%
Republican Jessica Turek 5,255 8.2%
Republican Dennis Parker 3,511 5.4%
Totals 64,424 100%
Democratic primary results[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Korey Reiman 14,804 62.9%
Democratic Robert Way 8,728 37.1%
Totals 23,532 100%
Election results, Nebraska 1st District, November 6, 2012[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jeff Fortenberry (incumbent) 174,889 68.29%
Democratic Korey L. Reiman 81,206 31.70%
Totals 256,095 100%
Republican hold Swing }
External links
  • Jeff Fortenberry campaign website
  • Korey Reiman campaign website

District 2

Republican Lee Terry, who has represented Nebraska's 2nd congressional district since 1999, did not run for the U.S. Senate, and is running for re-election.[6] Paul Anderson, an employee of BNSF Railway;[13] Glenn Freeman, a former chairman of the Douglas County Republican Party;[14] Jack Heidel, the chairman of the mathematics department at the University of Nebraska at Omaha;[15] and Brett Lindstrom, a financial adviser and former Nebraska Cornhuskers quarterback,[16] unsuccessfully challenged Terry in the Republican primary.

Douglas County Treasurer John Ewing[17] won the Democratic nomination. He defeated state Senator Gwen Howard in the primary.[18] Howard Warren Buffett, the director of the U.S. Department of Defense's agriculture development program in Iraq and Afghanistan and the grandson of investor and philanthropist Warren Buffett, chose not to run.[19] David Wasserman of The Cook Political Report rates the race as "Likely Republican."[20]

Primary results
Republican primary results[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Lee Terry 27,998 59.5%
Republican Brett Lindstrom 10,753 22.8%
Republican Jack Heidel 5,406 11.5%
Republican Glenn Freeman 1,885 4.0%
Republican Paul Anderson 1,051 2.2%
Totals 47,093 100%
Democratic primary results[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Ewing 17,954 62.0%
Democratic Gwen Howard 11,009 38.0%
Totals 28,963 100%

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
John
Ewing (D)
Lee
Terry (R)
Other Undecided
World-Herald Poll September 17–20, 2012 400 ± 4.9% 37.6% 50.5% 11.9%
Election results, Nebraska 2nd District, November 6, 2012[21]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Lee Terry (incumbent) 133,964 50.79%
Democratic John W. Ewing Jr. 129,767 49.21%
Totals 263,731 100%
Republican hold Swing }
External links
  • John Ewing campaign website
  • Lee Terry campaign website

District 3

Republican Adrian Smith, who has represented Nebraska's 3rd congressional district since 2007, is running for re-election. Bob Lingenfelter, a farmer and former NFL offensive lineman, unsuccessfully challenged Smith in the Republican primary.[8]

Mark Sullivan, a farmer, sought and received the Democratic nomination unopposed.[9]

Primary results
Republican primary results[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Adrian Smith 62,645 81.4%
Republican Bob Lingenfelter 14,297 18.6%
Totals 76,942 100%
Democratic primary results[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mark Sullivan Unopposed 100.00%%
Totals ' %
Election results, Nebraska 3rd District, November 6, 2012[22]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Adrian Smith (incumbent) 187,423 74.17%
Democratic Mark Sullivan 65,266 25.82%
Totals 252,689 100%
Republican hold Swing }
External links
  • Adrian Smith campaign website
  • Mark Sullivan campaign website

References

  1. ^ "2012 Elections".  
  2. ^ Hammel, Paul; Stoddard, Martha (May 25, 2011). "Redistricting bill advances".  
  3. ^ Walton, Don (May 23, 2011). "Congressional redistricting plan jumps Democratic roadblock".  
  4. ^ Hammel, Paul (May 24, 2011). "Redistricting rides to final vote".  
  5. ^ Schulte, Grant (May 26, 2011). "Nebraska lawmakers approve, governor signs congressional and legislative redistricting maps". Times-Post. Retrieved June 11, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Tysver, Robynn (January 9, 2012). "No Senate bids for Terry, Fortenberry".  
  7. ^ Walton, Don (October 11, 2011). "1st district congressional candidate plans faith-based message".  
  8. ^ a b Warneke, Kent (March 2, 2012). "Final day sets up contested races in area".  
  9. ^ a b c Walton, Don (March 1, 2012). "Democrats will contest all House races".  
  10. ^ Triebsch, Chris (March 24, 2012). "Robert Way Withdraws from Congressional Race, Endorses Korey Reiman".  
  11. ^ a b c d e f "Official Report of the Board of State Canvassers of the State of Nebraska".  
  12. ^ http://www.sos.ne.gov/elec/2012/pdf/2012-general-canvass.pdf
  13. ^ "5 Republicans Hope To Be U.S. Congressman".  
  14. ^ O'Brien, Maggie (January 5, 2012). "Freeman to challenge Terry".  
  15. ^ "UNO chairman to run for Congress".  
  16. ^ Walton, Don (June 22, 2011). "GOP opponent challenges Terry leadership".  
  17. ^ Walton, Don (July 18, 2011). "Douglas County treasurer seeks Terry's House seat".  
  18. ^ Szalewski, Susan (October 4, 2011). "Gwen Howard to run for Congress".  
  19. ^ Jordon, Steve (June 10, 2011). "Buffett grandson to run dad's foundation".  
  20. ^  
  21. ^ http://www.sos.ne.gov/elec/2012/pdf/2012-general-canvass.pdf
  22. ^ http://www.sos.ne.gov/elec/2012/pdf/2012-general-canvass.pdf

External links

  • Elections from the Nebraska Secretary of State
  • United States House of Representatives elections in Nebraska, 2012 at Ballotpedia
  • Nebraska U.S. House at OurCampaigns.com
  • Campaign contributions for U.S. Congressional races in Nebraska at OpenSecrets.org
  • Outside spending at the Sunlight Foundation
  • Map of Nebraska's new congressional districts, published by the Nebraska Legislature
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