Highlights from 2012 Cycle Congressional primary races
MISSOURI Primary Results, August 8, 2012:
The hotly contested race for the redistricted MO-1 with 97 % of precincts reporting, Rep. Lacy Clay (D) led Rep. Russ Carnahan (D) 62 % to 35 %. The Associated Press called the race for Clay. Both Members have sterling pro-arts records.
MICHIGAN Primary Results, August 8, 2012:
Congressional Arts Caucus members with exemplary arts voting records were pitted against each other in Detroit congressional district. Rep. Gary Peters (D-14) handily defeated Hansen Clarke after their redistricting left the two incumbent Democrats to contend for one seat. Clarke, a former art major in college, was in his first term.
WASHINGTON Primary Results, August 3 2012
The race for retiring arts champion and former Interior Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Norm Dicks’ (D-6) seat saw Dicks’ handpicked successor State Senator Derek Kilmer dominated a crowded open primary field with 52% to face-off against Republican Will Driscoll who received the second most votes with 18%.
CAC member David Reichert (R-8) will face Democrat K. Porterfield after clearing the open primary field with 58% of the vote.
OKLAHOMA Primary Results June 26:
Rep. Tom Cole, an important member of the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, wins his Republican Primary easily with 82% of the vote.
VIRGINIA Primary Results June 12:
Interior Appropriations Ranking Member and Congressional Arts Caucus stalwart member, Jim Moran (D-8) cruised to a primary victory with 72% of the vote.
ARIZONA Primary Results June 12:
Former Representative Gabrielle Gifford’s staff person, Ron Barber (D-8) comfortably wins a special election to replace his former boss who was critically shot last year with 52% of the vote.
CALIFORNIA Primary Results June 5, 2012:
The newly redistricted CA-30 pitted two loyal arts supporters and incumbents Reps. Howard Berman and Mike Sherman against each other and will do so again in the general as they finished first and second in the open primary.
IDAHO Primary Results May 15, 2012:
AAF-supported House Appropriations Interior Subcommittee Chairman Mike Simpson (R-2) easily defeated his primary opponent with 70% of the vote.
PENNSYLVANIA Primary Results April 23, 2012:
AAF-supported candidates and long time arts supporters Reps. Jim Gerlach (R-6); Pat Meehan (R-7); Charlie Dent (R-15); and Tim Murphy (R-18) all advanced to their general elections easily.
ARIZONA Primary Results April 17, 2012:
Democrat Ron Barber won the AZ-08 runoff for former Representative Gabby Gifford’s seat defeating Tea Party endorsed Republican Jesse Kelly with 52% of the vote.
MARYLAND Primary Results April 3, 2012:
Pro-arts candidate Wendy Rosen pulled-off a surprising primary win in MD-01 and will have an uphill battle against incumbent Andy Harris who voted twice to cut NEA funds in 2011.
ILLINOIS Primary Results March 20, 2012:
Current CAC member and 2008 Report Card “A” Rep. Judy Biggert (R) will face former representative and CAC member Bill Foster (D) in the newly redrawn IL-11h District after each won their primaries.
AAF-supported and CAC Members Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-9), Robert Dold (R-10) and Aaron Schock (R-18) all swept their primaries.
OHIO Primary Results, March 6, 2012:
Frequent NEA critic Steve Chabot (R-1) breezes unopposed in Republican primary. Chabot will face Jeff Sinnard (D).
2008 Report Card “C” Jean Schmidt (R-2) defeated by Brad Wenstrup in Republican primary.
The Democratic Primary in the OH-09 saw a redistricting map casualty between two CAC members Reps. Marcy Kaptur and Dennis Kucinich with Kaptur winning to face Republican Wurzelbacher.
Congressional Arts Caucus (CAC) Member Rep. Mike Turner (R-10) wins primary handily with 80% of the vote.
National Council on the Arts Member Mike Tiberi (R-12) cruises to primary victory.
2008 Report Card “B+” Arts Action Fund PAC (AAF)-supported candidate and House Appropriations Interior Subcommittee member Steve LaTourette (R-14) ran unopposed in his primary.
CAC Member Steve Stivers (R-15) wins his primary and faces a tough challenge from Democrat Pat Long.