2012 United States Senate election in Arizona

The 2012 United States Senate election in Arizona was held November 6, 2012, alongside a presidential election, other elections to the United States Senate in other states, as well as elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Jon Kyl, the Senate Minority Whip, decided to retire instead of running for reelection to a fourth term.[2] Republican U.S. Representative Jeff Flake won the open seat.

2012 United States Senate election in Arizona

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Turnout52.9% (voting eligible)[1]
  Jeff Flake, official portrait, 112th Congress 2 (cropped).jpg Richard Carmona (cropped 2).jpg
Nominee Jeff Flake Richard Carmona
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 1,104,457 1,036,542
Percentage 49.2% 46.2%

Arizona Senate Election Results by County, 2012.svg
County Results

Flake:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%

Carmona:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%

U.S. Senator before election

Jon Kyl
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

Jeff Flake
Republican

Republican primaryEdit

The filing deadline for Republican candidates was June 1, 2012, and the primary election took place on August 28, 2012.

CandidatesEdit

DeclaredEdit

  • Wil Cardon, CEO of a real estate investment firm[3][4]
  • Jeff Flake, U.S. Representative from the 6th district[5]
  • Bryan Hackbarth, former Mayor of Youngtown[6]
  • Clair Van Steenwyk, conservative radio host[7]

WithdrewEdit

  • Doug McKee, businessman[8]

DeclinedEdit

EndorsementsEdit

Jeff Flake
Wil Cardon

PollingEdit

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Wil
Cardon
Jeff
Flake
Bryan
Hackbarth
Doug
McKee
Clair
Van Steenwyk
Other Undecided
Public Policy Polling May 17–20, 2012 421 ± 4.8% 20% 42% 3% 1% 2% 33%
Public Policy Polling February 17–19, 2012 412 ± 4.8% 7% 56% 5% 1% 1% 31%
Public Policy Polling November 17–20, 2011 400 ± 4.9% 7% 53% 5% 1% 2% 33%
Magellan Strategies[permanent dead link] November 14–15, 2011 722 ± 3.6% 4% 52% 1% 1% 2% 8% 32%

ResultsEdit

Republican primary results[20]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jeff Flake 357,360 69.25%
Republican Wil Cardon 110,150 21.35%
Republican Clair Van Steenwyk 29,159 5.65%
Republican Bryan Hackbarth 19,174 3.72%
Republican John Lyon (Write-in) 126 0.02%
Republican Luis Acle (Write-in) 56 0.01%
Total votes 516,025 100.00%

Democratic primaryEdit

Former Surgeon General Richard Carmona was the only candidate for the Democratic nomination, receiving all 289,881 votes cast in the primary election.[21]

CandidatesEdit

DeclaredEdit

WithdrewEdit

DeclinedEdit

PollingEdit

ResultsEdit

Democratic primary results[20]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Richard Carmona 289,881 100.00%
Total votes 289,881 100.00%

General electionEdit

CandidatesEdit

  • Jeff Flake (Republican), U.S. Representative
  • Richard Carmona (Democratic), former U.S. Surgeon General
  • Michael F. Meyer (Independent)
  • Marc J. Victor (Libertarian), attorney

DebatesEdit

There were three debates before the election. The first was in Phoenix on October 10, 2012, the second in Tucson on October 15 and the last was in Yuma on October 25.

External links

FundraisingEdit

Candidate (party) Receipts Disbursements Cash on hand Debt
Jeff Flake (R) $9,026,951 $9,557,420 $97,360 $0
Richard Carmona (D) $6,459,739 $6,373,544 $86,195 $0
Marc J. Victor (L) $8,336 $8,334 $0 $0
Source: Federal Election Commission[35][36][37][38][39]

Top contributorsEdit

Richard Carmona Contribution Jeff Flake Contribution
University of Arizona $54,100 Club for Growth $1,000,112
League of Conservation Voters $53,148 Senate Conservatives Fund $176,484
Canyon Ranch $31,400 US Airways $54,300
Clorox Company $25,000 Freeport-McMoRan $53,750
Arizona State University $22,600 Cancer Treatment Centers of America $40,500
Banner Health $18,500 Knight Transportation $35,500
Lewis and Roca $17,100 Pinnacle West Capital $35,500
Taser International $15,500 Marriott International $29,750
Coca-Cola Co $15,286 Shamrock Farms $24,750
Pederson Group $15,000 Services Group of America $15,650
Source: Center for Responsive Politics[40]

Top industriesEdit

Richard Carmona Contribution Jeff Flake Contribution Ian Gilyeat Contribution
Retired $653,066 Republican/Conservative $1,146,046 Retired $250
Lawyers/Law Firms $409,395 Retired $643,260 Lawyers/Law Firms $250
Health Professionals $313,135 Leadership PACs $502,352
Leadership PACs $279,530 Real Estate $302,572
Colleges/Universities $189,270 Financial Institutions $279,670
Real Estate $145,000 Lawyers/Law Firms $200,702
Business Services $122,749 Misc Finance $188,122
Financial Institutions $118,500 Mining $170,602
Democratic/Liberal $111,889 Health Professionals $164,607
Lobbyists $105,172 Oil & Gas $147,860
Source: Center for Responsive Politics[41]

PredictionsEdit

Source Ranking As of
The Cook Political Report[42] Tossup November 1, 2012
Sabato's Crystal Ball[43] Lean R November 5, 2012
Rothenberg Political Report[44] Tilt R November 2, 2012
Real Clear Politics[45] Lean R November 5, 2012

PollingEdit

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Jeff
Flake (R)
Richard
Carmona (D)
Other Undecided
Public Policy Polling November 2–3, 2012 1,080 ± 3% 51% 46% 3%
Rasmussen Reports October 21, 2012 500 ± 4.5% 50% 44% 3% 3%
Rocky Mountain Poll October 4–10, 2012 523 ± 4.4% 40% 44% 16%
Public Policy Polling October 1–3, 2012 595 ± 4% 43% 45% 12%
HighGround/Moore September 25–26, 2012 500 ± 4% 43% 40% 5% 11%
Rasmussen Reports September 25, 2012 500 ± 4.5% 47% 41% 3% 9%
LCV/Public Policy Polling September 7–9, 2012 993 ± n/a% 44% 43% 13%
LCV/Public Policy Polling July 23–25, 2012 833 ± 3.4% 38% 38% 25%
Rasmussen Reports June 26, 2012 500 ± 4.5% 47% 31% 5% 17%
Public Policy Polling June 4–5, 2012 791 ± 3.5% 43% 41% 16%
Public Policy Polling May 17–20, 2012 500 ± 4.4% 48% 35% 17%
Magellan Strategies April 30 – May 2, 2012 909 ± 3.3% 44% 40% 16%
Rasmussen Reports March 13, 2012 500 ± 4.5% 47% 34% 4% 16%
NBC News/Marist February 19–20, 2012 2,487 ± 2.0% 42% 29% 28%
Public Policy Polling February 17–19, 2012 743 ± 3.6% 46% 35% 19%
Public Policy Polling November 17–20, 2011 500 ± 4.4% 40% 36% 24%

ResultsEdit

Preliminary results showed Flake leading 49.7%-45.7%, but 439,961 early votes had yet to be counted.

United States Senate election in Arizona, 2012[46]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Jeff Flake 1,104,457 49.23% -4.11%
Democratic Richard Carmona 1,036,542 46.20% +2.70%
Libertarian Marc J. Victor 102,109 4.55% +1.39%
Independent Steven Watts (write-in) 290 0.01% N/A
Independent Don Manspeaker (write-in) 24 0.00% N/A
Total votes 2,243,422 100.00% N/A
Republican hold

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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External linksEdit