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United States House of Representatives election in Alaska, 2012

United States House of Representatives election in Alaska, At-large district, 2012

November 6, 2012

Nominee Don Young Sharon Cissna Jim McDermott
Party Republican Democratic Libertarian
Popular vote 185,296 82,927 15,028
Percentage 63.94% 28.61% 5.19%

Representative At-large before election

Don Young

Elected Representative At-large

Don Young

The 2012 United States House of Representatives election in Alaska was held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 to elect the U.S. Representative from Alaska's at-large congressional district, who will represent the state of Alaska in the 113th United States Congress. The election coincided with the elections of other federal and state offices, including a quadrennial presidential election. As is the case every twelve years in Alaska, this will be the only statewide election contest held amongst this year's elections. A primary election was held on August 28, 2012.[1]


  • Primary elections 1
    • Republican 1.1
    • ADL (Alaskan Independence-Democratic-Libertarian) 1.2
      • Democratic 1.2.1
      • Libertarian 1.2.2
  • General election 2
    • Candidates 2.1
    • Results 2.2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Primary elections


Primary results
Republican primary results[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Don Young (incumbent) 58,789 78.6%
Republican John Cox 11,179 14.9%
Republican Terre Gales 4,841 6.5%
Totals 74,809 100%

ADL (Alaskan Independence-Democratic-Libertarian)



  • Jim C. McDermott of Fairbanks.[2] Business professor.[3]
Primary results
ADL combined primary results[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sharon Cissna 16,329 42.8%
Democratic Matt Moore 7,374 19.3%
Libertarian Jim McDermott 5,741 15.0%
Democratic Debra Chesnut 5,626 14.7%
Democratic Frank Vondersaar 2,085 5.5%
Democratic Doug Urquidi 1,034 2.7%
Totals 38,189 100%

General election


  • Sharon Cissna (D), state Representative
  • Jim McDermott (L), business professor
  • Don Young (R), incumbent U.S. Representative
  • Ted Gianoutsos of Anchorage. Perennial candidate who filed by nominating petition to run as an independent (referred to as "Non-Affiliated" by the Alaska Division of Elections).[12]
  • Clinton Desjarlais of Anchorage. Non-Affiliated Write-in candidate.[12]
  • Fletcher Fuller, Jr. of Anchorage. Non-Affiliated Write-in candidate.[12]
  • Sidney Hill of Palmer. Non-Affiliated Write-in candidate.[12]


Election results, Alaska's At-large district, November 6, 2012[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Don Young (incumbent) 185,296 63.94%
Democratic Sharon Cissna 82,927 28.61%
Libertarian Jim McDermott 15,028 5.19%
Independent Ted Gianoutsos 5,589 1.93%
Write-ins Others 964 0.33%
Totals 289,804 100%


  1. ^ "2011/12 Election Dates and Hours".  
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "August 28, 2012 Primary Candidate List". Juneau: Alaska Division of Elections. Retrieved October 13, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d Burke, Jill (August 23, 2012). "Long shots face long odds in quest to unseat Alaska Congressman Don Young".  
  4. ^ Nesper, Mike (June 13, 2012). "'"ER's Gales: Congress lacks 'courage.  
  5. ^ Klint, Chris (February 22, 2012). "Rep. Don Young Files to Run for 21st Term".  
  6. ^ a b "State of Alaska 2012 Primary Election - August 28, 2012 - Official Results". State of Alaska Division of Elections. September 17, 2012. Retrieved October 13, 2012. 
  7. ^ Mauer, Richard (April 11, 2012). "Cissna announces run for Congress".  
  8. ^ "Anchorage Democrat plans to run against Young for Congress".  
  9. ^ Toeplitz, Shira; Trygstad, Kyle; Peoples, Steve (May 24, 2011). "At-Large Seats Seem Safe for Both Parties".  
  10. ^ "Undeterred by failed Assembly bid, Urquidi plans to run for Congress".  
  11. ^ "State of Alaska General Election - November 5, 2002 - Official Results". Juneau: Alaska Division of Elections. December 6, 2002. Retrieved November 19, 2011. 
  12. ^ a b c d "November 6, 2012 General Election Candidate List". Juneau: Alaska Division of Elections. Retrieved October 13, 2012. 
  13. ^

External links

  • Division of Elections at Alaska Government
  • Alaska U.S. House at
  • United States House of Representatives elections in Alaska, 2012 at Ballotpedia
  • Campaign contributions at
  • Outside spending at the Sunlight Foundation
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