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Florida's 4th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Florida's 4th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 14, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Ander Crenshaw Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Ander Crenshaw Republican Party
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Florida U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 4th Congressional District of Florida held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This was the 4th Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.

Ander Crenshaw was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
June 8, 2012
August 14, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Florida was one of 21 states to use a strictly closed primary system.

Voter registration: Voters were required to register to vote in the primary by July 16, 2012, which was 29 days before the primary took place.[2] (Information about registering to vote)

See also: Florida elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Ander Crenshaw (R), who was first elected in 2000.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Florida's 4th Congressional District was located in northern Florida and includes Baker, Nassau, and Duval counties.[3]

Candidates

General election candidates

Democratic Party No candidates have filed to run.
Republican Party Ander CrenshawGreen check mark transparent.png
Independent Gary Koniz
Independent James Klauder


August 14, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

No candidates have filed to run.

Republican Party Republican Primary

IndependentNo Party Affiliation

Note:Gary Koniz initially filed as a Democratic candidate but will instead run as a write-in candidate.

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Florida District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAnder Crenshaw Incumbent 76.1% 239,988
     Independent Gary Koniz 0.1% 246
     Independent James Klauder 23.8% 75,236
Total Votes 315,470
Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

The primary took place on August 14.[6]

Republican Primary

Florida's 4th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAnder Crenshaw 71.9% 46,788
Bob Black 18.1% 11,816
Deborah Katz Pueschel 10% 6,505
Total Votes 65,109

Race background

Blue vs. Red

Possible race ratings are:

     Solid Democratic
     Likely Democratic
     Lean Democratic

     Tossup

     Lean Republican
     Likely Republican
     Solid Republican

     Florida's 4th District was a solidly Republican district.

In June 2012, Sabato's Crystal Ball rated Florida's 4th as a solidly Republican district.[7]

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Florida

In redistricting, the 4th District was consolidated into a more compact district in the state’s northeastern corner.[8] However, Crenshaw still had most of his current district’s population.[8]

Prior to redistricting the 4th District included most of Jacksonville along with a portion of North Florida. The district also included all of Baker, Columbia, Hamilton, Madison, Nassau, and Union counties and portions of Duval, Jefferson, and Leon counties.

The 4th District was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district was composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[9][10]

District partisanship

FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012 study

See also: FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012

In 2012, FairVote did a study on partisanship in the congressional districts, giving each a percentage ranking (D/R) based on the new 2012 maps and comparing that to the old 2010 maps. Florida's 4th District became more Republican because of redistricting.[11]

  • 2012: 33D / 67R
  • 2010: 35D / 65R

Cook Political Report's PVI

See also: Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index

In 2012, Cook Political Report released its updated figures on the Partisan Voter Index, which measured each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. Florida's 4th Congressional District had a PVI of R+17, which was the 31st most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 63-37 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 69-31 percent over John Kerry (D).[12]

District history

Candidate Ballot Access
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2010

On November 2, 2010, Ander Crenshaw won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Troy D. Stanley (I), Deborah "Deb" Katz Puschel (I) and Gary L. Koniz (I) in the general election.[13]

U.S. House, Florida District 4 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAnder Crenshaw Incumbent 77.2% 178,238
     Independent Troy D. Stanley 22.8% 52,540
     Independent Deborah "Deb" Katz Puschel 0% 40
     Independent Gary L. Koniz 0% 27
Total Votes 230,845

See also

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