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Illinois' 14th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Illinois' 14th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
March 20, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Randy Hultgren Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Randy Hultgren Republican Party
Randy Hultgren.jpg

Illinois U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 14th Congressional District of Illinois heldd an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Incumbent Randy Hultgren won the election.[1]

This is the 14th Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
December 27, 2011
March 20, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Illinois has a mixed-hybrid primary system. Voters can change parties each year but must declare a party affiliation at the polls. Depending on which party is chosen, the voter will then be counted as registered for that party. Voters may change party affiliation at polls or caucus.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by February 21. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 9. A "grace period" was also available, allowing voter registration until three days before an election.[2][3]

See also: Illinois elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Randy Hultgren (R), who was first elected in 2010.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Illinois' 14th Congressional District covers a part of northeastern Illinois, including Lake, McHenry, Kane, DeKalb, Kendall and Dupage counties.[4]


General election candidates

Democratic Party Dennis Anderson
Republican Party Randy HultgrenGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Mark Masrogiovanni (Write-in)

March 20, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Note: Frank McClatchey filed to run in the 14th District, but withdrew from the race when Joe Walsh announced he would not run in the 14th District and instead ran for re-election in the 8th Congressional District.[8]

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Illinois District 14 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRandy Hultgren Incumbent 58.8% 177,603
     Democratic Dennis Anderson 41.2% 124,351
Total Votes 301,954
Source: Illinois Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"

Democratic Primary

U.S. House, Illinois District 14 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDennis Anderson 74.1% 9,344
Jonathon Farnick 25.9% 3,258
Total Votes 12,602

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Illinois

With the 2011 redistricting, Illinois lost 1 of its current 19 House seats because the state's population failed to grow as fast as in other states.[9] Illinois has had 11 Republican congressmen and 8 Democrats since the November 2010 election.[9] The new map, designed by the dominant Democrats, could flip that advantage to as many as 12 Democrats and only six Republicans.[9]

The new 14th District was composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[10][11]

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. Illinois' 14th District became more Republican because of redistricting.[12]

  • 2012: 48D / 52R
  • 2010: 52D / 48R

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 measures each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. Illinois' 14th Congressional District has a PVI of R+6, which is the 162nd most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 51-49 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 61-39 percent over John Kerry (D).[13]

Campaign donors


Dennis Anderson (2012)[14] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-Primary[15]March 8, 2012$25,180.00$6,200.00$(22,075.66)$9,304.34
April Quarterly[16]April 15, 2012$9,304.34$17,311.00$(16,477.38)$10,137.96
Running totals
Randy Hultgren (2012)[17] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-Primary[18]March 8, 2012$333,768.07$27,510.00$(198,251.35)$163,026.72
April Quarterly[19]April 13, 2012$175,755.72$103,808.00$(38,569.19)$240,944.52
Running totals

District history

Candidate ballot access
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On November 2, 2010, Randy Hultgren won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Bill Foster (D), Daniel J. Kairis (G) and Doug Marks (I) in the general election.[20]

U.S. House, Illinois District 14 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRandall M. "Randy" Hultgren 51.3% 112,369
     Democratic Bill Foster 45% 98,645
     Green Daniel J. Kairis 3.6% 7,949
     Independent Doug Marks 0% 50
Total Votes 219,013

See also

External links


  1. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Illinois"
  2. Illinois Board of Elections, "2012 Election Calendar," accessed July 21, 2012
  3. Illinois Board of Elections, "Registering to Vote in Illinois," accessed July 21, 2012
  4. June 2011 Illinois Redistricting, "Map" accessed July 23, 2012
  5. ABC News 7 "Election Results Primary 2012" accessed March 20, 2012
  6. 6.0 6.1 Illinois State Board of Elections "Candidate List" accessed December 27, 2011
  7. Northwest Herald "Hultgren will seek re-election in 14th" accessed December 6, 2011
  8. McHenry County Blog, "Frank McClatchey Says Walsh’s Switch to 8th District Reason for Not Running for Congress" accessed March 15, 2012
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Chicago Tribune, "Odd geography in new Illinois congressional map:Millions of constituents will find their representative has changed" accessed February 22, 2012
  10. Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer, "Illinois' congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
  11. Labels & Lists, "VoterMapping software voter counts"
  12. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Illinois," September 2012
  13. Cook Political Report, "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" accessed October 2012
  14. FEC Reports, "Dennis Anderson Summary Reports" accessed July 13, 2012
  15. FEC Reports, "Pre-Primary" accessed July 13, 2012
  16. FEC Reports, "April Quarterly" accessed July 13, 2012
  17. FEC Reports, "Randy Hultgren Summary Reports" accessed July 13, 20112
  18. FEC Reports, "Pre-Primary" accessed July 13, 2012
  19. FEC Reports, "April Quarterly" accessed July 13, 2012
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013