Illinois' 15th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Illinois' 15th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
March 20, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
John Shimkus Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Timothy V. Johnson Republican Party
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Illinois U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 15th Congressional District of Illinois held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Republican John Shimkus won the election.[1]

This is the 15th 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 Tim Johnson (R), who was first elected in 2000. Johnson announced he would run in the 13th District, before he eventually decided to retire in 2012.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Illinois' 15th Congressional District is located in eastern Illinois. It includes Johnson, Pope, Hardin, Gallatin, Saline, Hamilton, White, Wayne, Edwards, Wabash, Marion, Washington, Clinton, Madison, Bond, Gayette, Clay, Effingham, Shelby, Jasper, Cumberland, Crawford, Lawrence, Richland, Clark, Coles, Edgar, Douglas, Moultrie, Vermillion, Champaign and Ford counties.[4]

Candidates

General election candidates

Democratic Party Angela Michael
Republican Party John ShimkusGreen check mark transparent.png


March 20, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Illinois District 15 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Shimkus Incumbent 68.6% 205,775
     Democratic Angela Michael 31.4% 94,162
Total Votes 299,937
Source: Illinois Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"

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.[6] Illinois has had 11 Republican congressmen and 8 Democrats since the November 2010 election.[6] The new map, designed by the dominant Democrats, could have flipped that advantage to as many as 12 Democrats and only six Republicans.[6]

The new 15th District was composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[7][8]

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' 15th District became more Republican because of redistricting.[9]

  • 2012: 40D / 60R
  • 2010: 41D / 59R

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' 15th Congressional District has a PVI of R+11, which is the 101st most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 56-44 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush won the district 63-37 percent over John Kerry (D).[10]

Campaign donors

2012

Angela Michael (2012)[11] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[12]March 5, 2012$0.00$7,394.00$(6,826.42)$467.58
Running totals
$7,394$(6,826.42)


John Shimkus (2012)[13] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-Primary[14]March 8, 2012$1,374,248.34$90,949.68$(167,515.04)$130,682.98
April Quarterly[15]April 13, 2012$1,300,682.98$188,495.94$(161,329.21)$1,327,849.71
Running totals
$279,445.62$(328,844.25)

District history

Candidate ballot accecss
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2010

On November 2, 2010, Tim Johnson won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated David Gill (D) in the general election.[16]

U.S. House, Illinois District 15 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTimothy V. Johnson Incumbent 64.3% 136,915
     Democratic David Gill 35.7% 75,948
Total Votes 212,863

See also

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