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Illinois' 18th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Illinois' 18th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
March 20, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Aaron Schock Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Aaron Schock 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 18th Congressional District of Illinois held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Incumbent Aaron Schock won the election.[1]

This is the 18th 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 Aaron Schock (R), who was first elected in 2008.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Illinois' 18th Congressional District covers central and western Illinois, including Hancock, McDonough, Adams, Pike, Brown, Schuyler, Scott, Cass, Mason, Menard, Sangamon, Logan, Tazewell, McLean, Woodford, Marshall, Stark and Peoria counties.[4]

Candidates

General election candidates

Democratic Party Steve Waterworth
Republican Party Aaron SchockGreen check mark transparent.png


March 20, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Note:Darrel Miller was removed from the official candidate list on February 2, 2012.[8]

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Illinois District 18 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Steve Waterworth 25.8% 85,164
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAaron Schock Incumbent 74.2% 244,467
Total Votes 329,631
Source: Illinois Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"

Democratic Primary

U.S. House, Illinois District 18 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Waterworth 69.6% 10,211
Matthew Woodmancy 30.4% 4,465
Total Votes 14,676

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 have flipped that advantage to as many as 12 Democrats and only six Republicans.[9]

The new 18th 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' 18th District became more Republican because of redistricting.[12]

  • 2012: 41D / 59R
  • 2010: 45D / 55R

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' 18th Congressional District has a PVI of R+10, which is the 110th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 55-45 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush won the district 63-37 percent over John Kerry (D).[13]

District history

Candidate Ballot Access
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2010

On November 2, 2010, Aaron Schock won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Deirdre "D.K." Hirner (D) and Sheldon Schafer (G) in the general election.[14]

U.S. House, Illinois District 18 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAaron Schock Incumbent 69.1% 152,868
     Democratic Deirdre "D.K." Hirner 25.8% 57,046
     Green Sheldon Schafer 5.1% 11,256
Total Votes 221,170

See also

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