Illinois' 3rd congressional district elections, 2012
November 6, 2012
March 20, 2012
|Candidate Filing Deadline||Primary Election||General Election|
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" is also available, allowing voter registration until three days before an election.
- See also: Illinois elections, 2012
This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Illinois' 3rd congressional district includes west and southwest suburbs of Chicago as far as the DuPage County border, as well as a portion of the southwest side of the city of Chicago itself, and covers 124.5 square miles, making it one of the 50 smallest districts in the U.S.
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General election candidates
March 20, 2012 primary results
|U.S. House, Illinois District 3 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Daniel Lipinski Incumbent||68.5%||168,738|
|Source: Illinois Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"|
|U.S. House, Illinois' 3rd Congressional District Democratic Primary Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Daniel William Lipinski Incumbent||87.3%||44,532|
|U.S. House, Illinois' 3rd Congressional District Republican Primary Republican Primary, 2012|
Daniel Lipinski had been endorsed over challenger Farah Baqai.  Lipinksi was the only Illinois Democrat in the House to vote "no" on President Obama's national health care law, saying the program was unsustainable, and wanting strong language against federal funding of abortion. According to a February 23, 2012 article in the Chicago Tribune, "His position was at odds with the White House, but in step with his district."
On the Republican ticket, candidate Arthur Jones, who has made two previous runs for Congress in the past,  had taken on national attention for comments he made in a February 29, 2012 article in the Oak Lawn Patch denying the Holocaust. In the article he stated, “As far as I’m concerned, the Holocaust is nothing more than an international extortion racket by the Jews. It’s the blackest lie in history. Millions of dollars are being made by Jews telling this tale of woe and misfortune in books, movies, plays and TV." While Jones admitted to being a member of the Nationalist Socialist Party in his younger days,  he also stated that he voted Republican “90 percent of the time.” Jones faced Richard Grabowski and Jim Falvey in the Republican primary.
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. Illinois has had 11 Republican congressmen and 8 Democrats since the November 2010 election. The new map, designed by the dominant Democrats, could flip that advantage to as many as 12 Democrats and only six Republicans.
- 68 percent from the 3rd congressional district
- 2 percent from the 4th congressional district
- 1 percent from the 11th congressional district
- 29 percent from the 13th congressional district
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' 3rd District became less Democratic because of redistricting.
- 2012: 55D / 45R
- 2010: 61D / 39R
Cook Political Report's PVI
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' 3rd congressional district has a PVI of D+5, which is the 142nd most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 59-41 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 54-46 percent over George W. Bush (R).
|Daniel Lipinski (2012) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|Pre-Primary||March 10, 2012||$819,881.96||$20,650.00||$(26,331.58)||$814,200.38|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2012||$814,200.38||$87,388.60||$(64,774.15)||$836,814.83|
- United States House of Representatives elections in Illinois, 2012
- United States House of Representatives elections, 2012
- Campaign finance at OpenSecrets.org]
- ↑ Politico "2012 Election Map, Illinois"
- ↑ Illinois Board of Elections "2012 Election Calendar," Accessed July 21, 2012
- ↑ Illinois Board of Elections "Registering to Vote in Illinois," Accessed July 21, 2012
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Chicago Tribune "Contested races for the U.S. House" Accessed March 12, 2012
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 ABC News 7 "Election Results Primary 2012" Accessed March 20, 2012
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Illinois State Board of Elections "Candidate List" Accessed December 27, 2011
- ↑ South Town Star "Hometown resident to run for Congress" Accessed December 5, 2011
- ↑ Illinois State Board of Elections "Candidate List" Accessed December 27, 2011
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 Oak Lawn Patch "Republican Congressional Candidate Says 'Holocaust Never Happened'" Accessed March 19, 2012
- ↑ Huffington Post "Illinois Primary 2012 Election Guide: Key Races To Watch (PHOTOS)" Accessed March 19, 2012
- ↑ Huffington Post "Art Jones, Illinois Republican Congressional Candidate, Says Holocaust Never Happened" Accessed March 19, 2012
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 12.2 Chicago Tribune "Odd geography in new Illinois congressional map:Millions of constituents will find their representative has changed" Accessed February 22, 2012
- ↑ Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer "Illinois' congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
- ↑ Labels & Lists "VoterMapping software voter counts"
- ↑ "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Illinois," September 2012
- ↑ Cook Political Report "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" Accessed October 2012
- ↑ Daniel Lipinski FEC Reports "Summary Reports" Accessed July 7, 2012
- ↑ Daniel Lipinski FEC Reports "Pre-Primary" Accessed July 7, 2012
- ↑ Daniel Lipinski FEC Reports "April Quarterly" Accessed July 7, 2012
- ↑ U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"