Illinois' 4th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Illinois' 4th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
March 20, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Luis V. Gutierrez Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Luis V. Gutierrez Democratic Party
Luis V. Gutierrez.jpg

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

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The 4th Congressional District of Illinois held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Incumbent Luis V. Gutierrez won the election.[1]

This is the 4th 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 Luis V. Gutierrez (D), who was first elected in 1992.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Illinois' 4th Congressional District includes part of Cook County. On March 30, 2012, the 4th District was included in a list released by the National Journal of the top ten most contorted congressional districts due to redistricting.[4]


General election candidates

Democratic Party Luis GutierrezGreen check mark transparent.png
Democratic Party Jorge Zavala (Write-in)
Republican Party Hector Concepcion (Write-in)

March 20, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

No candidates declared an intent to run

Note: Hector Concepcion and Jorge Zavala were removed from the candidate list on January 17, 2012.[5][6]

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Illinois District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLuis Gutierrez Incumbent 83% 133,226
     Republican Hector Concepcion 17% 27,279
Total Votes 160,505
Source: Illinois Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"

Democratic Primary

U.S. House, Illinois District 4 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLuis Gutierrez Incumbent 100% 30,908
Jorge Zavala 0% 6
Total Votes 30,914

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.[7] Illinois has had 11 Republican congressmen and 8 Democrats since the November 2010 election.[7] The new map, designed by the dominant Democrats, could have flipped that advantage to as many as 12 Democrats and only six Republicans.[7] On March 30, 2012, the 4th District was included in a list released by the National Journal of the top ten most contorted congressional districts due to redistricting.[4]

The new 4th District was composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[8][9]

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' 4th District became less Democratic because of redistricting.[10]

  • 2012: 78D / 22R
  • 2010: 82D / 18R

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' 4th Congressional District has a PVI of D+26, which is the 27th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 82-18 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 73-27 percent over George W. Bush (R).[11]

Campaign donors


Luis V. Gutierrez (2012)[12] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[13]April 9, 2012$40,729.94$0.00$(5,201.34)$35,528.60
Running totals

District history

Candidate ballot access
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On November 2, 2010, Luis V. Gutierrez won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Israel Vasquez (R) and Robert J. Burns (G) in the general election.[14]

U.S. House, Illinois District 4 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLuis V. Gutierrez Incumbent 77.4% 63,273
     Republican Israel Vasquez 14.3% 11,711
     Green Robert J. Burns 8.3% 6,808
Total Votes 81,792

See also

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