Louisiana's 4th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Louisiana's 4th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Election Runoff Date
December 8, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
John Fleming Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
John Fleming Republican Party
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Louisiana U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 4th Congressional District of Louisiana held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent John Fleming won the election.[1]
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
August 17, 2012
November 6, 2012
December 8, 2012

Primary: Louisiana has a open primary system, in which any registered voter can choose which party's primary to vote in, without having to be a member of that party.

Voter registration: Louisiana does not hold a primary before the November 6 general election. If candidates did not receive a sufficient majority of the vote on that date, they go to a runoff, to be held on December 8. Voters were required to register to vote in the November 6 election by October 9; for the December 8 runoff, the voter registration deadline was November 7.[2]

See also: Louisiana elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was John Fleming (R), who was first elected in 2008.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Louisiana's 4th Congressional District encompasses the western portion of the state. St. Landry, Evangeline, Allen, Beauregard, Vernon, Sabine, Natchitoches, De Soto, Red River, Bienville, Caddo, Bossier, Webster, Cialborne and Union parishes are included in the district.[3]

Unlike most states, Louisiana uses the blanket primary - under this system all candidates, regardless of party, run in the same primary. A candidate can be declared the overall winner of the seat by garnering more than 50 percent of the vote in the primary. However, if no candidate reached this threshold, then a general election took place on December 8, 2012, between the top-two vote getters.

Candidates

Nonpartisan Blanket Primary

Republican Party John Fleming: IncumbentGreen check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Randall Lord[4]

Election results

U.S. House, Louisiana District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Fleming Incumbent 75.3% 187,894
     Libertarian Randall Lord 24.7% 61,637
Total Votes 249,531
Source: Louisiana Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Louisiana
Figure 5: This map shows the final, re-engrossed, version of HB 6 outlining Louisiana Congressional Districts after the 2010 census.

The redrawn map merged the coastal districts of incumbents Charles Boustany of the now defunct 7th District and Jeff Landry of the 3rd District,[5] while extending Republican incumbent Steve Scalise’s 1st District south from Metairie toward into the state’s Gulf coast.[5] Incumbents John Fleming and Rodney Alexander occupied two northern Louisiana-based districts, the 4th District and 5th District, that are similar to their current seats.[5] The northwestern 4th District, anchored by Shreveport, borders Texas and Arkansas.[5]

Registration statistics

As of October 24, 2012, District 4 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the Louisiana Secretary of State:

Louisiana Congressional District 4[6]
Congressional District District Total Democrats Republicans Other & Unaffiliated Advantage Party Advantage Change in Advantage from 2010
District 4 469,909 229,389 132,091 108,429 Democratic 73.66% 3.96%
"Party advantage" is the percentage gap between the two major parties in registered voters. "Change in advantage" is the spread in difference of party advantage between 2010 and 2012 based on the congressional district number only.

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. Louisiana's 4th District saw no change in partisanship due to redistricting.[7]

  • 2012: 37D / 63R
  • 2010: 37D / 63R

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. Louisiana's 4th Congressional District has a PVI of R+11, which is the 103rd most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 60-40 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 59-41 percent over John Kerry (D).[8]

Campaign donors

John Fleming

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Fleming's reports.

John Fleming (2012)[9] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[10]April 14, 2012$436,125.16$399,540.00$(84,299.60)$751,365.56
July Quarterly[11]July 15, 2012$751,365.56$169,840.58$(178,861.34)$742,344.8
Running totals
$569,380.58$(263,160.94)

District history

Candidate Ballot Access
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2010

On November 2, 2010, Fleming won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated David Melville (D) and Artis Cash (I) in the general election.[12]

U.S. House, Louisiana District 4 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Fleming Incumbent 62.3% 105,223
     Democratic David Melville 32.4% 54,609
     Independent Artis Cash 5.3% 8,962
Total Votes 168,794

See also

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