Missouri's 4th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Missouri's 4th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 7, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Vicky Hartzler Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Vicky Hartzler Republican Party
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Missouri U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 4th Congressional District of Missouri held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This is the 4th Congressional District prior to the 2011 redistricting.

Vicky Hartzler was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 27, 2012
August 7, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Missouri has an open primary system, meaning any registered voter can vote in any party's primary.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by July 11. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 10.[2]

See also: Missouri elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Vicky Hartzler (R), who was first elected to the House in 2010.

This was the first election which used new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Missouri's 4th Congressional District is located in the central and western portion of the state and includes Audrain, Randolph, Howard, Boone, Cooper, Moniteau, Morgan, Pettis, Johnson, Henry, Benton, Hickory, Camden, Pulaski, Laclede, Webster, Dallas, Cass, Bates, Vernon, Barton, Cedar, St. Clair, Dade, and Barton counties.[3]


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General election candidates

Democratic Party Teresa Hensley
Republican Party Vicky Hartzler Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Thomas Holbrook
Constitution Party Greg Cowan

August 7, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Candidate

Republican Party Republican Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Party

Constitution Party Constitution Candidate

Primary Results

The primary took place on August 7.[7]

Republican Primary

Missouri's 4th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngVicky Hartzler 84% 71,615
Bernie Mowinski 16% 13,645
Total Votes 85,260

Libertarian Primary

Missouri's 4th Congressional District Libertarian Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngThomas Holbrook 58% 232
Herschel L. Young 42% 168
Total Votes 400

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Missouri

Missouri lost a congressional seat following the results of the 2010 Census, bringing its number of representatives down to eight.

According to the Washington Post, redistricting turned the 4th District from a safely conservative seat into a swing district. Republican incumbent Vicky Hartzler faced real competition from Democrat Teresa Hensley.[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. Missouri's 4th District became less Republican because of redistricting.[9]

  • 2012: 39D / 61R
  • 2010: 35D / 65R

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. Missouri's 4th Congressional District has a PVI of R+11, which is the 99th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 58-42 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 61-39 percent over John Kerry (D).[10]

District history

Candidate ballot access
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On November 2, 2010, Vicky Hartzler was elected to the United States House. She defeated Ike Skelton (D), Jason Michael Braun (Libertarian), and Greg Cowan (Constitution).[11]

United States House, Missouri General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngVicky Hartzler 50.4% 113,489
     Democratic Ike Skelton 45.1% 101,532
     Libertarian Jason Michael Braun 2.7% 6,123
     Constitution Nicholas J. Nick Ivanovich 1.7% 3,912
Total Votes 225,056

Campaign donors

Vicky Hartzler

Vicky Hartzler (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[12]March 31, 2012$244,195.23$140,342.39$(30,717.96)$353,819.66
July Quarterly[13]June 30, 2012$353,819.66$360,513.15$(104,803.76)$609,529.05
Running totals

Teresa Hensley

Teresa Hensley (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]March 31, 2012$0.00$252,270.73$(17,456.17)$234,814.56
July Quarterly[15]June 30, 2012$234,814.56$223,793.27$(60,673.00)$397,934.83
Running totals

See also