Oregon's 4th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Oregon's 4th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
May 15, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Peter DeFazio Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Peter DeFazio Democratic Party
Peter Defazio.jpeg

Oregon U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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

Incumbent Peter DeFazio (D) won re-election on November 6, 2012, having defeated Art Robinson (R) and Chuck Huntting (L) in the general election.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 6, 2012
May 15, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Oregon has a closed primary system, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary April 24. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 16.[2]

See also: Oregon elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Peter DeFazio, (D), who has served since 1987 and won re-election on November 6, 2012.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Oregon's 4th Congressional District is located in the southwest portion of the state and includes Linn, Benton, Lane, Coos, Douglas, Josephine and Curry counties.[3]

This is the 4th Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.


General election candidates

Democratic Party Progressive Party Working Families Party Peter DeFazio Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Constitution Party Art Robinson
Libertarian Party Chuck Huntting

May 15, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Progressive Party Progressive Primary

Constitution PartyConstitution Party

Libertarian Party Libertarian Primary

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In August, 2012, Sabato's Crystal Ball and The New York Times rated Oregon's 1st Congressional District as solid Democratic.[8][9]

Campaign contributions

Arthur Robinson (2012)[10] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April QuarterlyApril 13, 2012$95,172$132,301$(56,328)$171,145
Pre-PrimaryMay 3, 2012$171,145$60,399$(30,351)$201,194
July QuarterlyJuly 13, 2012$201,194$182,446$(335,301)$48,339
Running totals
Peter DeFazio (2012)[11] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April QuarterlyApril 3, 2012$451,401$141,648$(63,404)$529,645
Pre-PrimaryMay 3, 2012$529,645$83,163$(22,660)$590,148
July QuarterlyJuly 13, 2012$590,148$154,154$(98,731)$645,571
Running totals

Election results

U.S. House, Oregon District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPeter DeFazio Incumbent 59.1% 212,866
     Republican Art Robinson 39% 140,549
     Libertarian Chuck Huntting 1.7% 6,205
     Write-In N/A 0.1% 468
Total Votes 360,088
Source: Oregon Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Democratic Primary

U.S. House, Oregon District 4 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPeter DeFazio Incumbent 90.1% 69,864
Matthew Robinson 9.9% 7,665
Total Votes 77,529

Impact of Redistricting

See also Redistricting in Oregon

The 4th District was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[12][13]

Registration statistics

As of October 30, 2012, District 4 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the Oregon Secretary of State:

Oregon Congressional District 4[14]
Congressional District District Total Democrats Republicans Other & Unaffiliated Advantage Party Advantage Change in Advantage from 2010
District 4 425,668 167,531 142,964 115,173 Democratic 17.18% -4.92%
"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. Oregon's 4th District's partisan advantage did not change because of redistricting.[15]

  • 2012: 52D / 48R
  • 2010: 52D / 48R

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. Oregon's 4th Congressional District has a PVI of D + 2, which is the 248th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 66-34 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 67-33 percent over George W. Bush (R).[16]

District History


On November 2, 2010, DeFazio won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Art Robinson and Mike Beilstein in the general election.[17]

U.S. House, Oregon District 4 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPeter DeFazio Incumbent 54.6% 162,416
     Republican Art Robinson 43.7% 129,877
     Pacific Green Mike Beilstein 1.8% 5,215
Total Votes 297,508

See also

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