Pennsylvania's 4th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Pennsylvania's 4th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
April 24, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Scott Perry Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Jason Altmire Democratic Party
Jason Altmire.jpeg

Pennsylvania U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 4th Congressional District of Pennsylvania held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Scott Perry won the election.[1]
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
February 14, 2012
April 24, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Pennsylvania has a closed primary system, meaning only registered members of a particular party may vote in that party's primary.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by March 25. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 7.[2]

See also: Pennsylvania elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Jason Altmire, (D), who assumed office in 2007. Due to redistricting, however, Altmire fell into the newly redrawn 12th District.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Pennsylvania's 4th Congressional District is located in the south portion of Pennsylvania and includes Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, and York counties.[3]

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


General election candidates

Democratic Party Harry Perkinson
Republican Party Scott Perry Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Mike Koffenberger
Independent Wayne Wolff

April 24, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary


Republican Party Republican primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian candidate

Election results

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Harry Perkinson 34.4% 104,643
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngScott Perry 59.7% 181,603
     Independent Wayne Wolff 3.8% 11,524
     Libertarian Mike Koffenberger 2% 6,210
Total Votes 303,980
Source: Pennsylvania Department of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 4 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngHarry Perkinson 56% 14,188
Ken Lee 44% 11,134
Total Votes 25,322
U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 4 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngScott Perry 53.5% 34,881
Christopher Reilly 18.6% 12,143
Sean Summers 14.3% 9,316
Theodore Waga 4.7% 3,086
Eric Martin 3.3% 2,159
Mark Swomley 3.3% 2,150
Kevin Downs 2.2% 1,451
Total Votes 65,186

Race background

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in Pennsylvania in 2012 as one of the 10 states that could determine whether Democrats would retake the House or Republicans would hold their majority in 2013.[15] Ohio tied with Pennsylvania for 9th on the list.[15]

Impact of Redistricting

See also Redistricting in Pennsylvania

The 4th District's incumbent Jason Altmire was redistricted into the newly redrawn 12th District, where he lost to incumbent Mark Critz in the Democratic primary.[16]

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.[17][18]

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. Pennsylvania's 4th District became more Democratic because of redistricting.[19]

  • 2012: 42D / 58R
  • 2010: 41D / 59R

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. Pennsylvania's 4th Congressional District has a PVI of R+9, which is the 118th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 54-46 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 62-38 percent over John Kerry (D).[20]

Campaign contributions

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Elections Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are candidate reports.

Harry Perkinson

Harry Perkinson (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[21]July 15, 2012$11,303.50$19,067.54$(20,789.79)$9,581.25
Running totals

Scott Perry

Scott Perry (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[22]July 15, 2012$84,078.50$115,146.57$(187,243.66)$11,981.41
Running totals

District History


On November 2, 2010, Altmire won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Keith Rothfus in the general election.[23]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 4 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJason Altmire Incumbent 50.8% 120,827
     Republican Keith Rothfus 49.2% 116,958
Total Votes 237,785

See also

External links



  1. Politico, "2012 House Race Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  2. Pennsylvania Department of State, "Registration Deadlines," accessed June 28, 2012
  3. Pennsylvania Redistricting Map, "Map" accessed July 30, 2012
  4. York Daily News "Two Democrats announce candidacies for Platts' seat" accessed January 23, 2012
  5. York Daily Record "Nine candidates file petitions for Rep. Platts' congressional seat" accessed April 15, 2012
  6. Pennsylvania Secretary of State
  7. "State Representative Scott Perry says he'll run for Congress" accessed January 23, 2012
  8. York Dispatch "Perry gets Gov. Corbett's endorsement" accessed April 15, 2012
  9. York Daily Record "4th District congressional candidates agree on many policy issues, highlight their different backgrounds" accessed April 15, 2012
  10. York Daily Record "Platts retiring from Congress" accessed January 20, 2012
  11. "York County Commissioner Chris Reilly will run for Congress" accessed April 15, 2012
  12. The Patriot News "Sean Summers, lawyer for Albert Snyder in case against Westboro Baptist Church, announces run for Congress" accessed January 23, 2012
  13. "Springettsbury Township's Mark Swomley to run for Congress" accessed April 15, 2012
  14. York Dispatch "Two area Democrats announce congressional bids" accessed January 27, 2012
  15. 15.0 15.1 Washington Post, "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012," accessed April 25, 2012
  16. Pennsylvania Department of State, "2012 General Primary Unofficial Returns," April 24, 2012
  17. Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer, "Pennsylvania's congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
  18. Labels & Lists, "VoterMapping software voter counts"
  19. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Pennsylvania," September 2012
  20. Cook Political Report, "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" accessed October 2012
  21. Federal Elections Commission, "Harry Perkinson July Quarterly," accessed July 20, 2012
  22. Federal Elections Commission, "Scott Perry July Quarterly," accessed July 20, 2012
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013