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Tennessee's 4th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Tennessee's 4th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 2, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Scott DesJarlais Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Scott DesJarlais Republican Party
Scott DesJarlais.jpg

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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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

Scott DesJarlais was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
April 5, 2012
August 2, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Tennessee has an 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: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by July 3, 2012. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 8, 2012.[2]

See also: Tennessee elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R), who assumed office in 2011.

This was the first election which used new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Tennessee's 4th Congressional District is located in the central and southcentral portion of the state and includes Rhea, Bradley, Bledsoe, Van Buren, Warren, Grundy, Sequatchie, Marion, Franklin, Moore, Lincoln, Marshall, Bedford, Maury, and Rutherford counties.[3]

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


Note: Election results were added on election night as races were called. Vote totals were added after official election results had been certified. For more information about Ballotpedia's election coverage plan, click here. If you find any errors in this list, please email: Geoff Pallay.

General election candidates

Democratic Party Eric Stewart
Republican Party Scott DesJarlais Green check mark transparent.png

August 2, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Tennessee District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Eric Stewart 44.2% 102,022
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngScott DesJarlais Incumbent 55.8% 128,568
Total Votes 230,590
Source: Tennessee Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Race background

Tennessee's 4th District was included in the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's "Red to Blue List," which identified districts that the organization specifically targeted to flip from Republican to Democratic control.[6]

Impact of Redistricting

See also Redistricting in Tennessee

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. Tennessee's 4th District became less Republican because of redistricting.[7]

  • 2012: 33D / 67R
  • 2010: 31D / 69R

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 measured each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. Tennessee's 4th Congressional District had a PVI of R+13, which was the 71st most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 64-36 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 61-39 percent over John Kerry (D).[8]

Campaign contributions

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

Scott DesJarlais

Scott DesJarlais (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[9]April 15, 2012$436,823.95$128,030.51$(53,991.13)$510,863.33
July Quarterly[10]July 15, 2012]</ref>$510,863.33$219,786.34$(78,956.27)$651,693.40
Running totals

Eric Stewart

Eric Stewart (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]April 15, 2012$85,028.64$102,469.60$(43,771.14)$143,727.10
July Quarterly[12]July 15, 2012$143,727.10$158,308.66$(113,221.80)$188,813.96
Running totals

District History


On November 2, 2010, DesJarlais won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated incumbent Rep. Lincoln Davis (D) in the general election.[13]

U.S. House of Representatives, Tennessee Congressional District 4 Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngScott DesJarlais 59.7% 103,969
     Democratic Lincoln Davis 40.3% 70,254
Total Votes 174,223

See also

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