Texas' 4th Congressional District elections, 2012
November 6, 2012
May 29, 2012
|Candidate Filing Deadline||Primary Election||General Election|
Primary: Texas 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. Texas also scheduled a primary runoff for July 31, 2012.
Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by April 30. For the July 31, 2012, the vote registration deadline was July 2. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 9.
- See also: Texas elections, 2012
Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Ralph Hall (R), who was first elected in 1980. He won re-election on November 6, 2012.
This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Texas' 4th Congressional District was located in the northeastern portion of the state, and included Grayson, Collin, Rockwall, Hunt, Fannin, Lamar, Delta, Hopkins, Rains, Camp, Upshur, Franklin, Red River, Bowie, Cass, Marion, Morris, and Titus counties.
* Redistricting note: Due to legal turmoil in the redistricting process, filing deadlines were changed twice and the primary was changed once. The original filing deadline was December 12th. That deadline was first moved to December 15th and then December 19th by a federal court due to delays caused by redistricting legal challenges. When a final map was issued, the December 19th deadline was once again moved to March 9 to allow candidates more time to file in light of the delays and map ambiguities. The primary date was first moved from March 6 to April 3, 2012 before finally settling on May 29.
General election candidates
May 29, 2012, primary results
|U.S. House, Texas District 4 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Ralph M. Hall Incumbent||73%||182,679|
|Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
Impact of redistricting
- See also: Redistricting in Texas
FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012
- 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. Texas' 4th District became more Republican as a result of redistricting.
- 2012: 26D / 74R
- 2010: 27D / 73R
Cook Political Report's PVI
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. Texas' 4th Congressional District has a PVI of R+21, which is the 17th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 70-30 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush won the district 69-31 percent over John Kerry (D).
|Ralph Hall (2012) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 13, 2012||$123,805.61||$12,300||$(77,804.57)||$58,301.04|
|Pre-Primary||May 16, 2012||$58,301.04||$74,239.50||$(43,548.48)||$88,992.06|
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On November 2, 2010, Ralph Hall won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating VaLinda Hathcox (D), Jim D. Prindle (L), and Shane Shepard (I).
- United States House of Representatives elections in Texas, 2012
- United States House of Representatives elections, 2012
- United States Senate elections in Texas, 2012
- Texas Democrats - candidate list (dead link)
- Texas GOP - candidate list
- Texas Libertarian Party - candidate list (dead link)
- Texas Green Party - candidate list
- Texas Secretary of State - Independent candidate list (dead link)
- Politico, "2012 Election Map, Texas," November 6, 2012
- Texas Secretary of State, "2012 Primary Election Calendar," accessed July 27, 2012
- Texas Secretary of State, "You Must Register By...," accessed July 27, 2012
- Texas Redistricting Map, "Map" accessed July 24, 2012
- Texas Secretary of State, "Important 2012 Election Dates," accessed July 15, 2011
- Washington Post, "Federal court orders May 29 primary date for Texas in redistricting case
- Republican candidates for U.S. House
- Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer, "Texas's congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
- Labels & Lists, "VoterMapping software voter counts"
- FairVote, "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Texas," September 2012
- Cook Political Report, "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" accessed October 2012
- Federal Election Commission, "Ralph Hall April Quarterly," accessed July 17, 2012
- Federal Election Commission, "Ralph Hall Pre-Primary," accessed July 17, 2012
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013