Texas' 4th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Texas' 4th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
May 29, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Ralph Hall Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Ralph Hall Republican Party
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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

Incumbent Ralph Hall (R) won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 9, 2012
May 29, 2012
November 6, 2012

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.[2] For the July 31, 2012, the vote registration deadline was July 2. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 9.[3]

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.[4]

* 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.[5] 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.[6]

The 3rd Congressional District of Texas, prior to the 2010-2011 redistricting process.

Candidates

General election candidates

Democratic Party VaLinda Hathcox
Republican Party Ralph HallGreen check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Thomas Griffing
Write-in Fred Rostek


May 29, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Note: The following candidates withdrew prior to the primary: John Cooper

Libertarian Party Libertarian Convention

Independent Independent candidate

Election results

General election

U.S. House, Texas District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRalph M. Hall Incumbent 73% 182,679
     Democratic VaLinda Hathcox 24.1% 60,214
     Libertarian Thomas Griffing 2.9% 7,262
     Write-in Fred Rostek 0.1% 188
Total Votes 250,343
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Texas

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.[8][9]

District partisanship

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.[10]

  • 2012: 26D / 74R
  • 2010: 27D / 73R

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. 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).[11]

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.

Ralph Hall

Ralph Hall (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[12]April 13, 2012$123,805.61$12,300$(77,804.57)$58,301.04
Pre-Primary[13]May 16, 2012$58,301.04$74,239.50$(43,548.48)$88,992.06
Running totals
$86,539.5$(121,353.05)

District history

Candidate ballot accecss
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2010

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).[14]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Texas, Congressional District 4, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRalph Hall Incumbent 73.2% 136,338
     Democratic VaLinda Hathcox 22% 40,975
     Libertarian Jim D. Prindle 2.5% 4,729
     Independent Shane Shepard 2.3% 4,244
Total Votes 186,286

See also

External links

References