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Alabama's 4th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Alabama's 4th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
March 13, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Robert Aderholt Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Robert Aderholt Republican Party
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Alabama U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 4th Congressional District of Alabama held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This is the 4th Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.

Robert Aderholt was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
January 12, 2012
March 13, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Alabama has an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by March 3. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 28.[2]

See also: Alabama elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Robert Aderholt (R), who was first elected in 1996.

This was the first election which used new district maps based on 2010 Census data. The 4th District is located in the northern portion of the state and stretches horizontally across the state. Dekalb, Etowah, Marshall, Cullman, Walker, Winston, Lawrence, Tuscaloosa, Fayette, Colbert, Franklin, Marion and Lamar counties are included.[3]


General election candidates

Democratic Party Daniel H. Boman
Republican Party Robert AderholtGreen check mark transparent.png

March 13, 2012 primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Alabama District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Daniel H. Boman 25.9% 69,706
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Aderholt Incumbent 74% 199,071
     N/A Write-In 0.1% 341
Total Votes 269,118
Source: Alabama Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Democratic Primary

U.S. House, Alabama District 4 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDaniel Boman 51.4% 10,969
Rick Neighbors 48.6% 10,353
Total Votes 21,322

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Alabama

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. Alabama's 4th District was projected as Safe Republican in 2012.[6]

  • 2012: 23D / 77R
  • 2010: 20D / 80R

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. Alabama's 4th Congressional District has a PVI of R+23, which is the 12th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 74-26 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush won the district 69-31 percent over John Kerry (D).[7]

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.

Robert Aderholt

Robert Aderholt (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-Primary[8]March 1, 2012$317,174.30$125,702.75$(96,356.34)$346,520.71
April Quarterly[9]April 14, 2012$346,520.71$34,135.46$(107,376.95)$273,279.22
Running totals

District history

Candidate ballot access
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On November 2, 2010, Robert Aderholt won re-election to the United States House. He ran unopposed in the general election.[10]

U.S. House, Alabama District 4 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Aderholt Incumbent 100% 167,714
Total Votes 167,714

See also

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