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Illinois' 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012

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Illinois' 3rd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
March 20, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Daniel Lipinski Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Daniel Lipinski Democratic Party
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Illinois U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 3rd Congressional District of Illinois held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Incumbent Daniel Lipinski won the election.[1]

This is the 3rd Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
December 27, 2011
March 20, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Illinois has a mixed-hybrid primary system. Voters can change parties each year but must declare a party affiliation at the polls. Depending on which party is chosen, the voter will then be counted as registered for that party. Voters may change party affiliation at polls or caucus.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by February 21. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 9. A "grace period" was also available, allowing voter registration until three days before an election.[2][3]

See also: Illinois elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Daniel Lipinski (D), who was first elected in 2004. Lipinski was endorsed over challenger Farah Baqai.[4]

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Illinois' 3rd Congressional District included west and southwest suburbs of Chicago as far as the DuPage County border, as well as a portion of the southwest side of the city of Chicago itself and covered 124.5 square miles, making it one of the 50 smallest districts in the U.S.


General election candidates

Democratic Party Daniel LipinskiGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Richard Grabowski

March 20, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Illinois District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDaniel Lipinski Incumbent 68.5% 168,738
     Republican Richard Grabowski 31.5% 77,653
Total Votes 246,391
Source: Illinois Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"

Democratic Primary

U.S. House, Illinois District 3 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDaniel William Lipinski Incumbent 87.3% 44,532
Farah Baqai 12.7% 6,463
Total Votes 50,995

Republican Primary

U.S. House, Illinois District 3 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Grabowski 59.4% 20,895
Jim Falvey 29.7% 10,449
Arthur Jones 11% 3,861
Total Votes 35,205

Race background

Daniel Lipinski had been endorsed over challenger Farah Baqai.[4] Lipinksi was the only Illinois Democrat in the House to vote "no" on President Obama's national health care law, saying the program was unsustainable, and wanting strong language against federal funding of abortion.[4] According to a February 23, 2012, article in the Chicago Tribune, "His position was at odds with the White House, but in step with his district."[4]

On the Republican ticket, candidate Arthur Jones, who has made two previous runs for Congress in the past,[9] had taken on national attention for comments he made in a February 29, 2012 article in the Oak Lawn Patch denying the Holocaust.[9][10][11] In the article he stated, “As far as I’m concerned, the Holocaust is nothing more than an international extortion racket by the Jews. It’s the blackest lie in history. Millions of dollars are being made by Jews telling this tale of woe and misfortune in books, movies, plays and TV."[9] While Jones admitted to being a member of the Nationalist Socialist Party in his younger days,[9] he also stated that he voted Republican “90 percent of the time.”[9] Jones faced Richard Grabowski and Jim Falvey in the Republican primary.

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Illinois

With the 2011 redistricting, Illinois lost 1 of its current 19 House seats because the state's population failed to grow as fast as in other states.[12] Illinois has had 11 Republican congressmen and 8 Democrats since the November 2010 election.[12] The new map, designed by the dominant Democrats, could have flipped that advantage to as many as 12 Democrats and only six Republicans.[12]

The new 3rd District was composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[13][14]

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. Illinois' 3rd District became less Democratic because of redistricting.[15]

  • 2012: 55D / 45R
  • 2010: 61D / 39R

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. Illinois' 3rd Congressional District has a PVI of D+5, which is the 142nd most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 59-41 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 54-46 percent over George W. Bush (R).[16]

Campaign donors


Daniel Lipinski (2012)[17] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-Primary[18]March 10, 2012$819,881.96$20,650.00$(26,331.58)$814,200.38
April Quarterly[19]April 15, 2012$814,200.38$87,388.60$(64,774.15)$836,814.83
Running totals

District history

Candidate ballot access
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On November 2, 2010, Daniel Lipinski won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Michael A. Bendas (R) and Laurel Lambert Schmidt (G) in the general election.[20]

U.S. House, Illinois District 3 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDaniel Lipinski Incumbent 69.7% 116,120
     Republican Michael A. Bendas 24.3% 40,479
     Green Laurel Lambert Schmidt 6% 10,028
Total Votes 166,627

See also

External links


  1. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Illinois"
  2. Illinois Board of Elections, "2012 Election Calendar," accessed July 21, 2012
  3. Illinois Board of Elections, "Registering to Vote in Illinois," accessed July 21, 2012
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Chicago Tribune, "Contested races for the U.S. House" accessed March 12, 2012
  5. 5.0 5.1 ABC News 7 "Election Results Primary 2012" accessed March 20, 2012
  6. 6.0 6.1 Illinois State Board of Elections "Candidate List" accessed December 27, 2011
  7. South Town Star "Hometown resident to run for Congress" accessed December 5, 2011
  8. Illinois State Board of Elections "Candidate List" accessed December 27, 2011
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 Oak Lawn Patch, "Republican Congressional Candidate Says 'Holocaust Never Happened'" accessed March 19, 2012
  10. Huffington Post, "Illinois Primary 2012 Election Guide: Key Races To Watch (PHOTOS)" accessed March 19, 2012
  11. Huffington Post, "Art Jones, Illinois Republican Congressional Candidate, Says Holocaust Never Happened" accessed March 19, 2012
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Chicago Tribune, "Odd geography in new Illinois congressional map:Millions of constituents will find their representative has changed" accessed February 22, 2012
  13. Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer, "Illinois' congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
  14. Labels & Lists, "VoterMapping software voter counts"
  15. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Illinois," September 2012
  16. Cook Political Report, "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" accessed October 2012
  17. Daniel Lipinski FEC Reports, "Summary Reports" accessed July 7, 2012
  18. Daniel Lipinski FEC Reports, "Pre-Primary" accessed July 7, 2012
  19. Daniel Lipinski FEC Reports, "April Quarterly" accessed July 7, 2012
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013