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Indiana's 4th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Indiana's 4th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
May 8, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Todd Rokita Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Todd Rokita Republican Party
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Indiana U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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

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

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
February 24, 2012
May 8, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Indiana 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 April 9. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 9.[2]

See also: Indiana elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Todd Rokita (R), who was first elected in 2010. He was re-elected on November 6, 2012.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Indiana's 4th Congressional District was based primarily in western Indiana, and included Newton, Jasper, White, Cass, Carroll, Howard, Clinton, Boone, Hendricks, Putnam, Montgomery, Tippecanoe, Fountain, Warren, Benton counties, and part of Morgan county.[3]


General election candidates

Democratic Party Tara Nelson
Republican Party Todd RokitaGreen check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Benjamin J. Gehlhausen

May 8, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Republican Party Republican primary

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Indiana District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTodd Rokita Incumbent 62% 168,688
     Democratic Tara Nelson 34.2% 93,015
     Libertarian Benjamin J. Gehlhausen 3.9% 10,565
Total Votes 272,268
Source: Indiana Secretary of State "House of Representatives Election Results"

Democratic Primary

U.S. House, Indiana District 4 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTara Nelson 58.3% 7,018
Lester Terry Moore 41.7% 5,010
Total Votes 12,028

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Indiana

According to Roll Call's Race Ratings Rokita should be able to easily hold on to this seat, but he'll have to deal with the hassle of living just 500 yards outside of his district.[6]

The new 4th District was composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[7][8]

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. Indiana's 4th District became more Democratic because of redistricting.[9]

  • 2012: 42D / 58R
  • 2010: 40D / 60R

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. Indiana's 4th Congressional District has a PVI of R+13, which is the 73rd most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 55-45 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 68-32 percent over John Kerry (D).[10]

Campaign donors


Tara Nelson (2012)[11] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[12]April 13, 2012$0.00$6,183.47$(6,146.23)$37.24
Pre-Primary[13]May 4, 2012$37.24$102.00$(137.13)$2.11
July Quarterly[14]July 15, 2012$2.11$6,713.68$(6,331.94)$383.85
Running totals
Todd Rokita (2012)[15] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[16]April 14, 2012$612,128.62$179,163.11$(71,604.60)$719,687.13
Pre-Primary[17]April 25, 2012$719,687.13$33,462.50$(9,214.35)$743,935.28
July Quarterly[18]July 13, 2012$743,935.28$142,223.37$(120,091.15)$766,067.50
Running totals

District history

Candidate ballot access
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On November 2, 2010, Todd Rokita won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated David Sanders (D) and John Duncan (L) in the general election.[19]

U.S. House, Indiana District 4 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTodd Rokita 68.6% 138,732
     Democratic David Sanders 26.3% 53,167
     Libertarian John Duncan 5.2% 10,423
Total Votes 202,322
This is the 4th Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.

See also

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