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Kansas' 4th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Kansas' 4th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 7, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Mike Pompeo Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Mike Pompeo Republican Party
Mike Pompeo.jpg

Kansas U.S. House Elections
District 1District 2District 3District 4

2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 4th Congressional District of Kansas 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.

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

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
June 11, 2012
August 7, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Kansas has a mostly closed primary system, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members. In Kansas, however, Independent voters may choose to vote in the Democratic primary.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by July 17. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 16.[2]

See also: Kansas elections, 2012

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

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data.Kansas' 3rd Congressional District was located in eastern Kansas and encompasses Wyandotte and Johnson counties, which included the Kansas City Metropolitan Area, and portions of Douglas County, which includes part of Lawrence. The district includes Kansas City and the surrounding suburbs of Overland Park, Lenexa, Shawnee, and Olathe.[3]


General election candidates

Democratic Party Robert Leon Tillman
Republican Party Mike PompeoGreen check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Thomas Jefferson

August 7, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Candidates

Note: Libertarian candidate Thomas Jefferson legally changed his name from Jack Talbert to Thomas Jefferson on July 23, 2012.

Election results

U.S. House, Kansas District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Pompeo Incumbent 62.2% 161,094
     Democratic Robert Leo Tillman 31.6% 81,770
     Libertarian Thomas Jefferson 6.2% 16,058
Total Votes 258,922
Source: Kansas Secretary of State "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"
U.S. House, Kansas District 4 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Tillman 70.8% 11,224
Esau Freeman 29.2% 4,618
Total Votes 15,842

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Kansas

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 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. Kansas' 4th District did not have any partisan change because of redistricting.[10]

  • 2012: 37D / 63R
  • 2010: 37D / 63R

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. Kansas' 4th Congressional District has a PVI of R+14, which is the 64th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 60-40 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 65-35 percent over John Kerry (D).[11]

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Robert Leon Tillman and Mike Pompeo's reports.

Robert Leon Tillman (2012)[12] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-Primary Report[13]August 1, 2012$34,060.99$0.00$(0.00)$34,060.99
July Quarterly[14]July 11, 2012$6,340.29$29,852.00$(2,131.30)$34,060.99
Running totals

Note: The Federal Elections Commission has no record of Robert Tillman's April Quarterly Report.[15]

Mike Pompeo (2012)[16] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[17]April 13, 2012$741,567.41$201,448.04$(58,962.77)$884,052.68
July Quarterly[18]July 12, 2012$884,052.68$263,633.35$(67,379.34)$1,080,306.69
Running totals

District history

Candidate ballot access
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On November 2, 2010, Mike Pompeo won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Raj Goyle (D), Shawn Smith (L) and Susan G. Ducey (Reform) in the general election.[19]

U.S. House, Kansas District 4 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Pompeo 58.8% 119,575
     Democratic Raj Goyle 36.5% 74,143
     Libertarian Shawn Smith 2.3% 4,624
     Reform Susan G. Ducey 2.5% 5,041
Total Votes 203,383

See also

External links


  1. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Kansas"
  2. Kansas Secretary of State, "2012 Election Calendar," accessed July 25, 2012
  3. Kansas Redistricting Map, "Map" accessed August 30, 2012
  4. 4.0 4.1 Kansas Secretary of State Elections Division "Candidate List" accessed June 21, 2012
  5. AP Election Results "Kansas - Summary Vote Results," accessed August 15, 2012
  6. Huffington Post "Jack Talbert, Kansas Congressional Candidate, Changes Name To Thomas Jefferson" accessed July 24, 2012
  7. Topeka Capital Journal "House hopeful changes name to Thomas Jefferson" accessed July 24, 2012
  8. Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer, "Kansas' congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
  9. Labels & Lists, "VoterMapping software voter counts"
  10. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Kansas," September 2012
  11. Cook Political Report, "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" accessed October 2012
  12. Federal Election Commission, "Robert Leon Tillman's Summary Report," accessed October 1, 2012
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Pre-Primary Report" accessed October 1, 2012
  14. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed October 1, 2012
  15. Federal Elections Commission, "Financial Reports," accessed October 1, 2012
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Mike Pompeo Summary Report," accessed October 1, 2012
  17. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed October 1, 2012
  18. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed October 1, 2012
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013 accessed November 12, 2011