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Minnesota's 4th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Minnesota's 4th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 14, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Betty McCollum Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Betty McCollum Democratic Party
Betty McCollum.jpg

Minnesota U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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

Betty McCollum won re-election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
June 5, 2012
August 14, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Minnesota has an open primary system, meaning any registered voter can vote in any party's primary.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by July 24, 2012. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 16, 2012. Voters could also register at the polls on Election Day, provided they brought requisite proof of residency.[2]

See also: Minnesota elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Betty McCollum (D), who was first elected in 2000.

This was the first election which used new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Minnesota's 4th Congressional District includes Ramsey and Washington counties in the eastern portion of the state.[3]

This is the 4th Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.


Note: Election results were added on election night as races were called. Vote totals were added after official election results had been certified. For more information about Ballotpedia's election coverage plan, click here. If you find any errors in this list, please email: Geoff Pallay.

General election candidates

Democratic Party Betty McCollumGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Tony Hernandez
Constitution_Party#Independent_American_Party_of_Nevada Steve Carlson

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Independence Party of America Independence candidate

Election results

U.S. House, Minnesota District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBetty McCollum Incumbent 62.3% 216,685
     Republican Tony Hernandez 31.5% 109,659
     Independence Steve Carlson 6.1% 21,135
     NA Write-in 0.1% 512
Total Votes 347,991
Source: Minnesota Secretary of State, "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election" (dead link)

Impact of Redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Minnesota

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. Minnesota's 4th District became less Democratic because of redistricting.[6]

  • 2012: 60D / 40R
  • 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 measured each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. Minnesota's 4th Congressional District had a PVI of D+11, which was the 96th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 64-36 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 60-40 percent over George W. Bush (R).[7]

District History


On November 2, 2010, McCollum won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. She defeated Teresa Collett (R), Steve Carlson (I), Amber Garlan (I), and Jack Shepard (I) in the general election.[8]

U.S. House of Representatives, Minnesota's 4th Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBetty McCollum Incumbent 59.1% 136,746
     Republican Teresa Collett 34.6% 80,141
     Independent Steve Carlson 6.1% 14,207
     Independent Write-In 0.1% 283
     Independent Amber Garlan 0% 39
     Independent Jack Shepard 0% 10
Total Votes 231,426

Campaign donors

Betty McCollum

Betty McCollum (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[9]March 31, 2012$175,331.61$123,497.76$(76,205.19)$222,624.18
July Quarterly[10]June 30, 2012$222,624.18$90,402.27$(106,551.98)$206,474.47
Running totals

Tony Hernandez

Tony Hernandez (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[11]June 30, 2012$0.00$16,680.59$(11,654.33)$5,026.26
Pre-Primary Report[12]August 2, 2012$5,026.26$5,700.60$(5,356.35)$5,370.51
Running totals

See also

External links