Mississippi's 4th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Mississippi's 4th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
March 13, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Steven Palazzo Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Steven Palazzo Republican Party
Steven Palazzo.jpg

Mississippi U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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

Steven Palazzo was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[1]

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

Primary: Mississippi 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 February 11, 2012. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 6, 2012.[2]

See also: Mississippi elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election was incumbent Steven Palazzo (R), who had served since 2011.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Mississippi's 4th Congressional District is located in the southeastern portion of the state and includes Marion, Lamar, Pearl River, Hancock, Harrison, Stone, Forrest, Jones, Perry, Jackson, George, Greene, Wayne, and Clarke counties.[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 Matthew Moore
Republican Party Steven PalazzoGreen check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Ron Williams
Reform Party Robert W. Claunch
Note: Michael Herrington (D) withdrew from the race in September 2012 after winning the primary, citing an illness in the family.[4]

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Party candidate

Reform Party Reform Party candidate

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Mississippi District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Matthew Moore 28.8% 82,344
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteven Palazzo Incumbent 64.1% 182,998
     Libertarian Ron Williams 0.7% 2,108
     Reform Robert W. Claunch 6.3% 17,982
Total Votes 285,432
Source: Mississippi Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Democratic Primary

U.S. House of Representatives-Mississippi District 4 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMicheal Herrington 83.8% 8,988
Jason Vitosky 16.2% 1,743
Total Votes 10,731

Republican Primary

U.S. House of Representatives-Mississippi District 4 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSteven Palazzo Incumbent 73.9% 60,722
Cindy Burleson 7.4% 6,081
Ron Vincent 18.7% 15,378
Total Votes 82,181

Impact of Redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Mississippi

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.[9][10]

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. Mississippi's 4th District saw no change in partisanship due to redistricting.[11]

  • 2012: 27D / 72R
  • 2010: 27D / 72R

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. Mississippi's 4th Congressional District had a PVI of R+20 which was the 20th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 69-31 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 69-31 percent over John Kerry (D).[12]

District History


On November 2, 2010, Palazzo won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Gene Taylor (D), Anna Jewel Revies (Reform), and Kenneth "Tim" Hampton in the general election.[13]

U.S. House of Representatives, Mississippi's 4th Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteven Palazzo 51.9% 105,613
     Democratic Gene Taylor Incumbent 46.8% 95,243
     Reform Anna Jewel Revies 0.4% 787
     Libertarian Kenneth "Tim" Hampton 0.9% 1,741
Total Votes 203,384

Campaign donors

Steven Palazzo

Steven Palazzo (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]March 31, 2012$306,124.89$105,748.65$(133,160.15)$278,713.39
July Quarterly[15]July 13, 2012$278,713.39$88,675.70$(113,376.10)$254,012.99
Running totals

See also

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