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North Carolina's 4th Congressional District elections, 2012

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North Carolina's 4th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
May 8, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
David Price Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
David Price Democratic Party
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North Carolina U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 4th Congressional District of North Carolina held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This is the 4th Congressional District prior to the 2011 redistricting.

Incumbent David Price (D) won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6th, 2012.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
February 29, 2012
May 8, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: North Carolina has a closed primary system, meaning only registered members of a particular party may vote in that party's primary.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by April 13. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 12.[2]

See also: North Carolina elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was David E. Price (D), who was first elected to the House in 1996. He won re-election on November 6, 2012.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. North Carolina's 4th Congressional District was located in the north-central portion of the state and included Orange, Durham, Harnett, Chatham, and Wake counties.[3]


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General election candidates

Democratic Party David E. PriceGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Tim D'Annunzio

May 8, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Republican Party Republican primary

Note: Doug Yopp initially declared but did not appear on the primary ballot:[7]

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, North Carolina District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDavid E. Price Incumbent 74.5% 259,534
     Republican Tim D'Annunzio 25.5% 88,951
Total Votes 348,485
Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Republican Primary

U.S. House of Representatives-North Carolina, District 4 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTim D'Annunzio 46.4% 14,065
George Frank Hutchins 19.2% 5,811
Jim Allen 34.4% 10,430
Total Votes 30,306

Race background

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in North Carolina in 2012 as one of the states that could have determined whether Democrats retook the House or Republicans held their majority in 2013.[8] North Carolina was rated 8th on the list.[8]

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in North Carolina

Following the 2010 Census results, North Carolina did not gain or lose any congressional seats, maintaining its 13 representatives. Under the new map, current 13th District Representative Brad Miller (D) found himself living in and representing part of the new 4th District. He could have run against fellow Democrat and current 4th District representative David Price.[4] The new lines did not changed the fact that the 4th District was solidly Democratic.[9]

Registration statistics

As of May 11, 2012, District 4 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the North Carolina Board of Elections:

North Carolina Congressional District 4[10]
Congressional District District Total Democrats Republicans Other & Unaffiliated Advantage Party Advantage Change in Advantage from 2010
District 4 494,054 266,090 89,795 138,169 Democratic 196.33%
"Party advantage" is the percentage gap between the two major parties in registered voters. "Change in advantage" is the spread in difference of party advantage between 2010 and 2012 based on the congressional district number only.

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. North Carolina's 4th District became more Democratic because of redistricting.[11]

  • 2012: 69D / 31R
  • 2010: 60D / 40R

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. North Carolina's 4th Congressional District has a PVI of D+17, which is the 56th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 73-27 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 64-36 percent over George W. Bush (R).[12]

Campaign contributions

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are candidate reports.

David Price

David Price (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[13]April 15, 2012$228,907.51$154,153.22$(180,351.36)$202,709.37
Pre-primary[14]April 26, 2012$202,709.37$16,798.00$(23,116.05)$196,391.32
July Quarterly[15]July 15, 2012$197,391.32$151,780.00$(168,877.44)$180,293.88
October Quarterly[16]October 15, 2012$179,293.88$181,198.50$(213,475.13)$147,017.25
Running totals

Tim D'Annunzio

Tim D'Annunzio (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[17]April 15, 2012$0.00$2,341.00$(1,942.87)$398.13
Pre-primary[18]April 23, 2012$398.13$20,201.00$(11,457.22)$9,141.91
July Quarterly[19]July 15, 2012$9,141.91$210,320.00$(127,736.66)$91,725.25
October Quarterly[20]October 15$91,725.25$356,838.84$(398,632.63)$49,931.46
Running totals

District history

Candidate ballot access
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See also


  1. Politico, "2012 Election Map, North Carolina," accessed November 7, 2012
  2. North Carolina State Board of Elections, "Registering to Vote in North Carolina," accessed July 26, 2012
  3. North Carolina Redistricting Map, "Map" accessed August 24, 2012
  4. 4.0 4.1 Roll Call "Brad Miller opens door to running in different district," accessed December 26, 2011
  5. Burlington Times-News "Burlington man to run against Coble for Congress" accessed February 28, 2012
  6. Official George Hutchins Campaign Website
  7. NBC17 "Republican challenger joins race for District 4" accessed February 25, 2012
  8. 8.0 8.1 Washington Post, "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012," accessed April 25, 2012
  9. Roll Call, "Race Ratings: GOP looks for major gains in North Carolina," accessed December 26, 2011
  10. North Carolina State Board of Elections, "US Congressional Districts by County and Precinct," May 11, 2012
  11. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in North Carolina," September 2012
  12. Cook Political Report, "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" accessed October 2012
  13. Federal Election Commission, "David Price April Quarterly," accessed August 19, 2012
  14. Federal Election Commission, "David Price Pre-primary," accessed October 18, 2012
  15. Federal Election Commission, "David Price July Quarterly," accessed August 19, 2012
  16. Federal Election Commission, "David Price October Quarterly," accessed October 18, 2012
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Tim D'Annunzio April Quarterly," accessed August 19, 2012
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Tim D'Annunzio Pre-primary," accessed October 18, 2012
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Tim D'Annunzio July Quarterly," accessed August 19, 2012
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Tim D'Annunzio October Quarterly," accessed October 18, 2012