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Washington's 4th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Washington's 4th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 7, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Doc Hastings Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Doc Hastings Republican Party
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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

Incumbent Doc Hastings (R) won re-election.[1]

This is the 4th Congressional District prior to the 2012 redistricting.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
May 18, 2012
August 7, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Washington has a top-two primary system, in which the top two vote-getters, regardless of party, go on to the general election.[2]

Voter registration: Voters were required to register to vote in the primary by July 9, 2012 or July 30, 2012 in-person for first-time voters.[3] For the general election, voter registration deadlines were October 9, 2012, and October 28, 2012 for first-time voters.[3]

See also: Washington elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Doc Hastings (R), who was first elected to the House in 1994.

This was the first election which used new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Washington's 4th Congressional District is located in the central portion of the state, and includes Okanogan, Douglas, Grant, Adams, Franklin, Benton, Walla Walla, and Yakima counties.[4]


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 Mary Baechler
Republican Party Doc Hastings Green check mark transparent.png

August 7, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic candidates

Note: Jay Clough[5] withdrew prior to the primary.[3]

Republican Party Republican candidates

Election results

U.S. House, Washington District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDoc Hastings Incumbent 66.2% 154,749
     Democratic Mary Baechler 33.8% 78,940
Total Votes 233,689
Source: Washington Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Washington District 4 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDoc Hastings (R) Incumbent 59.3% 60,774
Green check mark transparent.pngMary Baechler (D) 26.5% 27,130
Jaime Wheeler (R) 11.3% 11,581
Mohammad H. Said (D) 2.9% 2,958
Total Votes 102,443


Washington's top-two primary system meant voters chose from the full field of candidates on August 7, 2012, and the top two vote-getters went on to the general election, regardless of their party.

Republican incumbent Doc Hastings won with almost 68% of the vote in 2010. This year he was challenged by fellow Republican Jamie Wheeler and Democrats Mary Baechler and Mohammad Said.

As of late July, 2012, Hastings had a huge lead in fundraising.[6] Physician Said and tea party activist Wheeler had under $5,000 each, with professional community organizer Baechler just exceeding that in the last reporting period.[6]

On the issues, Hastings had a record of supporting budget cuts and opposing the Affordable Care Act. Wheeler wanted to defund several major federal agencies. Palestinian-born Said focused on foreign policy issues, wanting a nuclear-free Middle East. Baechler would seek to defend Social Security and Medicare programs.[6]

The district Democratic Party backed Baechler.[6]

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Washington

Washington gained a congressional seat following the 2010 Census, bringing its total up to 10. The newly redrawn 4th runs through eastern Washington from Canada to the Columbia, including Yakima and Adams Counties in the south and Okanogan County in the north.[7]

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. Washington's 4th District became more Republican 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 measured each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. Washington's 4th Congressional District had a PVI of R+14, which was the 65th 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]

District history

Candidate ballot access
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On November 2, 2010, Doc Hastings won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Jay Clough (D).[12]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Washington, Congressional District 4, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDoc Hastings Incumbent 67.6% 156,726
     Democratic Jay Clough 32.4% 74,973
Total Votes 231,699

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