Wisconsin's 4th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Wisconsin's 4th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 14, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Gwen Moore Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Gwen Moore Democratic Party
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 4th Congressional District of Wisconsin held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Gwen Moore won the election.[1]
This is the 4th Congressional District prior to the 2011 redistricting.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
June 1, 2012
August 14, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Wisconsin has an open primary system, in which any registered voter can choose which party's primary to vote in, without having to be a member of that party.

Voter registration: Voter registration requirements may vary by municipality, although voters with valid ID must be granted a provisional ballot at the polls.[2]

See also: Wisconsin elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Gwen Moore (D), who was first elected to the House in 2004.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Wisconsin's 4th Congressional District is encompassed entirely in Milwaukee county.[3]


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 Gwen MooreGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Dan Sebring
Independent Robert Raymond

August 14, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Independent Independent candidate

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Wisconsin District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGwen Moore Incumbent 72.2% 235,257
     Republican Dan Sebring 24.8% 80,787
     Independent Robert Raymond 2.8% 9,277
     Miscellaneous N/A 0.1% 467
Total Votes 325,788
Source: Wisconsin Government Accountability Board "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election" (dead link)

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Wisconsin

Following the 2010 Census, Wisconsin kept its 8 congressional seats. In redistricting, the Wisconsin Legislature sought to even out the districts, which due to the census information, required making the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Districts smaller, and making the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th larger. The new district map was signed into law on August 9, 2011.

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. Wisconsin's 4th District became more Democratic because of redistricting.[6]

  • 2012: 71D / 29R
  • 2010: 72D / 28R

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. Wisconsin's 4th Congressional District had a PVI of D+21, which was the 45th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 75-25 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 69-31 percent over George W. Bush (R).[7]

District history

Candidate ballot access
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On November 2, 2010, Gwen Moore won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Dan Sebring (R) and Eddie Ahmad Ayyash (Coalition on Government Reform).[8]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Wisconsin, Congressional District 4, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGwen Moore Incumbent 69.1% 143,559
     Republican Dan Sebring 29.6% 61,543
     Independent Eddie Ahmad Ayyash 1.3% 2,802
Total Votes 207,904

See also