Illinois' 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

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Illinois' 2nd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
March 20, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. Democratic Party
Jesse L. Jackson Jr.jpg

Illinois U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2nd congressional district of Illinois will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This is the 2nd congressional district prior to the 2010 redistricting.

Candidates wishing to run were required to file by the signature filing deadline of December 27, 2011. The primary elections will be held on March 20, 2012.

Illinois' 2nd congressional district is based in Cook and Will counties, and includes the south suburbs of Chicago, extending slightly into Will County, and also includes the city's far southeast side. It covers 184.64 square miles, making it one of the 70 smallest districts in the country and the seventh smallest in Illinois.

Heading into the election the incumbent is Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. (D), who was first elected in 1994.


Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Illinois

Slow population growth required Illinois to lose one congressional seat following the 2010 census. With Democrats in charge of the House, Senate, and governorship, it was easy to pass a map beneficial to their party. According to an analysis by Politico, the new map could cost the GOP up to five U.S. House seats. GOP consultant David From said of the map, “It’s kind of a work of art, in the wrong direction. There’s a lot of creativity.”[4]

Republicans filed suit against the map, but eventually saw it upheld in the courts. A federal court panel agreed with the Republican complaint that the map was "a blatant political move to increase the number of Democratic congressional seats," but said that Republicans "failed to present a workable standard by which to evaluate such claims."[5]

Following the passage of the map, Jesse Jackson, Jr. said he had serious concerns about minority representation and whether it adhered to the Voting Rights Act.[6] Under the new map, former congresswoman Debbie Halvorson (D) was drawn into Jackson's district. She previously represented District 11 until losing to Adam Kinzinger (R) in 2010.[7] Halvorson, who is white, is the first real competition Jackson has had. The district has been held by a black congressman for the last three decades.[8]

District history


On November 2, 2010, Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Isaac C. Hayes (R) and Anthony W. Williams (G) in the general election.[9]

U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois' 2nd Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJesse L. Jackson, Jr. Incumbent 80.5% 150,666
     Republican Isaac C. Hayes 13.8% 25,883
     Green Anthony W. Williams 5.6% 10,564
Total Votes 187,113


On November 4, 2008, Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Anthony W. Williams (R) and Nathan Peoples (G) in the general election.[10]


On November 7, 2006, Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Robert Belin (R) and Anthony W. Williams (G) in the general election.[11]

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