Illinois' 5th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Illinois' 5th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
March 20, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Mike Quigley Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Mike Quigley Democratic Party
Mike Quigley.jpg

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

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The 5th congressional district of Illinois held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Incumbent Mike Quigley won the election.[1]

This is the 5th congressional district prior to the 2010 redistricting.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
December 27, 2011
March 20, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Illinois has a mixed-hybrid primary system. Voters can change parties each year but must declare a party affiliation at the polls. Depending on which party is chosen, the voter will then be counted as registered for that party. Voters may change party affiliation at polls or caucus.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by February 21. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 9. A "grace period" is also available, allowing voter registration until three days before an election.[2][3]

See also: Illinois elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Mike Quigley (D), who was first elected in 2009.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Illinois' 5th congressional district spans much of the North Side of the City of Chicago from Lake Michigan into the western suburbs. It includes Schiller Park, Franklin Park, River Grove, Elmwood Park, Northlake and Melrose Park. Wrigley Field and Chicago's Boystown are both located in this district, along with the Chicago neighborhoods of Lakeview, Uptown and Lincoln Park.


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General election candidates

Democratic Party Mike QuigleyGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Dan Schmitt
Green Party Nancy Wade

March 20, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Election Results

General Election

U.S. House, Illinois District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMike Quigley Incumbent 65.7% 177,729
     Republican Dan Schmitt 28.6% 77,289
     Green Nancy Wade 5.7% 15,359
Total Votes 270,377
Source: Illinois Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Illinois

With the 2011 redistricting, Illinois lost 1 of its current 19 House seats because the state's population failed to grow as fast as in other states.[5] Illinois has had 11 Republican congressmen and 8 Democrats since the November 2010 election.[5] The new map, designed by the dominant Democrats, could flip that advantage to as many as 12 Democrats and only six Republicans.[5]

The new 5th district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[6][7]

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. Illinois' 5th District became less Democratic because of redistricting.[8]

  • 2012: 67D / 33R
  • 2010: 70D / 30R

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. Illinois' 5th congressional district has a PVI of D+16, which is the 62nd most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 71-29 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 64-36 percent over George W. Bush (R).[9]

Campaign donors


Mike Quigley (2012)[10] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-Primary[11]March 8, 2012$509,684.82$67,854.82$(33,118.80)$544,420.84
April Quarterly[12]April 15, 2012$54,420.84$47,560.00$(70,728.47)$521,252.37
Running totals

District history


On November 2, 2010, Mike Quigley won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated David Ratowitz (R) and Matthew Reichel (G) in the general election.[13]

U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois' 5th Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMike Quigley Incumbent 70.6% 108,360
     Republican David Ratowitz 25.4% 38,935
     Green Matthew Reichel 4% 6,140
Total Votes 153,435

See also

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