Illinois' 7th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Illinois' 7th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
March 20, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Danny K. Davis Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Danny K. Davis Democratic Party
Danny K. Davis.jpg

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

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The 7th congressional district of Illinois held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Incumbent Danny K. Davis won the election.[1]

This is the 7th 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 Danny K. Davis (D), who was first elected in 1996.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data.Illinois' 7th congressional district includes part of Cook County. It covers the Near North Side and downtown Chicago as well as some of the west and south sides of city and some west suburban areas in Cook County.[4]

On March 30, 2012 the 7th district was included in a list released by the National Journal of the top ten most contorted congressional districts, as a result of redistricting. [5]


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General election candidates

Democratic Party Danny K. DavisGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Rita Zak
Independent John H. Monaghan

March 20, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

  • No candidates declared an intent to run

Election Results

General Election

U.S. House, Illinois District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDanny K. Davis Incumbent 84.6% 242,439
     Republican Rita Zak 11% 31,466
     Independent John H. Monaghan 4.4% 12,523
Total Votes 286,428
Source: Illinois Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"

Democratic Primary

U.S. House, Illinois' 7th Congressional District Democratic Primary Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDanny Davis Incumbent 84.5% 57,896
Jacques Conway 15.5% 10,638
Total Votes 68,534

Race background

Danny K. Davis had been endorsed over his opponent Jacques Conway.[8] Both candidates were similar politically, with Conway even stating in an interview with Austin Weekly News "Politically, we're not that far at all, and most Democrats aren't...Voting-wise, there won't be a difference, but energy-wise and purpose-wise and want-to-do-it-wise, I think that I could make a splash."[9]

The Chicago Tribune noted that Davis "seems more engaged lately, holding town hall meetings, advocating for equitable mass transit funding and working to find alternatives to the U.S. Postal Service's plan to close "underperforming" local post offices."[8] Davis had in recent years been criticized for having pushed to be Cook County Board president, throwing his name in the mix for the Obama Senate seat, and having considered a run for Chicago mayor, but in 2012 had been considered the "favorite"[9] and viewed as having made considerable strides in his political involvement of late.[9]

According to a March 7th article in the Austin Daily News "Davis had raised roughly $148,000 in this election cycle, and his campaign had about $260,000 in cash on hand, according to the Federal Election Commission. The commission lists no fundraising total for Conway. He estimated, however, raising a few thousand dollars last month."[9]

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.[10] Illinois has had 11 Republican congressmen and 8 Democrats since the November 2010 election.[10] The new map, designed by the dominant Democrats, could flip that advantage to as many as 12 Democrats and only six Republicans.[10]

On March 30, 2012 the 7th district was included in a list released by the National Journal of the top ten most contorted congressional districts, as a result of redistricting. [5]

The new 7th district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[11][12]

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' 7th District partisan breakdown did not change because of redistricting.[13]

  • 2012: 86D / 14R
  • 2010: 86D / 14R

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' 7th congressional district has a PVI of D+37, which is the 5th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 90-10 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 86-14 percent over George W. Bush (R).[14]

Campaign donors


Danny K. Davis (2012)[15] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-Primary[16]March 5, 2012$268,293.78$21,696.46$(26,144.79)$263,845.45
April Quarterly[17]April 14, 2012$263,666.57$37,349.38$(327,222.17)$268,293.78
Running totals

District history


On November 2, 2010, Danny K. Davis won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Mark M. Weiman (R) and Clarence Desmond Clemons (I) in the general election.[18]

U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois' 7th Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDanny K. Davis Incumbent 81.5% 149,846
     Republican Mark M. Weiman 16.1% 29,575
     Independent Clarence Desmond Clemons 2.4% 4,428
Total Votes 183,849

See also

External links


  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, Illinois"
  2. Illinois Board of Elections "2012 Election Calendar," Accessed July 21, 2012
  3. Illinois Board of Elections "Registering to Vote in Illinois," Accessed July 21, 2012
  4. June 2011 Illinois Redistricting "Map" Accessed July 23, 2012
  5. 5.0 5.1 National Journal "Modern Gerrymanders: 10 Most Contorted Congressional Districts—MAPS" Accessed March 31, 2012
  6. ABC News 7 "Election Results Primary 2012" accessed March 20, 2012
  7. Illinois State Board of Elections "Candidate List" accessed December 27, 2011
  8. 8.0 8.1 Chicago Tribune "Contested races for the U.S. House" Accessed March 12, 2012
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Austin Weekly News "Davis, Conway make final push" Accessed March 12, 2012
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Chicago Tribune "Odd geography in new Illinois congressional map:Millions of constituents will find their representative has changed" Accessed February 22, 2012
  11. Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer "Illinois' congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
  12. Labels & Lists "VoterMapping software voter counts"
  13. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Illinois," September 2012
  14. Cook Political Report "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" Accessed October 2012
  15. FEC Reports "Danny K. Davis Summary Reports" Accessed July 9, 2012
  16. FEC Reports "Pre-Primary" Accessed July 9, 2012
  17. FEC Reports "April Quarterly" Accessed July 9, 2012
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"