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Maryland's 4th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
April 3, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Donna Edwards Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Donna Edwards Democratic Party
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Maryland U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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

Incumbent Donna Edwards (D) won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
January 11, 2012
April 3, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Maryland has a closed primary system, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by March 13. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 16.[2]

See also: Maryland elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent wa Donna Edwards (D), who was first elected in 2008. She won re-election on November 6, 2012.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Maryland's 4th Congressional District encompassed parts of Anne Arundel and Prince George's counties.[3]

Candidates

General election candidates

Democratic Party Donna EdwardsGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Faith Loudon
Libertarian Party Scott Soffen


April 3, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic

Republican Party Republican

Libertarian Party Libertarian candidate

Note:Glenn Ivey filed to run, but withdrew on January 11, 2012[6]


Election Results

General Election

U.S. House, Maryland District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDonna Edwards Incumbent 77.2% 240,385
     Republican Faith Loudon 20.7% 64,560
     Libertarian Scott Soffen 2% 6,204
     N/A Other Write-ins 0.1% 363
Total Votes 311,512
Source: Maryland State Board of Elections "Representative in Congress"

Democratic Primary

U.S. House, Maryland District 4 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDonna Edwards Incumbent 91.8% 42,815
Ian Garner 3.1% 1,464
George McDermott 5.1% 2,359
Total Votes 46,638

Republican Primary

U.S. House, Maryland District 4 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngFaith Loudon 61.3% 9,175
Randy Gearhart 19.9% 2,977
Greg Holmes 9.2% 1,370
Charles Shephard 9.6% 1,443
Total Votes 14,965

Race background

Incumbent Donna Edwards was endorsed by the organization Progressive Maryland in her race for re-election in Maryland's 4th District. [7][8]

Faith Loudon has gained support from many of Maryland's Republican leaders, including Andy Harris, representative from the 1st District, and former Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.[9]

Campaign donors

2012

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Loudon's reports.

Faith Loudon (2012)[10] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]April 8, 2012$7,079.82$1,270.00$(4,926.69)$3,423.13
July Quarterly[12]June 30, 2012$3,423.13$20,659.74$(10,143.89)$13,938.98
Running totals
$21,929.74$(15,070.58)

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Donna Edwards' reports.

Donna Edwards (2012)[13] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]April 15, 2012$218,746.70$21,020.32$(49,829.98)$189,937.04
July Quarterly[15]July 15, 2012$189,937.04$61,562.52$(116,044.02)$135,455.54
Running totals
$82,582.84$(165,874)

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Maryland

The redrawn 4th District included parts of Anne Arundel and Prince George's counties.[16]

The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[17][18]

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. Maryland's 4th District became less Democratic because of redistricting.[19]

  • 2012: 74D / 26R
  • 2010: 82D / 18R

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. Maryland's 4th Congressional District has a PVI of D+23, which is the 31st most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 78-22 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 71-29 percent over George W. Bush (R).[20]

Registration statistics

As of October 24, 2012, District 4 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the Maryland State Board of Elections:

Maryland Congressional District 4[21]
Congressional District District Total Democrats Republicans Other & Unaffiliated Advantage Party Advantage Change in Advantage from 2010
District 4 411,537 311,079 73,800 26,658 Democratic 321.52% -199.84%
"Party advantage" is the percentage gap between the two major parties in registered voters. "Change in advantage" is the spread in difference of party advantage between 2010 and 2012 based on the congressional district number only.

District history

2010

On November 2, 2010, Edwards won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. She defeated Robert Broadus (R) in the general election.[22]

U.S. House, Maryland District 4 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDonna Edwards Incumbent 83.4% 160,228
     Republican Robert Broadus 16.4% 31,467
     Independent Write-In 0.2% 325
Total Votes 192,020

See also

External links

References

  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, Maryland"
  2. Maryland State Board of Elections " 2012 Presidential Election Calendar," Accessed July 25, 2012
  3. Maryland Redistricting Map "Map" Accessed September 25, 2012
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Maryland State Board of Elections "Candidates" accessed January 3, 2012
  5. Maryland State Board of Elections "Primary Election Results 2012" accessed April 3, 2012
  6. Baltimore Sun "Ivey withdraws from 4th Congressional District primary race" accessed January 19, 2012
  7. Hometown Annapolis "Maryland gets C on Transparency" Accessed March 26, 2012
  8. Progressive Maryland "2012 Candidates" Accessed March 26, 2012
  9. Baltimore Sun "Maryland's 4th Congressional District Election Guide 2012" Accessed March 25, 2012
  10. Federal Election Commission "Faith Loudon Summary Report," Accessed September 28, 2012
  11. Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed September 28, 2012
  12. http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/563/12952466563/12952466563.pdf#navpanes=0 Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed September 28, 2012]
  13. Federal Election Commission "Donna Edwards Summary Report," Accessed September 28, 2012
  14. Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed September 28, 2012
  15. Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed September 28, 2012
  16. Maryland Department of Planning "Maryland 2011 Congressional Districts" Accessed February 29, 2012
  17. Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer "Maryland's congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
  18. Labels & Lists "VoterMapping software voter counts"
  19. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Maryland," September 2012
  20. Cook Political Report "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" Accessed October 2012
  21. Maryland State Board of Elections, "Congressional Voter Registration Statistics," May 18, 2012
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010" Accessed November 30, 2011