Alabama's 6th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Alabama's 6th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Spencer Bachus Republican Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid R[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]


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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 6th Congressional District of Alabama will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Seven Republicans competed in the primary to fill the empty seat left by the retirement of incumbent Spencer Bachus. Of those seven, Paul DeMarco and Gary Palmer received the two highest vote totals and faced off in the runoff election on July 15, 2014. Palmer defeated DeMarco in the runoff and is almost certain to be elected in November in what some have referred to as "the reddest district in the county."[3]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
February 7, 2014
June 3, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Alabama is one of 14 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[4][5][6]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by May 24, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 25, 2014 (10 days prior to the general election).[7]

See also: Alabama elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Spencer Bachus (R), who was first elected in 1992. Bachus is not seeking re-election to his seat in 2014.[8]

6th District is located in central Alabama and includes Bibb, Shelby, Chilton and Coosa counties as well as portions of Blount and Jefferson counties.[9]

Candidates

General election candidates

Republican Party Gary Palmer
Democratic Party Mark Lester
Libertarian Party Aimee Love


Republican Party July 15, 2014, Republican primary runoff candidates

June 3, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Withdrew

Democratic Party Avery Vise - Vise withdrew on August 6, 2014

Primary results

U.S. House, Alabama District 6 Runoff Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGary Palmer 63.5% 47,491
Paul DeMarco 36.5% 27,295
Total Votes 74,786
Source: Results from Politico as of 100% reporting Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.
U.S. House, Alabama District 6 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPaul DeMarco 32.7% 30,894
Green check mark transparent.pngGary Palmer 19.7% 18,655
Scott Beason 15.3% 14,451
Chad Mathis 15.3% 14,420
Will Brooke 13.9% 13,130
Tom Vigneulle 2.5% 2,397
Robert Shattuck 0.6% 587
Total Votes 94,534
Source: Alabama Secretary of State

Race background

The retirement of incumbent Spencer Bachus drew seven Republican candidates to compete for the open seat. Of those seven, Paul DeMarco and Gary Palmer advanced past the primary to compete in the runoff election on July 15. DeMarco was the early frontrunner in the race; he received 30,894 votes to Palmer's 18,655 in the primary and has always had a significant fundraising edge over Palmer. However, his campaign stumbled due to a shaky appearance in his first debate and criticism of an attack ad stretching the truth with Palmer's record. The ad repeats half of a statement made by Palmer about a potential tax increase in 2003, where Palmer said he believes the state needs more revenue. The ad left out the second half of the statement, in which Palmer said there was not adequate accountability measures to support the tax increase.[12]

Gary Palmer went on to defeat DeMarco in the primary runoff election on July 15, 2014. He was set to face Democrat Avery Vise in the general election, but Vise withdrew from the race on August 6, 2014.[13] This leaves the Democratic Party with just a few weeks to find a replacement candidate. This makes Palmer an even bigger favorite in the race for the district which has been referred to by some as "the reddest district in the county."[3]

Endorsements

Gary Palmer

Palmer was endorsed by former primary candidates Will Brooke, Scott Beason and Chad Mathis in his primary runoff battle against Paul DeMarco.[14]

Palmer also received the endorsements of former U.S. Senator and Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum and Governor of Indiana Mike Pence.[15]

For a full list of Gary Palmer's endorsements, click here.

Paul DeMarco

DeMarco was endorsed by the National Rifle Association's Political Victory Fund. NRA-PFV chairman Chris Cox said, "Paul has proven his determination to fight for gun owners and hunters in Alabama."[16]

DeMarco also received the endorsements of a number of state legislators from Alabama's 6th Congressional District, including Reps. David Standridge and Kurt Wallace and Sens. Cam Ward and Jabo Waggoner.[17]

For a full list of Paul DeMarco's endorsements, click here.

Media

Paul DeMarco


Paul DeMarco TV ad

Ad attacking Gary Palmer

Will Brooke

Opposing

The Club for Growth released an ad attacking Will Brooke for being too liberal and donating money to Democratic candidates.[18]


Club for Growth attack ad

Key votes

Below are important votes the current incumbent cast during the 113th Congress.

HR 676

See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Yea3.png On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five Republicans--Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas-- voted with Democrats against the lawsuit.[19] Bachus joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[20][21]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[22] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[23] Bachus voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[24]

Yea3.png The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[25] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Bachus voted for HR 2775.[26]

Campaign contributions

Paul DeMarco

Paul DeMarco (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[27]January 29, 2014$0$366,908$(13,919)$352,988
April Quarterly[28]April 15, 2014$352,988$484,041$(187,750)$649,278
Pre-Primary[29]May 22, 2014$649,278$224,355$(515,445)$358,187
Pre-Runoff[30]July 3, 2014$358,187$594,024$(620,276)$331,935
Running totals
$1,669,328$(1,337,390)

Gary Palmer

Gary Palmer (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[31]January 31, 2014$0$256,550$(6,822)$249,727
April Quarterly[32]April 15, 2014$249,727$148,445$(213,607)$184,564
Pre-Primary[33]May 22, 2014$184,564$228,610$(268,392)$144,782
Pre-Runoff[34]July 3, 2014$144,782$344,965$(351,583)$138,164
Running totals
$978,570$(840,404)

Chad Mathis

Chad Mathis (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[35]January 31, 2014$0$373,324$(68,147)$305,177
April Quarterly[36]April 15, 2014$305,177$124,134$(172,163)$257,148
Pre-Primary[37]May 22, 2014$257,148$149,520$(273,379)$133,289
Running totals
$646,978$(513,689)

**As of the 2014 Pre-Primary Report, Mathis' campaign committee owed $110,000 in outstanding loans to Chad Mathis.

Will Brooke

Will Brooke (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[38]January 31, 2014$0$317,954$(48,253)$269,700
April Quarterly[39]April 15, 2014$269,700$421,343$(223,105)$467,937
Pre-Primary[40]May 22, 2014$467,937$299,262$(623,613)$143,585
Running totals
$1,038,559$(894,971)

**As of the 2014 Pre-Primary Report, Brooke's campaign committee owed $450,000 in outstanding loans to Will Brooke.

Tom Vigneulle

Tom Vigneulle (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[41]April 14, 2014$0$46,337$(34,172)$12,164
Pre-Primary[42]May 19, 2014$12,164$13,990$(19,347)$6,806
Running totals
$60,327$(53,519)

Scott Beason

Scott Beason (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[43]April 14, 2014$2,100$19,405$(4,262)$17,243
Pre-Primary[44]May 23, 2014$17,243$11,840$(13,791)$15,291
Running totals
$31,245$(18,053)

District history

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2012

On November 6, 2012, Spencer Bachus (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Penny H. Bailey in the general election.

U.S. House, Alabama District 6 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Penny H. Bailey 28.6% 88,267
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSpencer Bachus Incumbent 71.2% 219,262
     Write-In N/A 0.2% 573
Total Votes 308,102
Source: Alabama Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Spencer Bachus won re-election to the United States House. He ran unopposed in the general election.[45]

U.S. House, Alabama District 6 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSpencer Bachus incumbent 100% 205,288
Total Votes 205,288

See also

External links

References

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  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed July 28, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 National Review Online, " Update on ‘the Reddest District in the Country’," May 23, 2014
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  13. Al.com, "Democrat contender for Congress in AL 6 withdraws from race," August 7, 2014
  14. Al.com, "Chad Mathis becomes 3rd former primary opponent to endorse Gary Palmer in 6th District race," June 24, 2014
  15. Palmer for Congress, "Endorsements," accessed July 7, 2014
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  17. Paul DeMarco for U.S. Congress, "State Lawmakers Agree: DeMarco is the Man for the Job," June 30, 2014
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  19. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
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  37. Federal Election Commission, "Chad Mathis Pre-Primary," accessed June 2, 2014
  38. Federal Election Commission, "Will Brooke Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
  39. Federal Election Commission, "Will Brooke April Quarterly," accessed April 29, 2014
  40. Federal Election Commission, "Will Brooke Pre-Primary," accessed June 2, 2014
  41. Federal Election Commission, "Tom Vigneulle April Quarterly," accessed April 29, 2014
  42. Federal Election Commission, "Tom Vigneulle Pre-Primary," accessed June 2, 2014
  43. Federal Election Commission, "Scott Beason April Quarterly," accessed April 29, 2014
  44. Federal Election Commission, "Scott Beason Pre-Primary," accessed June 2, 2014
  45. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013