California's 12th Congressional District elections, 2014

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California's 12th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Nancy Pelosi Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Nancy Pelosi Democratic Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid D[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe D[2]


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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 12th Congressional District of California held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Incumbent Nancy Pelosi (D) won re-election in 2014. She defeated John Dennis (R) in the general election.[3]

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

Primary: California is one of three states to use a blanket primary, or top-two system, which allows all candidates to run and all voters to vote but only moves the top two vote-getters, regardless of party affiliation, to the general election.[4][5][6]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by May 19, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 20, 2014 (the 15th calendar day before that election).[7]

See also: California elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Nancy Pelosi (D), who was first elected in 1986.

California's 12th Congressional District is located in the western portion of the state and includes San Francisco County.[8]

Candidates

General election candidates

Democratic Party Nancy Pelosi Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party John Dennis


June 3, 2014, primary results

Democratic Party Nancy Pelosi - Incumbent Approveda
Democratic Party David Peterson
Democratic Party Michael Steger
Republican Party John Dennis Approveda
Green Party Barry Hermanson
Peace and Freedom Party Frank Lara
Independent Desmond Thorsson
Independent Jim Welles

Withdrew

Republican Party Curtis Davies

Election results

General election

U.S. House, California District 12 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngNancy Pelosi Incumbent 83.3% 160,067
     Republican John Dennis 16.7% 32,197
Total Votes 192,264
Source: California Secretary of State

Primary election

U.S. House, California District 12 Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngNancy Pelosi Incumbent 73.6% 79,816
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Dennis 11.9% 12,922
     Green Barry Hermanson 5.7% 6,156
     Democratic David Peterson 3.5% 3,774
     Peace and Freedom Frank Lara 1.9% 2,107
     Democratic Michael Steger 1.4% 1,514
     Independent Desmond Thorsson 1.2% 1,270
     Independent Jim Welles 0.8% 879
Total Votes 108,438
Source: California Secretary of State

Key votes

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

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Nay3.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.[9] 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.[10] Nancy Pelosi voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[11]

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.[12] 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. Nancy Pelosi voted for HR 2775.[13]

Campaign contributions

Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]April 15, 2013$449,327.33$344,852.38$(422,180.00)$371,999.71
July Quarterly[15]July 15, 2013$371,999.71$327,857.05$(277,797.51)$422,059.25
October Quarterly[16]October 15, 2013$422,059.25$260,461.50$(263,918.14)$418,602.61
Year-End[17]January 31, 2014$418,602$361,548$(340,944)$439,206
April Quarterly[18]April 15, 2014$439,206$283,853$(238,037)$485,022
Pre-Primary[19]May 22, 2014$485,022$51,090$(35,428)$500,683
July Quarterly[20]July 15, 2014$500,683$323,197$(169,878)$654,002
October Quarterly[21]October 15, 2014$654,002$381,191$(192,697)$842,496
Running totals
$2,334,049.93$(1,940,879.65)

Michael Steger

Michael Steger (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[22]April 11, 2014$0$10,956$(9,023)$1,932
Pre-Primary[23]May 20, 2014$1,932$7,113$(6,432)$2,614
Running totals
$18,069$(15,455)

John Dennis

John Dennis (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[24]April 15, 2014$0$163,631$(126,911)$36,719
Pre-Primary[25]May 22, 2014$36,719$101,985$(122,351)$16,352
July Quarterly[26]July 15, 2014$16,352$109,314$(113,134)$12,532
October Quarterly[27]October 15, 2014$12,532$166,186$(127,087)$51,630
Running totals
$541,116$(489,483)

Barry Hermanson

Barry Hermanson (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[28]April 12, 2014$0$5,120$(4,186)$933
Pre-Primary[29]May 19, 2014$933$2,500$(1,855)$1,578
Running totals
$7,620$(6,041)

Desmond Thorsson

Desmond Thorsson (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[30]April 21, 2014$0$4,394$(2,905)$1,489
Running totals
$4,394$(2,905)

District history

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2012

On November 6, 2012, Nancy Pelosi (D) won re-election to the United States House. She defeated John Dennis in the general election.

U.S. House, California District 12 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngNancy Pelosi Incumbent 85.1% 253,709
     Republican John Dennis 14.9% 44,478
Total Votes 298,187
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Jackie Speier won re-election to the United States House. She defeated Mike Moloney (R), Mark Paul Williams (L) and Joseph Michael Harding (Write-in) in the general election.[31]

U.S. House, California District 12 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJackie Speier incumbent 75.6% 152,044
     Republican Mike Moloney 22.1% 44,475
     Libertarian Mark Paul Williams 2.3% 4,611
     Write-in Joseph Michael Harding 0% 32
Total Votes 201,162

See also

External links

References

  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 HOUSE RACE RATINGS FOR June 26, 2014," accessed July 28, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed July 28, 2014
  3. The Huffington Post, "Election 2014," November 4, 2014
  4. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  5. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  6. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013, through January 3, 2014, researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  7. California Secretary of State Website, "Voter Registration," accessed January 3, 2014
  8. California Redistricting Map, "Map," accessed September 25, 2012
  9. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  10. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  11. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  12. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  13. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
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  15. Federal Election Commission, "Nancy Pelosi July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Nancy Pelosi October Quarterly," accessed October 21, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Nancy Pelosi Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Nancy Pelosi April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Nancy Pelosi Pre-Primary," accessed June 2, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Nancy Pelosi July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Nancy Pelosi October Quarterly," accessed October 20, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Michael Steger April Quarterly," accessed May 5, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Michael Steger Pre-Primary," accessed June 2, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "John Dennis April Quarterly," accessed May 5, 2014
  25. Federal Election Commission, "John Dennis Pre-Primary," accessed June 2, 2014
  26. Federal Election Commission, "John Dennis July Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2014
  27. Federal Election Commission, "John Dennis October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Barry Hermanson April Quarterly," accessed May 5, 2014
  29. Federal Election Commission, "Barry Hermanson Pre-Primary," accessed June 2, 2014
  30. Federal Election Commission, "Desmond Thorsson April Quarterly," accessed May 5, 2014
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013