California's 15th Congressional District elections, 2014

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California's 15th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Eric Swalwell 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 15th Congressional District of California will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Incumbent Eric Swalwell (D) and Hugh Bussell (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 3. Swalwell is expected to easily win re-election in November due to his incumbency and the district's Democratic alignment.

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.[3][4][5]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by May 19, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 20, 2014 (the 15th calendar day before that election).[6]

See also: California elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Eric Swalwell (D), who was first elected in 2012.

California's 15th Congressional District is located in the western portion of the state and includes much of Alameda County.[7]

Candidates

General election candidates

Democratic Party Eric Swalwell
Republican Party Hugh Bussell


June 3, 2014, primary results

Democratic Party Eric Swalwell - Incumbent Approveda
Democratic Party Ellen Corbett - State Senate Majority Leader
Republican Party Hugh Bussell Approveda

Primary results

U.S. House, California District 15 Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEric Swalwell Incumbent 49.1% 42,419
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngHugh Bussell 25.7% 22,228
     Democratic Ellen Corbett 25.2% 21,798
Total Votes 86,445
Source: California Secretary of State

Key votes

Below are important votes the current 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.[8] 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.[9] Eric Swalwell voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[10]

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.[11] 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. Eric Swalwell voted for HR 2775.[12]

Endorsements

Eric Swalwell

Swalwell was endorsed in his re-election bid by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.[13] Pelosi also headlined a fundraiser for Swalwell in April 2013.[14]

Swalwell also received the endorsement of President Barack Obama. He said in a statement, "Congressman Eric Swalwell has proved to be a tireless champion for families throughout California’s 15th District, bringing new energy and ideas to Congress. Eric is a strong voice for creating good jobs, expanding economic opportunity, and growing the middle class."[15]

Swalwell added to his endorsements from prominent Democratic figures when he received the endorsement of Senator Dianne Feinstein.

Campaign contributions

Eric Swalwell

Eric Swalwell (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[16]April 15, 2013$26,610.32$262,810.78$(66,488.52)$222,932.58
July Quarterly[17]July 13, 2013$222,932.58$239,253.82$(57,004.17)$405,182.23
October Quarterly[18]October 12, 2013$407,182.83$279,431.77$(72,352.13)$614,262.47
Year-End[19]January 30, 2014$614,262$275,065$(65,965)$823,362
April Quarterly[20]April 14, 2014$823,362$273,834$(174,614)$922,581
Pre-Primary[21]May 22, 2014$922,581$146,327$(372,321)$696,587
July Quarterly[22]July 15, 2014$696,587$185,277$(338,349)$543,515
Running totals
$1,661,999.37$(1,147,093.82)

Ellen Corbett

Ellen Corbett (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[23]April 15, 2013$104,193.00$16,201.00$(5,430.92)$114,963.08
July Quarterly[24]July 15, 2013$114,963.08$12,429.00$(11,207.71)$116,184.37
October Quarterly[25]October 15, 2013$116,184.37$36,502.00$(9,268.95)$143,417.42
Year-End[26]January 31, 2014$143,417$91,132$(25,891)$208,658
April Quarterly[27]April 15, 2014$208,658$34,007$(34,660)$208,005
Pre-Primary[28]May 22, 2014$208,005$21,656$(113,628)$116,032
Running totals
$211,927$(200,086.58)

Hugh Bussell

Hugh Bussell (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[29]April 14, 2014$0$4,140$(2,190)$1,950
Pre-Primary[30]May 16, 2014$1,950$1,900$(614)$3,235
July Quarterly[31]July 13, 2014$3,235$300$(1,311)$2,224
Running totals
$6,340$(4,115)

District history

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2012

On November 6, 2012, Eric Swalwell (D) won election to the United States House. He defeated Pete Stark in the general election.

U.S. House, California District 15 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEric Swalwell 52.1% 120,388
     Democratic Pete Stark Incumbent 47.9% 110,646
Total Votes 231,034
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Mike Honda won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Scott Kirkland (R) in the general election.[32]

U.S. House, California District 15 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMike Honda incumbent 67.6% 126,147
     Republican Scott Kirkland 32.4% 60,468
Total Votes 186,615

See also

External links

References

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  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed July 28, 2014
  3. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  4. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  5. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  6. California Secretary of State Website, "Voter Registration," accessed January 3, 2014
  7. California Redistricting Map "Map" accessed September 25, 2012
  8. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  9. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  10. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  11. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  12. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. Twitter, Eric Swalwell
  14. Political Blotter, "Pelosi to headline Eric Swalwell’s fundraiser," April 16, 2013
  15. ibabuzz.com, "CA15: President Obama endorses Eric Swalwell," March 3, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Eric Swalwell April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Eric Swalwell July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Eric Swalwell October Quarterly," accessed October 21, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Eric Swalwell Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Eric Swalwell April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Eric Swalwell Pre-Primary," accessed June 2, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Eric Swalwell July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Ellen Corbett April Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2013
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Ellen Corbett July Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2013
  25. Federal Election Commission, "Ellen Corbett October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  26. Federal Election Commission, "Ellen Corbett Year-End," accessed February 10, 2014
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Ellen Corbett April Quarterly," accessed May 5, 2014
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Ellen Corbett Pre-Primary," accessed June 2, 2014
  29. Federal Election Commission, "Hugh Bussell April Quarterly," accessed May 5, 2014
  30. Federal Election Commission, "Hugh Bussell Pre-Primary," accessed June 2, 2014
  31. Federal Election Commission, "Hugh Bussell July Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2014
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013