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California's 23rd Congressional District elections, 2014

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California's 23rd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Kevin McCarthy Republican Party
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 23rd Congressional District of California will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.
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.[1][2][3]

Voter registration: Voters must register to vote in the primary by May 19, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 20, 2014 (the 15th calendar day before that election).[4]

See also: California elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Kevin McCarthy (R), who was first elected in 2006.

California's 23rd Congressional District is located in the south-central portion of the state and includes parts of Kern and Tulare counties.[5]

Candidates

Issues

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" 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.[6] 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.[7] Kevin McCarthy voted for the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[8]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally 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.[9] 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. Kevin McCarthy voted for HR 2775.[10]

Campaign contributions

Kevin McCarthy

Kevin McCarthy (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]April 15, 2013$1,824,221.60$350,315.66$(342,976.05)$2,061,561.21
July Quarterly[12]July 15, 2013$2,061,561.21$1,074,545.06$(825,112.04)$2,310,994.23
October Quarterly[13]October 14, 2013$2,310,994.23$513,122.01$(379,921.92)$2,444,194.32
Year-End[14]January 31, 2014$2,444,194$433,002$(449,732)$2,427,463
Running totals
$2,370,984.73$(1,997,742.01)

District history

Candidate Ballot Access
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2012

On November 6, 2012, Kevin McCarthy (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Terry Phillips in the general election.

U.S. House, California District 23 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKevin McCarthy Incumbent 73.2% 158,161
     Independent Terry Phillips 26.8% 57,842
Total Votes 216,003
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Lois Capps won re-election to the United States House. She defeated Tom Watson (R), John Hager (I) and Darrell Stafford (L) in the general election.[15]

U.S. House, California District 23 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLois Capps incumbent 57.8% 111,768
     Republican Tom Watson 37.6% 72,744
     Independent John Hager 2.9% 5,625
     Libertarian Darrell Stafford 1.7% 3,326
Total Votes 193,463

See also

External links

References