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California's 26th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Julia Brownley Democratic Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Toss Up[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Lean D[2]


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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 26th Congressional District of California will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Incumbent Julia Brownley (D) and Jeff Gorell (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 3, 2014. Due to the fact that the two Republican primary candidates took in over 50 percent of the primary vote, the race between Brownley and Gorell in November is likely to be very competitive.

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 Julia Brownley (D), who was first elected in 2012.

California's 26th Congressional District is located in the southern portion of the state and includes part of Los Angeles County.[7]

Candidates

General election candidates

Democratic Party Julia Brownley
Republican Party Jeff Gorell


June 3, 2014, primary results

Democratic Party Julia Brownley - Incumbent Approveda
Republican Party Jeff Gorell - State assemblyman[8] Approveda
Republican Party Rafael Dagnesses[9]
Independent Douglas Kmiec

Primary results

U.S. House, California District 26 Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJulia Brownley Incumbent 45.5% 38,854
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Gorell 44.5% 38,021
     Republican Rafael Dagnesses 7.7% 6,536
     Independent Douglas Kmiec 2.3% 1,980
Total Votes 85,391
Source: California Secretary of State

Race background

Incumbent Julia Brownley (D) is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program is designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[10]

Brownley defeated Republican former state legislator Tony Strickland for the open 26th District seat in the general election on November 6, 2012, earning 52.7 percent of the total vote. The following April, Strickland filed his campaign paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to begin raising money for a 2014 re-match against Brownley. He ultimately decided against the rematch and sought election to the 25th District instead.[11]

After the blanket primary, Cook Political Report changed the rating of this race from Lean D to Toss-up. The Republican candidates in the race received over 50 percent of the primary vote, showing that the race is likely to be very competitive in November.[12]

Media


Jeff Gorell for Congress - "He Knows Us"

Key votes

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

HR 644

See also: Bowe Bergdahl exchange

Yea3.png On September 9, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 644, a resolution condemning President Barack Obama's act of exchanging five Guantanamo Bay prisoners for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.[13][14] The House voted 249-163 for resolution, with all Republicans and 22 Democrats supporting the bill. Fourteen Democrats and five Republicans did not vote on the resolution, while all other Democrats opposed its passage.[14] Julia Brownley dissented from the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[13][14]

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.[15] 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.[16] Julia Brownley voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[17]

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.[18] 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. Julia Brownley voted for HR 2775.[19]

Campaign contributions

Julia Brownley

Julia Brownley (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[20]April 15, 2013$49,984.85$235,314.89$(50,874.30)$234,425.44
July Quarterly[21]July 15, 2013$234,425.44$271,526.98$(62,309.89)$443,642.53
October Quarterly[22]October 15, 2013$443,642.53$321,700.06$(86,550.77)$678,791.82
Year-End[23]January 31, 2014$678,791$270,341$(64,258)$884,875
April Quarterly[24]April 15, 2014$884,875$408,252$(98,343)$1,194,784
Pre-Primary[25]May 22, 2014$1,194,784$125,840$(89,246)$1,231,378
July Quarterly[26]July 15, 2014$1,231,378$391,789$(75,069)$1,548,098
Running totals
$2,024,763.93$(526,650.96)

Tony Strickland

Tony Strickland (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[27]July 15, 2013$0.00$348,309.13$(9,864.34)$338,444.79
October Quarterly[28]October 15, 2013$338,444.79$110,975.00$(48,370.28)$401,049.51
Year-End[29]January 31, 2014$401,049$39,755$(22,532)$418,271
April Quarterly[30]April 15, 2014$418,271$410,889$(172,973)$656,188
Pre-Primary[31]May 22, 2014$656,188$145,434$(374,152)$427,469
July Quarterly[32]July 15, 2014$427,469$202,153$(395,548)$234,074
Running totals
$1,257,515.13$(1,023,439.62)

Jeff Gorell

Jeff Gorell (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[33]January 30, 2014$0$132,929$(2,041)$130,887
April Quarterly[34]April 15, 2014$130,887$217,814$(93,230)$255,472
Pre-Primary[35]May 22, 2014$255,472$51,611$(184,901)$122,181
July Quarterly[36]July 15, 2014$122,181$270,447$(86,501)$306,126
Running totals
$672,801$(366,673)

Rafael Dagnesses

Rafael Dagnesses (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[37]January 29, 2014$0$35,790$(11,268)$24,521
April Quarterly[38]April 15, 2014$24,521$28,310$(28,822)$24,009
Pre-Primary[39]May 22, 2014$24,009$5,740$(23,992)$5,756
Running totals
$69,840$(64,082)

**As of the 2014 Pre-Primary Report, Dagnesses' committee owed $15,000 in outstanding loans to Rafael Dagnesses.

Douglas Kmiec

Douglas Kmiec (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[40]April 15, 2014$0$17,162$(5,574)$11,587
Running totals
$17,162$(5,574)

District history

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2012

On November 6, 2012, Julia Brownley (D) won election to the United States House. She defeated Tony Strickland in the general election.

U.S. House, California District 26 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJulia Brownley 52.7% 139,072
     Republican Tony Strickland 47.3% 124,863
Total Votes 263,935
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, David Dreier won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Russ Warner (D), David Miller (American Independent) and Randall Weissbuch (L) in the general election.[41]

U.S. House, California District 26 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Dreier incumbent 54.1% 112,774
     Democratic Russ Warner 36.5% 76,093
     American Independent David Miller 6.1% 12,784
     Libertarian Randall Weissbuch 3.2% 6,696
Total Votes 208,347

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.
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  7. California Redistricting Map "Map" accessed September 25, 2012
  8. Los Angeles Times, "GOP Assemblyman Jeff Gorell to challenge Rep. Julia Brownley," November 25, 2013
  9. KPCC, "A second GOP challenger for Ventura County Democrat's Congressional seat," December 4, 2013
  10. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," March 5, 2013
  11. Bloomberg News, "California: Strickland Seeks Rematch with Brownley," April 2, 2013
  12. Red State, "Cook Political Report shifts California-26 from Lean D to Toss-up.," June 23, 2014
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  40. Federal Election Commission, "Douglas Kmiec April Quarterly," accessed May 5, 2014
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