California's 33rd Congressional District elections, 2014

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California's 33rd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Henry Waxman 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 33rd Congressional District of California will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.
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Sixteen candidates competed in the primary for the open seat left by the retirement of Rep. Henry Waxman (D). Of those 16, Elan Carr (R) and Ted Lieu (D) advanced past the primary. Trailing in third and fourth were Wendy Greuel (D) and Marianne Williamson (I).[3] Despite the media attention surrounding Williamson's congressional run and the potential for it to cause the district to be competitive if she and a Democrat won the primary, she did not advance to the general election. Therefore, the district is likely to be won by the Democratic candidate, Ted Lieu, in November.

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 is October 20, 2014 (the 15th calendar day before that election).[7]

See also: California elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Henry Waxman (D), who was first elected in 1974. Waxman is not seeking re-election in 2014.

California's 33rd Congressional District is located in the southern portion of the state and includes part of Los Angeles County.[8]

Candidates

General election candidates

Republican Party Elan Carr
Democratic Party Ted Lieu


June 3, 2014, primary results

Democratic Party Vince Flaherty
Democratic Party Wendy Greuel
Democratic Party Kristie Holmes
Democratic Party David Kanuth
Democratic Party Ted Lieu Approveda
Democratic Party Matt Miller
Democratic Party Barbara Mulvaney
Democratic Party Zein Obagi
Democratic Party Michael Shapiro
Republican Party Elan Carr Approveda
Republican Party Lily Gilani
Republican Party Kevin Mottus
Libertarian Party Mark Matthew Herd
Green Party Michael Ian Sachs
Independent Tom Fox
Independent Marianne Williamson[9]

Withdrew

Democratic Party James Graf
Democratic Party Derrick Ferree
Democratic Party Karl Siganporia
Republican Party Patrick Kilpatrick
Independent Brent Roske[10]


Primary results

U.S. House, California District 33 Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngElan Carr 21.6% 23,476
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTed Lieu 18.8% 20,432
     Democratic Wendy Greuel 16.6% 17,988
     Independent Marianne Williamson 13.2% 14,335
     Democratic Matt Miller 12% 13,005
     Republican Lily Gilani 7.1% 7,673
     Democratic Kevin Mottus 2.4% 2,561
     Republican Barbara Mulvaney 2.3% 2,516
     Democratic David Kanuth 1.4% 1,554
     Democratic Kristie Holmes 0.9% 994
     Libertarian Mark Herd 0.8% 883
     Green Michael Sachs 0.7% 732
     Democratic Michael Shapiro 0.6% 650
     Independent Tom Fox 0.5% 509
     Democratic Zein Obagi 0.4% 477
     Democratic Vince Flaherty 0.3% 345
     Democratic James Graf 0.3% 327
     Independent Brent Roske 0.2% 188
Total Votes 108,645
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.[11] 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.[12] Henry Waxman voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[13]

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.[14] 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. Henry Waxman voted for HR 2775.[15]

Endorsements

The League of Conservation Voters endorsed two Democratic candidates in the race, Ted Lieu and Wendy Greuel.[16]

Ted Lieu

  • Lieu was endorsed by Rep. Karen Bass.
    • She said in her endorsement, "I have worked closely with Ted Lieu for many years. He helped elect me as Speaker of the California Assembly and was on my leadership team during the deep fiscal crisis in California. We made the tough choices to get the state back on track, and that's exactly what Ted will do for our country. Ted's leadership, experience and bipartisan approach to solving some of the state's largest problems is what we need more of in Washington."[17]
  • Lieu received the endorsement of the Democratic Party in a local vote on February 8, 2014.[18]
  • Lieu was endorsed by former Los Angeles mayor Richard Riordan, a Republican.[20]
  • On March 25, 2014, Lieu gained the endorsement of the California School Employees Association, the largest classified school employees union in the United States.[21]
  • Lieu also received the endorsement of the California Teachers Association on April 4, 2014. CTA President Dean Vogel said, "Ted has always been a strong advocate for fully funding our public schools and colleges, which are finally beginning to heal from years of devastating cuts. We strongly endorse Ted Lieu for Congress, and look forward to his leadership in Washington."[22]
  • Lieu received the endorsement of retiring incumbent Henry Waxman on June 5, 2014. Waxman said, "Ted is the son of hard-working immigrants and has served with distinction in our armed forces and in public office; his life story and experience have earned him my strong admiration. I endorse Ted Lieu because he will always work tirelessly to strengthen the middle class, make higher education more affordable, help workers save for retirement, and protect our privacy from intrusive NSA surveillance."[23]

Marianne Williamson

  • Actress Eva Longoria endorsed Marianne Williamson (I) on April 1, 2014.[24]
    • In an endorsement video, Longoria said, "There's a problem in the political system right now, and I find that we have to approach solving this problem in a new way ... and I find Marianne has the tools, the capability, the intellect, the ideology that is going to push against the status quo...She’s an amazing human being, a motivational speaker, and she’s running for Congress, actually [in California]."[25]
  • Williamson also received the endorsement of Brent Roske, a fellow Independent candidate who dropped out of the race in May 2014.[26]

Media

Marianne Williamson


Eva Longoria's endorsement of Marianne Williamson on April 1, 2014.

Wendy Greuel


Wendy Greuel's first TV ad

Matt Miller


Matt Miller ad - A Different Choice

Elan Carr


Elan Carr ad - Doing What's Right

Campaign contributions

Wendy Greuel

Wendy Greuel (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[27]April 15, 2014$0$672,214$(178,868)$493,346
Pre-Primary[28]May 22, 2014$493,346$377,918$(685,304)$185,960
Running totals
$1,050,132$(864,172)

James Graf

James Graf (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[29]April 14, 2014$0$1,003,390$(121,626)$881,763
Running totals
$1,003,390$(121,626)

**As of the 2014 April Quarterly Report, James Graf's committee owed $1,000,000 in outstanding loans to James Graf.

David Kanuth

David Kanuth (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[30]April 15, 2014$0$803,653$(51,442)$752,210
Pre-Primary[31]May 22, 2014$752,210$109,292$(557,711)$303,791
Running totals
$912,945$(609,153)

Ted Lieu

Ted Lieu (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[32]April 15, 2014$0$621,762$(42,325)$579,436
Pre-Primary[33]May 23, 2014$579,436$278,949$(406,226)$452,160
July Quarterly[34]July 15, 2014$452,160$360,239$(607,114)$204,438
Running totals
$1,260,950$(1,055,665)

Matt Miller

Matt Miller (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[35]April 15, 2014$0$517,822$(37,446)$480,375
Pre-Primary[36]May 22, 2014$480,375$241,275$(316,148)$405,502
Running totals
$759,097$(353,594)

Barbara Mulvaney

Barbara Mulvaney (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[37]April 15, 2014$0$120,665$(100,108)$20,557
Pre-Primary[38]May 21, 2014$20,557$28,151$(41,987)$6,721
Running totals
$148,816$(142,095)

**As of the 2014 Pre-Primary Report, Mulvaney's committee owed $124,250 in outstanding loans to Barbara Mulvaney.

Elan Carr

Elan Carr (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[39]April 15, 2014$0$358,624$(72,799)$285,824
Pre-Primary[40]May 22, 2014$285,824$65,159$(329,794)$19,939
July Quarterly[41]July 15, 2014$19,939$454,874$(228,741)$245,822
Running totals
$878,657$(631,334)

Marianne Williamson

Marianne Williamson (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[42]January 31, 2014$0$382,226$(258,648)$123,578
April Quarterly[43]April 15, 2014$123,578$697,842$(406,240)$415,180
Pre-Primary[44]May 22, 2014$415,180$575,314$(675,831)$314,663
Running totals
$1,655,382$(1,340,719)

**As of the 2014 Pre-Primary Report, Williamson's committee owed $392,824 in outstanding loans to Marianne Williamson.

District history

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2012

On November 6, 2012, Henry Waxman (D) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Bill Bloomfield in the general election.

U.S. House, California District 33 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngHenry Waxman Incumbent 54% 171,860
     Independent Bill Bloomfield 46% 146,660
Total Votes 318,520
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Karen Bass won election to the United States House. She defeated James Andion (R) in the general election.[45]

U.S. House, California District 33 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKaren Bass 86.1% 131,990
     Republican James Andion 13.9% 21,342
Total Votes 153,332

See also

External links

References

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  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed July 28, 2014
  3. The New York Times, "California Primary Results," May 3, 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. Campaign website, accessed October 23, 2013
  10. Los Angeles Times, "Brent Roske drops out of Waxman seat race, endorses Williamson," May 9, 2014
  11. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  12. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  13. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  14. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  15. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  16. Los Angeles Times, "Conservation League backs two rivals for Waxman's House seat," April 18, 2014
  17. Press Release, "Congresswoman Karen Bass endorses Ted Lieu for Congress," February 3, 2014
  18. Campaign website, "Ted Lieu Wins Vote for Democratic Party Endorsement," February 9, 2014
  19. Ted Lieu for Congress, "SEIU California Endorses Ted Lieu for Congress," accessed March 13, 2014
  20. Los Angeles Times, "Republican ex-L.A. Mayor Riordan endorses Democrat Lieu in House race," March 17, 2014
  21. Ted Lieu for Congress, "California School Employees Association Backs Ted Lieu for Congress," accessed March 26, 2014
  22. Ted Lieu campaign website, "California Teachers Association Endorses Ted Lieu for Congress," April 4, 2014
  23. Daily Breeze, "Rep. Henry Waxman endorses Sen. Ted Lieu in race to succeed him," June 5, 2014
  24. Huffington Post, "Eva Longoria Endorses California Congressional Candidate Marianne Williamson," accessed April 2, 2014
  25. Youtube, "Eva Longoria Endorses Marianne Williamson for Congress - CA District 33," accessed May 30, 2014
  26. Los Angeles Times, "Brent Roske drops out of Waxman seat race, endorses Williamson," May 9, 2014
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  28. Federal Election Commission, "Wendy Greuel Pre-Primary," accessed June 3, 2014
  29. Federal Election Commission, "James Graf April Quarterly," accessed May 6, 2014
  30. Federal Election Commission, "David Kanuth April Quarterly," accessed May 6, 2014
  31. Federal Election Commission, "David Kanuth Pre-Primary," accessed June 3, 2014
  32. Federal Election Commission, "Ted Lieu April Quarterly," accessed May 6, 2014
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Ted Lieu Pre-Primary," accessed June 3, 2014
  34. Federal Election Commission, "Ted Lieu July Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2014
  35. Federal Election Commission, "Matt Miller April Quarterly," accessed May 6, 2014
  36. Federal Election Commission, "Matt Miller Pre-Primary," accessed June 3, 2014
  37. Federal Election Commission, "Barbara Mulvaney April Quarterly," accessed May 6, 2014
  38. Federal Election Commission, "Barbara Mulvaney Pre-Primary," accessed June 3, 2014
  39. Federal Election Commission, "Elan Carr April Quarterly," accessed May 6, 2014
  40. Federal Election Commission, "Elan Carr Pre-Primary," accessed June 3, 2014
  41. Federal Election Commission, "Elan Carr July Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2014
  42. Federal Election Commission, "Marianne Williamson Year-End," accessed February 10, 2014
  43. Federal Election Commission, "Marianne Williamson April Quarterly," accessed May 5, 2014
  44. Federal Election Commission, "Marianne Williamson Pre-Primary," accessed June 3, 2014
  45. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013