California's 36th Congressional District elections, 2014

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California's 36th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Raul Ruiz Democratic Party
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 36th Congressional District of California will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Our analysis points to California's 36th Congressional District being a battleground. The district has very close to even numbers of Democratic and Republican voters. Cook's PVI shows the district as R+1, while Fairvote rates the district as 51.2% Democratic.[1][2] The district was won by President Barack Obama by 3.2% in 2012 and 3% in 2008. Additionally, incumbent Raul Ruiz is a freshman representative.

Ruiz will face state representative Brian Nestande (R) in the general election 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.[3][4][5]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register to 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 Raul Ruiz (D), who was first elected in 2012.

California's 36th Congressional District is located in the southeastern portion of the state and includes most of Riverside County.[7]


General election candidates

Democratic Party Raul Ruiz
Republican Party Brian Nestande

June 3, 2014, primary results

Democratic Party Raul Ruiz - Incumbent Approveda
Republican Party Ray Haynes
Republican Party Brian Nestande - State representative[8] Approveda

Primary results

U.S. House, California District 36 Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRaul Ruiz Incumbent 50.2% 34,154
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Nestande 34.6% 23,570
     Republican Ray Haynes 15.2% 10,312
Total Votes 68,036
Source: The New York Times Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Race background

Incumbent Raul Ruiz (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.[9]

Key votes

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

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.[10] 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.[11] Raul Ruiz voted for the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[12]

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.[13] 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. Raul Ruiz voted for HR 2775.[14]

Campaign contributions

Raul Ruiz

Raul Ruiz (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[15]April 15, 2013$51,293.74$344,824.88$(100,857.45)$295,261.17
July Quarterly[16]July 15, 2013$295,261.17$423,417.81$(89,322.38)$629,356.60
October Quarterly[17]October 15, 2013$629,356.60$322,183.49$(75,607.15)$875,932.94
Year-End[18]January 31, 2014$875,932$413,723$(91,649)$1,198,007
April Quarterly[19]April 15, 2014$1,198,007$432,340$(113,706)$1,516,641
Pre-Primary[20]May 22, 2014$1,516,641$216,643$(97,073)$1,636,211
Running totals

Brian Nestande

Brian Nestande (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[21]July 15, 2013$0.00$144,858.93$(8,964.05)$135,894.88
October Quarterly[22]October 15, 2013$135,894.88$76,871.72$(62,181.71)$150,584.89
Year-End[23]January 31, 2014$150,584$229,887$(78,615)$301,856
April Quarterly[24]April 15, 2014$301,856$145,112$(124,226)$322,741
Pre-Primary[25]May 22, 2014$322,741$89,908$(176,530)$236,119
Running totals

Ray Haynes

Ray Haynes (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[26]April 15, 2014$0$14,761$(14,761)$0
Pre-Primary[27]May 22, 2014$0$3,150$(0)$3,150
Running totals

**As of the 2014 Pre-Primary Report, Ray Haynes' committee owed $14,761 in outstanding loans to Ray Haynes.

District history

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On November 6, 2012, Raul Ruiz (D) won election to the United States House. He defeated Mary Bono Mack in the general election.

U.S. House, California District 36 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRaul Ruiz 52.9% 110,189
     Republican Mary Bono Mack Incumbent 47.1% 97,953
Total Votes 208,142
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On July 12, 2011, Janice Hahn won a special election to the United States House.


On November 2, 2010, Jane Harman won re-election to the United States House. She defeated Mattie Fein (R) and Herb Peters (L) in the general election.[28]

U.S. House, California District 36 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJane Harman incumbent 59.6% 114,489
     Republican Mattie Fein 34.7% 66,706
     Libertarian Herb Peters 5.6% 10,840
Total Votes 192,035

See also

External links


  1. FairVote, "FairVote Releases Projections for the 2014 Congressional Elections," accessed November 5, 2013
  2. Cook Political Report, "2014 HOUSE RACE RATINGS," accessed April 4, 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. My, "Brian Nestande says he'll challenge Rep. Raul Ruiz in 2014," April 9, 2013
  9. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," accessed March 5, 2013
  10. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  11. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  12. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  14. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Raul Ruiz April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Raul Ruiz July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Raul Ruiz October Quarterly," accessed October 21, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Raul Ruiz Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Raul Ruiz April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Raul Ruiz Pre-Primary," accessed June 3, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Brian Nestande July Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Brian Nestande October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Brian Nestande Year-End," accessed February 10, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Brian Nestande April Quarterly," accessed May 5, 2014
  25. Federal Election Commission, "Brian Nestande Pre-Primary," accessed June 3, 2014
  26. Federal Election Commission, "Ray Haynes April Quarterly," accessed May 6, 2014
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Ray Haynes Pre-Primary," accessed June 3, 2014
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013