California's 45th Congressional District elections, 2014

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California's 45th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Mimi Walters Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
John Campbell Republican Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid R[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]


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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 45th Congressional District of California held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Mimi Walters (R) won election in 2014. She defeated Drew Leavens (D) in the general election.[3]

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

See also: California elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was John Campbell (R), who was first elected in 2004. Campbell chose to retire rather than seek re-election in 2014.

California's 45th Congressional District is located in the southern portion of the state and includes part of Orange County.[8]

Candidates

General election candidates

Republican Party Mimi Walters Green check mark transparent.png
Democratic Party Drew Leavens


June 3, 2014, primary results

Democratic Party Drew Leavens Approveda
Republican Party Greg Raths[9]
Republican Party Mimi Walters - State senator[9] Approveda
Independent Al Salehi

Withdrew

Republican Party Pat Maciariello[9]
Republican Party John Moorlach[9]


Election results

General election

U.S. House, California District 45 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMimi Walters 65.1% 106,083
     Democratic Drew Leavens 34.9% 56,819
Total Votes 162,902
Source: California Secretary of State

Primary election

U.S. House, California District 45 Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMimi Walters 45.1% 39,631
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDrew Leavens 28.1% 24,721
     Republican Greg Raths 24.2% 21,284
     Independent Al Salehi 2.6% 2,317
Total Votes 87,953
Source: California Secretary of State

Race background

Incumbent John Campbell (R) did not seek re-election in 2014. Republicans were expected to maintain control of this conservative leaning district, despite Campbell's retirement.[10]

Key votes

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

HR 676

See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Yea3.png On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five Republicans--Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas-- voted with Democrats against the lawsuit.[11] Campbell joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[12][13]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.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.[14] 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.[15] John Campbell voted for the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[16]

Nay3.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.[17] 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. John Campbell voted against HR 2775.[18]

Campaign contributions

Drew Leavens

Drew Leavens (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[19]April 15, 2014$0$22,550$(19,953)$2,596
Pre-Primary[20]May 22, 2014$2,596$9,049$(0)$11,645
July Quarterly[21]July 15, 2014$11,645$16,454$(9,204)$18,796
October Quarterly[22]October 15, 2014$18,796$31,494$(36,177)$8,213
Running totals
$79,547$(65,334)

**As of the 2014 October Quarterly Report, Leavens' committee owed $53,000 in outstanding loans to Drew Leavens.

Mimi Walters

Mimi Walters (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[23]October 15, 2013$0.00$444,487.12$(49,682.76)$394,804.36
Year-End[24]January 31, 2014$394,804$179,272$(149,827)$424,250
April Quarterly[25]April 15, 2014$424,250$149,049$(238,574)$334,724
Pre-Primary[26]May 22, 2014$334,724$96,487$(265,283)$165,928
July Quarterly[27]July 15, 2014$165,928$110,607$(134,722)$141,814
October Quarterly[28]October 15, 2014$141,814$315,883$(263,666)$194,030
Running totals
$1,295,785.12$(1,101,754.76)

Greg Raths

Greg Raths (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[29]April 15, 2013$0$1,099$(795)$304
July Quarterly[30]July 15, 2013$1,149$47,417$(17,940)$30,626
October Quarterly[31]October 15, 2013$30,626$42,073$(53,795)$18,904
Year-End[32]January 15, 2014$18,904$42,140$(37,614)$23,430
April Quarterly[33]April 14, 2014$23,430$218,950$(56,189)$186,191
Pre-Primary[34]May 22, 2014$186,191$20,005$(202,778)$3,418
Running totals
$371,684$(369,111)

**As of the 2014 Pre-Primary Report, Raths' committee owed $268,600 in outstanding loans to Greg Raths.

District history

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2012

On November 6, 2012, John Campbell (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Sukhee Kang in the general election.

U.S. House, California District 45 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Campbell Incumbent 58.5% 171,417
     Democratic Sukhee Kang 41.5% 121,814
Total Votes 293,231
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Mary Bono Mack won re-election to the United States House. She defeated Steve Pougnet (D) and Bill Lussenheide (American Independent) in the general election.[35]

U.S. House, California District 45 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMary Bono Mack incumbent 51.5% 106,472
     Democratic Steve Pougnet 42.1% 87,141
     American Independent Bill Lussenheide 6.4% 13,188
Total Votes 206,801

See also

External links

References

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  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed July 28, 2014
  3. The Huffington Post, "Election 2014," November 4, 2014
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  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
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  10. Politico, "Calif. Rep. John Campbell to step down," June 27, 2013
  11. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  12. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  13. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
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  15. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  16. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  18. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
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  20. Federal Election Commission, "Drew Leavens Pre-Primary," accessed June 3, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Drew Leavens July Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Drew Leavens October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Mimi Walters October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Mimi Walters Year-End," accessed February 10, 2014
  25. Federal Election Commission, "Mimi Walters April Quarterly," accessed May 5, 2014
  26. Federal Election Commission, "Mimi Walters Pre-Primary," accessed June 3, 2014
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Mimi Walters July Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2014
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Mimi Walters October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014
  29. Federal Election Commission, "Greg Raths April Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  30. Federal Election Commission, "Greg Raths July Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission, "Greg Raths October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission, "Greg Raths Year-End," accessed February 10, 2014
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Greg Raths April Quarterly," accessed May 5, 2014
  34. Federal Election Commission, "Greg Raths Pre-Primary," accessed June 3, 2014
  35. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013