California's 51st Congressional District elections, 2014

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California's 51st Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Juan Vargas Democratic Party
Juan Vargas.jpg

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 51st Congressional District of California will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Incumbent Juan Vargas (D) and Stephen Meade (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 3 unopposed. Vargas is expected to easily win re-election in November due to his incumbency and the district's Democratic alignment.

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 Juan Vargas (D), who was first elected in 2012.

California's 51st Congressional District is located in the southern portion of the state and includes Imperial County and southern San Diego County.[7]


General election candidates

Democratic Party Juan Vargas
Republican Party Stephen Meade

June 3, 2014, primary results

Democratic Party Juan Vargas - Incumbent Approveda
Republican Party Stephen Meade Approveda

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.[8] 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.[9] Juan Vargas voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[10]

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.[11] 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. Juan Vargas voted for HR 2775.[12]

Campaign contributions

Juan Vargas

Juan Vargas (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[13]April 15, 2013$51,187.75$86,602.88$(98,461.35)$39,329.28
July Quarterly[14]July 15, 2013$39,329.28$103,345.36$(73,544.00)$69,130.64
October Quarterly[15]October 15, 2013$69,130.64$75,704.81$(49,920.35)$94,915.10
Year-End[16]January 30, 2014$94,915$63,493$(86,311)$72,097
April Quarterly[17]April 15, 2014$72,097$62,152$(69,097)$65,151
Pre-Primary[18]May 19, 2014$65,151$57,049$(26,270)$95,930
July Quarterly[19]July 15, 2014$95,930$81,600$(69,225)$108,304
Running totals

District history

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On November 6, 2012, Juan Vargas (D) won election to the United States House. He defeated Michael Crimmins in the general election.

U.S. House, California District 51 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJuan Vargas 71.5% 113,934
     Republican Michael Crimmins 28.5% 45,464
Total Votes 159,398
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Bob Filner won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Nick Popaditch (R) and Marcus Jay Shapiro (Write-in) in the general election.[20]

U.S. House, California District 51 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBob Filner incumbent 60.1% 86,426
     Republican Nick Popaditch 39.9% 57,488
     Write-in Marcus Jay Shapiro 0% 5
Total Votes 143,919

See also

External links


  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 HOUSE RACE RATINGS FOR June 26, 2014," accessed July 28, 2014
  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.
  6. California Secretary of State Website, "Voter Registration," accessed January 3, 2014
  7. California Redistricting Map "Map" accessed September 25, 2012
  8. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  9. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  10. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  11. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  12. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Juan Vargas April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Juan Vargas July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Juan Vargas October Quarterly," accessed October 21, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Juan Vargas Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Juan Vargas April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Juan Vargas Pre-Primary," accessed June 3, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Juan Vargas July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2014
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013