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California's 5th Congressional District elections, 2014

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California's 5th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Mike Thompson Democratic Party
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 5th Congressional District of California will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives 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.[1][2][3]

Voter registration: Voters must register to vote in the primary by May 19, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 20, 2014 (the 15th calendar day before that election).[4]

See also: California elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Mike Thompson (D), who was first elected in 1998.

California's 5th Congressional District is located in the western portion of the state and is centered in Napa County. It also contains portions of Lake and Sonoma counties.[5]




Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" 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.[6] 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.[7] Mike Thompson voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[8]

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.[9] 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. Mike Thompson voted for HR 2775.[10]

Campaign contributions

Mike Thompson

Mike Thompson (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]April 15, 2013$1,317,030.35$210,116.03$(169,641.94)$1,357,504.44
July Quarterly[12]July 15, 2013$1,357,504.44$261,347.66$(148,681.86)$1,470,170.24
October Quarterly[13]October 15, 2013$1,470,170.24$167,860.66$(171,101.00)$1,466,929.90
Year-End[14]January 31, 2014$1,466,929$209,164$(183,694)$1,492,399
Running totals

District history

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On November 6, 2012, Mike Thompson (D) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Randy Loftin in the general election.

U.S. House, California District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMike Thompson Incumbent 74.5% 202,872
     Republican Randy Loftin 25.5% 69,545
Total Votes 272,417
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Doris Matsui won re-election to the United States House. She defeated Paul Smith (R), Gerald Allen Frink (Peace and Freedom) and Tony Lacy (Write-in) in the general election.[15]

U.S. House, California District 5 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDoris Matsui incumbent 72% 124,220
     Republican Paul Smith 25.3% 43,577
     Peace and Freedom Gerald Allen Frink 2.7% 4,594
     Write-in Tony Lacy 0% 19
Total Votes 172,410

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