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California's 7th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Ami Bera Democratic Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Toss Up[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Lean D[2]


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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 7th Congressional District of California will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

California's 7th Congressional District is a battleground in 2014.[3] Cook's PVI shows the district as even, while Fairvote shows the district slightly favoring the Democratic Party.[4][5] The incumbent won election in 2012 by only 3.4 percent, and the district was won by President Barack Obama by 5 percent or less in both 2008 and 2012. Additionally, incumbent Ami Bera is a freshman representative.

While Bera was almost certain to advance past the blanket primary on June 5, his general election opponent could mean the difference between whether he is re-elected or ousted in November. Doug Ose, the Republican frontrunner in the race, defeated the other Republican candidates in the primary.[6] Bera would likely have preferred to face Igor Birman in the general election, who was seen as being more conservative than Ose, who has a reputation of being more moderate. This is due to the fact that the district is evenly split between Democrats and Republicans, meaning that the Independent and third-party vote could be a very real factor in determining the winner. Instead, he will face Doug Ose in what is likely to be a very close race.

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.[7][8][9]

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).[10]

See also: California elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Ami Bera (D), who was first elected in 2012.

California's 7th Congressional District is located in the central portion of the state and includes much of Sacramento County.[11]

Candidates

General election candidates

Democratic Party Ami Bera
Republican Party Doug Ose


June 3, 2014, primary results

Democratic Party Ami Bera - Incumbent Approveda
Republican Party Igor Birman
Republican Party Elizabeth Emken - 2012 Republican candidate for U.S. Senate[12]
Republican Party Doug Ose Approveda
Libertarian Party Douglas Arthur Tuma
Independent Phill Tufi

Primary results

U.S. House, California District 7 Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAmi Bera Incumbent 46.7% 51,878
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDoug Ose 26.4% 29,307
     Republican Igor Birman 17.5% 19,431
     Republican Elizabeth Emken 7.1% 7,924
     Libertarian Art Tuma 1.5% 1,629
     Independent Phill Tufi 0.8% 869
Total Votes 111,038
Source: California Secretary of State

Race background

Incumbent Ami Bera (D) is a vulnerable incumbent in 2014. He is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program, which is designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[3] Bera was almost certainly advance past the primary in June, but his chances of winning the general election are much worse.

Doug Ose, the Republican frontrunner in the race, defeated the other Republican candidates in the primary to secure the second position on November's ballot. Ose lead the other Republican candidates in both polling and fundraising prior to the primary.[6]

Polls

California's 7th Congressional District primary election
Poll Ami Bera Doug OseIgor BirmanElizabeth EmkenUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
DCCC internal poll (May 1-2, 2014)
47%22%17%7%7%+/-4.1567
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Media

Igor Birman


Igor Birman - "The Real Conservative"

Ad attacking Doug Ose for being too liberal

Doug Ose


Doug Ose - Fiscal Conservative

Ad promising to fight Obamacare

Issues

Ami Bera

Bera's campaign website lists the following issues:[13]

  • National Security: "In Congress, I will uphold our most enduring principles, while protecting America from those who threaten our freedoms. I believe we must be tough and smart not only about today's challenges, such as terrorism and homeland security, but also about emerging threats, such as nuclear proliferation."
  • Medicare: "Glaringly absent from the current debate about Medicare is the Doctor’s perspective. As a physician who has worked at every level of the health care system and a candidate for Congress, I bring a unique perspective to the Medicare discussion."
  • Job Creation and Economic Recovery: "Living in Sacramento County, it is obvious that people are hurting. They are trying to do the right thing, to work hard and care for their families. But too often this is not enough. For too many, America’s promise of opportunity is beginning to seem empty."
  • Creating a New Energy Economy: "Central to our national mission is the mandate to build for future generations. We now know, however, that many of our present patterns of development and growth are both economically and environmentally unsustainable. The long-term health, security and prosperity of our nation and world require a transition in how we think about our relationship to energy use and natural ecosystems."
  • Moving Forward with Healthcare: "I have spent my professional life caring for people and educating the next generation of doctors. Unfortunately, the system consistently puts bureaucracies before the health of our patients. I have witnessed medical costs skyrocket without seeing patient care improve. And I have treated patients who would be healthier if they could have afforded basic preventive care. This is the result of an industry that puts profits before patients."

[14]

—Ami Bera's campaign website, http://www.beraforcongress.com/issues

Doug Ose

Ose's campaign website lists the following issues:[15]

  • Putting Our Community First, not the Special Interests: "Our economy is stalled by sluggish growth and one of the slowest recoveries in history. It simply isn’t providing enough opportunity for Americans who need to find a job, expand their business or hire more workers. Full time employment is becoming harder to find with the advent of Obamacare, and employers are shifting to more part-time workers."
  • Drought/Protecting Local Water Supply: "We have a real water crisis here in the Sacramento region. While man has no control over Mother Nature, poor management practices and government’s failure to build sufficient upstream retention facilities have made our region’s drought even worse. When it was predicted that California’s population was to grow by millions of people, having a shortage of local water was foreseeable."
  • Reducing the Tax Burden: "America’s complicated and contradictory tax system benefits the politically connected at the expense of people who work hard and play by the rules. Every year, Americans are asked to pay more in taxes and receive less in public services. The federal government is now borrowing 40 cents of every dollar to sustain unprecedented deficit spending."
  • Holding Government Accountable: "Government spending is growing at a record pace under President Obama. Our nation’s debt is out of control. This unsustainable and reckless spending puts our financial security at risk, and burdens the American taxpayer more every day. It’s time to hold government accountable for the money it spends and the decisions it makes."
  • Our Schools: Local Control, World-Class Standards: "Every school must be a place where every student can learn. And without world-class standards in school, America’s future is threatened. That is why education decisions must be made by parents and local school boards, not bureaucrats in Washington, D.C."

[14]

—Doug Ose's campaign website, http://www.dougose.com/issues

Key votes

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

HR 644

See also: Bowe Bergdahl exchange

Yea3.png On September 9, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 644, a resolution condemning President Barack Obama's act of exchanging five Guantanamo Bay prisoners for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.[16][17] The House voted 249-163 for resolution, with all Republicans and 22 Democrats supporting the bill. Fourteen Democrats and five Republicans did not vote on the resolution, while all other Democrats opposed its passage.[17] Ami Bera dissented from the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[16][17]

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.[18] 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.[19] Ami Bera voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[20]

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.[21] 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. Ami Bera voted for HR 2775.[22]

Campaign contributions

Ami Bera

Ami Bera (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[23]April 15, 2013$107,506.27$303,492.73$(80,953.03)$330,045.97
July Quarterly[24]July 15, 2013$330,045.97$272,095.66$(97,097.63)$505,044.00
October Quarterly[25]October 15, 2013$505,044.00$462,073.51$(68,369.39)$898,748.12
Year-End[26]January 31, 2014$898,748$340,671$(87,782)$1,151,637
April Quarterly[27]April 15, 2014$1,151,637$491,299$(173,962)$1,468,974
Pre-Primary[28]May 22, 2014$1,468,974$281,601$(152,654)$1,597,921
July Quarterly[29]July 15, 2014$1,597,921$439,933$(71,635)$1,966,219
Running totals
$2,591,165.9$(732,453.05)

Igor Birman

Igor Birman (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[30]October 15, 2013$0.00$162,613.23$(23,892.80)$138,720.43
Year-End[31]January 31, 2014$138,720$84,959$(99,406)$124,273
April Quarterly[32]April 15, 2014$124,273$110,892$(164,811)$70,354
Pre-Primary[33]May 22, 2014$70,354$143,940$(168,648)$45,645
Running totals
$502,404.23$(456,757.8)

Elizabeth Emken

Elizabeth Emken (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[34]July 11, 2013$0.00$301,819.99$(13,644.42)$288,175.57
October Quarterly[35]October 15, 2013$288,175.57$100,573.85$(51,854.69)$336,894.73
Year-End[36]January 31, 2014$336,894$48,605$(79,372)$305,826
April Quarterly[37]April 15, 2014$305,826$110,679$(196,209)$220,351
Pre-Primary[38]May 22, 2014$220,351$50,471$(64,757)$206,065
Running totals
$612,148.84$(405,837.11)

**As of the 2014 Pre-Primary Report, Emken's committee owed $285,000 in outstanding loans to Elizabeth Emken.

Doug Ose

Doug Ose (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[39]April 15, 2013$25,667.22$0.00$(0.00)$25,667.22
July Quarterly[40]July 15, 2013$25,667.22$9,200.00$(2,210.77)$32,656.45
October Quarterly[41]October 15, 2013$32,656.45$489,267.15$(265,680.94)$256,242.66
Year-End[42]January 31, 2014$256,242$129,984$(109,060)$277,166
April Quarterly[43]April 16, 2014$277,166$481,476$(341,002)$417,640
Pre-Primary[44]May 22, 2014$417,640$120,853$(324,160)$214,334
July Quarterly[45]July 15, 2014$214,334$332,781$(343,273)$203,841
Running totals
$1,563,561.15$(1,385,386.71)

**As of the 2014 July Quarterly Report, Ose's committee owed $350,000 in outstanding loans to Doug Ose.

Douglas Arthur Tuma

Douglas Arthur Tuma (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[46]September 12, 2013$14$500$(27)$487
July Quarterly[47]September 12, 2013$487$0$(27)$460
October Quarterly[48]October 16, 2013$460$0$(18)$442
Year-End[49]February 3, 2014$442$0$(0)$442
April Quarterly[50]April 22, 2014$442$0$(9)$433
Pre-Primary[51]June 1, 2014$433$0$(18)$415
Running totals
$500$(99)

District history

Candidate ballot accecss
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2012

On November 6, 2012, Ami Bera (D) won election to the United States House. He defeated Dan Lungren in the general election.

U.S. House, California District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAmi Bera 51.7% 141,241
     Republican Dan Lungren Incumbent 48.3% 132,050
Total Votes 273,291
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, George Miller won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Rick Tubbs (R) in the general election.[52]

U.S. House, California District 7 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGeorge Miller incumbent 68.3% 122,435
     Republican Rick Tubbs 31.7% 56,764
Total Votes 179,199

See also

External links

References

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