California's 8th Congressional District elections, 2014

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California's 8th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Paul Cook Republican Party
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 8th Congressional District of California will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Incumbent Paul Cook (D) and Bob Conaway (D) advanced past the blanket primary on June 3. Cook is expected to easily win re-election in November due to his incumbency and the district's Republican 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.[1][2][3]

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).[4]

See also: California elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Paul Cook (R), who was first elected in 2006.

California's 8th Congressional District is located in the eastern portion of the state and includes the counties of Mono, Inyo and San Bernardino.[5]

Candidates

General election candidates

Republican Party Paul Cook
Democratic Party Bob Conaway


June 3, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Paul Cook - Incumbent Approveda
Republican Party Paul Hannosh
Democratic Party Bob Conaway Approveda
Democratic Party Odessia Lee

Withdrew

Democratic Party John Pinkerton
Republican Party Rodney Lee Conover

Primary results

U.S. House, California District 8 Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Cook Incumbent 57.8% 31,704
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBob Conaway 19.2% 10,542
     Republican Paul Hannosh 12.8% 7,005
     Democratic Odessia Lee 10.2% 5,571
Total Votes 54,822
Source: The New York Times Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

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.[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] Paul Cook voted for 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. Paul Cook voted for HR 2775.[10]

Campaign contributions

Paul Cook

Paul Cook (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]April 15, 2013$26,032.84$67,413.78$(32,421.70)$61,024.92
July Quarterly[12]July 15, 2013$61,024.92$116,770.00$(37,648.94)$140,145.98
October Quarterly[13]October 15, 2013$140,145.98$101,479.00$(23,729.75)$217,895.23
Year-End[14]January 31, 2014$217,895$122,579$(21,386)$319,088
April Quarterly[15]April 15, 2014$319,088$152,744$(44,828)$427,003
Pre-Primary[16]May 22, 2014$427,003$36,353$(34,648)$428,708
Running totals
$597,338.78$(194,662.39)

Paul Hannosh

Paul Hannosh (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[17]April 13, 2014$229$14,110$(13,946)$393
Pre-Primary[18]May 21, 2014$393$785$(621)$557
Running totals
$14,895$(14,567)

District history

Candidate Ballot Access
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2012

On November 6, 2012, Paul Cook (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Gregg Imus in the general election.

U.S. House, California District 8 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Cook 57.4% 103,093
     Republican Greg Imus 42.6% 76,551
Total Votes 179,644
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Nancy Pelosi won re-election to the United States House. She defeated John Dennis (R), Gloria La Riva (P&F), Philip Berg (L) and Summer Shields (Write-in) in the general election.[19]

U.S. House, California District 8 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngNancy Pelosi incumbent 80.1% 167,957
     Republican John Dennis 15.1% 31,711
     Peace and Freedom Gloria La Riva 2.5% 5,161
     Libertarian Philip Berg 2.3% 4,843
     Write-in Summer Shields 0% 24
Total Votes 209,696

See also

External links

References

  1. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  2. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  3. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  4. California Secretary of State Website, "Voter Registration," accessed January 3, 2014
  5. California Redistricting Map "Map" accessed September 25, 2012
  6. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  7. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  8. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  9. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  10. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  11. Federal Election Commission, "Paul Cook April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  12. Federal Election Commission, "Paul Cook July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Paul Cook October Quarterly," accessed October 21, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Paul Cook Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Paul Cook April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Paul Cook Pre-Primary," accessed June 2, 2014
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Paul Hannosh April Quarterly," accessed May 5, 2014
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Paul Hannosh Pre-Primary," accessed June 2, 2014
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013