Connecticut's 4th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Connecticut's 4th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 12, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
James A. Himes Democratic Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid D[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe D[2]


Connecticut U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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

Incumbent Jim Himes (D) is running unopposed in the primary election and will face Dan Debicella (R) in the general election. Himes is expected to win re-election in November due to the district's Democratic alignment.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
June 10, 2014
August 12, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Connecticut is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Though parties decide who may vote in their primary election, the primary is considered closed as neither the Democratic Party nor the Republican Party allow any voter but those registered with their party to vote.[3]

Voter registration: To register to vote in the primary, voters can register either by noon on August 11, 2014, or on election day at designated Election Day Registration locations. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 28, 2014 (must be postmarked or received by a voter registration agency by the 14th day before an election). However, voters can also register in person with the relevant Registrar of Voters by the 7th day before the election.[4][5]

See also: Connecticut elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Jim Himes (D), who was first elected in 2008.

Connecticut's 4th Congressional District is located in the southwestern portion of the state. Oxford, Shelton, Monroe, Trumbull, Fairfield, Redding, Ridgefield, Wilton, Stramford, Norwalk, Easton, Westport, Greenwich and Darien counties are included in the new district boundaries.[6]

Candidates

General election candidates

Democratic Party Jim Himes - Incumbent
Republican Party Dan Debicella - Former state senator[7]

Out in convention

Republican Party Carlton Milo Higbie IV[8]
Republican Party Joe Bentivegna[9]

Withdrew

Republican Party John Shaban - State representative[10]

Race background

According to some sources, the 4th District could be competitive for Republicans.[11] Democratic Rep. Jim Himes, won that seat in 2008 by defeating now-former Rep. Christopher Shays (R), who held on to the district for 22 years.[11]

Since then, Himes’ margins have grown and his party is confident in his hold on the seat to give him a finance leadership position with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.[11]

Because of the Democratic hold in the state, many think that the seat will not become competitive until it is open, or the national political environment breaks for Republicans in a big way in New England.[11]

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.[12] 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.[13] Jim Himes voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[14]

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.[15] 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. Jim Himes voted for HR 2775.[16]

Campaign contributions

Jim Himes

Jim Himes (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[17]April 15, 2013$762,091.15$164,350.81$(402,946.93)$523,495.03
July Quarterly[18]July 15, 2013$523,495.03$317,923.78$(106,214.31)$735,204.50
October Quarterly[19]October 13, 2013$735,204.50$354,754.56$(130,096.80)$959,862.26
Year-End[20]January 31, 2014$959,862$373,753$(115,821)$1,217,794
April Quarterly[21]April 15, 2014$1,217,794$368,194$(157,562)$1,428,426
Pre-Convention[22]May 2, 2014$1,428,426$44,979$(53,399)$1,420,007
July Quarterly[23]July 15, 2014$1,420,007$410,681$(147,947)$1,682,741
Running totals
$2,034,636.15$(1,113,987.04)

Dan Debicella

Dan Debicella (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[24]October 13, 2013$0.00$0.00$(0.00)$0.00
Year-End[25]January 31, 2014$0$302,808$(30,209)$272,598
April Quarterly[26]April 15, 2014$272,598$204,645$(130,690)$346,552
Pre-Convention[27]May 2, 2014$346,552$29,015$(38,267)$337,299
July Quarterly[28]July 15, 2014$337,299$242,229$(248,870)$330,658
Running totals
$778,697$(448,036)

John Shaban

John Shaban (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[29]January 24, 2014$0$41,000$(20,843)$20,157
April Quarterly[30]April 15, 2014$20,157$25,761$(15,628)$30,290
Running totals
$66,761$(36,471)

Carlton Milo Higble iV

Carlton Milo Higble (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[31]January 30, 2014$0$1,530$(71)$1,458
April Quarterly[32]April 15, 2014$1,458$12,550$(3,739)$8,810
Running totals
$14,080$(3,810)

Joe Bentivegna

Joe Bentivegna (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[33]April 12, 2014$0$110,669$(8,080)$102,589
Running totals
$110,669$(8,080)

District history

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2012

On November 6, 2012, Jim Himes (D) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Steve Obsitnik in the general election.

U.S. House, Connecticut District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Himes Incumbent 60% 175,929
     Republican Steve Obsitnik 40% 117,503
Total Votes 293,432
Source: Connecticut Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Jim Himes won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Dan Debicella (R) and Eugene Flanagan (Independent) in the general election.[34]

U.S. House, Connecticut District 4 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Himes incumbent 52% 110,746
     Republican Dan Debicella 47.9% 102,030
     Independent Eugene Flanagan 0% 10
Total Votes 212,786

See also

External links

References

  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. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 2, 2014
  4. Connecticut Secretary of State Website, "Register to Vote," accessed January 3, 2014
  5. Connecticut Secretary of State Website, "Election Day Registration," accessed January 3, 2014
  6. Connecticut Redistricting "Map" accessed July 7, 2012
  7. News Times, "Debicella announces 4th District challenge," accessed September 16, 2013
  8. Federal Election Commission, "Carlton Milo Hible IV 2014 Summary reports," accessed December 9, 2013
  9. Joe Bentivegna campaign website, accessed April 30, 2014
  10. News Times, "Shaban to seek GOP 4th CD nomination," accessed September 16, 2013
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 Roll Call "Farm Team: Democrats to Dominate Connecticut in Near Future" accessed April 17, 2013
  12. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  14. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  16. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 18, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 18, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Jim Himes October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Jim Himes Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Jim Himes April Quarterly," accessed April 20, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Jim Himes Pre-Convention," accessed July 23, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Jim Himes July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed November 4, 2013
  25. Federal Election Commission, "Dan Debicella Year-End," accessed February 11, 2014
  26. Federal Election Commission, "Dan Debicella April Quarterly," accessed April 30, 2014
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Dan Debicella Pre-Convention," accessed July 24, 2014
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Dan Debicella July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2014
  29. Federal Election Commission, "John Shaban Year-End," accessed February 11, 2014
  30. Federal Election Commission, "John Shaban April Quarterly," accessed April 30, 2014
  31. Federal Election Commission, "Carlton Milo Higble Year-End," accessed April 30, 2014
  32. Federal Election Commission, "Carlton Milo Higble April Quarterly," accessed April 30, 2014
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Joe Bentivegna April Quarterly," accessed April 30, 2014
  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013