Georgia's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

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Georgia's 1st Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
May 20, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Earl "Buddy" Carter Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Jack Kingston Republican Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid R[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]

Fairvote's Monopoly Politics: Safe R[3]

Georgia U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 1st Congressional District of Georgia held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Earl "Buddy" Carter (R) defeated Brian Reese (D) for the district seat. Each candidate won their contested primaries.

Heading into the election, the incumbent was Jack Kingston (R), who was first elected in 1992. On May 2, 2013, Kingston announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat held by Sen. Saxby Chambliss, who declared that he would retire at the end of the 113th Congress.[4][5] Kingston however lost the Republican Senate primary to businessman David Perdue.

The primary elections on May 20, 2014, narrowed down the crowded list of candidates, but because no candidate received a majority of the votes the top two candidates from each party advanced to primary runoff elections that were held on July 22, 2014. Brian Reese defeated Amy Tavio to secure the Democratic nomination. Earl "Buddy" Carter defeated his opponent, Bob Johnson.[6]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 7, 2014
May 20, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Georgia is one of 14 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[7][8][9]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by April 21, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 6, 2014.[10]

See also: Georgia elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Jack Kingston (R), who was first elected in 1992. On May 2, 2013, Kingston announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat held by Sen. Saxby Chambliss, who decided to retire when his term ends.[4][11]

Georgia's 1st Congressional District comprises the entire coastal area of Sea Islands and much of the rural southeastern part of the state. In addition to Savannah, the district includes a few modest-sized cities such as Brunswick, Valdosta, Douglas and Waycross.[12]

Candidates

General election candidates


July 22, 2014, Republican primary runoff candidates


July 22, 2014, Democratic primary runoff candidates


May 20, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Withdrew prior to primary

Election results

General election results

The 1st Congressional District of Georgia held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Earl "Buddy" Carter (R) defeated Brian Reese (D) in the general election.

U.S. House, Georgia District 1 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngEarl "Buddy" Carter 60.91% 95,337
     Democratic Brian Reese 39.09% 61,175
Total Votes 156,512
Source: Georgia Secretary of State

Runoff primary results

U.S. House, Georgia District 1 Runoff Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngEarl "Buddy" Carter 53.8% 22,861
Bob Johnson 46.2% 19,621
Total Votes 42,482
Source: Results via Associated Press
U.S. House, Georgia District 1 Runoff Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Reese 63.1% 6,526
Amy Tavio 36.9% 3,818
Total Votes 10,344
Source: Results via Associated Press


Primary results

U.S. House, Georgia District 1 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBuddy Carter 36.2% 18,971
Green check mark transparent.pngRobert "Bob" Johnson 22.7% 11,890
John McCallum 20.5% 10,715
Jeff Chapman 13.2% 6,918
Darwin Carter 5.4% 2,819
Earl Martin 2% 1,063
Total Votes 52,376
Source: Georgia Secretary of State
U.S. House, Georgia District 1 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Reese 34% 6,148
Green check mark transparent.pngAmy Tavio 33.8% 6,122
Marc Smith 32.2% 5,836
Total Votes 18,106
Source: Georgia Secretary of State

Key votes

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

HR 676

See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Yea3.png On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five Republicans--Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas-- voted with Democrats against the lawsuit.[23] Kingston joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[24][25]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.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.[26] 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.[27] Jack Kingston voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[28]

Nay3.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.[29] 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. Jack Kingston voted against HR 2775.[30]

Media


Buddy Carter's first ad of the campaign, "Buddy's Pursuit."

Bob Johnson's first ad of the campaign, "Oath."

John McCallum's first ad of the campaign, "Saving."

McCallum's April 2014, that featured his wife, "Possible."

Buddy Carter

State Senator Buddy Carter released his first ad of the campaign on February 25, 2014.[31] The ad focused on his opposition to the Affordable Care Act.[31]

In the ad, Carter said, “As a pharmacist practicing for over 30 years, I’ve seen a lot of changes in health care, and I still maintain we have the greatest health care system in the world. But Obamacare’s a train wreck, and it has to go. In Congress, I’ll continue my pursuit to get rid of it.”[31]

Bob Johnson

Dr. Bob Johnson, a practicing Savannah surgeon, medical missionary and former Army Ranger, released his first TV ad on April 4, 2014.[32]

The ad,“Oath,” featured Johnson talking about his life as an Army Ranger, physician, and emphasized his opposition to President Obama. In the ad, he said, “As a Christian conservative I swear this oath to you, I’ll fight every day to stop Obama’s liberal assault on our values…And I’ll never back down.”[32]

John McCallum

  • John McCallum launched an anti-Obamacare television ad on April 15, 2014. In the ad, McCallum said, “As a result of Obamacare, millions of Americans have seen their policies cancelled, premiums increase, and choices disappear. This big government boondoggle is Washington’s latest attempt to apply a one-size-fits-all solution to every challenge facing America … At the end of the day, Obamacare has got to go.”[33]
  • On April 17, 2014, McCallum's wife, Heather McCallum, was featured in the ad. Heather McCallum was the first deaf Miss America.[34]
    • In the ad she said, “My husband John is running for Congress, because the dreams of our children are threatened by Washington. Take it from me — no one will work harder to protect the American Dream.”[34]

Endorsements

Bob Johnson

Buddy Carter

Campaign contributions

Earl Carter

Earl Carter (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[38]July 12, 2013$0.00$232,837.38$(17,394.32)$215,443.06
October Quarterly[39]October 14, 2013$215,443$157,310$(60,455)$312,297
Year End[40]January 31, 2014$312,297$168,072$(63,685)$416,684
April Quarterly[41]April 15, 2014$416,684$171,487$(127,075)$461,096
Pre-Run-Off[42]July 2, 2014$241,745.00$320,568.00$(381,614.00)$230,698.00
October Quarterly[43]October 15, 2014$230,698$448,646$(580,782)$98,562
Running totals
$1,498,920.38$(1,231,005.32)

Brian Reese

Brian Reese (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[44]April 15, 2014$0$7,770$(6,954)$815
Pre-Run-Off[45]July 2, 2014$815.00$3,875.00$(0.00)$4,690.00
October Quarterly[46]October 15, 2014$4,690$18,466$(19,732)$3,424
Running totals
$30,111$(26,686)

John McCallum

John McCallum (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year End[47]January 31, 2014$0$363,658$(59,095)$304,562
April Quarterly[48]April 15, 2014$304,562$275,016$(206,777)$372,801
Running totals
$638,674$(265,872)

Jeff Chapman

Jeff Chapman (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[49]July 15, 2013$0.00$31,600.00$(366.13)$31,233.87
October Quarterly[50]October 16, 2013$31,233.87$77,996.11$(20,827.04)$88,402.94
Year End[51]January 31, 2014$88,402$23,956$(40,975)$71,383
April Quarterly[52]April 15, 2014$71,383$15,780$(49,821)$37,341
Running totals
$149,332.11$(111,989.17)

Darwin Carter

Darwin Carter (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[53]November 1, 2013$0.00$106,093.65$(8,153)$97,740
Year End[54]January 31, 2014$97,940$500$(9,938)$88,502
April Quarterly[55]April 15, 2014$88,502$7,420$(17,299)$78,622
Running totals
$114,013.65$(35,390)

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[56]July 9, 2013$0.00$107,375.00$(764.53)$106,610.47
October Quarterly[57]October 14, 2013$106,610.47$108,016.87$(31,225.39)$183,401.95
Year End[58]January 31, 2014$183,401$72,066$(44,316)$211,151
April Quarterly[59]April 15, 2014$211,151$274,729$(77,584)$408,296
Running totals
$562,186.87$(153,889.92)

Earl Martin

Earl Martin (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[60]April 15, 2014$0$11,537$(10,946)$590
Running totals
$11,537$(10,946)

Amy Tavio

Amy Tavio (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[61]April 15, 2014$0$28,555$(23,913)$4,642
Running totals
$28,555$(23,913)

Polls

Republican primary
Poll Buddy Carter Jeff ChapmanJohn McCallumDarwin CarterBob JohnsonUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Rosetta Stone Communications
February 4, 2014
27%14%4%2%2%51%+/-3.5450
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

District history

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2012

On November 6, 2012, Jack Kingston (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Lesli Rae Messinger in the general election.

U.S. House, Georgia District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJack Kingston Incumbent 63% 157,181
     Democratic Lesli Messinger 37% 92,399
Total Votes 249,580
Source: Georgia Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Jack Kingston won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Oscar L. Harris II (D) in the general election.[62]

U.S. House, Georgia District 1 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJack Kingston incumbent 71.6% 117,270
     Democratic Oscar L. Harris II 28.4% 46,449
Total Votes 163,719

See also

External links

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