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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

Incumbent prior to election:
Jack Kingston Republican Party
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Georgia U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 1st Congressional District of Georgia 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
May 20, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Georgia is one of 13 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.[1][2][3]

Voter registration: Voters must register to vote in the primary by April 21, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 6, 2014.[4]

See also: Georgia elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is 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 will be retiring at the end of this term.[5][6]

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.[7]

Candidates

Withdrew prior to primary

Issues

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.[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] Jack Kingston voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[20]

Voted "No" 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.[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. Jack Kingston voted against HR 2775.[22]

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.[23] The ad focused on his opposition to the Affordable Care Act.[23]

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.”[23]

Bob Johnson

Dr. Bob Johnson, a practicing Savannah surgeon, medical missionary and former Army Ranger, released his first TV ad on April 4, 2014.[24]

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.”[24]

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.”[25]
  • On April 17, 2014, McCallum's wife, Heather McCallum, was featured in the ad. Heather McCallum was the first deaf Miss America.[26]
    • 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.”[26]

Endorsements

Campaign contributions

John McCallum

John McCallum (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year End[28]January 31, 2014$0$363,658$(59,095)$304,562
Running totals
$363,658$(59,095)

Earl Carter

Earl Carter (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[29]July 12, 2013$0.00$232,837.38$(17,394.32)$215,443.06
October Quarterly[30]October 14, 2013$215,443$157,310$(60,455)$312,297
Year End[31]January 31, 2014$312,297$168,072$(63,685)$416,684
Running totals
$558,219.38$(141,534.32)

Jeff Chapman

Jeff Chapman (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[32]July 15, 2013$0.00$31,600.00$(366.13)$31,233.87
October Quarterly[33]October 16, 2013$31,233.87$77,996.11$(20,827.04)$88,402.94
Year End[34]January 31, 2014$88,402$23,956$(40,975)$71,383
Running totals
$133,552.11$(62,168.17)

Darwin Carter

Darwin Carter (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[35]November 1, 2013$0.00$106,093.65$(8,153)$97,740
Year End[36]January 31, 2014$97,940$500$(9,938)$88,502
Running totals
$106,593.65$(18,091)

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[37]July 9, 2013$0.00$107,375.00$(764.53)$106,610.47
October Quarterly[38]October 14, 2013$106,610.47$108,016.87$(31,225.39)$183,401.95
Year End[39]January 31, 2014$183,401$72,066$(44,316)$211,151
Running totals
$287,457.87$(76,305.92)

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 in this race. 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

Candidate Ballot Access
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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
     Democratic Lesli Messinger 37% 92,399
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJack Kingston Incumbent 63% 157,181
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.[40]

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

References

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  2. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
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  6. The Coastal Source "Congressman Jack Kingston to make announcement Thursday" Accessed May 2, 2013
  7. Georgia Redistricting Map "Map" accessed July 5, 2012
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  17. GPB News, "Republican Schwarz Exits Congressional Race," accessed August 28, 2013
  18. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  20. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  21. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  22. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 Roll Call, "First Republican Goes Up on Air in Georgia House Primary," accessed February 25, 2014
  24. 24.0 24.1 Bob Johnson for Congress, "Dr. Bob Johnson Releases First TV Ad Promoting His Bio and Christian Conservative Values," accessed April 7, 2014
  25. Peach Pundit, "Former Newt Aide Launches TV Ad in Georgia 1st District," accessed April 15, 2014
  26. 26.0 26.1 USA Today, "Former Miss America touts husband for Congress in new ad," accessed April 17, 2014
  27. Georgia Right to Life PAC, "GRTL PAC Endorsements - May 20 Primary Elections," accessed April 3, 2014
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  40. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013