Georgia's 7th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Georgia's 7th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
May 20, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Rob Woodall Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Rob Woodall 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 7th Congressional District of Georgia held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Heading into the election, the incumbent was Rob Woodall (R) who was first elected in 1992. He defeated Thomas Wight (D) in the general election.[4] Both candidates ran unopposed for their respective primary elections.

Up until election, the July Quarterly of the Federal Election Commission repoted that Woodall maintained a small cash-on-hand advantage over Wight with a $13,000 difference.

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.[5][6][7]

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.[8]

See also: Georgia elections, 2014

Incumbent: The incumbent was Rob Woodall (R), who was first elected in 1992.

Georgia's 7th Congressional District includes all of Barrow and Walton counties and portions of Forsyth, Gwinnett and Newton counties.[9]

Candidates

General election candidates


May 20, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary


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.[12] Woodall joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[13][14]

Elections

General election results

The 7th Congressional District of Georgia held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Rob Woodall (R) defeated challenger Thomas Wight (D) in the general election.

U.S. House, Georgia District 7 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRob Woodall 65.39% 113,557
     Democratic Thomas Wight 34.61% 60,112
Total Votes 173,669
Source: Georgia Secretary of State

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.[15] 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.[16] Rob Woodall voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[17]

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.[18] 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. Rob Woodall voted against HR 2775.[19]

Campaign contributions

Rob Woodall

Rob Woodall (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[20]April 14, 2013$55,741.05$50,830.00$(64,535.30)$42,035.75
July Quarterly[21]July 15, 2013$42,035.75$14,475.00$(40,572.00)$15,938.75
October Quarterly[22]October 13, 2013$15,938.75$16,225.00$(21,004.82)$11,158.93
Year-end[23]January 31, 2014$11,158$79,760$(18,389)$72,529
April Quarterly[24]April 15, 2014$72,529$50,247$(37,733)$85,043
July Quarterly[25]July 15, 2014$75,205.00$21,050.00$(78,259.00)$18,341.00
October Quarterly[26]October 15, 2014$18,341$208,925$(127,942)$99,323
Running totals
$441,512$(388,435.12)

Thomas Wight

Thomas Wight (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[27]April 30, 2014$0$13,810$(192)$13,013
July QuarterlyJuly 15, 2014$13,013.00$240.00$(7,043.00)$6,018.00
Running totals
$14,050$(7,235)

District history

2014

U.S. House, Georgia District 7 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRob Woodall 65.39% 113,557
     Democratic Thomas Wight 34.61% 60,112
Total Votes 173,669
Source: Georgia Secretary of State
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2012

On November 6, 2012, Rob Woodall (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Steve Reilly (D) in the general election.

U.S. House, Georgia District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRob Woodall Incumbent 62.2% 156,689
     Democratic Steve Reilly 37.8% 95,377
Total Votes 252,066
Source: Georgia Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Rob Woodall won election to the United States House. He defeated Doug Heckman (D) in the general election.[28]

U.S. House, Georgia District 7 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRob Woodall 67.1% 160,898
     Democratic Doug Heckman 32.9% 78,996
Total Votes 239,894

See also

External links

References

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  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 5, 2014
  3. Fairvote, "FairVote Releases Projections for the 2014 Congressional Elections," accessed August 5, 2014
  4. Politico, "House Elections Results," accessed November 11, 2014
  5. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  6. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  7. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013, through January 3, 2014, researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  8. Long Distance Voter, "Voter Registration Deadlines," accessed January 3, 2014
  9. Georgia Redistricting Map "Map" accessed July 5, 2012
  10. Georgia Secretary of State, "Candidate List," accessed March 8, 2014
  11. Thomas Wight for Congress, "Home," accessed January 14, 2014
  12. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  13. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  14. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  15. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  16. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  17. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  19. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  21. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 11, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  25. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed October 20, 2014
  26. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 20, 2014
  27. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 30, 2014
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013