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Georgia's 8th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Georgia's 8th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
May 20, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Austin Scott 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 8th Congressional District of Georgia will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Heading into the election the incumbent is Austin Scott (R), who was first elected in 2010. Scott faces no opposition in his bid for re-election in 2014. In 2012, he also ran completely unopposed for re-election.

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.[4][5][6]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by April 21, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 6, 2014.[7]

See also: Georgia elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Austin Scott (R), who was first elected in 2010.

Georgia's 8th Congressional District is located mainly in south central Georgia and extends north through the middle portion of the state.[8]

Candidates

General election candidates


May 20, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

No candidates filed to run


Key votes

Below are important votes the current 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.[9] Scott joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[10][11]

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.[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] Austin Scott voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[14]

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.[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. Austin Scott voted against HR 2775.[16]

Campaign contributions

Austin Scott

Austin Scott (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[17]April 15, 2013$307,376.00$113,525.88$(56,292.78)$364,609.10
July Quarterly[18]July 15, 2013$364,609.10$217,485.58$(88,066.42)$494,028.26
October Quarterly[19]October 13, 2013$494,028.26$178,087.44$(94,731.52)$577,384.18
Year-end[20]January 31, 2014$577,384$108,780$(115,793)$570,370
April Quarterly[21]April 15, 2014$570,370$94,955$(98,394)$566,930
Running totals
$712,833.9$(453,277.72)

District history

Candidate ballot accecss
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2012

On November 6, 2012, Austin Scott (R) won re-election to the United States House. He was unchallenged in the general election.

U.S. House, Georgia District 8 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAustin Scott Incumbent 100% 197,789
Total Votes 197,789
Source: Georgia Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Austin Scott won election to the United States House. He defeated Jim Marshall (D) in the general election.[22]

U.S. House, Georgia District 8 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAustin Scott 52.7% 102,770
     Democratic Jim Marshall 47.3% 92,250
Total Votes 195,020

See also

External links

References

  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 HOUSE RACE RATINGS FOR June 26, 2014," accessed August 5, 2014
  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. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  5. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  6. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  7. Long Distance Voter, "Voter Registration Deadlines," accessed January 3, 2014
  8. Georgia Redistricting "Map" accessed July 2012
  9. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  10. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  11. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  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 23, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 23, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 11, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013