Indiana's 6th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Indiana's 6th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
May 6, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Luke Messer Republican Party
Luke Messer.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid R[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]

Fairvote's Monopoly Politics: Safe R[3]

Indiana U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 6th Congressional District of Indiana will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Heading into the election the incumbent is Luke Messer (R), who was first elected in 2012. He won election with 59% of the vote.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
February 7, 2014
May 6, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Indiana is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Voters are not required to register with a party, but the ballot they get depends on which party they have voted for most often in the past.[4]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by April 7, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 6, 2014.[5]

See also: Indiana elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Luke Messer (R), who was first elected in 2012.

Indiana's 6th Congressional District takes in a large portion of eastern Indiana, including Jefferson, Switzerland, Jennings, Ohio, Dearborn, Decatur, Ripley, Bartholomew, Shelby, Hancock, Rush, Fayette, Union, Wayne, Henry, Delaware and Randolph counties.[6]


General election candidates

May 6, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Election results

Primary results

U.S. House, Indiana District 6 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSusan Heitzman 48.3% 9,073
Lane Siekman 29.6% 5,571
Corinne Westerfield 22.1% 4,150
Total Votes 18,794
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

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] Messer 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] Luke Messer 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. Luke Messer voted against HR 2775.[16]

Campaign contributions

Luke Messer

Luke Messer (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[17]April 15, 2013$42,611.71$128,056.77$(60,223.23)$110,445.25
July Quarterly[18]July 17, 2013$130,445.25$182,745.00$(127,047.26)$186,142.99
October Quarterly[19]October 13, 2013$186,142.99$126,896.00$(64,649.58)$248,389.41
Year-end[20]January 31, 2014$248,389$142,951$(64,423)$326,917
April Quarterly[21]April 15, 2014$326,917$111,575$(58,416)$380,077
Running totals

District history

Candidate ballot accecss
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The 6th Congressional District of Indiana held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Mike Pence did not seek re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives due to his 2012 gubernatorial campaign, which he won. Luke Messer (R) won election to the 6th District seat in the 2012 general election. Messer defeated Brad Bookout (D) and Rex Bell (L).[22]

U.S. House, Indiana District 6 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Brad Bookout 35.1% 96,678
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLuke Messer 59.1% 162,613
     Libertarian Rex Bell 5.8% 15,962
Total Votes 275,253
Source: Indiana Secretary of State "House of Representatives Election Results"


On November 2, 2010, Mike Pence won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Barry Welsh (D) and Talmage "T.J" Thompson, Jr. (L) in the general election.[23]

U.S. House, Indiana District 6 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Pence incumbent 66.6% 126,027
     Democratic Barry Welsh 29.9% 56,647
     Libertarian Talmage "T.J" Thompson, Jr. 3.5% 6,635
Total Votes 189,309

See also

External links


  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 HOUSE RACE RATINGS FOR June 26, 2014," accessed August 7, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 7, 2014
  3. Fairvote, "FairVote Releases Projections for the 2014 Congressional Elections," accessed August 7, 2014
  4. Indiana Code, "Section 3-10-1-6," accessed January 3, 2014
  5. Indiana Election Division, "Voter Registration," accessed January 3, 2014
  6. Indiana Redistricting Map, "Map," accessed July 24, 2012
  7. Lane Siekman for Congress, " Lane Siekman Announces Bid for Indiana’s 6th Congressional District ," accessed January 22, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 Indiana Secretary of State, "Primary Candidate List," accessed February 10, 2014
  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 25, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 25, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 15, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  22. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Indiana"
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013